Newport, Rhode Island, 1899, is a place of shimmering waves, sleek yachts, and ladies of leisure. Of opulent mansions that serve as summer cottages for the rich and famous. Home of railroad magnates and banking tycoons–dashing young men and the women who aspire to marry them.
But it’s not the place for lady novelists. Especially not those who pen disreputable dime novels. This poses a problem for Lilly Westbrook, because that’s exactly what she does.No one in Lilly’s social set knows she pens fiction under the nom de plume Fannie Cole. Not her family or the wealthy young man about to propose to her. And especially not Jackson Grail, the long-lost beau who just bought her publishing company…and who stirs her heart more than she cares to admit.
My Review: I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Booksneeze.com, my review of this book is my own opinion. Love on a Dime is the first novel by Cara Lynn James. This is a new author on my list of authors to read. The story was a very sweet, engaging tale of life in elite society in Newport during 1899. James painted a very vivid picture of the period and of the atmosphere of Newport. Our characters showed a center around God and depending on God for all of our needs. This book talked about using gifts to glorify God. Love on a Dime kept my interest from beginning to end. The story kept moving and really kept a good focus on the central themes. I would recommend this book to all.
In a time when ladies of society would never dream of working for pay–much less stoop to writing novels!–Lilly has found her calling as a writer of uplifting Christian romances while donating her earnings to a worthy charitable organization for young women. Years before she had been in love with Jackson Grail and he proposed. Her family did not feel he was a proper suitor so he left and vowed he would come back when he became a proper suitor. Six years later he comes back and Lilly is being courted by Harlan- an elitest in society whose family is very influential. Lilly knows they don’t love each other but knows her parents approve of him. Jackson comes back looking for forgiveness and throws a wrench into all the plans. Lilly is our author Fannie Mae. Jackson has bought the publishing house that publishes her dime novels. A gossip columnist has found out Fannie Mae is Lilly and he begins to blackmail her. Lilly finds herself relaying on God for help in her situations. Lilly follows Gods leading in all her situations and finds that things work out for the best.