Publication Date:May. 2012

The Ride of Her Life
By Lorna Seilstad
Lorna Seilstad creates an entertaining story filled with delightful characters and romance set at the Lake Manawa summer resort in 1906.  Feisty heroine Lilly Hart’s exploits will make you laugh out loud and sigh contentedly as she navigates the summer’s adventures.    
The only man pragmatic Lilly Hart needs in her life is a six year old. Widowed two years ago, Lilly leaves the shelter of her intrusive in-laws’ home to stand on her own and provide for her young son by working for the summer as a cook at Lake Manawa. However, her in-laws find that life utterly unsuitable for their grandson, and when a row ensues, a handsome stranger–who designs roller coasters, of all things–intercedes on her behalf. Still, Lilly is not about to get involved with any man, especially this cocky (though charismatic) gentleman. Little does she know she is about to begin the ride of her life.
(from  back cover….)

A history buff, antique collector, and freelance graphic designer, Lorna Seilstad is the author of Making Waves and A Great Catch. She draws her setting from her home state of Iowa. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing awards and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

In the summer of 1906, Lilly Hart is a widow of two years with a six year old son.  She is determined to provide for him without the help of her in-laws, and has accepted a position at a cafe  at Lake Manawa Park.  The crews are are still working, trying to get the park ready for opening day, when Lilly meets Nick, the designer of the new roller coaster ride.  Lilly is not only afraid to take a chance on the new roller coaster, but is afraid to take a chance on a new love, as well.

Once again, a writer has come along and shown me that Christian fiction can be well-written and entertaining.  My complaints in the past have been too many cliches, too sappy, too unbelievably preachy, etc.  Ms. Seilstad has avoided all of those.  This novel is  just a nice, light entertaining read, and is based on historical fact.  The novel probably piqued my interest because historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and the subject of old amusement parks really interests me.  

This novel is safe for any age, and certainly non-offensive.  As stated earlier, I found it entertaining enough to give it 4 stars out of 5.

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