An adventure ends in tragedy half a world away from Victorian London, leaving a noblewoman desperate for a miracle. From bestselling author Katherine Kingsley.
“A well-written, emotional, character-driven novel that is both sensual and inspirational.” – Romance Reviews Today
“Fans of historical romances will enjoy Katherine Kingsley’s second chance at love tale.” – The Midwest Book Review
Portia Merriem is about to embark on an adventure in Egypt, enjoying thrilling excavations along the Nile. But her plans are upended when tragedy befalls her pregnant traveling companion, leaving Portia alone in a strange land to raise her friend’s child as her own. Desperate for rescue, the last person she imagined arriving is John Henry Lovell, her childhood friend and protector who doesn’t seem to recognize her.
Little does Portia know that John has loved her all of his life, and ran away from Norfolk to escape the pain of his unrequited love. Face-to-face with her again, alone and vulnerable in a foreign land, the only way she can return to England and avoid the scandal of being a woman alone with a child, is to marry John and live as husband and wife.
“A well-written love story peopled with decent characters and a very tender and spiritually moving romance, capturing all the hallmarks of Ms. Kingsley’s works.” – Romantic Times
Lilies on the Lake had some things going for it. Christianity was not denigrated for one. The female protagonist's stepfather was nicely drawn and leads one to think he was the protagonist in a previous novel. Her mother had a small role but was also a sympathetic character.On the other hand, I did not like the female lead, Pip (Portia) Merriem Lovell, who struck me as a spoiled, selfish brat. The hero, John Henry Lovell, was too good to be true. He'd carried a torch for Pip for ten years with no encouragement and half a world away. During their long separation he'd gained wealth, status, and had had no affairs. As a complete quibble, I found John Henry's name shared with the African-American strong man folk hero rather distracting. There may have been an unstated connection we were supposed to make between the folk hero John Henry Lovell but it wasn't apparent to me.read more
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