Monday, April 30, 2012

The Ride of Her Life



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.Filled with delightful characters and the romance of summer, The Ride of Her Life is another supremely entertaining story from the witty Lorna Seilstad. Readers will laugh out loud and sigh contentedly as they spend the summer of 1906 in Lake Manawa.

My Review:

Don't you just love the motion in this cover? It makes you feel like Lilly is going to fly right off the book and into your lap! Which is exactly what she does the second you open it, by the way. There is something endearing about Seilstad's latest heroine. Maybe it's her stubborn doggedness -- or mulish pig-headedness -- or unyielding strong-will...LOL...let's just say she's the one who keeps Nick on a roller coaster ride right to the bitter end!

Seilstad writes with a unique blend of humour and drama that kept me alternately chuckling and fuming throughout the read. Adorable Levi Hart stole every scene he was in and created an interesting intimacy between his mother and Nick. There are a few tender scenes that definitely qualify for the 'kiss that's not a kiss' category that were spurred on by little Levi's antics. Delicious!

Solid historical details make the read all the richer. Seilstad is known for her meticulous research and it really shines in this story. From Lilly's turn of the century cooking tips to Nick's savvy roller coaster construction know-how, the author makes sure the reader knows she's on an enjoyable ride back in time.

But it's not all sunshine and roses. There's a sinister plot afoot and Lilly is smack in the middle of it. I never turned pages so fast! There are as many dips and dives in The Ride of Her Life as there is on a real roller coaster and you won't want to miss the exhilarating experience!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Ride of Her Life, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please make sure to put the title in your subject line so it's easy for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 6 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. We keep reading the same books at the same time! (So, don't enter me!) I'm about 2/3 of the way through and, of course, I'm loving it.

    Your review is spot on!

  2. Thanks, Brenda! What are you reading next? LOL

    1. I just started Submerged, a romantic suspense by Dani Pettrey, a debut author! So far, I'm loving her voice, very much like DiAnn Mills or Amy Wallace.

    2. Goodie -- a new suspense author. I'll check her out. Hitting the bookstore this weekend, I think. :-)

  3. Thanks for the great review, Kav! I emailed you my entry, blessings!

  4. looking forward to reading this story...thanks for the chance, kav :)

    kmkuka at yahoo doat com

  5. This sounds like a fun read and thank you for the chance at the giveaway!



  6. Good luck Karen and Lori.

  7. I keep hearing very good things about Lorna's books but I haven't yet read one. I think I need to! I would love to win a copy of The Ride of Her Life.
    Thanks for the chance!


  8. I saw the cover of this book before finding this giveaway, and was hoping to buy a copy. After reading your review I'm convinced that I need to read this book! Thank you for your review and for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

  9. Oh Pam, Lorna's books are fantastic! You must hunt them down...or win one here. :-)

    Hi Nancee -- I love the cover because it's so unique. It'll make a splash on a display wall in a bookstore, don't you think? Good luck!

  10. Lorna's books are wonderful. She knows how to mix humor with a great story so you don't want to put her books down! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!

    Please don't enter me as I've already got a copy.

  11. I read Lorna's other books and loved am anxious to read this one. Thanks for the chance!

  12. I look forward to reading this. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Glad to see a few Seilstad lovers here today. And thanks for letting me know that you already have the book, Liz.

    Good luck Jackie and rubynreba!

  14. Love Lorna's books, and would love to read this one....blessings...Joy

  15. Kav, thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I loved researching the roller coasters, but I have to admit I was glad I didn't have to ride on them. Imagine no safety harnesses!

    Thanks again and good luck to all your readers!

  16. Hey Lorna -- what? You didn't traverse the country riding roller coasters as part of your research? I'm disillusioned! LOL

    Good luck everyone!

  17. New author for me! Historical fiction is my very favorite!! Enter me please!

  18. You're entered Lane Hill House! Good luck!

  19. Another terrific review! Lorna's books are so much fun to read. She has an awesome sense of humor :) Thanks for the opportunity to win her new book!


  20. The Ride of Her Life sounds fantastic, please add me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com