Review & Giveaway: Lily of the Valley by Sarah M. Eden

About the Book

Book: Lily of the Valley

Author: Sarah M. Eden

Genre: Georgian Romance

Release date: April 11, 2022

Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tightknit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.

Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, Violet finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.

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My Review

I love this particular story world that the author has developed for The Gents! Lily of the Valley is book two in the series. And while you could probably jump right in and enjoy this story without having read book one, Forget Me Not, your enjoyment is going to be so much greater if you read the books in order and get to know this wonderful set of friends from the beginning.

What really sets these books apart are the interactions of these friends. This novel’s main character is Kester, who has the nickname “Grumpy Uncle”. He is an introvert who deeply cares for his friends and tries to always be there for them, yet feels the need for solitude after too much social interaction.

Violet loves being around others and is thrilled at the kindness and acceptance she finds within the members of the Gents. She is definitely the opposite of Kes in many ways, yet they find that they have some things in common too. I liked seeing their caring friendship develop, which could lead to something more. But both Kes and Violet have worries and things they carry with them that weigh them down and could threaten their ability to trust that there could be more for them than just friendship. I loved their sweet story!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I purchased the audio version for myself. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2020’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, Forget Me Not, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.

More from Sarah

esearch is one of my favorite aspects of writing. Lily of the Valley offered ample opportunities for researching incredibly interesting topics. One main character is an amateur inventor, which tossed me deep into the realm of innovations of the 1780s and 1790s. The other main character has an interest in engineering and mechanics, allowing me to delve into what was known and understood in these fields at the end of the 18th Century. Amongst the supporting cast are a variety of interests, strengths, and passions, all of which saw me pouring over everything I could find from this era on those topics.

A particularly fun area of research I tossed myself into was parlor games played in late 18th Century England. Among my favorites I learned about:

  • The Three Kingdoms, a game very much like modern-day “Twenty Questions.” The guesser has up to six questions to gain clues about what the others in the group have decided among themselves is the thing the guesser is trying to discover. One twist: the first question is always “To which Kingdom does the item thought of belong? (meaning animal, vegetable, or mineral)
  • Short Answers, a game of wits and creativity. The group sits in a circle and one at a time, ask the person to their right a question which that person has to answer in only one word. However, the word cannot be repeated during that round. Once someone has answered a question “Yes” no one else can answer with that word until the round is over. A round ends when someone cannot think of a one-word answer to the question they have been asked and is, subsequently, eliminated.
  • A centuries-old version of musical chairs
  • A game that involved determining which fabricated crime the various players would pretend to have committed.
  • Plenty of games involving forfeits of kisses or handkerchiefs or other shows of affection that the very staid rules of Society would have otherwise looked down on.

Discovering more about the historical context of this book was intriguing and delightful. I hope readers will enjoy learning more of this bit of the past, lose themselves in romance, enjoy the delightful friendship between the characters, and perhaps even find a few new games to try.

-Sarah Eden

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, print copy of book, and Exclusive Sarah Eden vinyl stickers!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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9 Responses to Review & Giveaway: Lily of the Valley by Sarah M. Eden

  1. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a good story.

  2. Eva Millien says:

    Lovely cover and Lily of the Valley sounds like a wonderful book for me to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Britt, for sharing your review with me! Have a marvelous weekend!

  3. slehan says:

    Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

  4. Marisela Zuniga says:

    This sounds like a great book

  5. Roxanne C. says:

    I am intrigued by the societal customs of the Georgian era and will enjoy this unique romance.

  6. Sunnymay says:

    The book seems devastatingly beautiful with characters who don’t play by all the rules.

  7. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Lily of the Valley, this sounds like a must read book and series for me and I am looking forward to reading this story

  8. carylkane says:

    Brittany, Thank you for sharing your excellent review! Lily of the Valley sounds like a must read.

  9. I look forward to reading it! I love your thoughts ❤️

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