About the Book
Book: Summertime Lilies
Author: LM Karen
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: Jan 30, 2021
A sweet and sentimental contemporary romance with a uniquely witty voice.
There are three things you should know about Brittany Masters:
- She’s a single mom and a nurse manager at the local cancer clinic
- She has big plans for a quiet summer
- She’s convinced that fudge pops are the answer to almost all of life’s most important questions
A new neighbor, Matt, making friends with her son while simultaneously pursuing her blow plans for a predictable summer right out of the water. A chance meeting at the cancer clinic where she works renews a connection with an old friend and gives her the perspective she’s been missing. From quiet nights on her front porch swing in Matt’s company to long talks in the clinic with her old/new friend, Brittany’s summer is anything but routine.
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At first I was worried that this would be like every other romance – boy and girl meet; they start a relationship; they have a silly misunderstanding; they breakup; they get back together. And while Summertime Lilies did follow this formula to an extent, it also had more depth and dimension than I expected. In fact, the “misunderstanding” was a very legitimate one and something that made sense as to why it would come up between Brittany and Matt. I won’t say what it is, but it makes sense and it isn’t some shallow and petty misunderstanding that often occurs in most romances.
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, and I like how they along with each other. I also liked how Brittany’s long lost friend has an impact on her life, more so than she realizes, especially in encouraging her to live life and take risks.
There is a lot more I wish I could say about Summertime Lilies, but I can’t because I don’t want to give away spoilers. I’ll end my review by saying that this was a good, clean romance that packs a punch at the end – for those of you who have read it, you’ll know what I am referring to. I highly recommend it and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. 4/5 Stars.
About the Author
LM Karen writes contemporary Christian fiction romance. As a longtime lover of words, she can generally be found behind her laptop or with a book in her hand. A graduate of Toccoa Falls College, her heart is in the mountains. She eventually made use of the voices in her head by putting them on the page.
More from LM Karen
I am not artistic. I’m not someone who can look at a space, or an item and see it’s potential. If you give me white space, I will have no idea what to fill it with. Even if I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, there is no way I could make it look like the picture in my head. My stick figures have always been lop-sided.
What I am pretty good at is making up stories in my head. At restaurants I enjoy observing other customers and giving them stories. In the grocery store I consider what a post-apocalyptic shopping experience might look like. On my drive home I might imagine the lives of the occupants in any given house I pass.
It became a hobby when I slowly began to write these stories down. If I considered a particularly interesting character the natural progression was to wonder what their story was. What started as a hobby quickly evolved into an obsession. Often times I consider myself a citizen of the world in my head more than reality (which has it’s pros and cons). I spent a lot of time quietly working on my stories, trying to become a better writer and honing my craft.
As an avid reader from a young age, I can’t count the characters that have influenced my life and the stories that have touched my heart. My deepest hope is to use my predilection for make believe to touch someone else’s life. That maybe a young girl would be positively influenced by one of my characters.
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