Over the past few years, I have so enjoyed reading about the adventures of Marguerite, Emily, and Lilly in the Lake Manawa Series. In Ride of Her Life, written by Lorna Seilstad, I was able to follow the story of Lilly Hart, and her experiences at Lake Manawa which were vastly different than those of Emily and Marguerite. Lilly Hart is a widow living at Lake Manawa with her young son Levi. Whereas Her one goal is to provide a better life for him and a home which he can call his own. With that in mind, she works tirelessly at a local diner, whereas Marguerite and Emily were always vacationing at the Lake. Little does she know, the foreman who is constructing a roller coaster, Nick Perrin, will enter her and her son’s lives in a way she never expected.
I have to say, I always look forward to these books, and I am upset to see the series come to an end. Although I am disappointed there won’t be any more stories about Emily, Marguerite, and Lilly, I really enjoyed each and every one of these books. I think each character learned something important during their summers, and the same can be said of Lilly. She was fiercely independent, and did not want to ask anyone for help. Throughout the story, we see this lessening, as she learns to rely on Nick. Although she is faced with hardships, in the form of her ex father-in-law, Lilly never lost her faith. Although there were points she questioned what her feelings were toward God, I feel as if deep down she was always living her life with him in mind.
In addition to the strong character of Lilly, I really liked Nick. He was always kind and understanding to Lilly, even when she tried to push him away because of her confusion with falling in love again after the death of her first husband. He showed this same compassion to her young son Levi, and he provided a great “father-figure” for the adventurous young boy. All of the characters were very well written, and I will definitely be looking for new books to read by Lorna Seilstad to find some more entertaining main characters!!
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