Publisher: Camel Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2015
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Synopsis: It’s been twelve years since ‘Thrilly Lilly’ left the sleepy town of Wildfire, Georgia. Rich and popular but also reckless and spoiled, Lilly never heard the word ‘no.’ So what made her flee rural Georgia for Boston society at the age of 18 to marry a much older man she hardly knew?
Now a widow, Lilly is back, a bit thinner but just as beautiful and elegant. She is intent on running Lover’s Oak, her family’s cotton plantation, even though her daddy cut her out of his will and named her 11-year-old half-sister Daisy as his heir.
Why did Lilly never come home to visit, even to attend her daddy’s funeral? What does a wealthy widow want with a cotton plantation? One man in particular wants answers: the town’s heart-throb Northerner sheriff, Jackson Trainer. Lilly fled Wildfire the day they had planned to elope. Jackson must hide his love and resentment as he tries to protect Lilly from mysterious forces threatening her life and the lives of those around her.
Meanwhile a killer lies in wait, determined to rid Wildfire of Lilly once and for all.
Review: Lillian Mae Coleman Huntington, known as ‘Thrilly Lilly’ when she was young, has returned to her hometown of Wildfire, Georgia for the first time since she left at 18 to marry a rich older man. Now she’s back in town to run Lover’s Oak, her family’s cotton plantation, until her half-sister is of age to take over. However, there is someone who doesn’t want Lilly back in Wildfire and is willing to do anything to end her life. LOVER’S OAK is romantic suspense at its best. I loved the characters, how real and well-rounded they are, and the multiple twists and turns the author takes them through until the dynamic and dramatic ending. LOVER’S OAK is filled with family drama, secrets, and some sinister action. A good book for a summer read!