Author: Linda Lael Miller
Softcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket (December 1, 1990)
Rating: 4 out of 5
This is my first book review entry ever, let alone as a guest to Jess' blog. Please bear with me :). Thanks!
Jess had me read Lily and the Major by Linda Lael Miller. As much as she told me she ripped it apart, I did not hate the book. I am new to the romance genre. The lovin' did not start until page 100 exactly (note: she told me chapter two... this was definitely not chapter two) and had it's good steamy moments after that (why else would I read romance? lol). Jess said that she didn't like Lily, I do not like her lover Caleb. He kept bringing her up, then ignoring her and bringing her back down, so she kept being the self-efficient, strong, stubborn woman she always had to be. Again, I blame Caleb for showing her "how it's like to be a woman" and then ignoring her like she's no one.
I do however have my favorite lines of the book for cheesiness and "I can't believe she wrote it" factor:
"Lily, listen to me. I've got feelings for you that I've never had for anyone else. Ever."
Her hadns were drawn to his shoulders, where they rested lightly. "Buy why? Why me, Caleb?"
He kissed her lips lightly. "Because you're beautiful - because you're strong - because somewhere, sometime, an angel wrote our names in a book. I don't know why, Lily. And they why of it doesn't matter."Page 121
That excerpt made me laugh for five minutes straight and I had to read it to everyone I told because it was that much BS in that little bit of space. If a guy told me something like that, I would laugh hysterically and leave him.
"Oh, my God," Lily gasped, clutching the edge of the bureau in both hands.
"It's a religious experience for me, too," Caleb commented.Page 346
Again, I was a cluster of laughter.
The ending was quick and for me cut off at the ankles. She's been looking for her sisters through the whole book. They were sent on an orphan train when they were little cause their mom fell in love with someone in the military that didn't want kids, and separated. And in the end, it just kinda falls off. Jess says there's two other books and that's why, I say dammit just finish a book.
It wasn't terrible, it had it's funny moments. I would read it again and hope to find the others.