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Do you remember your first love? I do. He was a good friend. Someone I grew up with. While it didn't last, the first kiss remained etched in my memory. Annie Grace Roberts's WHERE LILIES BLOOM showcases that first love but in an interesting way. Her heroine, Lily Deene has fallen for two guys. The only problem is that one of them is a ghost!
Lily Deene has a new dream guy. There’s just one small problem. He’s dead.
Seventeen-year-old Lily Deene has no choice but to spend her summer at Brynmoor Manor in England where there are more sheep than people. She isn’t thrilled, but after her mother enlists Simon, the housekeeper’s son, to give her horseback riding lessons, Lily decides to make the best of a bad situation. It turns out that it’s not all tea and crumpets at the manor house. Long buried secrets are stirring. Secrets that are haunting her dreams and Lily quickly finds herself galloping straight into danger.
We were riding two up on a horse in a grove of apple trees. He held me firmly, one arm wrapped around my waist. I could feel his warm breath on the back of my neck. Goose bumps rose unbidden on my arms.
“You need not be afraid,” he whispered, his soft breath tickling my ear. He leaned closer. His dark hair brushed my cheek.
Suddenly I was afraid. I wasn’t sure I should be with this man. “I can’t.” My voice was dry and cracked with panic. “I can’t! I have to get back!”
“You will be with me always and forever!” He crushed me close to him, holding me tightly with his arm.
“I can’t,” I sobbed. “I’m sorry. I can’t!”
I forced myself awake. I could feel my heart hammering against my rib cage. The dream had been so vivid, so real, that it was almost as if I could still feel his presence in the room. “Nothing but a weird dream,” I said aloud, trying to calm down. “Just a weird dream.”
About the Author:
Annie Grace Roberts is a mother-daughter writing team from California. They share a love of adventure and happy endings. Neither has ever met a ghost they didn’t like. (photo from 2004)