Every once in a while, a character pops into my head and tells me her story - whispering her dreams and not hesitating to tell me, "No, that's not what I would do." Lilly Lancaster was one such character.
Her story, Lilly Blossoms, is one of survival and self-doubt and yet she stole my heart with every word she uttered and I hope she will steal yours as well.
The streets of Victorian England are not kind to those born outside privilege and yet Lilly has not only survived, she has made a home for herself. It isn't until she finds herself perched in the boughs of a tree witnessing the strangest and most erotic scene of her life that she begins to wonder if there is more to life than mere survival. Will Lord Carrington be able to convince her that true beauty is not perfection but the ability to look beyond flaws and treasure the beauty within?
This is the third book in my Lessons in Submission series but can be easily read as a stand alone.
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I can't thank you enough for your encouragement and support. It is because of you that I take these journeys and feel blessed that you are traveling right beside me.
Lilly Blossoms by Maggie Ryan
Beauty isn't perfection - it is the ability to see beyond the flaws.
Victorian England is not kind to those born without privilege, and yet Lillian Lancaster has made a home for herself and a scrawny feral cat. Lilly is happiest working in the gardens, knowing she can never match their beauty. She is one of the flower-girls on the streets selling the bouquets she makes with love for mere pennies. When her very livelihood is threatened by what was intended as a kindness, she assuages her conscience by crawling through the hedge and taking only what she needs to survive. On the day her presence is threatened to be discovered, she takes refuge in an oak tree and witnesses a scene that will change her life.
The moment Phillip Carrington sees Lilly hidden in the foliage, he is intrigued. The moment he holds her, he is captivated. The moment she gives him her trust, he knows he wants to spend the rest of his life convincing her that she is the most beautiful bloom in the garden.
Will his love be enough to teach this young woman that her past does not need to keep her trapped in fear? Will learning what happens behind the etched-glass doors of the special school run by Miss Eleanor Summers frighten her, or will it let her see that what she perceives as flaws are actually to be viewed as part of the beautiful soul that lives inside her? Will she place her trust in Lord Carrington and, with the gift of her submission, allow him to lead her away from the darkness?
Lilly Blossoms is the third book in Maggie Ryan's bestselling Lessons in Submission series and yet it can also be read as a stand alone.