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Back by popular demand: The first novel in the romantic Orphan Train trilogy, Lily and the Major—the beloved historical classic about a woman who must choose between her family and her one true love, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. In his arms, she discovered how tender—and how bold—true passion could be… Lily Chalmers wanted only two things from l Back by popular demand: The first novel in the romantic Orphan Train trilogy, Lily and the Major—the beloved historical classic about a woman who must choose between her family and her one true love, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. In his arms, she discovered how tender—and how bold—true passion could be… Lily Chalmers wanted only two things from life—a farm of her own, and to find the sisters she hadn’t seen since they were all little girls heading West on the orphan train. She certainly had no desire for a husband. Yet proud, innocent Lily had no idea what desire meant until she met Major Caleb Halliday, a man who could ignite her very being with a single touch…a glance…a whisper. Sheltered in his arms, Lily rode the crest of a wild, helpless passion. And though she struggled against her own willful heart, she knew she could never choose between the dazzling man who had claimed her love so completely, and her bold, long-cherished dream…


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Back by popular demand: The first novel in the romantic Orphan Train trilogy, Lily and the Major—the beloved historical classic about a woman who must choose between her family and her one true love, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. In his arms, she discovered how tender—and how bold—true passion could be… Lily Chalmers wanted only two things from l Back by popular demand: The first novel in the romantic Orphan Train trilogy, Lily and the Major—the beloved historical classic about a woman who must choose between her family and her one true love, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. In his arms, she discovered how tender—and how bold—true passion could be… Lily Chalmers wanted only two things from life—a farm of her own, and to find the sisters she hadn’t seen since they were all little girls heading West on the orphan train. She certainly had no desire for a husband. Yet proud, innocent Lily had no idea what desire meant until she met Major Caleb Halliday, a man who could ignite her very being with a single touch…a glance…a whisper. Sheltered in his arms, Lily rode the crest of a wild, helpless passion. And though she struggled against her own willful heart, she knew she could never choose between the dazzling man who had claimed her love so completely, and her bold, long-cherished dream…

30 review for Lily and the Major

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    Lily and the Major was a really good read. It's my first time reading Linda Lael Miller. I have been collecting her books for a while now because I didn't want to start one and not have the whole series. And she has a lot of books out there lol. I have to say I really really enjoyed her writing style. She wrote things that normally annoy me and take away from my enjoyment in books. Her H&H had personality traits that I drive me crazy but some how the way she wrote it worked for me. I was able to Lily and the Major was a really good read. It's my first time reading Linda Lael Miller. I have been collecting her books for a while now because I didn't want to start one and not have the whole series. And she has a lot of books out there lol. I have to say I really really enjoyed her writing style. She wrote things that normally annoy me and take away from my enjoyment in books. Her H&H had personality traits that I drive me crazy but some how the way she wrote it worked for me. I was able to still enjoy the read. Here is the funny thing Lily was naive, stronghead, and at times a little tstl, but Linda Lael Miller wrote her so well that I still ended up liking her. Don't get me wrong Lily had good qualities as well. She was smart, brave, hard working, and she believed that women could and should have the same rights as men. I feel the same way about Caleb. Normally if a hero offers a heroine to be his mistress only it pisses me off. It normally colors the whole read for me and I dislike the jerk hero that wanted to get the milk for free in a time when giving away the milk ruined women for life. But some how I really ended up loving Caleb too. I felt his action spoke louder then his sometimes stupid words. The passion in this book was well written and sexy. The plot kept me invested. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what happened to Lily's sisters! P.S. I listened to this book on audio and Pilar Witherspoon did an amazing job in her reading of this book. Her voice was so nice and I loved the life she brought to the characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    This book seemed like an early attempt. Heroine most annoying. I tried to give this book a chance and ended up feeling extremely frustrated because the story just wouldn't go anywhere! We were always back to Lily's "you don't marry me I can't go with you". But she always went with him. Then she blamed Caleb for his arrogance. I am interested in knowing what happened to Lily's sisters though. This book seemed like an early attempt. Heroine most annoying. I tried to give this book a chance and ended up feeling extremely frustrated because the story just wouldn't go anywhere! We were always back to Lily's "you don't marry me I can't go with you". But she always went with him. Then she blamed Caleb for his arrogance. I am interested in knowing what happened to Lily's sisters though.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I have to say that I really thought that this book would be better. I had seen it many times in the book stores and thought about grabbing it, but now that I have read it I can't figure out why it is everywhere when many of her other books are so much better. I could see that this was an early work of hers right off the bat. And I took that into consideration. But over all I couldn't ignore the repetitive nature of this book. Lily is a woman that was abandoned by her mother and separated by her I have to say that I really thought that this book would be better. I had seen it many times in the book stores and thought about grabbing it, but now that I have read it I can't figure out why it is everywhere when many of her other books are so much better. I could see that this was an early work of hers right off the bat. And I took that into consideration. But over all I couldn't ignore the repetitive nature of this book. Lily is a woman that was abandoned by her mother and separated by her sisters early in life. She vowed to find each one of them again someday, and longed for a home of her own. After abandoning the one person that cared about her in this world, she starts a life of her own in a small town in Washington state. She files for a homestead in the area and plans on working and saving to build a house and start a farm there. But when she meets a handsome Major in the Cavalry she finds that she has feelings for him. Lily is a stubborn character and she gets on your nerves sometimes throughout the story. After becoming Intimate with the major she immediately feels guilty and trys to forget her feelings for him and vows to not give up on her dreams of Independence. This creates a cycle of temptation, giving in, and re avowing her dreams over and over again in the book. I found this very frustrating and at times I had to put the book down and do other things to get my mind off of it. There were so many twists and turns in the story and it could have been much better if LLM has taken it in a different direction. If I had been the Major I would have dropped her like a hot potato. To fickle for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    2.5 stars I'm not really one for writing reviews, but this book warrants it. Not because I particularly liked it, but because I really thought I would. Needless to say, it fell short of my expectations. Lily and her sisters ended up on the orphan train when their mom gave them up. They were all adopted separately and she vowed to find them some day. Years later, she leaves her adopted brother, the only member of her adopted family who cares for her, to make it on her own. She buys a homestead and 2.5 stars I'm not really one for writing reviews, but this book warrants it. Not because I particularly liked it, but because I really thought I would. Needless to say, it fell short of my expectations. Lily and her sisters ended up on the orphan train when their mom gave them up. They were all adopted separately and she vowed to find them some day. Years later, she leaves her adopted brother, the only member of her adopted family who cares for her, to make it on her own. She buys a homestead and plans to live there on her own as a farmer. Then she meets the major and they fall in lust. I can't say I hated the book because there were parts I liked, but I have never been so indifferent towards MCs. The major was an alpha male, but not in the ways that I usually love. He was completely full of himself and only wanted one thing from her. As the story progresses and it becomes obvious they have feelings for each other, it was Lily's turn. She was so stubborn and didn't know what she wanted. One moment she wanted him and the next she was refusing to give up her independence. One moment she was sleeping with him, the next she was refusing to marry him. I do understand what was motivating her considering the kind of life she's lived but it was a cycle that repeated itself over and over again. Her indecision was basically half the contents of the book. So many times I wanted to just stop reading but I hate not knowing how a book ends so I sucked it up and finished it. The hero did become somewhat more likable but Lily stayed immature and stubborn. They got their happy ending but, for me, it was not worth it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christel

    I really liked this book. It is in the Orphan Train Series. The characters were will developed and the plot of the story was also good. Just to see the developement of the storyline and the ending were just good enough to keep you interested.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gerd

    Another visit to Romancelandia, and though I enjoyed myself more than last time, I can still safely say that Historical Romance isn't mine. However, on the plus side stands that the main protag at least recognizes the stupidity of being blindly driven by lust - not that it helps her any, but still it's nice to have a character that admits to their actions being nonsensical. She's not just educated but also, at times, willing to make use of it and to take a stand for herself and womankind. On the mi Another visit to Romancelandia, and though I enjoyed myself more than last time, I can still safely say that Historical Romance isn't mine. However, on the plus side stands that the main protag at least recognizes the stupidity of being blindly driven by lust - not that it helps her any, but still it's nice to have a character that admits to their actions being nonsensical. She's not just educated but also, at times, willing to make use of it and to take a stand for herself and womankind. On the minus side stands the (usual?) often detestable male lead - I mean really, ever heard of equality, Neanderthal? To be fair here, the fact that the female lead accepts that behaviour easily long as he "makes love" to her isn't in her favour either, and effectively cancels out what I listed on the plus side above. I do have to give the author this that she, unlike the linked other, doesn't simply forget her story once the humping starts and decides to make this into the whole discernible plot, no, there's actually a story to be traced in this book. Not a terrific one, but nonetheless - a story. And we do have characters that, in their humping pauses, actually take the time to talk (how novel!) with each other. As Historical Romances go, in my reading experience, it's not as porny as others. But the purple prose in this one is at times out to kill you. :) Edited rating: For some reason I did intially rate this with a three star. While I do remeber the purple prose to have been on the hilarious side and having me made laugh out loud at times, I feel that it was a far to generous rating given the things that still negatively stand out to me. *Minor spoilers ahead* Namely the fact that there are at least two occasions in the story in which the male lead threatens the female lead with sexualized violence. That's not sexy banter, and most certainly not romantic by any count. On top of that, this is followed through in the story with a scene that can be at most gracious called "non-con" but actually is rape by any other name. In that scene the female lead tries, for reasons that escape me right now, to get into the the male lead's home through a window but gets stuck there. The male lead then discovers her and proceeds, against her initial protest, to "take advantage" of her. It does not speak in favour of a story if that is what you're left remebering about the leading couple.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    The first chapter of the Orphan Train series introduces us to Lily Chalmers, a six year old girl who's been sent west on the orphan train with her two sisters. Abandoned by their mother, the girls are soon separated, adopted in to homes one by one, leaving Lily alone as the train continues it's westward journey. Fast forward about fifteen years and Lily is now a grown woman, a strong girl who refuses to give up hope that she will find her lost siblings...if she just keeps writing letters and sta The first chapter of the Orphan Train series introduces us to Lily Chalmers, a six year old girl who's been sent west on the orphan train with her two sisters. Abandoned by their mother, the girls are soon separated, adopted in to homes one by one, leaving Lily alone as the train continues it's westward journey. Fast forward about fifteen years and Lily is now a grown woman, a strong girl who refuses to give up hope that she will find her lost siblings...if she just keeps writing letters and stays where she can be found. The book started out nicely and I was a big fan of Lily's strength. She spoke her mind without hesitation and was clear about what she wanted. When she meets Major Caleb Halliday, her world is turned upside down. He's instantly drawn to Lily and refuses to back out of her life. I didn't like Caleb at first. He was pushy, arrogant and insulted Lily right from the start. He doesn't want "love" or "marriage"...it's too risky for the heart...but his world is also about to change. Lily goes toe to toe with him, refusing to give up her dreams or her independence to become his mistress. I thought the dialogue was well done and the quarreling between Caleb and Lily was entertaining, until about Chapter 15. Then it became annoying as they rehashed the same issues over and over again. I still enjoyed the characters and the story, but I think the book could've been streamlined a little better. Every other chapter turned out to be a sex scene that cost the couple any ground they'd made toward reaching a mutual understanding about their relationship. Other than that, I really did enjoy the story. Miller writes colorful characters and vivid scenes that are easy to sit back and absorb. I'll be moving on to the next book in the series!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lori D

    Audible review This is the first audible I have listen to by this author. Overall the story was excellent. The start of a story of three young girls who were put on the Orphan train due to their mother wanting to get rid of them due to her latest "man". Heartbreaking as this one follows the youngest Lily who is taken in by a family who only wanted her to be a playmate to their young daughter who "picked her out". Years later Lily is on her own and wants only a piece of land and to find her two si Audible review This is the first audible I have listen to by this author. Overall the story was excellent. The start of a story of three young girls who were put on the Orphan train due to their mother wanting to get rid of them due to her latest "man". Heartbreaking as this one follows the youngest Lily who is taken in by a family who only wanted her to be a playmate to their young daughter who "picked her out". Years later Lily is on her own and wants only a piece of land and to find her two sisters since they were all separated. But then she meets and is overwhelmed by Major Caleb Halliday and she finds passion but stays focused on her goal. I did get really aggravated with Lily pushing Caleb away at every chance, but she was really damaged due to her mother. A long journey ensures but a lot happens along the way... Not to be missed. I enjoyed the narrator although I had to speed up the vocals a little which sounded perfect... Excited to hear Emma's story next!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Okay, I am sorry, but Lilly was one of the most annoying heroines I have even encountered in a romance novel. She is stubborn to excess and quite honestly, an idiot. She gives it all of the time, even when treated like crap. She has absolutely no self respect. Oh sure, I will give it up to you all of the time, but treat you like a complete jerk any other time. Caleb is a stud who actually comes off better than Lilly, only because he isn't an absolute idiot like she is. I started the trilogy with Okay, I am sorry, but Lilly was one of the most annoying heroines I have even encountered in a romance novel. She is stubborn to excess and quite honestly, an idiot. She gives it all of the time, even when treated like crap. She has absolutely no self respect. Oh sure, I will give it up to you all of the time, but treat you like a complete jerk any other time. Caleb is a stud who actually comes off better than Lilly, only because he isn't an absolute idiot like she is. I started the trilogy with Emma and I liked that book, but there was too much repetition between Caroline and Lilly. Anyway, long story short, DO NOT BUY THE BOOK, get it from the library and ONLY if you feel like you have to read all of the books in the trilogy. And the end where all of them come together in the last book, sucks. Like a climax that never happens. It needs a Deus ex machina to come in and save it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yz the Whyz

    The first book in a trilogy about three orphans. This is the story of Lily, the youngest of the three. Lily's dream is to have her own farm and find her sisters. One glance at Lily and Major Caleb wants her for his mistress. A tale of two stubborn individuals, each bent on getting their own ways, but are helpless against their attraction with each other. Together, they learned the importance of compromise as they slowly learned to trust each other, and finally found love. It's a pretty decent stor The first book in a trilogy about three orphans. This is the story of Lily, the youngest of the three. Lily's dream is to have her own farm and find her sisters. One glance at Lily and Major Caleb wants her for his mistress. A tale of two stubborn individuals, each bent on getting their own ways, but are helpless against their attraction with each other. Together, they learned the importance of compromise as they slowly learned to trust each other, and finally found love. It's a pretty decent story, even though after a while, I sort of got tired of the arguments between the hero and the heroine. Also there is a cliffhanger in the ending, although it wasn't enough for me to start reading the next book. Oh, well....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I almost didn't finish this one. In fact, from about 70% on I pretty much skimmed until the end. I once again could not take the immaturity of the lead female character. It's one thing if she starts off immature and she annoys you at the front, but then the character grows and matures throughout the book and redeems herself. Lily did NOT grow one little ounce throughout the whole book, having temper tantrums and leaving without word and promising to marry Caleb when they're having sex but then t I almost didn't finish this one. In fact, from about 70% on I pretty much skimmed until the end. I once again could not take the immaturity of the lead female character. It's one thing if she starts off immature and she annoys you at the front, but then the character grows and matures throughout the book and redeems herself. Lily did NOT grow one little ounce throughout the whole book, having temper tantrums and leaving without word and promising to marry Caleb when they're having sex but then taking it back right afterward, over and over and OVER again. It was painful and felt middle-school-ish. I may attempt the next book just to see what happens with the sisters. But if the next lead female is as bad as this one, it won't be finished.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Lily and her sisters were put on the orphan train heading west. Separated when lily was six she has spent her life trying to find them. Caleb is in the military and when he first spies lily all he wants is for her to be his mistress, lily on the other hand has plans for her life. The characters and storyline were okay but I was never really riveted. I am interested to see what happens with Lilly's sisters. Lily and her sisters were put on the orphan train heading west. Separated when lily was six she has spent her life trying to find them. Caleb is in the military and when he first spies lily all he wants is for her to be his mistress, lily on the other hand has plans for her life. The characters and storyline were okay but I was never really riveted. I am interested to see what happens with Lilly's sisters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fiki

    I read this book when I was much younger and I liked it. After reading it again a few days ago i realized it was truly awful. i did not enjoy it at all. The major was alright but lily was silly and ridiculous.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Addicted2Luv

    Loved the characters and the setting (Washington territory 1800's). 1st in the Orphan Train series. Loved the characters and the setting (Washington territory 1800's). 1st in the Orphan Train series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book was kind of hard to get through but not because there was anything wrong with the writing or the plot… It just was at a pace I wasn’t used to and had a lot of extraneous text that I wasn’t sure where it was going. But I really liked the writing style and plot development. It’s more of a 3 1/2 star review to be perfectly honest but I liked the writing and such enough that it was worth bumping it up to a four star. Those two really came along way from the beginning of the book to the end This book was kind of hard to get through but not because there was anything wrong with the writing or the plot… It just was at a pace I wasn’t used to and had a lot of extraneous text that I wasn’t sure where it was going. But I really liked the writing style and plot development. It’s more of a 3 1/2 star review to be perfectly honest but I liked the writing and such enough that it was worth bumping it up to a four star. Those two really came along way from the beginning of the book to the end… And both their attitudes in the way they view things. I would’ve liked to of seen more time in Pennsylvania I think I will read the other two books in the series and check out how the other two sisters faired.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Want to read — January 27, 2015 Didn’t like this one as well as the second one. Couldn’t really agree/understand her reluctance to marry after she was pregnant. It took W-A-Y too long for her to decide. Then, she only decided to marry immediately after she found out her mother was dead. What did that have to do with the price of hemp in China? 😏 Lily was ridiculously fractious. The least little thing set her off. I get it that she didn’t want to be dominated by a man. I get it. I don’t need yet an Want to read — January 27, 2015 Didn’t like this one as well as the second one. Couldn’t really agree/understand her reluctance to marry after she was pregnant. It took W-A-Y too long for her to decide. Then, she only decided to marry immediately after she found out her mother was dead. What did that have to do with the price of hemp in China? 😏 Lily was ridiculously fractious. The least little thing set her off. I get it that she didn’t want to be dominated by a man. I get it. I don’t need yet another lame example. But it doesn’t work any better for her to dominate him. Had she never heard the word “co-operate?” I suppose this is a generous 4*. It is actually a generous 3.5 rounded up to a 4*.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marie Piper

    DNF, and it makes me sad. LLM is one of my favorite western historical romance writers, and I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series (apparently I read it out of order, whoops) but LILY & THE MAJOR bugged me from the beginning. Lily is a sort of annoying heroine, and Caleb is the worst. Not the worst in that adorable rakish devil sort of way romance relies on all the time, but the worst in a misogynistic, liar, aggressive bordering on stalker-y way. So yeah, DNF. That said, LLM is the best a DNF, and it makes me sad. LLM is one of my favorite western historical romance writers, and I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series (apparently I read it out of order, whoops) but LILY & THE MAJOR bugged me from the beginning. Lily is a sort of annoying heroine, and Caleb is the worst. Not the worst in that adorable rakish devil sort of way romance relies on all the time, but the worst in a misogynistic, liar, aggressive bordering on stalker-y way. So yeah, DNF. That said, LLM is the best and I won't stop reading her books. This one is just a misstep. :(

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This book tells the readers about the life Lily has led after she and her older sisters are separated. She is an adult now and determined to live her life the way she's always planned to, but then Major Caleb Halliday crosses her path, and her plans quickly change to fit him into them…almost against Lily's will. Another story full of interesting characters. And spicy romantic scenes between Lily and Caleb. This book tells the readers about the life Lily has led after she and her older sisters are separated. She is an adult now and determined to live her life the way she's always planned to, but then Major Caleb Halliday crosses her path, and her plans quickly change to fit him into them…almost against Lily's will. Another story full of interesting characters. And spicy romantic scenes between Lily and Caleb.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Richard Guerrero

    I did enjoy the book at times, did like some of the characters but overall the book went on and on. I love good strong women in the books I read but this one just kept going on and on Evan for me kept pushing too much. I was in the middle and about 3/4 of the book and kept saying how much longer it would be. One of the better things, great sex,I did notknow they did that in 1878. LOL

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Tyler

    Overall, I really liked this book, but these characters got on my nerves at times. Lily was just overly stubborn throughout this book for some senseless reason, which ended getting her in dangerous situations. The premise of the book is what drew me to want to read this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A lot of tension and arguing throughout, some humor and dealing with the realities of women in that time

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Nicksy

    So rapey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie Martinez

    Great! loved Major Caleb the only thing that was annoying was Lily constantly leaving him all the time and wanting her precious homestead.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Gaspar

    Romance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A great book. Definitely bittersweet!

  26. 4 out of 5

    LHC Girl

    Absolutely Fabulous What a great read. Sorry to see it end. Hope we find out more about them in the second book. Can't wait to read the next two books. Absolutely Fabulous What a great read. Sorry to see it end. Hope we find out more about them in the second book. Can't wait to read the next two books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Rated 3.5 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alycia Luster

    I really disliked this novel. It’s totally frustrating and the heroine is a total idiot and flippy flappy!! I want to strangle her and the hero is a total ass.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Soukup

    Part one of a trilogy about a trio of sisters who were separated at young ages because their mother gives them up. Lily, the youngest, meets an officer in the army and the hard-to-get behavior ensues. This book was a little mundane, but okay overall.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I’m going to be very vain and say that the covers is what drawn me into the Orphan Train series. They aren’t extravagant, but still very appeasing to me. Originally I was only wanting to read ‘Emma and the Outlaw’, but I thought what the heck, I’ll tackle them all from the beginning, which I’m glad I did. I’ve never read a book by Linda Lael Miller, so I had no idea how humorous this would turn out to be. Lily and Caleb’s banter was down right gut busting at times. I really loved the scene where I’m going to be very vain and say that the covers is what drawn me into the Orphan Train series. They aren’t extravagant, but still very appeasing to me. Originally I was only wanting to read ‘Emma and the Outlaw’, but I thought what the heck, I’ll tackle them all from the beginning, which I’m glad I did. I’ve never read a book by Linda Lael Miller, so I had no idea how humorous this would turn out to be. Lily and Caleb’s banter was down right gut busting at times. I really loved the scene where she thought they were being attacked by Indians when secretly Caleb was on good terms with them (it was a humorous ploy into getting her to east with him), and their spats where they build two houses by each other – you’ll have to read it to understand. Aside from the humor, they sure do fight like cats and dogs throughout a good portion of the book, but that was mainly due to Lily not wanting to give up her dream of owning her own piece of lander where she can farm it. And man, I don’t know if this an occurrence in other books of Linda’s or not, but Lily and Caleb were at it like rabbits. I literally lost count of how many sex scenes there was, which I last counted was 6 or 7. Let’s just say Caleb was a lusty fellow from the beginning to the end. I enjoyed this book immensely, much more than I thought I would, I guess the humor is what did it for me. One day I hope to add this one to my physical book collection due to I enjoyed it so much.

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