Keeping Kinley by Annette K. Larsen
"Rylan made me feel like things were possible. Like I was possible, and he was possible, and we could be possible together."
Kinley is content tending her apple orchard, until a chance meeting with a childhood friend changes her priorities. Spending time with nobility is not socially acceptable, but Rylan rejects the norm. He pursues her with an easygoing charm, though she doesn’t dare hope that their relationship will be a reality.
When Kinley’s livelihood is threatened, any thoughts of a relationship are set aside as she’s thrust into Rylan’s world, where commoners and nobility don’t mix. The Rylan she encounters there is not the quirky and carefree friend she thought she knew. Can she trust what her heart has told her and believe in him, or will she be forced to accept that her dreams are only that—dreams?
Annette K. Larsen is an author I can depend on to write a great book that is clean! I love that about her.
Keeping Kinley grabbed my attention right off and was a very pleasant ride to the end. It's a sweet story with very likable characters. And, I'm a sucker for a commoner catching the eye of a "higher class citizen" (Cinderella type) story.
Kinley didn't fit the mold for her "class", and I really liked that about her. She bettered herself, even though most of her station didn't understand why she'd want to read. And, as it turned out, it really helped her older brother too, so benefits all around.
I would read this (and all of Annette's other books) again.
When my sister told me to go read the first couple chapters of this on Kindle Scout I was hooked. I finished it right away (stayed up way too late). Larsen is able to write stories that just drag you in and won't let you go until you finish. I love that she writes strong characters that are real. Not only that, but the story is super clean. I would have no problem having any teen read Keeping Kinley.
I will admit that it seemed like a very similar story line to Just Ella, except reverse. Rylan isn't royalty, but he is in a higher class than Kinley. I especially enjoyed when it brought up the prejudices that both classes felt toward Gavin and Ella.
While this is the 5th book in the Dalthia, it can be read as a stand alone book (but if nothing else you really should read Just Ella because that has been this author's best). I kind of hope that Bram gets a story. He was an interesting side character that I wouldn't mind reading more about.
Title: Keeping Kinley
Author: Annette K. Larsen
Publisher: Kindle Press
Published: May 2017
Source: We received copies from Kindle Scout Program for voting for this book.