Lila's Vow


By Diane Wylie

Publisher : Vinspire Publishing

ABOUT Diane Wylie

Diane Wylie
Historical romance author, Diane Wylie, loves books that will take her on an emotional roller coaster ride. What better genre than romance to do that? She has always particularly loved historical romances for their dashing heroes and beautiful heroines.   Since watching Gone With the Win More...


Schoolteacher Lila Sutton finds her one true love when cavalryman Captain Jack Montgomery rides into Gettysburg. But receiving word of his death leads her to seek her own type of revenge.


Imprisoned for a year, Jack returns to an uncertain future filled with turmoil and danger, when all he wants is Lila.

Having read Jenny’s Passion, the first book in this series, I was anxiously awaiting Lila’s Vow, and hoping the anticipation was worth it. As the mother of a United States Marine who has been to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was wounded in battle, Ms. Wylie had me at the book’s dedication, but as I read the story, I simply could not put it down until I had devoured every last word.

Lila’s Vow is an extremely well written novel, but beyond being well written, it is also a story that touches the heart and soul. Ms. Wylie does a wonderful job of weaving the characters’ stories and lives together. I also loved the fact that she brought the love between Jenny and David into this story, which flowed seamlessly from Jenny’s Passion to Lila’s Vow and gave the feeling that this really wasn’t two separate novels, but one incredible account of the lives of real people. The author didn’t leave out Lila’s mother either, and I loved it that she brought romance and marriage to a woman of an age I can really relate to!

Don’t miss this book! And Ms. Wylie, when is the next installment coming? Please tell me there is a third book on the way!

Rating: 5 roses

Rie McGaha, Romance Writers Unlimited


 Winner of a Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend Award. 

"This award recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. Your book has received this award because I feel it is above and beyond a 5 Cup Rating."

"An absolute wonderful book, completely awesome!!!"


"Diane Wylie describes an outstanding tale that has the reader feeling compassion for the characters. With the sudden destruction of lives and homes, along with the smell of blood in the air during the devastating war, she depicts an era that breathes life in the pages. One can feel the trepidation and sorrow, even when the soldiers storm into the people’s homes. Lila’s Vow is a story that moved me with its emotions and in-depth sensations. When I read about Jack and the Andersonville Prison, it reminded me of the time I visited and practically could feel those who had been slain there. This is one extraordinary story that comes highly recommended and should not be missed."

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More



This is an amazing book, the characters are outstanding, and they draw you into their life. Ms Wylie is an excellent writer of the civil war era. This is a story with emotion, a wonderful love story and one that you can not put down. If you are a reader that loves Historical Romance then I highly recommend this book. I could not put the book down and read it one day. You will not want to miss any of Ms. Wylie’s Historical Romances. I know you will not be the least disappointed.

Lynn Fowlston



Long and Short Reviews

5 books

Diane Wylie has a gift for taking the harsh realities of life in the Civil War and interweaving her characters into the fabric. The battle of Gettysburg, the horrors of Andersonville, the confederate submarine Hunley all become characters under Wylie’s hands. Lila and Jack’s story is compelling, but for me, as wonderful as the love story is, it almost becomes secondary to the history. The Jack’s capture and incarceration in Andersonville and Lila’s stint with the Pinkerton agency show Wylie’s grasp of the many levels of life and experience in this tumultuous time in our country. I particularly enjoyed this story’s exciting and unexpected climax.

Water Lily

Two Lips Reviews
5 Lips and Reviewers Choice Award
"...Lila's Vow is a fantastic ride through history and a love that would not surrender to the devastations of the most terrible war America has ever known.  Ms. Wylie capturedthe Civil War in vivid detail and I believe I learned some things I did not know before I read this book.  Ms. Wylie created a story of great joy and absolute sorrow.  I could not put this book down.  At times the sorrowful events ripped at my heart and, at others, it soared with the ability of the characters to overcome impossible circumstances.  The characters were flawed and beautiful in their strength of purpose and pure grit.  Ms. Wylie made me believe in them as if they were breathing people with all the defects and wonderful spirit of humanity. Lila's Vow is an unforgettable story.  I look forward to reading about Jack’s friend, David, in her upcoming book, Jenny’s Passion. Bravo Ms. Wylie, Lila's Vow is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time."
Blue Ribbon Rating 1-5 – 4

"...LILA’S VOW is a sweetly seducing love story that impeccably weaves into it the grizzly aspects of war with the political scheming of the era.  There have been a myriad of stories and movies that have depicted the Battle of Gettysburg, but few really lay bare the devastation that was left in the actual town of Gettysburg.  Through Lila’s eyes, the reader is given a privileged view of how beautiful her town once was, and how years and years later, remnants of the devastating battle still lingered.

Arguably the turning point of the Civil War, battles continued to rage on after Gettysburg for another two years.  Ms. Wylie nicely emphasizes through Jack traumatic hardships the difficulties of not only being separated from your loved ones, but also the harrowing nature of a war with seemingly no end.  Battle scenes are not just about killing rebels or Yankees, it’s also about the dreadful ease of taking a life, and the remorse of a battle’s aftermath. 

LILA’S VOW reads authentically well, leaving the reader sweetly sated when the happy-ever-after eventually (and thankfully) arrives."
Reviewed by Chris at Romance Junkies


"In Lila’s Vow the story continues of a man and woman whose quest for love, honor, and revenge leads to spying, kidnapping and suspense.  Hearing that her husband was killed in the battle of Mine Run, Lila was left with nothing but rage and revenge on the Confederacy for taking away her one true love.   Devastated over Jack’s purported death Lila was enlisted by the Pinkerton agency to pose as a southern belle and spy on the enemy.

The author whose research into this period of history is second to none, tells the story from both sides as to Jack’s trials and tribulations in the hell-hole of Andersonville prison, to Lila’s careful and dangerous infiltration into the higher echelon of the Confederacy in order to help the Union bring a quick end to this shameful war which pitted brothers against brothers.

With her superb writing skills and exhaustive research, Ms. Wylie sets the stage with vivid imagery of the battles, the pain and the blood, and have you ducking from the cannonballs of the major and minor battles.  You’ll see and smell the horror and stench of the confederate prison; and see and feel the joy of a jubilant reunion between two lovers.  However, Wylie doesn’t let it end there and continues to up the bar with more edge of the seat adventure. 

Bottom line:  Ms. Wylie writes a powerhouse of a novel that describes a love like no other and the brave men and women who gave their all for a happy ending.  Excellent reading and highly recommended."

Reviewed by Marilyn

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