Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman (review)

Hope Undaunted, A: A Novel (Winds of Change)Product Description
The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever? A Hope Undaunted is the engrossing first book in the WINDS OF CHANGE series from popular author Julie Lessman. Readers will thrill at the highly charged romance in this passionate story.
My review:
I have never read anything written by Julie Lessman before and I am totally blown away by her ability to draw us into a novel making us feel as if we know the characters personally. The authors writing style captures your attention from the beginning with a story that flows so easily that your totally engrossed and unable to stop reading till the conclusion.

The roaring twenties are coming to an end and Katie O'Connor knows exactly what she is going to do with her life. She is fresh out of high school, and has plans on going to law school in the fall, she wants to become self sufficient, answering to no one, well except her dad that is, because he is the key, she wont be able to attend law school unless he pays for it.

She also has a boyfriend that will be the perfect husband, Jack, he is handsome, well connected, has money everything she could want. Life should be great, right? Well except for the fact that her dad is tired of Katie not obeying curfew, so when he decides to ground her for the summer, and volunteers her to work for the Children's Aide Society. To make matters worse a childhood adversary, Cluny "Luke" McGee will be her boss.

Sparks literally fly between Katie and Luke, and even when it becomes clear that Katie may need to change her well laid plans she is to stubborn to realize it.

I must say that in the beginning I really didn't like Katie very well, she seemed like a spoiled girl to me, but once I got a bit of her background, I saw her in a much different light, and really could understand where she was coming from, and I enjoyed the fact that she was such a strong character, knowing what she wanted.
I really enjoyed how Katie's family was included in this story, the secondary characters were very grounded and their faith in God really shined thru.

I loved reading Katie's story and have fallen in love with the O'Connor family. I can't wait to read the next book in this exciting series !

About the author:

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her white-hot passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and 2009 Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied.

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This book was provided by Revell Publishing in return for an honest review.

"Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."


  1. Sounds like an exciting read and I love a strong female lead!

    I also love your blog background :) Reminds me of curtains my mum made for me when I was a toddler - I loved those curtains *sigh*

  2. awesome review!! i'm hoping to read this series!!

  3. Nicole, It is an amazing read. I always love finding new to me authors that can write strong leading ladies but also can make them seem very feminine at the same time.Thanks for the comment on the background, I felt like fall, and the owls actually reminded me of a set of salt and pepper shakers my mom had while I was growing up :). Thanks for your comment and for dropping by my blog, I really appreciate it!

  4. Carrie,
    You will love this book! I had never read this author before but she has such a way with words wow! I feel compelled to go back and read all of her work, while waiting impatiently for the next book in this series.

  5. Following you back!! Thanks for following us

    Julie and Adele
    The Coupon Cents Sisters

  6. Sounds like a good book- thanks for writing about it. I am your newest follower. Please come and check out my blog and follow me too.

  7. hi brenda, returning your follow. Love the owls on your blog, too cute!

  8. Sounds like a good one! have to check it out.

  9. This sounds great...I love books set in the 1920-30's and I also love series books, so this is a twofer for me :) Thanks for highlighting it!

  10. Great review!

    I also enjoyed A Hope Undaunted and am a big fan of Julie Lessman.

    I found the characters to be fairly three dimensional and enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Katie and Luke - although at times I was surprised by Katie’s sudden abrupt turns. The O’Connor family is true to form in their larger-than-life sort of Irish personalities and entertaining as always.

    I posted a more in-depth review of my own at:


  11. Oops!

    When I said a "more in-depth review" I meant more in-depth compared to the short comment I had made.

    Sorry if that was unclear.



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