Review – A Hope Undaunted

A beautiful, rich, spoiled brat and a handsome lawyer with street roots. Hmm, how much more opposite can you get?? Heh, heh, heh — but it works.
Julie Lessman does it again with A Hope Undaunted, the first book of her Winds of Change series. As the back blurb states:
The 1920’s 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 eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke 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 story cann’t get much better than that, can it? Rich with emotion, description and romance, Ms. Lessman gives us a glimpse into the grown-up characters of Katie O’Connor and Luke McGee – or you might remember him as Cluny McGee – from her outrageously popular Daughters of Boston series. The family saga lives on as Faith, Charity, Lizzie and all the rest pop in and out of the pages of Katie and Luke’s journey of discovery, faith and love.

Ms. Lessman polishes her own facet on the diamond of inspirational romance to a brilliant shine. Known for her edgy romances, she’s gifted us with another slice of nostalgia sure to live on in our hearts long after the last page turns.

To say the least, I cracked open the book and couldn’t put it down until I finished. Romance at its finest!
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2 Responses to Review – A Hope Undaunted

  1. Oh, WOW, Audra, this is an AWESOME review, my friend, and I can’t thank you enough for posting it on your blog!! You are THE BEST!!

    And I told you before, but I really meant it from my heart — connecting with you at ACFW was one of the highlights of the trip, honestly and truly. And you not only blessed me, but many others, several of which specifically mentioned you by name as a blessing! No surprise there!!

    Love ya,

  2. 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