Thursday, December 20, 2012
A Love Surrendered
Winds of Change Series
By Julie Lessman
Revell, October 2012
About the Book
Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents’ death. But when she falls hard for Steven O’Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?
A Love Surrendered is another fabulous romance by Lessman. She turns up the heat and pulls at the heartstrings as few authors do well. I enjoyed this novel as much as the others, and in typical Lessman style, she had me biting my nails for a bit while I wondered what would happen to Steven and his love life. One of my favorite things about Lessman’s stories is you never have to fully grieve the loss of a character because they tend to pop up in subsequent books.
After getting to know so many of the O’Connor clan, it was great to see them again in this book. I adore their continual teasing of each other and witnessing their fiery love lives. The author definitely shows passion with a purpose and is true to her tagline. The faith element is always strong in Lessman’s books as well. The heart to heart that Steven had with his dad was heart-wrenching. I also got a bit misty eyed when Gabe got her Christmas gift.
The twist at the end was a nice touch. My heart sang for Faith and Collin and their special blessing as well as for Sean and Emma’s Christmas gift. Sigh. The love in that family makes me wish mine lived closer. One thing I really love about this series is how it shows the strong bond that families have. It also shows that putting God first is the answer to a well-balanced love life. If that isn’t wisdom, I don’t know what is. Great series as usual, not that I expected anything less.
Healing Hearts . . . fiction making an impact on real lives . . .
New titles releasing in 2012: Decision to Love, It’s Not About Her, Somebody Love Me,
Out of Time, and Surprise Love