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Monday, October 8, 2012

Review and Giveaway of Julie Lessman's A Love Surrendered!

Oh lordy lordy. Julie Lessman. Her name is synonymous with passion with a purpose in the Christian romance world. Lucky me, I'm on the permanent influencer list, so I'll never miss a new release of hers! Her 3rd book in the Winds of Change series (and 6th book about the O'Connor family) is up for grabs for one lucky commenter!

Here's a blurb from Julie's website:

He broke her sister’s heart …
will she be next?

Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt, longing for romance to fill the void of her parent’s 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 she’s Maggie’s sister?

With heart-pounding romance, intense family drama, and the emotional twists and turns Julie Lessman fans have come to expect, A Love Surrendered will ignite your senses and inspire your spirit.

This book was my favorite of the Winds of Change series, mainly because Steven is dealing with some serious emotional issues that cripple him in the present, and the secret of Annie's identity is one to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Steven's kind of been one of my fav O'Connors because Julie did a wonderful job of dropping little tidbits about him through the other books. We've gotten to watch him grow up from the sidelines, essentially, and come into a maturity that wasn't without it's scarring. Lessman fans have waited a long time for him to bite the romantic bullet!

I have to imagine that there are many, many young men out there with Steven's background...who have done things they aren't proud of, and carry around a load of guilt as a result. He's apprehensive about being around a certain type of girl (namely, one just like Annie!), though they are irresistible to him, and call to him like a Siren. Yet he's not able to trust himself with his passionate response to them.

Julie deals with passion in her books so well....I can rave on and on. It's God-given, nothing to be ashamed of....when in the confines of marriage. I so appreciate the family saga of Julie's series, because we get glimpses of Faith and Charity and Katie and Sean (and their parents, Marci and Patrick)...and various marital issues they now face, such as infertility, infidelity scares, and keeping secrets. These are marital issues everyone can relate to, and it's so refreshing that these couples live on in a fictional reality beyond the happily ever after we got in the books where they were featured.

Now I'm looking forward to the most-anticipated prequel in the history of the CBA, surely....the story of Marci and Patrick! A Light in the Window releases Nov. 9th, so GET READY!

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Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, 
a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Let's Analyze

Julie's written 6 incredible books so far, featuring one O'Connor each. Which is your favorite and why?