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Monday, October 29, 2012

Review of Julie Lessman's Long-Awaited Prequel A Light in the Window!

I don't think I've ever waited so long for a prequel...ever. I've read and influenced for all six of Julie's books. Her voice is fresh, and her approach to passion with integrity exemplary. Definitely not "typical" Christian fiction in that category...and all the more reason to love it.

Getting to read A Light in the Window was such a treat, because it introduced us to Marcy and Patrick's story....where it all begins.

Here's a blurb from Julie's website:

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues.
But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her,
attraction, dreams and faith only muddle her mind.
Can the light in the window illuminate the path of true love?

A light in the window refers to an old tradition, mainly during Christmas time, in which a candle was placed in the window as a sign of welcome and a symbol of the warmth of home during the holidays.

Marcy, directing a Christmas production called A Light in the Window, is put into close proximity with Patrick O'Connor and Sam O'Rourke, both of whom were caught slipping a little communion wine after hours and have to pay penance.

Both boys are notorious rogues, and Marcy is not looking for anything with either of them, though she's had a crush on Sam, her childhood best friend's brother, for years. Unlucky for her, she sparks the interest of both men, and a merry chase ensues. 
Julie typing away at another bestseller.

To me, reading this book was akin to the satisfaction I feel when I slide in the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Everything fit perfectly and the entire picture could be seen all at once. Learning about Patrick was more eye-opening than I thought. His history as a player made me long to reread passages in previous books when he talked to his sons about their behavior. And learning about his family life--or lack thereof--made his desire for a strong, happy family all the more understandable. Marcy's strict expectations governing Faith and Charity made sense, given her values and morals. This book just made it all fit together so well. 

I wondered how Julie would draw us in to read a book for which we all knew the outcome. She did so be engendering that little girl crush Marcy had on Sam! I was reading and actually getting worried that she wasn't going to end up with Patrick...even though I knew better! So don't be fooled by a prequel written after the fact. It's as much a page-turner as the other ones. 

It releases November 9th and is available for pre-order now! Click here!

Let's Analyze

Have you, like Marcy, ever had a childhood crush spring back into your life? How did that previous connection help or hinder you?