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Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

Publisher: Revell (Baker Publishing) 
Pages: 505 
Series: Wind of Change 
Source: Publisher 

It's 1929 and Katie O'Connor has her whole life planned out. She's all for women's improvement and moving forward. She's opinionated, headstrong, and adamant that she will not be a stay-at-home wife and mother. She hasn't ruled out children, but she will decide what is best for her. Katie wants a law career, and she has figured out a way to accomplish her task. Her boyfriend Jack is perfect for her, he's wrapped around her little finger, and has the contacts to get her where she wants to be. Katie has it all planned out: perfect husband, law school, career. Katie comes from a wealthy, privileged household. As the youngest child, she is spoilt. Her mother is not willing to accept that there will be no more children in the house, after Katie goes to law school. Her circle of self-centered, affluent friends are only concerned about one thing- having fun. Katie scoffs at her sisters faith, she brushes aside her families religious ties. She sees no comfort in faith. Katie is about to learn some life lessons. When her curfew is missed one too many times, her strict father lays down the rules and refuses to accept her many excuses. Katie is forbidden from seeing Jack all summer, and she is sentenced to volunteer work. Her father sets her up to work for the Boston Children's Aid Society, the one big problem is Cluny McGee. Her new boss and childhood adversary. Although Katie and Cluny are older, the feelings haven't changed. They both have many childhood issues to work through. Katie dreads working under him, and Cluny McGee recognizes his advantage and position. Katie's carefully plotted future begins to unravel. When is becomes clear that she may need to change her life plans, Katie has to rationalize her situation. Her life changes, her family is threatened and her faith challenged. 

This is the first in the Wind of Change series. Originally, Julie Lessman wrote the Daughters of Boston Series. The characters in 'A Hope Undaunted' are first introduced in The Daughters of Boston series. I haven't read the previous series, but I immediately added them to my wishlist. I'm new to Christian Fiction, and before last year I never knew this genre existed. I have fallen in love with this genre. This new series deals with the youngest sister, Katie. I absolutely adored this book, I didn't want to put it down and I was sad to leave the characters behind when I closed the book. I can't wait for the next one! A fast paced, suspenseful book. I thought I figured it about and knew where this story was going, I expected it to predictable, I can assure you it was not. I wanted to cry, laugh and point Katie in the right directions. I was shocked, angry, and relieved while reading about the direction her life would take. Book Two: A Heart Revealed...I can't wait!

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  1. I read this several months ago and enjoyed it as well!

  2. I was thinking about getting this one, thanks for the great review.

  3. JENNIFER!!! Thank you SO very much for your great review, my friend -- MUCH appreciated!! A Heart Revealed just came out yesterday, so I am REALLY excited and hope you will visit my website calendar for current blog giveaways I have going on where you could possibly win it.

    Also, I don't know if you got AHU on the free Kindle and B&N Nook download, which started yesterday, but if you would pass the word, I'd be GREATLY appreciative. Heck ... it's a free book, so that's a good word to pass, right??

    Have a GREAT weekend!


  4. I love books set in the 1920s so I am certainly intrigued by this one!

  5. It's so exciting when you find a new genre to love! I've heard lots of great things about this series.

  6. I often have a hard time with Christian Fiction. It is nice to get a lead on a good book!

  7. I had some issues with the author's earlier books (though I admit they were good reads) so passed on a review copy of this one. I did just get it as an Amazon freebie so I'll check it out.

  8. I would think that working for the Children's Aid Society should open her eyes and cause her to realize how fortunate she is in her life, giving her some empathy for her fellow human beings. This sounds like a lovely read; thanks for the review.

  9. Another amazing review. I get so excited when I hear your take on a latest find.