Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Hope Undaunted

A Hope Undaunted, the Winds of Change novel, by Julie Lessman focuses on Katie O’Connor, the youngest daughter in a large family who thinks she has her life planned during the ending of the 1920s. Katie is confident and headstrong; she thinks she has her whole life figured out. She is going to attend law school, marry her wealthy boyfriend Jack, and pursue a career in politics which will help her fight for women’s rights. Little does Katie know that her life will change forever when her father’s punishment for her inability to obey his rules puts her in contact with a childhood enemy, Luke McGee.

Throughout this romance, I honestly did not know what the next move would be on the part of Katie and her family. This fact alone made the book stand apart from so many of the romance books available today. I also enjoyed the focus on family throughout this book; Katie wasn’t the only O’Connor family member who received attention in the book. Her sisters’ relationships with their husbands and children were focused upon, as well as the changing relationship between her parents as they begin to experience life without young children in the home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Although it was a little over 500 pages, every turn of the page brought a new dimension to the characters. After completing the book, I learned there is another series which focused on Katie’s three older sisters and the struggles they went through when forming their current relationships. I will definitely be purchasing those books. I am also hoping there will be books written about Katie’s brothers in the Winds of Change novels.

“Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

1 comment:

  1. LAM!!!!

    First of all, I wanted to thank you SO much for not only taking the time to read A Hope Undaunted, but for posting such a great review on your blog -- I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your kind words.

    Since A Hope Undaunted is the first in a new series, I'm hoping to get a big push with lots of positive reviews up front on both and, so I am checking with all the Revell blog-tour reviewers who liked AHU to see if they would mind posting their reviews on Amazon/com and/or You may have already posted reviews that I missed, so if you have, please let me know because I am running a contest on my website that you might be interested in.

    By simply posting your reviews on and/or, you can be entered to win a $50 or gift card plus signed copies of all four of my books (for Christmas presents, maybe??). So if you ARE interested, please let me know and I will enter you, okay?

    Here is the link for the contest:

    LAM, of course I would LOVE to have your great review posted on the above-mentioned two sites, BUT if posting reviews on booksellers' sites is NOT your thing, I certainly understand am just grateful you were kind enough to read my book in the first place and write such a beautifully written review. THANK YOU!!

    Have a blessed week!