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.”