Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman (Review)

She's hoping to find her first true love.
He's hoping to forget his.
Will her secret come between them?


Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy has moved to Boston and is embracing the city life, with a new name and a wide-open future. When she gets involved with a fast crowd at Ocean Pier--one that includes the handsome Steven O'Connor--she is pulled deeper and deeper into a world of rule breakers and mischief makers. She finds herself drawn to Steven and the whole O'Connor family. But a secret Annie is keeping has the power to destroy her best-laid plans.

Will Steven ever see her as more than a sweet country girl who needs protecting? And will he break her heart when he finds out who she really is?

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.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

MY THOUGHTS:
A Love Surrendered was a wonderful novel full of everything I've come to love and expect from a Julie Lessman novel! I have to say that my favorite scenes in the book were the ones that had Charity in them. She is by far my favorite female character and I hate that this may be the last time I will read about her.

There were some very surprising twists in this story. As soon as I was sure that something was going to go one way, a twist would come along and completely change my opinion. Let me know tell you, this made the book a real page-turner!

The ending was terrific! It was everything an ending should be and so much more - an absolutely wonderful conclusion to this beloved series.

My only complaints with the book are:

1) It was SO much shorter than all the other books about the O'Connor family. All the other ones are closer to 500 pages, while this one is barely 400! I heard after I finished the book that several scenes were cut. One of them was a scene between Lizzie and her husband, and I really missed them being in here - by themselves, that is. I remember while reading thinking "where is their scene", because usually there are separate scenes with all the married couples. Even though I missed not having a scene with each of them, the book is still fantastic. I don't understand why the publisher had to cut down the length of the book, especially when I see books out there that are much longer than this one.

2) I like the covers for all the books in the Winds of Change series, but I would have LOVED them had they been more like the ones in the Daughters of Boston series. Those have a picture of both leads, not just the woman, and with the last two books in this series being about the O'Connor sons, I hated that I didn't have a visual of them.

However, these two points are just me being picky and they really had very little impact on my enjoyment of the book. Just thought I'd mention them for those who love this family as much as I do :D

If you have read all the other books in the O'Connor family saga, I definitely think you should read A Love Surrendered - though I doubt you needed my recommendation! If you've never read one of Julie Lessman's books be sure to read them in order - I can't stress this enough! Her books are a continual story and if you were to read this one first you would know ALL the major points of the other books and that would greatly spoil your enjoyment of them! I have reread some of them and still love them, but there is nothing like the first time when you don't know what is going to happen. Also, if you read them out of order you wouldn't get the full impact of some of the scenes with Steven's siblings - which are some of my favorite ones!

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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


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BOOK DETAILS:
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734176
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Book


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