Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Surprised By Love

GIVEAWAY

LESSMAN, JULIE
SURPRISED BY LOVE

Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney's office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

My Review:

Sweet torture. Lessman knows how to deliver a page-turning read filled with love and laughter and plenty of on-the-edge-of-your-seat drama. I savored every blessed word. And had a bit of a cry at the end because this is the last book in the Heart of San Francisco series.

This author has a special way of creating vibrant, true-to-life characters. I love the McClares. The banter and teasing between the siblings. The way they stick by one another when times get tough. They are multidimensional people that have a permanent place in my heart. And I love the unhurried feel as the story unfolds. Like we have all the time in the world to live every precious second right along with Meg and Bram.

And, oh my goodness what a complicated love story! I wouldn't expect anything less from this author though. So I gritted my teeth and plowed through the angsty bits (well, more than bits) and swooned over the romantic ones. And there's a bonus second love story within these pages as well. That one about tore my heart out. I felt pulverized by the end.

Another Lessman classic not to be missed.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Surprised By Love please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 26 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

30 comments:

  1. love Julie's novels...thanks for the chance to read her latest, kav...

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  2. I have only read one her novels, but I absolutely loved it and can't wait to get my hands on more!

    smmcclamrock(at)gmail(dot)com

    Shannah Mauney
    Faith * Love * Books

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    1. Oh, lucky you, Shannah, you have lots of good Lessman reading ahead of you. Good luck!

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  3. Love at first sight of the cover!!! I just love Julie Lessman, such a gracious lady! And, of, course, I must know how the series ends.

    Count me in, please and wish me luck!
    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I know -- and they really captured the spunk in the heroine. You are so right, Janka, Julie is such a lovely person. Good luck.

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  4. I always enjoy Julie's books. By your review I can tell this is another good one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It definitely is, rubynreba. Good luck!

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  5. I love Julie's books! Please drop my name in the hat. :)

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You're in the hat somewhere, Anna. Good luck!

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  6. Love the sound of this book and love the cover! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  7. I have heard a lot about this book!
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  8. I love all of Julie's books. I've read the first book in this series. Recently I was given the second book but I'm waiting a bit to read it, hoping I can get a copy of Surprised by Love so I can read them continuously, It would sure be great to win it here! Thanks for the chance.
    pmkellogg[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It's a wonderful series. Good luck, Pam.

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  9. I'm convinced ... but I do need to read the others too. rrwalter34 ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Yep, you do need to read the others, Becky. Lucky you, having all that to look forward to. Good luck!

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  10. Fantastic review! I can't wait to read this book!! Thank you so much for the chance, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  11. Please don't enter me. I so enjoyed your review...getting ready to write mine today. Julie outdid herself on this one. It was a book that just got better and better the more you read. And ooh, the shocking twists and turns! Loved it!

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    1. Thanks, Diana. Julie just keeps get better, doesn't she? Shocking twists is a great way to put it. My ribcage is still sore from where my heart battered against it while I read.

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    2. She does indeed! She has a new contemporary series coming up next. Sounds different than anything else she has written. I'm sure it will be wonderful, tho!

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  12. I love how Julia squeezes my heart, then makes me laugh with her amazing stories... savor is the perfect word for how to read her books. I can't wait! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Merry. Good luck!

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  13. Hi Kav. Good review. I would love to add this to my Julie books.
    She is good at writing. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a book by Julie. > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  14. I love Julie Lessman's writing style! Thank you for the giveaway and chance to win!
    Blessings!
    Kelly Y
    kelly AT dkcountryarts DOT com

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    1. She really gest you into the story, doesn't she? Good luck, Kelly.

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  15. Love Julies books!! Thanks for the chance to win! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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