Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Love Surrendered



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.

My Review:

I savored every word and closed this book with the greatest of reluctance and then wept because I will miss the O'Connor clan so much. I can't help but feel that there are so many more untold stories and don't think I'll be able to stop myself from begging the author for the next generation's love stories! Writing this review is very bittersweet.

I love the heart Lessman put into her books. The way she transforms characters into people -- real people with real struggles that I can relate to. I love how she is not afraid to approach supposedly taboo subjects while making sure that Christ is in the centre of each one. And I really appreciated reading about the spiritual battles waged by the characters in A Love Surrendered. Lessman speaks truth with a passion and power that stirs my emotions and my resolves. Reading her books never fails to bring me closer to God. Bless her for that!

I loved Annie's story -- loved the twists in her tale that surprised me a time or two. Love when a book looks like it's heading one way and then makes a right turn to somewhere else. And I adore Annie's faith mentor. Won't reveal more for fear of posting spoilers -- but it was so appropriate -- bringing the two series full circle. It's little details like this that bring such depth and satisfaction to a read. 

Though A Love Surrendered is definitely Steven and Annie's story the author managed to incorporate the whole O'Connor clan in such a wonderful way. My heart is full after reading the last page. Like I said, bittersweet but so worth the read. 

Giveaway Opportunity:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Love Surrendered, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, 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 November 25 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. i LOVE julie's novels...thanks for the chance to read her latest in this series, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  2. KAV!!! Girl, you are responsible for more of my smiles this week than just about anybody, you sweet thing!!

    What an absolutely WONDERFUL review -- I am SOOO blessed to have you as a reader friend who goes above and beyond to bless Christian authors!!

    I am giving you two more points in my review contest, so let me know if you post this anywhere else other than Amazon and on your blog, okay?

    May God's blessings abound in your life on this Thanksgiving day and well beyond!!


  3. Good luck, Karen.

    Thanks Julie -- Happy Thanksgiving right back at you!

  4. What a beautiful girl on the cover! I'd love to read A Love Surrendered.

  5. All of Julie's covers are gorgeous, especially A Light in the Window. Julie, I love that your husband did the cover and that your daughter is the beautiful young lady on that cover. I would love to win any of your books. Please enter me: debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

  6. Sounds like a wonderful book to read. Thank you for the giveaway!


  7. I'm excited about A Love Surrendered but sad that O'Connor stories are concluding. Julie truly touches the heart!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  8. All of Julie's books are great, I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite!


  9. I would like to win Julie's book. Please enter my name.
    Maxie ( mac(at)me(dot)com )

  10. It sounds like I need to read Julie's books, she sounds like a great author! Sign me up! jodycarr96ATgmailDOTcom

  11. I'm so excited to read this one! I just started book one of Daughters of Boston and am enjoying getting to know the O'Connor clan. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Oh, Veronica, I am so jealous that you still have all those books to look forward to!!!! You're going to enjoy yourself immensely! Good luck.

  13. Thanks for the great review! I know I would enjoy reading this book.

  14. This does sound like a whorthwhile story!