Christian Fiction Review: A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, Book 1) by Julie Lessman

A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, Book 1)
by Julie Lessman
Copyright 2010
Revell Publishers
512 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3415-2
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
What happens when the boy she loved to hate becomes the man she hates to love?

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

My Review:
Where there are sisters there's bound to be trouble especially when those sisters go by the last name of O'Connor. Once again Julie Lessman delivers the dramatic, emotional rollercoaster of an edgy inspirational story that is definitely her trademark. You thought A Passion Most Pure had some great twists and turns well in the words of the 70s band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Baby you ain't seen nothin' yet!" Like I said where there is an O'Connor there's bound to be something interesting going down.

If you've ever read a series and wondered, "What happens next?" I'm glad to say that it looks like that will NOT be the case with this family. We met Faith, Charity, and Lizzie in the Daughters of Boston series and we get to meet the rest of the family along with some new characters in Winds of Change. From the little we knew of Katie and Cluny from the previous series I was hoping we would get to know them better in the future and that is certainly the case with this book! Katie is a beautiful girl who is no nonsense especially when it comes to love and Luke is her childhood nemesis who may or may not still be a slight pain in the behind for Katie. ;-)

A Hope Undaunted gives everything that the Passion books have and then some! This book continues with themes of a passion for family, friends, and God that can be found throughout Julie's writing. I think it's great that that message is in all of her books and it still never gets old! I can safely say that she and her books are high quality!

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

To learn more about Julie Lessman and her books visit:

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Be sure to visit Julie's contest page for details on a ton of great giveaways including details on how to win a KINDLE!!!!!!!!!!!


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  2. AWesome review, Renee!! Sounds like this one is great! I really need to read one of her books!

  3. Hi Carrie! I think you will really like her books if you give them a try since you're a romance fan!

    XOXO~ Renee

  4. RENEE!!!! LOVE the review -- thank you SOOO much, sweetie, and I'm looking forward to our giveaway next Tuesday!

    And, CARRIE ... beg, borrow or steal (or win a signed copy from one of my my blog giveaways from my website calendar), but get your hands on A Passion Most Pure, girl, because if you are a "romance fan" as Renee says, gotta feeling you won't be sorry. "Romance" is my middle name!!


  5. Renee,

    Great review! :D I still haven't finished the book yet (I know, I know!), but it's definitely been an emotional roller coaster so far!

    So excited about your birthday week! :D Happy (almost?) birthday!!!


  6. Hi Julie! I'm so glad you stopped by! Now everyone knows who my special birthday guest is LOL!

    Amber, I'm so glad you stopped by can't wait to see you here for birthday week!

    XOXO~ Renee

  7. Nice review! I'm so looking forward to this book. I just got a Kindle, so hopefully that version will be out soon.

  8. Great review, Renee! And I agree, AHU (and pretty much all of Julie's books) is edgy christian reading at it's best.
    Love Ya,


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