Terrific New Series by Julie Lessman: Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco, Book 1)

Love at Any Cost
(The Heart of San Francisco, Bk. 1)
by Julie Lessman
Copyright 2013
Revell Books
ISBN: 9780800721671
The Story:
He’s looking to take care of his family. She’s looking to take care of her heart. Trouble is . . . love’s looking to take care of them both.

Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Jilted by a fortune hunter, Cassidy travels west hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. Can love prevail when Jamie discovers that Cassidy is poorer than he is? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

Bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the delectable Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Join your favorite romantic storyteller as she moves to the hills of San Francisco for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations.

My Thoughts:
There are many reasons why Julie Lessman is one of my favorite authors, the main reason being that each and every story she writes leaps off of the page with faith and passion in spades. Her latest series, the first of her many books not to feature the O'Connor clan, The Heart of San Francisco centers around a West Coast family, the McClares, living in the heart of California. Lessman's trademark flare for drama, which I absolutely love, is present in Love at Any Cost and while a bit toned down didn't make me love the story any less. While I adored  the O'Connor sisters, they were kind of...well...volatile! This story had more of a sweet, Little Women feel to it than her Daughters of Boston series. I absolutely loved the sisterly bond between Cassidy and her aunt and cousins. The camaraderie between the McClare's was easy, it reminded me of my own close relationship with my cousin. I guess the only teeny, nit-picky thing about this book was that sometimes the characters seemed a bit too modern for 1902 but it didn't make me not totally love and enjoy the story. I cannot WAIT to see what unfolds in the lives of the McClare clan next! Please, keep these books coming Ms. Lessman!

To learn more about Julie and her books please visit her WEBSITE.

“Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 

~ My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars ~

Happy Reading!


  1. This one was fun - I can't wait for the sequel!

    1. I just want to know what happens with Cait and you know who!!!!! ;-)

  2. Can't wait to read this one! I'm glad it's a little less violate than the O'Conner books...as much as I absolutely LOVED those ones, they were stressful to read. :)

    1. Hahaha yes!!! This one is not as stressful! I hope you enjoy!

  3. Yay! Glad you enjoyed this one, Renee. Made me excited about book two! :)

    1. Ohmygosh....I can't wait for book 2! I've been loving all the books coming out that have had great secondary characters.

      Renee C.

  4. I would love to read this book as it sounds very interesting as to how they resolve their prosperity issues to grow into love...
    hmmbailey@live.ca Helen

  5. I love Julie and this new series in San Fransisco sounds really awesome.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com


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