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A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Great Christian Historical Romance

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-looki...
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 head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny 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?

If anyone has read The Daughters of Boston Series by Julie Lessman, then you know exactly what your getting when you opened up Hope Undaunted. You getting a great historical story, with a sweet love story that pushes the passion meter to the very edge when it comes to Christian romances. Julie Lessman loves to push things to the edge but she also knows when to pull back and go on with the story.

I am a huge Julie Lessman fan so I was not dissappointed when I got my hands on a copy of Hope Undaunted I have been waiting for Katie's story for some time now. The Daughters of Boston series and The Wings of Change series really go together though they can be read as stand alone but if you want the real feel for the O'Conner family its just best to read them all.

In A Passion Denied (Daugthers of Boston book three) you meet this spunky street kid Cluny McGee. He is about fourteen and loves to pick on Katie O'Conner who is ten yrs old. Katie is a very feisty outspoken child and gives Cluny a run for his money and you always knew in the back of your mind that some day when her story was written that Cluny had to be in it somewhere.

When Julie Lessman decided to make Katie O'Conner a woman who wanted to be a lawyer to pave the way for more women's rights since it is at the end of the 1920's. I knew it was going to be interesting, I could see that spunky girl of ten becoming a spunky young woman with ambition. What I didn't see coming was Cluny "Luke" McGee being a lawyer. That one really surprised me though he is working with The Boston Children's Aid Society which doesn't surprise me since he was once a street kid himself. There are some great side characters as always. Parker who is the director of the BCAS, Betty who is the secretary and Bobbie Sue who is a volunteer. They all make for a great story and I am not giving anything away, so you must read it for yourself.

And Julie Lessman can't go with out making us squirm wondering which man is Katie going to choose, she is very good at making you think its not going to be the one you want. The one thing that is never a surprise is a great historical romances full of family, compassion, and love.

I am a huge fan of the 1920-30's so I can't wait to find out what else will happen with the next two books in the series. We still have the two O'Conner brothers and I am really curious what is going to happen next though I know I will never want the O'Conner family to come to a end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Inspirational romance that really and truly engages you into not just the main characters lives but the whole O'Conner family. Its a great romance for everyone.

posted by Ladystorm on September 26, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

21 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

BE CAREFUL

Don't fall too much in love with the series. The next book is $9.99.

posted by 4280280 on September 20, 2011

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    BE CAREFUL

    Don't fall too much in love with the series. The next book is $9.99.

    21 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    okish

    too stretched out.....i give it a C,,,,, as in A-F

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Religous much?

    I really liked the story line however i find it frustraiting having god shoved down my throat every page they are praying for this or talking fogivness for that im a chatholic and even i find this many mentions of God completley distracting from the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Sweet, but not good history

    This is considered a historical romance, but you could have easily put it in the 50s and it wouldn't have changed much. Come on folks, the Depression hit with a vengence unless you had gold in your basement.

    But I know that this type of writer sets her stories of faith and love in any place she chooses, and history takes a back seat.

    One of the other reviewers said this was "tasteful". I will give you that. Apparently chracters from other books propigate this one. I liked the story, but if given a chance to tell others about it, I can think of others I'd recommend more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    Good overall

    I enjoyed this book...didn't love it, but also didn't hate it. The plot was decent overall, but sometimes it felt disjointed and like there were too many secondary plots going. There were also a lot of characters to keep track of and i feel like you never really had the chance to fully connect with all of them. I felt like a lot of the religious components were too preachy instead of feeling like a natural part of the story like i have seen in other Christian novles.
    Overall, though, i really like the messages in the book. Trusting God, maintaining hope, praying, and working to overcome our sins and all that puts distance between us and God are all very important lessons to keep in mind and this book helped remind me of that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Nice read

    Cute. Sad and happy moments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    ok

    Not great. Did not like Katie or the Catholic faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    A hope undaunted

    Ok good book it wouldve been yet the problems made it depressing!! The ending was good! Just the book was complicated:/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Eh...

    Kinda dragged on and on...not a huge fan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Good, but frustrating!

    I enjoyed reading this book, until there were some "twists" that were rather frustrating! By the end I felt emotionally drained. :) I become rather emotionally attached to the stories. I'm also a lover of "after stories" I don't like when they end with the proposal or marriage. I like reading about a little bit more.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Not your typical romance story

    I like that this book portrays varying relationship issues and family dynamics. It is more realistic in a sense that it shows in life, we never know how things will turn out. It streses the importance of faith and how we need to learn to accept God's plan.

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