A Love Surrendered (Winds of Change Series #3)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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Following the death of her parents, Annie Kennedy moves from Iowa to Boston to live with her single aunt. There, she falls in love with Steven O'Connor, who appears to return the feeling. Annie is not being honest with him, however. He doesn't know that her sister is his former fiancée and the woman whose heart he broke when he ended their engagement. VERDICT Attention to period detail and a romance marred by secrets will make this a sure bet among fans of Colleen Coble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734176
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Winds of Change Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 277,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Lessman is the popular author of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied, as well as A Hope Undaunted, which was one of 2010's Booklist Top Ten Inspirational Fiction winners, and A Heart Revealed. Lessman has garnered several writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She lives in Missouri.
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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    A Love Surrendered is the last book in the Winds of Change Serie

    A Love Surrendered is the last book in the Winds of Change Series by Julie Lessman. It tells the story of the youngest son of Patrick and Marceline O'Connor.

    Steven is the youngest son of Patrick O'Connor... the serious one... the straight-laced, upright son. Until he goes to college. After making some mistakes and "sowing his oats," Steven changes his life around and becomes a Prohibition Officer/federal agent. He struggles with trusting himself with a relationship with any young woman, and his friends think he's become boring and they worry for his social life.

    Annie is just off the farm. After the death of her mother, and a few months later, her father, she and her little sister, Glory, move into the big city with their estranged Aunt Eleanor. Aunt Eleanor is a strict and seemingly loveless woman who is miserable in her spinsterhood. Annie previously went by Susannah Grace, but decided that with the change of living arrangements she needed to change her own life and her future... she wants to try new things and to be a new her. When her new friend Peggy invites her to sneak out and go to the pier with her and her sister and her sister's older friends, she decides to take a chance. On the way to the pier she is accosted by two men in a dark alley. She is afraid of what they are going to do to her, until she is rescued by an officer who came from nowhere.

    Can Steven ever trust himself again? Why is he so drawn to Annie? Can he save her from herself? from him? What will happen when Steven finds out the secret she's been hiding?

    A Love Surrendered was a wonderful conclusion to the O'Connor stories and the Winds of Change series in particular. There are twists and turns that I never expected and the romance as well as the spiritual aspects are so passionate and well written! I was just drawn into this story and felt like I was right there on the pier with Annie, Peg, Steven and the gang. I LOVED this book, and would definitely recommend it to others!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Time: 1932, Boston, Ma. Prohibition was about to be repealed by

    Time: 1932, Boston, Ma. Prohibition was about to be repealed by the 18th Amendment. Some concerns of that era…prohibition, politics, war and as in any year, belief in God. The young crowd wanted good times and were expert lawbreakers to do so. Times were hard….and that’s not exactly what Julie Lessman’s story is about…but difficult times there were.

    A Love Surrendered is the third book in the Winds of Change Series. It is the continuation of the O’Connor family saga through each of the 7 children born to Patrick and Marcy O’Connor. Stories previously began with the Daughters of Boston Series. The children – whose stories update naturally through each novel are: Faith, married to Collin McGuire; Charity, married to Mitch Dennehy; Lizzie, married to John Brady; Sean, married to Emma; Katie, married to Luke McGee: and Steven, the youngest and still single. A foster daughter, Gabe (Gabriella Dawn), has appeared in Marcy and Patrick’s lives through the romance and marriage of Katie and Luke McGee in A Hope Undaunted. This reader has enjoyed the pleasure of devouring each one of these books, except for Sean and Emma’s story which will be rectified soon.

    To begin, I am including some of the summary from the back of the book to familiarize my followers with the gist of the story. I add that this is Steven O’Connor’s story – and it is wonderful! A Love Surrendered - The very best of Julie Lessman’s writings so far in my estimation. Julie’s stories touch my very soul in that I personally relate to many of the problems and struggles, blessings of God’s grace, and surprise events that occur without warning in this story as well as real life.

    The love interest involves sisters – but that’s all I’ll reveal about that. Steven is a Federal Agent as is his best friend Joe, which leads to much tension and comedy among the book characters. One leading character is a natural at drawing others to Christ – which I feel is the most important factor in all relationships, real or imagined.

    Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She gets involved with a fast crowd at Ocean Pier – one that includes the handsome Steven O’Connor – she is pulled quickly into a world of rule breakers and mischief makers. Annie, actually Susannah Grace Kennedy, longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is? With heart-pounding romance, intense family drama, and emotional twists and turns, each page and chapter leads to faster page turns as the story bends and shapes.

    Julie’s creative use of similes and metaphors paint a vivid picture in my mind of the action in each scene. Playing as a movie in my head, her words exploded my imagination wide open. She describes each story character in detail – from a tic in the jaw to the color of the hair on a man’s chest.

    Ms Lessman has perfected the art of writing around and through a “steamy” romantic scene of passion and desire without relying on heavy emphasis of “overwriting” actions as might a secular novelist. Smut and profanity is not found in Julie’s books. Her words don’t prompt embarrassment and shock over titillating phrases – much more educational than four letter words blatantly shouting from the page. Julie seems to train your focus as a bystander. As a reader, I appreciated the non-explanation of spice and ginger in love scenes; my imagination works just fine in that category.

    Ms. Lessman’s natural spirit of humor, effectively used in tight places, never backs the script in a corner without an opening for resolve. She is brilliantly funny and I laughed, cried, snorted and hungered for more. Speaking of tears reminds me of the deep emotions Julie’s story emitted from my subconscious memories, oh so many. My throat in a constant lump, caused easy tears and prayers to emanate from my consciousness.

    The expressions Julie inserts…”Sweet Saints,” “Knickers in a Knot,” “bees knees.” among others were familiar to me…although I faintly admit it. Did they wear Keds back in 1932? What are Sardines, Ghost Game and a couple of other unknown games kids played? The music and movies are quite nostalgic to my early years of childhood. Even the pets had great names…Mr. Grumpy, the Basset Hound that belonged to Annie and Glory; Cats….ah, guess you’ll need to read the book to find out. LOL!

    The O’Connor grandchildren grab your heart instantaneously – and there is always one mischievous kid in the bunch that makes the others all appear angelic. Of course, food fights and everyone loves coming to grandparents house to be pampered with their special love.

    When God created Julie, he must have added teacher or preacher of His truth and Word to her genes. Her first name could well be “Charisma” sparkling with glitz and glitter on the cover of her books. She pulls the reader in with such light that sparks fly from every page in the name of Jesus. I wish Julie would write an advice book for teens, young adults and even the seniors about God’s will regarding romance, engagement and marriage.

    A Love Surrendered is everything Julie Lessman's many fans have been waiting for and it ends on promises to come. Thank you, God, for sending Julie to our time and place. I’m so thankful we are friends, and speaking for myself, I adore you, sister Julie Lessman!

    (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    *A Love Surrendered* is the third book of the *Winds of Change*

    *A Love Surrendered* is the third book of the *Winds of Change* series by Julie Lessman. It is also, by all appearances, the final book in the two trilogy-long chronicles of the O'Connor clan of Boston, Massachusetts.

    In this book, we have the trials and travails of the final O'Connor child, Stephen, as he fights with his darker demons over his attraction to sweet, young Annie Kennedy. Annie just happens to be the younger sister of his old flame, Maggie Kennedy. This plays a role later on in the last act of the novel.

    Annie is a strange character, because she seems to be set up for a long struggle with her faith, as tragedy has caused her to reject her life-long faith in God. Yet she comes back to the Lord quite quickly, and seems to become solidly faithful again. What really happens isn't a test of her faith, but of her convictions and of Steven's pride and weak faith. When she refuses his advances on the subject of physical intimacy before marriage, the twenty-five year old Steven’s pride is pricked by this barely eighteen year old young lady calling the shots on anything. She's too young to call the shots on anything, or so Steven believes.

    As for his faith, Stephen believes the basic tenets of his Catholic faith, but that is all. He doesn't have a close relationship with Christ, beyond escaping hell, basically. He is skeptical that any God can, or would want to, forgive him for his past actions, and help him turn his life completely around.

    So that's the basic set-up for the book. There is more that could be said, but not without giving the whole thing away. I will just give a critique on two parts that bothered me. First off, unlike Collin McGuire in the first book of the previous trilogy, who we witnessed his growth in the faith, Steven was made out to be some type of instant expert upon recommitting himself to Christ. He went from seeming to know little of the Scriptures to being a champion evangelist almost overnight. That was quite a bit too much for me to believe.

    The second part that was a bit too much, but worked for the final part of what appears to be the final story of the O'Connors, was the uber-happiness at the end. It was unrealistic in it's almost Christmas episode saccharine-sweetness. Yet it fit simply because it was the last story, and thus all was wrapped up nicely. For that matter, it *did* take place on Christmas Eve, so it fits.

    Part of the atmosphere of the ending was that Lessman seemed to be trying to wrap up all story-lines in a short number of pages, and so the secondary plots of this trilogy were resolved as well. Gabe and her status in the O'Connor family, Katie's law degree and her and Luke as a family, so on. In fact, this was part of what made the somewhat rushed (in my opinion) and too sweet (also my opinion) ending really nice for me. It resolved things. I prefer it so much when authors choose to do so.

    The major issue that I had was that I was sad leaving the series with everyone so happy like that, because I'm trying to picture how many of the sons and grandsons in that family will still be alive after WWII and Korea. This is the mid-1930's when the story ends, so I can see the horrors coming up on the horizon. For some reason, real history intrudes upon me, and I can't help but wonder at these things. I really wish Lessman would tell us what happens to the O'Connors during and after the war, and who survives.

    A very happy, yet melancholy (for me, at least), ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

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    By: Julie Lessman Published By: Fleming H. Rovell Company Age R


    By: Julie Lessman
    Published By: Fleming H. Rovell Company
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 5
    Blog For: GMTA
    Series: Wings of Change #3
    Review:

    A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman was the conclusion to the series Winds of Change #3. We find that this novel of one of the six O'Connor children, Steven. This novel was definitely one that you will not be able to put down until the end with this one being full of a story of 'love, surrender and trust.'

    We find that this novel is during a period of Prohibition area and Steven is a prohibition agent..'straight laced guy who is committed to his Irish Catholic family. Now, this story will take off from here with a lots of 'surprising twist' in this story. Then we find Annie Kennedy who is almost eighteen who is seeming has come about to need Steven O'Connor protection in one way or another. There is a big secret than Annie is holding that can break her heart as well as his. Now, what could that be. This is where I say you must pick up the excellent read to find out. The theme of this novel holds to 'staying pure and obeying God in physical realtaions' however, this novel does get very graphic in its descriptions of the struggles the characters do go through. "A Love Surrendered" has a lot of drama and even some humor. I do think picking up the first two books will help some in this reading of the interesting O'Connor's.


    If you are looking for a read that has it all...romance, drama, history, humor, with very captivating characters you have come to the right place...for "A Love Surrendered" would be recommended to you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    This is the last book to the whole O'Connor family. I am upset i

    This is the last book to the whole O'Connor family. I am upset it is over but it was a FANTASTIC finish to the saga of the O'Connor's. Fully of passion again and romance steamy and full of GOd's love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    I feel like I'm losing a close friend. Lucky Mrs. Lessman is s

    I feel like I'm losing a close friend.
    Lucky Mrs. Lessman is starting a new series! Can't wait. Anyway this is the story of Steven O'Connor and Annie Kennedy. Can Steven put his past mistakes away and allow love to bloom or will Annie’s secret tear them apart? Loved it! This story was great and the twist and turns Mrs. Lessman takes, makes your heartbeat quicken. Did not disappoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Great ending to series....

    It was a great story of someone coming back to God....I loved the ending of Patrick and Marcy s story....was sad to see it end....It was another great book by Julie Lessman...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2012

    Julie's writing is always passionate and playful, bringing chara

    Julie's writing is always passionate and playful, bringing characters to life on the page. Another good book by the queen of inspirational romance!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Wonderful end to a series! A Love Surrendered is the final book

    Wonderful end to a series!
    A Love Surrendered is the final book in Julie Lessman’s Winds of Change series and the final O’Connor book. I knew this was the last book and was torn between savoring every word and reading as quickly as possible to find out what was going to happen - I chose the latter and finished this book in less than a day! Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I only quit when I was about to fall asleep reading!
    I fell completely in love with the O’Connors during the last 5 books and was about to cry when I reached the end of this one! They felt like family and I didn’t want to see them go! The great part of books though, it that I can go back and “visit” them as often and as many times as I want.
    This is Steven’s story, I was so excited when I realized that! I couldn’t wait to see where Julie would take him and what was going to happen next in the family. If you’ve read any of the other books, then you know Steven has had a rough go of it. He feels responsible for so much and can’t forgive himself for his mistakes. He has spent his whole life trying to measure up to some impossible standard and doesn’t even realize it.
    Annie was the perfect heroine for him. So sweet and compassionate, but with a strong will, too. She was so real there were several times when I was thinking, “I would have totally done that!” Watching her grow up and spread her wings really hit home with me. Her faith journey did, too. She struggles with following God and honoring Him, as we all do. I love characters that are human, they make mistakes, sometimes the same one more than once, but they find God is still there for them, just as He is for us.
    I loved taking this journey with them, watching them grow closer to God and learn what “a love surrendered” really means. One of the lines from the book says, “He [Jesus] gave his all, daughter, a love surrendered so completely that we are transformed from the dark into his glorious light.” This is the ultimate example of love surrendered, Jesus dying for us so that we might live with Him forever. All through the book, Annie and Steven learn of other examples of surrendering, not just in love, but to God and to His will.
    This book touched my heart in so many ways. The message of surrender, obviously was very strong, but also redemption, grace and love. I’m not sure which part was my favorite, when Annie learned that God still loved her, or when Steven discovered that he didn’t have to be “good enough.” Julie, as always, has managed to tug both my heart-strings and my faith.
    This book also continues to follow the other family members. I enjoyed catching up with them and seeing where their stories were going to lead. Luke and Katie, Sean and Emma, Faith and Collin, Marcy and Patrick, Gabe. Oh, I love Gabe! She’s one of those characters you just want to hug! I also adored the newest editions to the family, Annie’s Aunt Eleanor and sister Glory. Glory was so precious!
    I was extremely pleased with how Julie ended the series, there were no unanswered questions, or anything left unsaid. It was sad for me, to say “goodbye,” but it was done with such finesse, you don’t even realize it’s over until you look at the next page and see “Acknowledgements.”
    I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    SO SAD TO LEAVE THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY!! When reading the openin

    SO SAD TO LEAVE THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY!!

    When reading the opening lines of A Passion Most Pure - the first of six novels in the two series, Daughters of Boston and Winds of
    Change, on the O'Connor siblings - by award-winning author Julie Lessman - little did I know how swiftly and passionately the 
    O'Connor family would steal my readers heart and be an inspiration to my relationship with God.!! Six novels later - I was reluctant and
    sad to leave a family that had become a part of me and more than fictional characters, when I finished A Love Surrendered - the story of
    the youngest son, Steven.

    A Love Surrendered opens in 1932 Boston - during the era of Prohibition, bootleggers, and speakeasies. Steven O'Connor is a
    Prohibition agent who comes to the aid of Annie Kennedy when she is accosted by two inebriated males on Ocean Pier.  Annie is a
    naive, seventeen year old, orphan, drawn into a fast crowd at Ocean Pier after moving to the city life of Boston from Iowa. Steven is trying
    to overcome the pain of a broken relationship with his first true love - another serious relationship isn't in his current life plan. Plans go
    awry when Steven and Annie find themselves attracted to each other, Annie reveals a secret, and Steven attempts to overcome feelings
    of guilt over his previous relationship, and a past altercation with his father.

    In true Julie Lessman fashion, the web becomes more entangled, twisted, and complicated, as more characters are drawn into the
    story and even more unexpected secrets are revealed. All O'Connor family members are there to love again, and as usual - the children
    pull at your heart-strings, especially Glory and Gabe. As always, flawed characters redeemed by a loving God, supply a happy ending -
    to the final episode of the heart-warming O'Connor family. With each novel, Julie put her characters and readers through the wringer
    with her trademark writing style that features an abundance of passion, family, romance, angst, humor, tears, anger, unexpected twists,
    drama, guilt, redemption, a forgiving God, and a happy ending.

    I was blessed to be able to read all six novels on the O'Connors - back-to-back, without interruption - it is impossible to read one novel
    from the two series without desiring, and feeling the necessity, to read the other five! Julie Lessman is a master storyteller - I will joy in
    rereading each of the six novels in the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series, over and over again!!   

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    This book is hard to read. Not because of anything to do with th

    This book is hard to read. Not because of anything to do with the actual story though! What makes it hard is that it's the last of the O'Conner books! After 7 books and 3,248 pages we have to say goodbye to this family that has embedded themselves in our hearts and it's quite painful! Also this book is 100 pages shorter than the others which is a little sad (mean publishers), I think this is the only almost 400 page book that I found too short! And lastly I was sad that we don't get to see any of Steven and Annie after their marriage like we did with all of the others!
    But now that I have all that out of the way I can commence the gushing about how much I love this book! And boy did I love it! Like all the others it is simply phenomenal!
    From the moment we meet the quiet eight-year-old Steven in A Passion Most Pure I knew I was going to love him and I wasn't wrong. Growing up he was always the good child, rarely getting in trouble, doing what he's told, getting good grades, and just generally being the model child. Then in college that all changes and starts hanging with the wrong people and disobeying his parents at every turn. But when his rebellion threatens the life of his father he does a complete 180 and turns into the law-abiding prohibition agent is riddled with guilt and constantly trying to redeem himself. My heart broke for him as he struggled with his guilt, with trying to do the right thing, and with trusting God and letting Him change his life. I absolutely loved the conversations Steven had with his father and Sean and I was so happy when he began to take their words to heart! It was so cool to see the transformation and even though I loved him before he became so much more awesome after!
    And Annie! I loved her so much!! I loved how strong she was and how she let her relationship with God cover every aspect of her life! I was so proud of her when she was willing to let Steven go if he tried to push her past her boundaries and later in the story when something life-shattering happens and she finds the strength to forgive those who hurt her (I don't want to spoil anything but those of you who've read the book know what I'm talking about!)! I could go on for quite awhile about how much a love Annie, her kindness, her innocence, her heart full of love, and so much more! 
    There weren't as many new secondary characters but I did love Glory, Aunt Eleanor, and Frailey! And I once again loved Patrick and Marcy, Collin and Faith, Mitch and Charity, Brady and Lizzie, Luke and Katie, Sean and Emma, Gabe, and all the grand-kids! 
    There were hard moments, funny moments, and sweet moments in this book all of which created a story I will never forget! And even though I was sad to see it end the epilogue left me with a huge grin on my face! I love the O'Conners so much and I'm sure I will visit them again soon!

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    I love Julie's books. She has a way of twisting things where yo

    I love Julie's books. She has a way of twisting things where you just don't know how they will end. I have now read all of her books. She's awesome. I recommend them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    wonderful story!

    Keep them coming! I have devorered every book you have written and still crave more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    This is an AMAZING book by the best author in the world!!! Serio

    This is an AMAZING book by the best author in the world!!! Seriously, Julie Lessman is incredible at making you feel as though you are part of the O'Connor family. I am sad that this is the final book in the series - but I will definitely read these books over and over again! If you enjoy Christian historical romance than you'll love this book!

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

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    Annie Kennedy moves to Boston after the death of her father. Fee

    Annie Kennedy moves to Boston after the death of her father. Feeling empty inside and abandoned by God, Annie forsakes her faith and her usual ‘good girlness’ and falls into the company of the wrong crowd. But it’s because of her new ways that she meets Steven O’Connor, a man who had also fallen away but is, very slowly, finding his way back to what is right.

    In the very last book of the O’Connor Saga and the Winds of Change series, A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman, we learn what it means to surrender our hearts to God and read a story about finding a love that’s pure and faithful.

    Annie Kennedy never thought she’d meet Steven O’Connor, her sister’s ex-fiance, while backed up against a wall by two scoundrels on a dark street. While he does save her life, Annie is not only embarrassed but she soon finds that Steven O’Connor treats her like she is a child who doesn’t know what she’s doing. He keeps insisting that she’s a good girl, that she shouldn’t hang around with the people she now calls her friends. Maybe he’s right, maybe she should do as he says, but living with her innocent little sister Glory and an aunt who is strict and somewhat cold, Annie can’t seem to stop seeing the people Steven insists are bad for her.

    Steven has made some huge mistakes in his life. But he’s getting himself back on track…sort of. While he’s not as wild as he used to be with the drinking and the women, he still can’t seem to get away from the friends who still are. But then he meets Annie and he sees in her the definition of innocence and purity. So why is she hanging out with the crowd he used to go with? The people who can only lead her to trouble and destroy that sweetness that he finds so attractive? It’s girls like her that he ruins. So, while he wants to help her, get her back to where she belongs and away from the people and the places that will eventually hurt her, he also knows he has to keep his distance. Or he may end up hurting her worse than any of those people she calls her friends would.

    Julie Lessman, you’ve done it again!! I absolutely adored Steven and Annie’s story! Beautifully written, filled with family drama, passionate romance and overwhelming heartbreak, A Love Surrendered almost beat A Heart Revealed on my Favorite-Julie-Lessman-Novel-List.

    In the beginning Annie’s faith had suffered because of the loss of her father, but when she gets it back it guides her through her journey with her frustrating aunt, her struggling surrender to God and her feelings for Steven. Julie Lessman shows us once again that God is always at the center of every epic love story. I loved how Annie’s faith helped Steven open his eyes and his heart to God. Julie Lessman knows how to weave a story of faith and love, intertwining the two with such clarity and skill that they become one and the same. There cannot be love without faith, there cannot be faith without love. Both Annie and Steven discover that a love surrendered to God is the greatest love there is.

    This book made me laugh out loud, grin from ear to ear during the beautifully written, heartwarming love scenes and had me in tears at the very end. I can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to the O’Connor family! Julie Lessman brought these characters to life, she made me love them. It’s like saying goodbye to my own family. I’m going to miss them so, so much!!

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    A Love Surrendered, the third and final book in the Winds of Cha

    A Love Surrendered, the third and final book in the Winds of Change series, is the story of Annie Kennedy. After the death of their parents, Annie and her little sister move to Boston to live with their spinster aunt. Stepping away from her faith, Annie seeks romance and adventure to fill the void. She falls in with the wrong crowd...and at the same time, falls for Steven O'Conner, the man with which her older sister, Maggie, was once engaged.

    Steven O'Conner, believes Annie to be just an innocent kid from the midwest. And he wants her to stay that way, doing his best to protect her from men like he once was. As their paths continue to cross, however, Steven begins to find himself slowly falling in love with her. But something from his past stops him dead in his tracks and threatens to tear them apart.

    In true Julie Lessman fashion, she waits til the end to throw a twist into the story that you don't see coming. And she shows that even though we may lose our way, we can always come back to our loving Heavenly Father.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    A Godly Family

    Great book! I love Julie Lessman. I read the whole series, this was book #7 and i didnt want it to be over. I simply adore the OConnor family. This book was suspenseful and kept me guessing, i was happy, sad, angry and mad!

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    recommended

    Enjoyed it very much

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    An incredible read that I really enjoyed! My Rating: 5 out of 5

    An incredible read that I really enjoyed!

    My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

    My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't know what to expect from this novel when I saw it on Netgalley. I love Christian fiction and so
     I decided to give it a shot. I hadn't read the previous two in the series so I really was going into this series blind.

    I absolutely adored this book. In fact, I was stunned by how much I loved it. I knew it would be good because I knew Lessman was
    an incredible author, but I didn't think it would be this good.

    I loved every single one of the characters in this book. I could spend a whole post talking about every single one of them; however,
     since the main characters were Annie and Steve, I'll focus on them for awhile. 

    I loved Annie. She wanted so badly to fit in and she wanted to find herself after her parents' death. She falls in with a
    questionable crowd and is warned to find better friends. I loved watching Annie grow as her faith increased and as she
    started making better choices. Annie was definitely not a flat character and I loved that.

    And then there was Steven. Steven was not perfect. I loved that, so often the male characters are perfect and it
    makes the story seem flat. I loved watching Steven as he struggled to make the right choices and to be a better person.

    And of course, I loved the interactions between Annie and Steven. That was definitely an interesting portion of the novel. I
    also loved how you gained insight into other character's minds throughout the novel.

    Usually I can guess the plot line of novels, and while I guessed the general plot, I was thrown for a few loops. Lessman tucked in
    a few twists that I absolutely didn't see coming. 

    Lessman's writing was inspiring, entertaining, and uplifting. Lessman is a master at crafting words. I flew through this
    novel and loved every single minute of it. 

    Fans of Christian fiction will love this novel. Readers who have not read the previous two books can read this novel
    without feeling lost, but there are a lot of characters that might be a little hard to keep track of at first.

    I definitely recommend reading this series in order and I know I will be going back and reading the first two. I am definitely going
    to be tracking them down ASAP.

    In Summary: Lessman has created a beautiful writing style and creates realistic characters that readers will love.
    One of my favorite Christian fiction novels of the year.

    Warnings/Side-notes: This is a very clean novel. It does talk about sex but in a very vague
    and appropriate manner.

    The Wrap-up: I absolutely adored this novel and definitely recommend it. Lessman is a brilliant writer.
     I definitely recommend checking out her novels.

    Love,
    Danica Page

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    I wrote this review when I just finished reading A.L.S and let's

    I wrote this review when I just finished reading A.L.S and let's just get one important thing out: Julie Lessman has got incomparable, amazing talent. Hallelujah. Amen. And Praise the Lord.

    I am SO glad she took on this writing journey and so not exaggerating when I say that I'm lost for words right now.

    WOW! People, if y'all haven't any one of her books, what are you waiting for? They're more than just mere works, in my opinion. They truly have deeply blessed me. Each one of them.

    I laughed. I wiped away tears upon tears of mine (I'm afraid PLENTY of tissues will be needed for this one which - in my opinion, is not only the best in the series but also one of the best in 2012!) The drama got me gasping and all and oh how my heart melted.

    The beloved, sweet O'Connors.... *snif!* How I love thee!

    I just can't wait to see what God has in store for Julie! All the glory be unto God for this author. She's got so much talent that I can even hear that NYT best-selling list calling her name.

    Write on, Ms Lessman... write on!

    *Satisfied Sigh*

    This is my honest review. So many thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of the book.

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