A Light in the Window

A Light in the Window

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ISBN-13: 9781543620061
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about love and the standards a Christian woman should use when choosing a husband. The plot contains emotions ranging from lust to betrayal to deceitfulness to forgiveness to love. It is an excellent story and I highly recommend it.
Nise_UTB More than 1 year ago
This novella is a prequel to the totally wonderful Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series featuring the O'Connor Clan. Even though I knew who Marcy would choose, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how it was going to happen when it seemed impossible! I absolutely loved the message that powerful change in a person's life is possible. I highly recommend these books, the faith element is beautifully done and does not hit you over the head. The passion in the books gets your heart pumping but is not offensive.
PattiLacy More than 1 year ago
What's a prequel, anyway? Do you really want Lessman to take you back in time after you've spent years getting to know the poignant Irishmen and women who share their loves, hates, and woes in the wildly acclaimed "Daughters of Boston" series? Yes. Yes. Yes. It doesn't matter if you don't know about prequels. Trust me, you won't for a moment be bored, confused...or sorry. Why? In Lessman's "Light in the Window," you will meet rogues gone good. Good girls tempted to go bad. Best friends vying for the heart of a girl that is beautiful, inside and out. In this book, you will find romance and charity and passion and mercy and, most of all, God's supernatural ability to transform the vilest of us into a shining-faced, clean-souled saint. From the moment I opened Lessman's latest historical romance, which unfolds in a steamy Boston 1895 summer, the characters, the pacing, the conflict, grabbed hold of my reader's heart, my writer's mind, and would not let go! Lessman majors in vivid characterization, stellar dialogue, but her pacing, her transitions, are not to be missed if you want to study what makes writing great. There's the poignant street urchin. The humorous, twinkly-eyed priest. There's the Christmas pageant that frames the amazing plot. A miniature snow globe that symbolizes everything. An old Irish tale. Freshly baked cookies, so vividly described that you can taste and smell them. And oh, that ending! I can't ruin YOUR fun but must warn you to have handkerchiefs handy; daubed, of course, in violet water! If you're already on the Lessman fan list, here's a second warning: "Light in the Window" is my FAVORITE Lessman book to date!!! If you've thought (erroneously, to my way of thinking:)) that these books might be a wee bit too passionate, too steamy, somehow irrelevant to your God walk, HERE'S a chance for you to get to the heart of the matter--the saving faith of Jesus Christ, beautifully portrayed in a soul-changing novel that will make a wonderful Christmas gift for all on your list. Within the blessed pages of "Light in the Window" lies the true spirit of Christmas...and of inspirational literature. I heartily give Lessman's latest a five out of five. ENJOY!!!
iacuttergirl More than 1 year ago
(Posting this review for a friend.) I have always loved to hear family stories of how parents, grandparents and friends met. Each meeting is full of young love, hope and often a little conflict. A Light in the Window,, An Irish Christmas Love Story is no exception. What an exciting Christmas story. I have always wondered how Marceline and Patrick met to make such an interesting and Christ centered family. Throughout the story we witness the conflict of personalities between Marceline and Patrick, and how through prayer and loving advice true love is shone. Julie Lessman is an excellent author. Each story of the O'Connor family gives a wonderful glimpse into a truly unique and wonderful family. I am always excited when a new addition in added and a little sad when the story is ended. I feel as if I am a part of their family and share in their joys and sorrows. Thank you Julie for sharing the O'Connor family with us this Christmas season. Blessings
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story***** (O'Connor Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change #.5) by Julie Lessman Boston, Massachusetts, 1895...Eighteen year old Marceline—Marcy Murphy and her family have returned to Boston after being away for some years—after her father lost his job—in hopes that he would find work there. Marcy has missed her life-long, best friend, Julie O'Rourke and is excited about seeing her again but a bit nervous about running into Julie's brother Sam—whom she had a crush on since she was a young girl—so soon. Julie had kept her up on Sam's doings and the life he now leads through her letters and Marcy doesn't like some of the changes and can't believe the others. But she has convinced herself that Sam's changed behavior is because of Sam's rouge friend, Patrick O'Connor and plans to stay far away from him. Little does she know just how much of a rouge Sam has become as well but will soon learn they are both notorious rouges with irreparable reputations and to steer clear of them both....but what of her heart? Marcy agrees to oversee the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—and asks Julie to help her. Marcy is excited about the play, A Light in the Window, as it is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family. She hopes the message will shine a light into the hearts, as it has for her, of the parishioners with the true meaning of Christmas. One big draw back is for some unknown reason both Sam and Patrick volunteered to help with the play. Besides being strange it means being far too near them and she must guard her heart. Even so, she is more concerned with their faith and spiritual welfare. Sam and Patrick have been friends since childhood, which has carried on into their adulthood. They are inseparable...until Marcy returns...and brings rivalry, jealously, anger and a possible end to their friendship. Both want Marcy and will do whatever it takes to win her. Only one of these men's heart responds to the “light in the window” resulting in a changed life, a strong, lasting faith resulting in a once irreparable reputation now washed clean as only God can do. The other one continues on as before while professing a changed heart and lasting faith. Which one is truthful and will ultimately win Marcy's heart? Disaster strikes during the play which reveals the one man who indeed responded to the Light and captures her heart. I love Marcy's grandmother, Mima, and the wisdom she imparts to Marcy when Marcy's heart is troubled regarding Sam. “You know, Marceline, our faith in God is very much like that light in the window that your Christmas play depicts. We are God's abode, and His light shines through the windows of our lives into a dark and desperate world. Many may pass, enjoying the beauty of the light from afar, but few will be drawn to knock at the door, willing to embrace the Light of the world. Guard your heart well, for a man who will respond to the light in the window, for therein lies a gift of God and no other, except that of His Son.” (page 265). One adorable little girl, Matilda—or Tillie as her friends call her—stole my heart and many of the characters in the story. Marcy, Father Fitzgibbon and the Nun Sister Francine—even with her ever present whistle—soon became favorite characters as well. A Light in the Window is the prequel to the Daughters of Boston series and the Wind
LisaD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed A Light in the Window. The young and beautiful Marceline Murphy moves back to her childhood home of Boston. She has seen to many heart breaks and had her own heartache from the likes of handsome rogues. So when she catches the eye of not only one but two of the biggest rogues in Boston she tries to stay away from them both. Which seems to be a difficult task. You have Sam O'Rourke who is her best friends brother and whom she has had a crush on since being a little girl. Than there is Sam's best friend Patrick O'Connor, who seems to have a slightly worse reputation for being more of a rogue than Sam. This story is not only about two men trying to win the heart of one women, but also of the love that Marcy has to help others even when facing her own struggles and challenges. All while staying true to herself and most of all her faith in God and what He wants for her. This is a great book and a great prequel to The Daughters of Boston series
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This is the first Julie Lessman novel I have read. Although romance novels aren’t typically my first choice, I expect to be reading more of her books. This book tells a very interesting story with a serious, life-changing message. The message is woven into the story in such a way that it is not preachy. The thing that kept me reading was to see if the young ladies would hold steadfast to their beliefs and convictions even though their hearts were being drawn to a couple of rogues. The author’s writing is authentic without too much detail as she describes the roguish ways of the young men. I would especially recommend the book to young singles. I have been married to the woman of my dreams for almost 50 years so my courting days are far behind but those who are just now getting to that phase of their lives can learn some valuable lessons, even though the setting is Boston in 1895. Truth is truth no matter the era. And good solid advice can be derived from a well-written romance novel the same as from a non-fiction book.
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A wonderful story that shows how God workd. I enjoyed this book!
ArabianLady More than 1 year ago
Being an Avid Reader of Julie's books, I adore her writing. Her Characters and their situations are always real and true to life. Human, Passionate, Flawed and in Need of God's Saving Grace. I really like that Julie doesn't shy away from the hard stuff. Like temptation and bad decisions but always brings the reader back to Christ, and His ability to heal and restore! I awaited this book anxiously and was Not disappointed! There were times I did want to throttle each of the characters in turn, but truly enjoyed getting to journey into this couple's Love story with each other & God! I laughed and cried my way through and even had to yell at a character a time or two! Yes, I do really "get into" my books! The transformation we see in the Leading Characters from Beginning to End is something to behold and handled beautifully. Even Marcy had a few things God wanted to teach her. Patrick's change brought me to tears and the last couple pages had me reading while holding my breath and with my heart pounding. The sweet tenderness made me bite my lip and yes, squeal with joy! :) A wonderful Prequel , Sure to be Treasured by Many! Bravo, Julie! Thank you for letting us have such a sweet glimpse into the Beginning of such an Incredible Family!
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
After adoring the O'Conner family in the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series I was extremely excited to read this prequel about the O'Conner parents! And oh what a book it was! I loved it like I've loved every other one of Julie's books I've read. This author has such an amazing talent and once again played with my emotions. It was such fun seeing a younger Marcy and Patrick and watching their journey to love that we'd gotten hints of in the other stories. On one hand knowing how the story would end up made it easier to read and on the other hand it made it more painful. It was painful to watch all the turmoil they had to go through and watching Marcy almost end up with Sam when you knew how amazing her life was going to be with Patrick. I would get so frustrated during the scenes Marcy and Sam were together and then get a dopey grin on my face whenever she was with Patrick. I loved watching as his love for Marcy transformed Patrick into the amazing hero I knew and loved and brought him close to God. I also loved Marcy and her close relationship with God and how that kept her from making the wrong choices! Oh and I can't write this review without mention how much I loved Patrick's interaction with the kids especially Tillie. It was just so stinkin' cute! I could go on for days on how much I loved this book but I better end it so I can go reread the rest of the O'Conner saga!
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Julie Lessman’s writing is always a great mix of high emotion, clashes of right and wrong, forgiveness, past and present hurts, secrets, guilt, shame, fun, humor, family stresses, life decisions, love and lust – the good, the bad and the ugly, dishonesty, thievery, hypocrisy, dreams and always God’s love and the human struggle to entrust their hearts Him. Her script is divinely developed around the evidence that she has researched the time period extensively as to history, fashions in style, education, religion, morals, courting, and human behavior which is primarily the same from generation to generation. She writes such beautiful and easily comprehended word pictures that are vivid to the imagination throughout her story. Ms. Lessman has no qualms at expressing belief in the plans that God has for each individual. The characters are all mostly lovable, with a couple of deterrents there, yet each one is unique and vital to the story. You will meet the children that perform in the play and learn their life struggles. Julie Lessman has no lack of imagination in creating the right character(s) for every situation. The surprising compassion and involvement of one character in the youngster’s lives is heartwarming and tender. It brings a bit of a tear to the eye. Here is where I will leave my review of Julie Lessman’s book. As always, after I have finished reading a Julie Lessman novel, I discover I have learned much from her words in relation to my own life. Some of my personal damaged emotions begin to heal and my faith in God has rooted deeper. Recently I told Julie “Your talent overwhelms me….how do you do that?” She answered, “LOL ... my so-called "talent" overwhelms me too, and I have NO earthly idea how I do it except by the grace of God - just like you!! :)” There, by the grace of God, we write. (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.)
MeBu More than 1 year ago
A MUST-READ for ANY time of year - You will not be disappointed An absolute cannot-put-down, perfect-for-Christmas or any-time-of-year novel.   Turn after twist, revaluation after shocking revelation, heart rending and heart-stirring, thought-provoking.  Fascinating, discombobulating.  One is always left wondering what will happen next (even if you have your suspicions, which will often be wrong), how it will ever possibly turn out.   You cheer characters on, shake your head in disgust at their actions, are shocked by what just happened, certain but uncertain as to how it will end, entranced.  Curve ball after curve ball with absolutely excellent character development of starkly individual and unique characters.  A story of affections, uncertainties, decisions, actions, revelations...I'm in love ;) This would make an awesome Christmas (or pre-Christmas, or birthday, or just-because...) gift for anyone.  Not your typical Christmas novel.  Decidedly different. This, for so many reasons is one of my favourite novels of all time (and I've read 'em all)! Thank you, Julie Lessman.  You knocked this one out of the park, beyond any and all expectations.
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What a joy to read about the beginnings of the O'Connor clan! This book is a prequel to the Daughters of Boston series. It could be read as an introduction to these books, and the two parents who have such a major role and influence in their children's lives. I am glad, however, that I read it in the order that I did. I read all three Daughters of Boston books and then read the prequel. It was just so fun to know that these two were going to get together, and even know some information about how their relationship developed through details learned in A Passion Denied. I loved seeing the change in Patrick from a rogue to a man truly in love with a wonderful girl and pursuing a relationship with God. Patrick's rogue past is referred to many times in A Passion Most Pure, but it was sure fun to see the change in him happen right before my eyes in the pages of this book! I also enjoyed Marcy. She had some definite judgments about the two rogues who were pursuing her in this book. However, she really seemed to have her blinders on in regards to what she chose to believe about one of them! One scene in particular just made me want to shout at her, "Open your eyes! Why are you letting yourself be deceived?" And oh...swoon...I loved the epilogue ending. The author just nailed it. It is exactly the kind of ending I crave in books! The kind that surprises me and just takes my breath away! Loved it! I look very forward to reading her next series, The Winds of Change series, which is related to these books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. Would recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will have you staying up till the wee hours of the night, it's that good. Julie great way of telling a story of love, joy, the power of friendship, forgiveness and heartache the amazing. Marcy is being torn between to men that are fighting for her love. She is a sold christian that knows what she wants but still has feelings and go with it. Everyone faith is tested and some people are brought back to faith. You will been hooked on her books after this one.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman is a wonderful book and the romantic story gave me some good laughs and even brought tears to my eyes a time or two. Marcy Murphy is a beautiful young woman who has moved back to Boston after spending the last five years in New York and has caught the eye of the two most notorious rogues in South Boston. Sam O’Rourke is the brother of her best friend, Julie, and she has loved him since she was eight years old. Sam is from a large, loving family and Marcy longs to be a part of it. Patrick O’Conner is Sam’s best friend and he fell in love with Marcy the first time he saw her but she has a big trust issue with Patrick and in addition, he is from a family that has no faith in God. Marcy is chosen to be in charge of the Christmas play that is a fundraiser for the parish soup kitchen. The play, A Light in the Window, is based on the Irish custom of putting a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family. Sam and Patrick are caught in the confessional drinking the communion wine and because of this Father Fitz punishes them by having them help build the sets for the play. Sam and Patrick do not tell anyone that they are helping because they have to but let everyone think they are being good guys and donating their time. Patrick not only helped with the sets but spent a great deal of time working in the soup kitchen and the experience brought changes to his life. Marcy had a close relationship with God but at times she could be so unforgiving but after a few hours or maybe a day, she would listen to God and then forgive the person. She was prone to forgive Sam of all his misdeeds but she was very slow to forgive Patrick. Both men loved her and she was faced with the decision of which was the right man for her. She finally turned the problem over to God and He led her to made the right decision. The author did an admirable job of developing the plot, characters, dialogue, and scenes in the book. She made things so real that I felt that I was right there in the middle of what was happening. I was impressed that the book focused on Christian values and shared the message that we should follow God’s plan for our lives and not try to do things our way. The act of forgiveness by God, our forgiveness of others, and forgiveness of ourselves was a recurring theme in the book and in my opinion added greatly to the story. The story is told from a Catholic point of view but even though I am not Catholic, I thoroughly enjoyed Father Fitz with his wisdom, humor, good advice to Marcy, his love of people, and his deep love of God. The story has a beautiful ending and finally Marcy is happy and loved. Which man did she choose? Well, you will just have to read the book to find out. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading a great love story with Christian values and that also deals with forgiveness from God and forgiveness of self and others. A big thank you to the author, Julie Lessman, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
Julie Lessman has done it again with a wonderful Christmas story of love and redemption that will make you laugh as well as bring tears to your eyes. The sweet story of a woman of faith and a notorious rogue who develop a mutual friendship while working on a Christmas production entitled "A Light in the Window". This is Lessman's finest work and will hold your heart captive and wanting more.
EMarieH More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love about Julie Lessman is how she gets my stomach twisted into knots and my heart pounding so hard and my mouth smiling so big I think I'm about to explode any minute. I have cherished every single novel about the O'Connor family. I went into this book, knowing exactly who was going to end up with who and yet my stomach still twisted up when Marcy and Sam were together! I almost started to doubt. I would think to myself, 'Oh no, it's all over, Marcy and Patrick will never be together!' and then I'd go back laughing at myself. This heartwarming story tested the boundaries of love, trust and faith. Patrick's love for Marcy drove him to do incredible things. Sam's love for Marcy was selfish and not based on faith and love for God. Marcy's struggle throughout the book was so deeply felt and my heart broke with Patrick's over and over again. But I loved how the 'light in the window' brought Marcy to the one she was meant to be with and led Patrick down the path that would lead to the greatest love he would ever know. Like all of Julie Lessman's stories, this one had me in tears closing in on the end. Knowing Marcy and Patrick's story is so amazing!! Now, when I go back and read the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series over again (which I most definitely will!), I'll be able to see Marcy and Patrick in a very new light. Knowing their story changes things. It makes their love even stronger and more faithful in my eyes. Thank you Julie Lessman for writing another phenomenal story! And please, keep writing!!! :)
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
What a lovely read this book was! I enjoyed it so very much – delightful to get back into a Julie Lessman book after quite some time without. Before I continue, I should mention that Julie writes fairly passionate romance, compared to what most Christian romance is. There’s nothing explicit, but it’s more passionate than most that I read. The characters are wonderful. The hero, Patrick, was to die for, and the heroine, Marcy, was adorable. I loved them all! The locations, set in the 1920s, are well-drawn and I had no problem picturing them clearly. There are a few funny scenes (always a bonus in almost any book), and many sweet ones – Julie writes those with great skill. Again, the people are the best part of it! This was a wonderful book that I greatly enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally the prequel the world has been waiting for! THis was a fanatstic sequel to the Daughters of Bost and the Winds of Change series featuing the O'Connor family and their romantic tales. Definetly a MUST buy! Five Stars!
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
Having read the six other books chronicling the O'Connor family saga (Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series) I knew how this book would end before I began it--yet I knew I'd be enthralled just the same. Julie Lessman is one of those authors who brings so much to the reader throughout the book, it doesn't matter if you can guess who gets the girl in the end. The journey is rich, the storytelling spellbinding, the truths profound and relevant for today. I found A Light in the Window to be charming and endearing, and it gave me a deeper appreciation for the other books about the six children that would come out of this godly romance and marriage. Julie's tagline "Passion with a Purpose" is illustrated so beautifully in each of her novels, and this one is no exception. If you have no idea what that phrase could mean, I encourage you to pick up any Julie Lessman novel for yourself. You'll understand completely long before you turn the last page. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Wedded to War