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A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Julie Lessman
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Book Description

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?

"Lessman writes my favorite kind of book: the kind I can't put down--a book that has a heroine with unforgettable spunk, a romance with undeniable sparks, and a family that will remain in your heart long after you turn the last page."--Siri Mitchell,author of She Walks in Beauty

"A Hope Undaunted will leave you breathless with anticipation. Julie Lessman has written a novel that resonates throughout with constant reminders of God's unconditional love."--Maggie Brendan, author of Heart of the West series

"Julie Lessman's passionate prose grabs your heart and doesn't let go! With deft plotting and sparkling, true-to-life characters, A Hope Undaunted delivers an emotionally intense, spiritually satisfying read that you will not forget. Truly a book destined for your keeper shelf!"--Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little

"Julie Lessman has crafted yet another passionate romance with characters that touch every emotion. If you're looking for an awesome writer and a story charged with romance, you don't want to miss A Hope Undaunted."--Judith Miller, author of Somewhere to Belong, Daughters of Amana series

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author with an intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of thirteen Romance Writers of America awards. She resides in Missouri and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. You can contact Julie through her website at

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From Publishers Weekly

Inspirational romance author Lessman (Daughters of Boston series) opens a new historical fiction series, Winds of Change. In this first book, Lessman's female protagonist, Katie O'Connor, is a smart, sassy young woman full of dreams for a successful career in law. Barriers to Katie's goals are the time period in which she was born (the 1920s) and societal mores that locate women securely in the home. Katie's headstrong nature often does her more harm than good, and her heart pulls her away from a wealthy suitor to childhood acquaintance Luke McGee. With lots of family dynamics and competing story lines, Katie's journey to true fulfillment in both love and faith loses impact. Lessman's writing skill is noteworthy, but the tale would have been more successful if it was more succinct.
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*Starred Review* It’s the summer of 1929, and Katie O’Connor knows exactly what she wants: marriage to rich, rakish, albeit spoiled Jack Worthington, and a law career. When Jack and others in her circle of self-centered, privileged friends deliberately humiliate a soda jerk, Katie is embarrassed. Then she breaks curfew too many times, and her father sentences her to work as a summer volunteer at the Boston Children’s Aid Society. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, Luke McGee has worked his way through law school, and even though he’s now an attorney, he fills in at the soda counter for a friend, only to become the brunt of Jack and the gang’s cruelty. When Luke becomes assistant director of the Boston Children’s Aid Society, his life becomes intertwined with Katie’s, perhaps forever. A rich girl and a poor boy find that love can be the great equalizer in Lessman’s engrossing tale, which has more awareness and sizzle between the hero and heroine than your average inspirational romance. This is the first book in the Winds of Change series. --Shelley Mosley

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  • File Size: 1689 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A9063S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic! August 30, 2010
Yes, it's official, with this book Julie Lessman's books have ALL earned permanent spots on my keeper shelf. Not only does A Hope Undaunted have the passion and strong Christian message that are Ms. Lessman's trademarks but it also has some terrific plot twists! I can usually predict how a story is going to end, especially romances since I've read so many, but there were some curveballs in this I wasn't expecting at all!

If you've come to love the O'Connor family as much as I have through her Daughters of Boston series you will love all the interactions between the family members that are included throughout this book including the introduction of some new characters like little Gabriella aka Gabe who will really worm her way into your heart. We are reunited with Cluny who we met briefly in A Passion Denied as a little boy who is now all grown up but still giving Katie, the youngest O'Connot fits. Luke is sure to make all the ladies who read this sigh. What a hunk!

I loved this book and I'm sure you will too. It can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading the entire Daughters of Boston series first so you can get to know the entire O'Connor clan a little bit better!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Lessman's books are the best! September 25, 2010
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Once again, Julie Lessman has written a book with so many twists and turns, I couldn't stop reading! My favorite part is how she draws you closer to God - we need to have PASSION for God - not just the man in our life. I love how Katie questioned her faith and worked it out herself - she didn't just believe b/c her parents did...this is so much better than just reading a romance novel that sweeps you away for a few hours - it truly is a book that caused me to look at how I treat my husband and children - am I being a godly wife and a godly example to my 3 girls of what true, unconditional LOVE really is?
please keep writing Julie - I just wish I had another book to read, although it's probably good I don't have one right now - I get nothing else done when I have one of her books in my hands! My daughter is the one who got me hooked on these great books - my husband laughed the one night when he realized that my daughter and I were both reading the same book! and yes, I bought 2 books, cuz I couldn't wait until my daughter was done reading hers to start my own!! Revell really needs to consider publishing her books faster!! I'm telling you, the reader would buy them!!
Nov 2010
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like soap operas September 18, 2011
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This book was a disappointment. Not because of how much I spent, because I got it free, but rather the waste of time slogging through it. I found the male characters very strange. More than one lashes out at his wife unjustly, while the wife is supposed to just go on "thinking what is good" while her husband lies to her. Then the twist and turns taken to keep our "true loves" apart, reminded me more of a soap opera than real life. I'm getting really tired of the way Christian literature kills off characters to keep the protagonists from committing adultery and allowing them to be together in the end. This one has the added twist ***spoiler*** of getting rid of one character by sending him off to be a priest. Really its melodrama is too much.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Got the ending I wanted, but didn't like how I got it! January 4, 2011
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I really wanted to give this a 3.5 stars, but could only choose 3. It definitely kept me reading, but I found myself very frustrated @ times. Katie, as you've read in other reviews was a little spoiled, but that didn't bother me. She just needed to do a little growing up. There were also times that her dad seemed fine, but others when he seemed very hard and very judgemental w/ no mercy whatsoever. I know it was a Christian book, but I also felt frustrated that Luke was willing to be such a martyr when it came to love and marriage! This is no way to handle a lifelong commitment as serious as marriage. Sex was handled w/ discretion in this book. However, it really bothered me how quickly Luke was willing to move on in this area when it seemed he wouldn't get who he wanted, especially when he kept being given an out if he wanted it. I found myself not liking him so much in that moment! Especially when Betty, whom I liked for the most part, tries again and again to let him out of the situation they find themselves in. I don't want to give too much of the story away. Betty is a long-time friend from his past that is very much a part of the book, and you do find yourself pulling for her, but I just didn't like how Lessman handled what happend to her and then her relationship afterwards w/ Luke. I guessed what would eventually happen in this situation, but would have like it much better if I had been wrong and Lessman had handled this differently. Then I was frustrated w/ Katie and Parker, and how they moved on. I guess I eventually got the ending that I wanted, but I really didn't like how I got it. I finished the book feeling frustrated rather than satisfied. I also was very bothered by the situation w/ Collin, Faith and Evelyn. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like soap operas. . . September 19, 2011
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then you will love this book. The book is over 500 pages, and contains a plethora of characters. It is well written, but I felt like I was stuck in a soap opera nightmare. Everyone in this story deals with tragedy of some kind, and it gets really unbelievable. I think approximately 250 pages, and more than half the characters could have been edited out. Almost every character gets an equal amount of time in this story. It is almost as if there aren't any secondary characters. It was overwhelming and I was pretty bored with all the drama by the end of the book. Glad this was free. I normally finish a book in one or two evenings, but this took me a couple weeks to push through.
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main male protagonists are extremely lovable, very “soap opera”-like in it’s twists, turns, and back stories, ungodly behavior by Christians treated as acceptable, several flaws... Read more
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Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine's 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. Julie has garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist's 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine's list of Top Ten Novels of 2014. Her indie book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.

You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest, as well as sign up for her newsletter. Check out Julie's group blog, The Seekers, Writers Digest 2013 and 2014 "Best 101 Websites for Writers," and Julie's own personal blog, Journal Jots, voted blog of the month in the Readers' Choice poll of Book Fun Magazine.

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