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

Julie Lessman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

A Hope Undaunted is the engrossing first book in the WINDS OF CHANGE series from popular author Julie Lessman. Readers will thrill at the highly charged romance in this passionate story.


Editorial Reviews

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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From Booklist

*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: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A9063S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,466 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
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The O'Connor Family in a new trilogy!
Wow! Was I excited to get this book as a free download from amazon! And when I realized that A Hope Undaunted was the beginning of a new trilogy by Julie Lessman that continues... Read more
Published 26 days ago by RomanceReader
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and wonderful series
A great read and wonderful series. It's worth the time and $ to get them. Couldn't wait to get home from a busy day and get away into the story.
Published 1 month ago by Ralphie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful lesson of how God works in our lives if we allow Him
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Roller-coaster Romance & Redemption tale
I was really struck by how the narrator tells each couple's stories by linking them together with the family in the foreground, with plenty of hints of what happened before the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by fiddlerette
4.0 out of 5 stars ... a Christian romantic fiction written by one of my favorite...
“A Hope Undaunted” is a Christian romantic fiction written by one of my favorite author’s Julie Lessman. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malory K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved these series.
Published 2 months ago by Maxine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Grandmother loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Nyfishon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Kept your interest
Good book. Kept your interest.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Done with Lessman
I love Christian Fiction. I hated this book. This is the second Julie Lessman book I've read. I've hated them both and won't read another. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gracie-Lou Freebush
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this author! She knows how to write a book. Good and clean with just enough romance to make me happy.
Published 4 months ago by Loves To Read
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More About the Author

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of "Passion With a Purpose" underscores her 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 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as "Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction." Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of "The Daughters of Boston" series--A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her "Winds of Change" series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com

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