- File Size: 5028 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0772CMKYN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
For Love of Liberty (Silver Lining Ranch Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As always, Julie Lessman pens an enjoyable faith-based romance without sacrificing the banter and steam we women love to read about between our hero and heroine. Liberty and Finn win the honor of the most volatile and interesting Lessman couple I've met since Katie O'Connor and Cluny McGee. Every interaction pulses and pops with witty banter and unexpected comebacks - some laughably so, like the time Finn literally carries Liberty into the newspaper office and plops her on the editor's desk. I haven't seen anything that unique since Allison McClare threatened Nick Barone with her pointer.
However, what I like even better than the banter and attraction between these two is how they help each other mature. Both halves of our couple realize they possess hot tempers and loads of stubborness which, unchecked, could lead to a harmful or even abusive relationship. Admitting that is difficult, but it's heartwarming. As Finn and Liberty face those shortcomings, you get to see them grow romantically and as individuals, until you're absolutely sure they're perfect for each other.
The Virginia City, NV setting is off Julie's beaten path for sure. I miss her old Boston and San Francisco stomping grounds, but Julie clearly did her research into the historical West, and Virginia City shines with its own charm. I especially enjoyed the Fourth of July festival scenes, as they lent a small town air to the urban Western story.
I definitely wanted to see more of Finn and Liberty's relationships with God and spiritual growth. Finn mentions the Poppys have been his mentors for years, and we see that in his interactions with them. There's a passing nod that Liberty is Irish Catholic, and that her dad has issues with Protestant countrymen. Other than that, there's a lot less spirituality than I've come to expect from Julie. I didn't need it to be in my face, but I did miss seeing the characters interact with and learn from God while learning from each other. Additionally, some little things got on my nerves, like the constant Western "cursing" (horse apples, frog spit, prairie poop). Yeah, it was funny the first couple times, but... And how many times was Finn going to have to explain he was *not* interested in marrying Jo Beth? Perhaps if that conflict had gotten more development, Liberty's persistent pushing away would've made more sense.
Basically, I just wanted more flesh on this story, but it was a novella, and only an intro. I'll tell you this: it made me thirst to read the rest of Blaze and Maggie's story this summer. Julie definitely has the beginnings of a great new series on her hands, and I can't wait.
Oh my goodness! Julie Lessman knows how to make her characters feisty and funny! Liberty’s salty tongue had me rolling on the floor laughing! And just in case that last line gives you pause, an example of Liberty’s tongue is her use of “horse apples!” as one of her expressions of exasperation. Liberty is definitely head-strong. She is for the downtrodden and women’s rights, and she is definitely against “Finn McShane” her old nemesis.
Underlying all of their sparring is a deep attraction that neither Liberty nor Finn acknowledged before, but now that they are adults that attraction is quickly turning into something deeper.
In true Julie Lessman style the passionate kisses the two share will curl your toes, and the sparring will have you laughing out loud. Along with the passion and humor there is also the characters desire to please their Creator. I always love the aspects of faith in this authors books, and love to see how the Lord touches the hearts of broken people and brings peace and balance to their lives.
For Love Of Liberty is the prequel to a new series and I am definitely looking forward to more!
Sparks that have flown from the first spelling bee and every competition thereafter. Liberty and Finn find even after a few years of separation, that nothing is going to be peaceful between them. As Finn longs for success and Liberty longs for freedom, these two battle up and down the streets of Virginia City. But can they be successful and have freedom and still remain faithful to who they are and to Whom they serve. Just about the time they think they can, can a rival destroy it all? It’s an adventure that will keep you laughing…right from the start.