Grace Like Rain by Julie Lessman

About This Book

A lovable rogue.
A wary secretary.
Caught in a downpour of love.

Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God … and sparked with more than a little lightning!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

From the longest book, to the shortest Novella, the passion in author Julie Lessman’s books grab you and keeps you glued to the pages until you finish the story. And that’s just the way Grace Like Rain was for me. Blake McClare worked in his uncles law office by day, and by night his second home was the local bar and women. An answer to his mother and sisters prayers, Blake finally notices the young lady working as a legal secretary for the law firm.

Patience Grace Peabody was pretty shy, but she was also strong enough in her faith in the Lord to push Blake as far away as she could. No way would she get involved with a man of his reputation. But Blake is a persistent man. Who will win the tug of war between these two characters?

What a beautiful story of God’s love and redemption! I fell in love with these two characters as they shared their muffins and coffee, with a hint cinnamon, in the very early hours when they arrived at the office. I love that Patience held her ground with Blake, taking a stab at his ego by not giving in to his charm. She was truly an answer to the prayers Blake’s family and friends have been praying for him for so long. I love so much about this book, but don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I won’t tell anything more about the story.

If you love a good clean romance and haven’t read any of Julie Lessman’s books, you are missing out on a wonderful treat. You can feel the passion she pours in each story. Her passion involves so much. Her passion for romance, for her readers, for family, and mostly for her God is so strong it pours into the hearts of those who read her books.

 

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.

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Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman, From Revell

Surprised by Love (Nov 8th – 15th) 

She can turn the head of the man who spurned her–but can she turn his heart?

When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty. But on the other side of the Atlantic, this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams. When she returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office, she’s thrilled that her life is taking shape. But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers she’ll be working alongside Devin Caldwell, who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.

Bram Hughes is the best friend to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice. But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell, Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

Author Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will touch your heart in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

As with all of Julie Lessman’s books, Surprised by Love was full of passion. That is the one thing I love about Ms. Lessman, I love her passion, and I love feeling it in each book she writes. Megan McClare had everything going for her. She is thrilled to return to California, landing an awesome job that she was thrilled about. But she was not thrilled that she would be working with a former high school classmate. Devin Caldwell was more like every woman’s horror that every woman’s dream! and that was especially true for Megan. This was one guy she did not want to see again, much less work with him. Which makes this story a most interesting and entertaining one!

The more I read, the more I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and the setting of the story. Julie Lessman does a fantastic job in describing each scene in detail, pulling you into the story so much that you don’t want to stop reading. As I neared the end of the book, I kept slowing down because I didn’t want it to finish! I encourage you to give Surprised by Love a try, and I know you will enjoy it as much as I did!

I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series, the Winds of Change series, and The Heart of San Francisco series. The recipient of seventeen Romance Writers of America and other awards, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. Learn more at http://www.julielessman.com.

Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman…from Revell

Dare to Love Again

by Julie Lessman

from Revell

Julie Lessman book

About this Book

She’s a sassy socialite burned by love. He’s a jaded cop burned by the upper class.
When sparks fly . . . will love catch fire again?

Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast, she quickly discovers she’s no match for the unsavory characters that haunt the dark streets.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite self-defense, but it seems he has little choice. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But is he just a fraud like all the rest of the men Allison’s cared for? Or is he the one who will let her dare to love again?

Award-winning author Julie Lessman brings the glamour of Gilded Age San Francisco to vibrant life in this journey to find a love that never fails.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When I was given the honor to read Dare to Love Again, I knew it would be a fantastic read, because Julie Lessman doesn’t write anything but passionate, fantastic books! And Wow! This is one of her best, in my opinion.  Upper Society girl Allison McClare and Detective Nick Barone just didn’t hit it off from the start. Allison runs a school for the not so wealthy people in their community with her mother. She had no idea how these poverty people lived until she got out to see for herself. But with feisty Allison, she was not match for what was out there in her world, so Nick Barone was hired to watch out for her.

Can I just say, I love, love Julie Lessman’s books? And I loved reading Dare to Love Again. Nick and Allison are such strong and determined characters, I loved the interaction between them. Their attitudes gave me a lot of laughs throughout this book. I always enjoy books when characters from the wealthy are from poverty meet and are attracted to each other. The more Allison saw of the poverty around their community, the more heartwarming the book gets. And all of the twists and turns in the story keeps that book in your hand as much as possible! I had a difficult time putting it down, when there was something else I just had to do!

And one of the things I love most about Ms. Lessman’s books is the way she weaves God’s love and faithfulness within the lives of her characters. She makes the Christian life seem real in the characters lives. I really don’t want to tell you much about the plot, because it always ruins it for me if I know too much! So I will just say that this is one of the best books you will ever read! And did I mention that it is a historical fiction? You will love Love at Any Cost just as much as I did, I am sure of it!

I received this book from the publisher Revell Publishers to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Julie Lessman

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series and was ACFW’s 2009 Debut Author of the Year. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in the Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Julie was also on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction list and is the recipient of fifteen RWA awards. You can contact Julie at http://www.julielessman.com.

A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story…by Julie Lessman Plus Kindle Contest!

MARCY AND PATRICK’S E-BOOK PREQUEL!!!

A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story

First of all, to let you know about the Kindle contest and the Review contese….Go HERE to Julie’s blog and read all about it!

Book Blurb

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston’s most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.

While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the “light in the window,” meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Finally!! We find out how Marcy and Patrick meet. And what a story it is. Isn’t is amazing how meeting ‘the’ girl can change a guys life? Cause him to do unthinkable things he never dreamed he would do? Well that is what happened to Patrick. But life sure wasn’t easy for the poor guy. He had it rough, and it seemed like everyone was against him, even his family.

A Light In The Window is another WOW book from one of my favorite authors, Julie Lessman. With characters that we already love, it was really fun reading about the young Patrick and Marcy, their goods and bads, ins and outs of the pre-dating, through the tough times of getting to know each other. And with all of the action going on throughout the book, you can’t stop reading because you’re so eager to find out what happens with Patrick. And you will understand that when you read the book!

And I love the ‘Light In The Window’ story and the way it was used as the Christmas story. Julie Lessman weaves together friends, family, situations, church family and God and tells a story that will touch your heart and stay with you for a long time. And I love and appreciate how Julie show in her characters how God takes a life that people think is lost forever and turns it completely around, and all when we trust Him.

This is a great Christmas story that I strong encourage you to add as part of your Christmas reading enjoyment. You will not be disappointed. And if you have read the Wind of Change Series, then this book is a Must for you to read!

Author Julie Lessman provided an e-copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

What people are saying about the works of Julie Lessman …

“At last, the prequel I’ve been longing for …”
— Mary Connealy, bestselling author of the Kincaid Bride Series

“A Passion Most Pure is a frolicking read brimming with humor, desire, and addled affections, and guarantees to satisfy the most romantic of hearts.” — Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered.

“A thought-provoking yet very enjoyable read, one I hated to put down and returned to over and over with great eagerness and anticipation. I can’t wait for the next one in this series.” — Kathleen Morgan, author of A Fire Within and As High as the Heavens.

“In a powerful and skillfully written novel, Lessman exposes raw human emotions, proving once again that it’s through our greatest pain that God can lead us to our true heart, revealed and restored. Thoroughly enthralling!” — Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series.

“Julie Lessman brings all her passion for romance rooted in her passion for God to A Heart Revealed. Emma Malloy is her finest heroine yet. These characters, with their own personal struggles and the ignited flame of an impossible love, fill the pages of this powerful, passionate, fast-paced romance.” — Mary Connealy, author of the Lassoed in Texas and the Montana Marriages series.

“What an interesting mix of characters. Rather than a single boy-meets-girl romance, Julie Lessman’s latest novel takes readers on an emotional roller coaster with several couples — some married, some yearning to be married–as they seek to embrace love, honor the Lord, and uncover a dark truth that’s been hidden for a decade. Readers who long for passion in their love stories will find it in abundance here!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorn in My Heart.

“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.

“Captivating characters, richly drawn, along with riveting and thought-provoking scenes–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.

About Julie Lessman

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 http://www.julielessman.com