A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

A Hope Undaunted: A Novel by Julie Lessman (book 1 in the Winds of Change series) (Revell, September 1, 2010), 505 pages

Following the same characters she brought to life in her Daughters of Boston series (A Passion Most Pure [my review], A Passion Redeemed [my review] and A Passion Denied), author Julie Lessman now focuses on 18-year-old Katie O’Connor, the youngest sister. It’s May 1929, and she has her heart set on law school; marrying her rich, politically connected beau; and using that education and power to improve the plight of all women.

It’s been a long time since I read a book like this — either that or this is a singular book and/or author.

At the beginning of A Hope Undaunted, I really disliked Katie. She’s spoiled and headstrong, to name just a couple flaws. But as her hard armor is gradually chipped away (and as she grows up a bit), she becomes a much more sympathetic character.

I loved the time this book is set in — with the impending stock market crash, the rise of women’s rights, Prohibition — I loved snuggling in and getting familiar with this era again.

This book is more filled with fashion talk than most books I’ve read, and more than I remember being in earlier Lessman books. That could be because this era is so identified by its styles and trends, but it could also be that I just don’t remember well. At any rate, I didn’t mind the constant peppering of clothing and home decor details (the 1920s are just so fun!), but if a few had been eliminated the book could have been shortened.

Overall, this was a fun read, but I didn’t love it as much as I expected to. Still, I’m completely thrilled that even though the Daughters of Boston series ended after telling the stories of only 3 of the 4 sisters, Lessman has found a way to bring us the rest of the story for these characters. I just hate it when I’m not given the option to see a story through to the end!

The Winds of Change series is expected to be a trilogy; A Heart Revealed is book 2, and book 3 is A Faith Restored.

About the author
Julie Lessman (@JulieLessman, Facebook page) writes passionate Christian romances. She and her husband, and their golden retriever, live in Missouri.

Other reviews
Edgy Inspirational Romance

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Note: Next week, I’m thrilled to say, I’ll have an interview with Julie Lessman as well as a giveaway — of a signed copy — of A Hope Undaunted, so stay tuned!

I received this book from the publisher. I’m an Amazon Associate and receive a small commission on sales through my affiliate links.


12 responses to “A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

  1. Oh, I love books about that time period as well, but like you I do have trouble with characters that arespoiled. Why is it that so many girls are portrayed in that manner in books lately?

  2. ha, I loved Katie best of all the girls!

  3. I do like that time period but I’m afraid I might find the descriptions of fashion and decor tiresome after a while.

  4. I LOVE time period books! It must be the historian in me 🙂 Sounds like a book series I need to dive into!

  5. I love the Roaring Twenties and I enjoyed the feel of this book.

    I also reviewed it today. Here’s the link: http://edgyinspirational.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-hope-undaunted-by-julie-lessman.html

  6. The time period this book is set in is interesting to me, but I am not sure if I would like the book or not… Thanks for the review!

  7. I love Julie Lessman’s books because they are not just your typical, Calgon take me away, romance novel that thrill you, but doesn’t change you…
    her books have caused me to look at my life and see if I am seeking to have PASSION for God like I have passion for my husband. I also want to be a godly wife and mother and her characters inspire me to be my best… looking forward to more of her books in the future!

  8. Pingback: Interview with Julie Lessman & giveaway « Word Lily

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