A Love Surrendered (Winds of Change, #3)
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A Love Surrendered (Winds of Change #3)

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Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt. She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' death. But when she falls hard for Steven O'Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart too when he discovers who she really is?
Paperback, 394 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published September 1st 2012)
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Margaret
*sigh* It cannot be over! It's okay really. Another series is coming. Yes, yes I know it's not the O'Connor clan in Boston, we're jumping to San Francisco, but it is the heart and the artistic quill of Julie Lessman putting ink to the page, so I will survive. A Love Surrendered is amazing, but why am I surprised? Oh, well I mean I'm not surprised, it is just that I really wish I had a better word that amazing. I suppose you could read this one alone, but why deprive yourself of the rest of the "...more
Casey
Sob. Do I really have to write the last review for the last O’Connor book? Well, I won’t cry just yet, as there is one forthcoming O’Connor prequel, but I have a feeling it just won’t be the same to leave this dramatic, loveable family after spending six books knowing them. Well over 2500 pages have been consumed through my eager fingers over the years and this family has truly become my own.

This novel definitely had a different angle working against it as we don’t know the heroine from previous...more
Margaret Metz
I am a huge fan of Julie Lessman - and the O'Connor family. I think one of the best things about this book is also one of the cons. You get to catch up with everyone from all the previous books -- and they get more than just a mention. There are big changes, challenges, and blessings for everyone. I loved the glimpses into how they're all doing. It did shorten the time given to Stephen and Annie though.

I laughed, got angry, worried, was sad . . . All in all a good ending to a great series.
Dawn
I hardly know what to write... where to start... except to say I am so in love with the words in this book. No, scratch that—I think I’m in love with all of the words in all of Julie Lessman’s books.

I spent a long time reading A Love Surrendered—longer than usual because, first of all, my preparing for the ACFW conference got in the way, then attending the conference took up about a week, and then I felt the need to go through my own 88,000 word manuscript (in three days) one last time before se...more
Alexia


I thought this book was very realistic in its characters and situations. It was a great way to end the o Connors family stories. Lessman has had me since the daughters of boston book 1. My heart has been stolen by her writing. She is incredible!
ReviewsByMolly
This is going to be a hard review for me to write. No,no, it's not a bad book. It's one of my favorites. It's bittersweet because this is the ending to one of my favorite Christian Fiction series. I fell in love with Ms. Lessman's work when I read book 1 in this series, A Hope Undaunted. Ironically, it's not the first in the O'Connor clans stories...there was a series previously written called The Daughters Of Boston. This particular series is so emotionally moving, so deeply intense that you ge...more
Maureen Timerman
A book I was enjoying so much, I didn't want it to end. The third book in this amazing series, and there is enough information presented to read it alone, but don't deny yourself and read the other two!
Annie [Susannah] as she now wants to be called, and now wants to leave her good girl image behind in Iowa. She wants to experience Boston like her sister Maggie did. She has made some very worldly friends, and ends up being rescued from one of her bad choices by FBI Agent Steven O'Connor. She beco...more
Jeannette Garcia
My heart grieves that this is the final book in the O'Connor chapter. I am so thrilled to have read such an amazing book with characters that make you fall in love with them. This is yet another great novel by Julie Lessman that will leave the reader wanting so much more, yet satisfied at the same time.
I love that each of Julie's books in the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series are about each child from Patrick and Marcy's marriage. Steven's story was just another one of Julie's fabu...more
Julie Graves
Susannah(Annie) is determined to shed her "good girl" reputation. Anger at God for taking her parents has hardened Annie's heart and she is determined to live for herself now. She becomes friends with her sister Maggie's old crowd and is soon learning how to shed her good girl persona.

Steven O'Connor has held himself in check for three years since his break-up with Maggie. He is trying to make up for the pain he caused both of them in their relationship. Unfortunately he is trying this in his ow...more
Michelle
A Love Surrendered is another fabulous romance by Lessman. She turns up the heat and pulls at the heartstrings like few authors do well. I enjoyed this novel as much as the others, and in typical Lessman style, she had me biting my nails for a bit as I wondered what would happen to Steven and his love life. One of my favorite things about Lessman's stories is you never have to fully grieve the loss of a character as they tend to pop up in subsequent books.

After getting to know so many of the O'C...more
Cecelia
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When you were dating and in love, how did you keep your Christian values when you were attracted to your significant other? What did you do to put the brakes on a sexual relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend?

One of many reasons why I loved this book so much was because it dealt with a tough issue that young people face while dating: strong physical attraction.

Steven O’Connor is a prohibition agent, breaking up speakeasies along with his best frien...more
Dawn Kinzer
A Love Surrendered takes place during Prohibition and focuses on the romance that develops between Annie Kennedy and Steven O’Connor. Orphaned, Annie is almost eighteen when she and her younger sister, Glory, move from Iowa to Boston to live with their spinster aunt. Annie's father was a pastor, so she grew up in a family of faith and always tried to be a "good" girl. But angry with God for taking her parents, Annie is lured by the bright lights and excitement of the city. It’s time for her to e...more
Timothy Stone
A Love Surrendered is the third book of the Winds of Change series by Julie Lessman. It is also, by all appearances, the final book in the two trilogy-long chronicles of the O'Connor clan of Boston, Massachusetts.

In this book, we have the trials and travails of the final O'Connor child, Stephen, as he fights with his darker demons over his attraction to sweet, young Annie Kennedy. Annie just happens to be the younger sister of his old flame, Maggie Kennedy. This plays a role later on in the last...more
Gloria
Jul 25, 2014 Gloria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone; historical romance lovers; Great Depression stories
As the final book in the series, this is a knock outta the park. Steven O'Connor is the last single child of Marcy and Patrick. (view spoiler)

Annie Kennedy has come with her little sister Gloria to Boston to live with their aunt after their parents have died. Being from the country, Annie has made some "fast" friends, but Steven is haunted by his treatment of Maggie and tries to convince her that the fast life is not for her.

As their story develop...more
Barb
A beautiful story and a perfect ending on the "wonderful journey" of the O'Connor clan. Thank you Julie Lessman for these totally enjoyable 7 books to tell us the story of a family you easily fall in love with.
Lisa M.
I have loved the O'Connor family since I met them in the very first book A Passion Most Pure in the Daughters of Boston series. I have eagerly read each of the books in the series and was tickled to death when the series continued in the Winds of Change. A Love Surrendered is the final book in the series. The last of the O'Connor children to get married. This is the story of Steven and Annie. And what a story it is. I laughed and yes, I cried. I think my favorite characters throughout the two se...more
Sarah
Wonderful end to a series!
A Love Surrendered is the final book in Julie Lessman’s Winds of Change series and the final O’Connor book. I knew this was the last book and was torn between savoring every word and reading as quickly as possible to find out what was going to happen - I chose the latter and finished this book in less than a day! Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I only quit when I was about to fall asleep reading!
I fell completely in love with the O’Connors during the last 5...more
Bonnie Roof
"SO SAD TO LEAVE THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY!!"

When reading the opening lines of "A Passion Most Pure" - the first of six novels in the two series, Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change, on the O'Connor siblings - by award-winning author Julie Lessman - little did I know how swiftly and passionately the O'Connor family would steal my "readers heart" and inspire my relationship with God. Six novels later - I was reluctant and sad to leave a family that had become a part of me and more than fictional...more
Abbi
This book is hard to read. Not because of anything to do with the actual story though! What makes it hard is that it's the last of the O'Conner books! After 7 books and 3,248 pages we have to say goodbye to this family that has embedded themselves in our hearts and it's quite painful! Also this book is 100 pages shorter than the others which is a little sad (mean publishers), I think this is the only almost 400 page book that I found too short! And lastly I was sad that we don't get to see any o...more
Renee
It doesn't seem like that long ago when I picked up a book with a pretty redhead and a handsome, brooding gentleman on the cover and "met" a favorite new author in Julie Lessman. Can it be that it has almost been five years since the book that started it all, A Passion Most Pure was first published?! Through 6 books and two different series's we've followed the O'Connor family through war, illness,and the Great Depression -- sadly it's all come to an end with A Love Surrendered, the last book in...more
Rebecca
I have struggled with some of the elements of this book. While the characters are likable, I don't agree with the male dominance throughout the whole series. I think the author is forgetting to represent the whole idea of being submissive to your husband because she never mentions the husbands being submissive the will of the Lord. Perhaps she thinks it is understood. The idea of the women manipulating or going behind their backs really grates on the nerves. If the husband is submissive to the L...more
Charity
I feel exactly like the others who have reviewed this book. I can't believe this amazing series is over!! I mean seriously, I feel like I know the O'Conner family and all their children and relatives. From Patrick and Marcy all the way down to Annie and Steven. Of course my favorite would be Luke McGee and Katie:) Not sure why but I just loved the feisty Katie and boy, if you don't swoon over Luke? You got problems!!

I have to tell you, if you have not read a book by Julie Lessman, you have got...more
Michelle
Oh, where to begin! There's so much to love about the latest installment by Julie Lessman! A Love Surrendered has so many beautiful facets, and I loved them all! From the unique setting of the Ocean Pier Dancing Pavilion, the dynamic characters, the heartwarming family connections, and some of the best dialogue I've ever read . . . A Love Surrendered has all the makings of a novel that will sweep you away to another time and place!

As with all of Julie's books, the writing is top notch! No matter...more
Cindy
My review:

What I liked about the story, was catching up with the O'Connor family, I have read the other books in this series, and it was great to catch up with them. It is funny how you start to feel like you know the characters personally when you follow a series. I enjoy Marcy, the mother of the family, oh so very much, she is a wonderful character.

What I did not like about the story, and it was not so much a dislike as it was just a "shakin my head" at Annie's rush to grow up, to become a wo...more
Dawn
Annie Kennedy is a small-town girl who finds herself transplanted to Boston in the middle of her senior year in high school to live with her spinster aunt. She has one purpose - find true love - since it'll fill the void left in her heart by the deaths of her parents. Prohibition agent, Steven O'Connor, thinks Annie is too sweet for her own good. He cautions her stay away from men in the fast crowd she's running with, men like him. Annie finds herself falling hard for Steven, knowing he broke he...more
TAMMY CUEVAS
Annie Kennedy was left orphaned and bitter at a young age. She moved to Boston to live with her aunt, determined to experience all that life has to offer. Using her aunt's last name, she became friendly with the crowd her older sister had left behind, never intending to fall in love with the her sister's ex-fiance'. Steven has spent the intervening time trying to forget her sister; will he be able to move beyond his own past to create a future with Annie?

A Love Surrendered is classic Christian r...more
Kate
Secrets lie unbidden in wait longing for exposure.

Peggy is one with the world and looking for new recruits, from where she is watching there is more fun to be found.

Annie looking for a life in Boston that she was not afforded in Iowa, finds herself wanting to viewed as more mature.

Steven holds the memories of a past love deep within his heart. He strives to protect the young, but can he protect Annie from the snares that threaten to destoy her completely?

Romance, secrets, humor and passion will...more
Linda
Julie Lessman’s opening Scripture, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still water, He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, Psalm 23:1-3, is SO apropos for Steven’s story from beginning to end.

I’ve been completely intrigued with Julie’s books, The Daughters of Boston and now the Winds of Change. A Love Surrendered has surpassed all of the books in these two series because of Julie...more
Victor Gentile
Julie Lessman in her new book, “A Love Surrendered” Book Three in the Winds of Change series published by Revell Takes us back into the lives of the O’Connor family in 1932.

When I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Lessman on “A Passion Denied” Book Three in The Daughters of Boston series I joked with her that she would have to come out with a new title for this series as she is running out of daughters; after this there are only sons. She laughed and assured me that there would be a new title...more
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Annie and Glory move in with their Aunt Eleanor after their parents die and Annie finds her new friend Peggy a bit of a partier. It is the time of the prohibition and the big thing is sneaking alcohol and going to speakeasies. Annie, wants to meet Steven O'Conner as she has heard so much about him from her sister, Maggie. Maggie had moved to California to try and be an actress and to get away from Steven. All the letters made Annie curious, so she goes with Peggy to the pier where all the action...more
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