A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, #1)
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A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change #1)

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What happens when the boy she loved to hate becomes the man she hates to love?

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

Paperback, 505 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Revell Books (first published 2010)
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Jocelyn Green
Warning: if you have work to do, and you are reading this book, you may not get your work done until you turn the last page! This is the best book I have read (in the Christian fiction category) since A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin. This is not one that I keep on my nightstand to pick up if I need to wind down the day with something. Oh no. This book is one that I literally carried around the house with me, so if I had any spare moments in any given room, I could pick it up. So hard to put it...more
Where there are sisters there's bound to be trouble especially when those sisters go by the last name of O'Connor. Once again Julie Lessman delivers the dramatic, emotional rollercoaster of an edgy inspirational story that is definitely her trademark. You thought A Passion Most Pure had some great twists and turns well in the words of the 70s band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Baby you ain't seen nothin' yet!" Like I said where there is an O'Connor there's bound to be something interesting going d...more
M.L. Tyndall
A Hope Undaunted is everything I knew it would be. Ms. Lessman's exquisite talent for expressing the deep passions, joys, and torments of the soul will not only endear you to her characters but will keep you up late at night reading until the end. This book has it all. The warmth and love of family sitting around the hearth as well as the trying economic and licentious times of the roaring twenties all brought together in a story that will stir your heart and bring you deep spiritual lessons abo...more
Overall, I almost thought this was a great book--but I had two problems with it. The more minor problem is that the love quadrangle plot was just too much like the love triangle plot in A Passion Most Pure; I really would have liked a little more originality. The major problem was that I really hated the subplot about Faith wimping into a doormat as Collin lies, sneaks, and commits emotional adultery on her and the children. You can say it turns out that he had a good excuse, but he didn't find...more
I was really excited to read this book, thinking it looked like a nice easy historical romance. Unfortunately, it really left me with a bad taste in my mouth. What struck me the most about this book, and what I didn't expect to find, is that it was incredible sexist and offensive. The main character is a strong willed young woman eager to attend law school and contribute to the womens' rights movement. While that sounds promising, it is clearly communicated throughout the book that Katie is just...more
A Hope Undaunted was an emotional roller coaster that kept me guessing! I love a book that makes me feel such strong emotions that I have tears streaming down my face as I'm reading. This book did that for me. In fact, I think all of Julie's books have had places in them where I've felt genuine grief for the characters, and they aren't even real people! The characters in A Hope Undaunted were so multi-dimensional that they felt real, so I hurt when they hurt. Kind of like the O'Connor family is...more
Whether I like or dislike her individual books, I must say Julie Lessman is undoubtably the very best Christian writer I have read, in pure writing talent, character development, riveting story lines, as well as the ability to seamlessly meld frequent and strong Christian teachings into the dialogue without succumbing to blatant sermonizing.

In this installment of the ongoing stories within the O'Conner family, youngest daughter, Katie comes of age with a vengeance. Strong-willed, spoiled and det...more
Amber Stokes
After reading the "Daughters of Boston" series, A Hope Undaunted felt like attending a wonderful, crazy, and heart-warming family reunion! One of the best parts of the book was getting to know the O'Connor family again--catching up with all the older sisters and their families, as well as Patrick and Marcy, the exemplary parents. In every Julie Lessman book, there are a lot of powerful lessons about relationships, whether they be between a man and a woman, a daughter and a father, or a person an...more
Sep 15, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Margaret by: Julie
480 pages was not long enough for any of the books in the first series, so why would you think 505 pages would be? A Hope Undaunted is the first book in the Winds of Change series, but really the fourth book for the Daughter's of Boston continuing the saga and story of the O'Connor daughters with a passion. Through the adventures with these Irish girls we have learned about "a passion most pure", "redeemed" and even "denied" yet now we turn to learning about hope. More specifically about "a hope...more
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this book for free at one point from Sony's ebook store, so this is the first I've read from this author. It was difficult for me to choose between 3 and 4 stars because overall I enjoyed this book. At times, I had trouble putting it down.

Katie is determined to get her own way and thinks she has it all figured out. She's set her sights on Jack, a man who dotes on her and gives her everything she could ever want. Her plans include law school and fighting for women's rights after grow...more
I have been anticipating A Hope Undaunted for well over a year now, and before I even cracked the spine, I knew I would be in for a rollercoaster ride of passion and drama. In that respect, A Hope Undaunted did not disappoint one bit. But I have to confess that while Julie Lessman is on my favorite authors list right under Francine Rivers, I just did not love this book. I know I'm probably one of the few in that category, but I have to be honest. I liked it, but I didn't love it...there really i...more
I mean... the relationships were very interesting, the characters themselves not always so much. The plot had a few nice turns, well, the turns themselves weren't always "nice", but perhaps you know what I mean?
I had two main issues, one was that for a Christian novel, she sure does toe the line. I've never met a group of characters that were all so... actively intimate, and while she never shared any details, I kept feeling like a peeping tom looking in someone's bedroom window. I mean, intima...more
What keeps a reader immersed in a story? More than just great characters that dance to life, but a passion that drives the story forward. A passion for God and the family that is held together in His love. A HOPE UNDAUNTED is just a story.

I admit I didn’t like the heroine Katie, much at the start, she had such a long way to go before becoming likeable. I dangled by a thread while reading, bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball as three men battled for Katie’s affection. At one point in t...more
Rating clarification: 1/5th of a star.

This book is THE WORST. I mean, unless you like creepy dominating men, in which case (and if you're CHRISTIAN), this is the book for you.

It's 500+ pages of the O'Connor family and childhood nemesis teaching Katie O'Connor to put her dreams to the backburner and get married to a man who knows how to put her in her place.

Don't believe me? Here are some gems:

"Because other than Patrick [Katie's dad], you're one of the few who stood up to her, challenged her...more
From the first sentence to the last page, A Hope Undaunted will capture your emotions and enthrall you with a thoroughly excellent read.

Katie is the most stubborn of all the O’Connor kids and she definitely gets herself into a lot of trouble through that trait. But, just as stubborn is Luke McGee a.k.a. “Cluny” the brat who used to torment her as a child. These two butt heads throughout the whole book with sparks flying and witty writing that keeps those pages turning.

I thought Julie did a great...more
Mary Connealy
I am a huge fan of Julie Lessman's work and I've been dying for another book for her. A Hope Undaunted was fantastic. I love Cluny. My favorite hero so far, and I really LOVE Lessman's other heroes. Katie O'Connor is such a strong, feisty little heroine, the perfect slice of trouble to bedevil poor Cluny.

I recommend this to anyone, get it and read it without delay!
Margaret Metz
One of my favorite books of the year!
Melanie Dickerson
Wonderful book! Definitely a keeper!
Timothy Stone
Sometimes a work of fiction appears to be on the surface a simple enough story, whether it be adventure, suspense, mystery, romance, or what have you. Sometimes, however, one is greatly mistaken if they assume such a simple focus on the part of the author. Some authors like to be ambitious, and attempt a more sweeping story. Whether the author succeeds at this task is up to the reader to decide.

This is the view that I take as I think about *A Hope Undaunted*, Book One of the *Winds of Change* s...more
Sep 25, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Revell; Michelle Vasquez
Okay. Let me start this review with SHAME ON ME! Why? Because, sweet saints, I haven't ever read a Julie Lessman novel until this one and I most definitely should have been reading her books already! She is absolutely FANTABULOUS! The power that Julie has over her readers when they open the first page is mind-blowingly INCREDIBLE!

In A Hope Undaunted, Julie combines tenderness and passion with wit and God's love, to create a romance story set in the 1920's that will carry you away and leave you...more
Oh My Word!!! I can't believe I finally have Julie's new book in my 'lil hands! I swear when I opened the package from Revell, I heard a heavenly fan fair. I LOVED A Passion Denied and I was sure to love this newest one just as much. A Hope Undaunted centers on the littlest O'Connor, Katie Rose. Katie was a spunky little 11 years old, but now at 18 Katie, is a modern woman on a mission. To become a laywer, with the perfect husband, and fight for womens' rights. Queue Luke McGee; the bane of Kat...more
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OH MAN, Where to begin?!! I really loved this, anyway the MAIN story line. I didn't like the side stories. That is probably my biggest complaint with this author is how much time she spends on the side/previous book charaters...I really want to stay with the current situation, which is ALWAYS SO WELL DONE! Then there is the religious aspects which can get a little annoying sometimes if you don't normally read christian romance, but the rest of the story more than makes it worth puting up with(or...more
A Hope Undaunted
by Julie Lessman
Winds of Change series
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3415-2
Available September 2010; $14.99

My review:

A Hope Undaunted is a Boston romance that takes place at the end of the roaring twenties. Katie O’Connor is set to enter law school in the fall of 1929, except for one little problem: her father, who’s footing the bill, is also putting his foot down on her curfew-breaking unapologetic playtime with her friends. In exchange for her tuition, she must not see her boyfriend or galli...more
Roseanna White
A Hope Undaunted delivers exactly what one expects from Julie Lessman. Passion, temper, faith, love, and family tying it all together. I loved the exchanges between stubborn, proud Cluny and fiesty, headstrong Katie. We all sigh over a strong hero, which Cluny certainly is. In this book we also have the pleasure of getting to know the sassy heroine who has to learn where wisdom and spirit meet.

I have to admit that I really wondered through the first half of the book how the author was going to r...more
One thing I adore about Julie Lessman books is there's always more than one story on stage. Some of her finest work is done in the subplots, and A Hope Undaunted is no exception.

This novel follows the romance of the youngest O'Connor, Katie, and her childhood nemesis, Cluny Magee. The angst involved as Katie and Cluny navigate their love/hate relationship made me love/love this book.

But some of the most touching work comes from watching not just the romantic love blossoming between Katie and Clu...more
Dec 08, 2010 Melee rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: cf
The main reason I decided to read this book was because it was set at the end of the 1920's.
Note to self: do not read books just because you like the era they're set in.

I was disappointed in this book. It is Christian fiction but it is more of a romance novel than anything... There was some interesting historical setting, but not as much as I was hoping for.
One thing that really annoyed me was there were several pairs of spouses in this book (Katie's siblings and her parents) and none of them c...more
Julia Reffner
I think this may be my favorite Julie book to date!

Julie Lessman tackles what love means in a most profound way. Through this book she encompasses passionate love, familial love, friendship love...each in a way that is so beautiful. But in the end, Lessman emphasizes in this book that the greatest beauty is found in agape love and that through the Holy Spirit we can be filled with this love for others. I loved how Lessman demonstrated agape love and total surrender to God's will.

The character d...more
The year is 1929.

Katie O’Connor, her boyfriend, Jack and some of there friends are hanging out at a restaurant. It is almost 10 pm. Katie is hungry. Jack hollers for the soda jerk to come take their order. The guy is not intimidated by Katie or her boyfriend. Katie has shocked as she has never met anyone who did not bow down to her every wish. Katie is so mad but to make her evening worse, she comes home past her curfew. Her father puts his foot down and tells Katie that for her punishment, she...more
Another fabulous book.
Cannot wait to share my thoughts on my blog.

Thoughts from my blog:

A Hope Undaunted is the first book in Julie Lessman’s new series Winds of Change. The Winds of Change series continues the O’Connor family saga that the Daughters of Boston series started.

A Hope Undaunted is about the sassy youngest daughter of Marcy and Patrick O’Connor, Katie. The book takes place during the 1920′s where some pivotal events in our history take place. Julie choose a great decade f...more
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Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and winner of 14 RWA awards, Julie Lessman was voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, #1 Historical Fiction Author, #3 Author, #4 N...more
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