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A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  3,032 Ratings  ·  312 Reviews
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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Sep 26, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
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
I hope I'm not expected to pick a favourite amongst Julie Lessman's books, right? Because that's impossible, she seems to outdo herself every time.

I just about flipped out and had an attack when I found out a while ago that the Winds of Change series was the continuation of the Daughters of Boston series, and that this book would tell Katie's story. I was so not ready to leave the O'Connors at the end of the other series, and simply couldn't wait to see how Katie's story would turn out. In the p
Jocelyn Green
Feb 13, 2012 Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing
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
MaryLu Tyndall
Mar 28, 2010 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2013 Patrice rated it did not like it
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
J. Kahele
Aug 11, 2016 J. Kahele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book

Loved the characters. Loved the story loved everything about this!
Katie Rose has grown up privileged. Luke McGee has grown up on the streets. As children Katie loved to tease Luke about his social status as a poor child.
Years go by and they meet again. Luke now a very handsome lawyer. There is an attraction instantly and you think these two are going to end up together, as they openly admit being in love with each other, but instead the author puts barrier after barrie
Melanie Dickerson
Jan 02, 2011 Melanie Dickerson rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! Definitely a keeper!
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
Aug 07, 2013 LadyCalico rated it liked it
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
Feb 18, 2013 A. rated it liked it
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
Margaret Chind
Sep 15, 2010 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing
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
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 19, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it
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
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
Mar 22, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
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
Sep 13, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 22, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing
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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
Mary Connealy
Sep 04, 2010 Mary Connealy rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2010 Margaret Metz rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of the year!
Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2010 Christy rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Sep 25, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) 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
Julia Reffner
Sep 24, 2010 Julia Reffner rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Dec 29, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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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
Sep 25, 2010 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads

Why I wanted to read this book:

* I am a big fan of gentle reads. Sometimes I just need a book that allows me to feel comfortable and draws me a bit closer to God, this one did just that, but not in a preachy manner.

What worked for me:

* 1929! I haven't read a lot of books that took place during this time frame and I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the flapper attitude, women coming into their own, and seeing how the Stock Market crash impacted a family.
* Katie O'Connor- what a great gal!
Debra Ullrick
Sep 20, 2010 Debra Ullrick rated it it was amazing
Wow, this one had more roller coaster rides than a theme park. An Undaunted Love, by Julie Lessman had me turning the pages almost faster than I could read them. As a huge fan of Julie’s stories, I definitely wasn’t disappointed. An Undaunted Love, is as good if not better than her others. Filled with her usual sweet, poetic romance and much, much more.

One thing I loved about, An Undaunted Love, was, just when I thought things were going to go one way, Julie yanked me another direction. When th
Roseanna White
Aug 26, 2010 Roseanna White rated it it was amazing
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
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