A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change #1)
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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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
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
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 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
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
I recommend this to anyone, get it and read it without delay!
This is the view that I take as I think about *A Hope Undaunted*, Book One of the *Winds of Change* s ...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
by Julie Lessman
Winds of Change series
Available September 2010; $14.99
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
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
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
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! ...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 ...more
I have to admit that I really wondered through the first half of the book how the author was going to r ...more