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
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
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
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
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 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've read several poor reviews that said the males had too much power over the women and that at times it felt coercive. I admit I struggled through the beginning chapters a bit because I've been in one of those controlling smothering relationships and because I've worked with domestic violence victi ...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
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
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
I have to admit that I really wondered through the first half of the book how the author was going to r ...more
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
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
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