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A Light in the Window

(O'Connor Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change 0)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  793 ratings  ·  152 reviews
One Woman. Two Men.

One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.

But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member
Kindle Edition, 407 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by Ten Talents Press (first published November 1st 2012)
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So, apparently I completely forgot to review this book, and it annoys me because I remember greatly enjoying it despite the fact that I read most of it laying down on the couch with vinegar treatments in my ear to cure an earache that lasted for weeks. But the book was so good that I often forgot about my ear and had an awesome time reading.

Last summer I had the immense pleasure of binge-reading Julie Lessman's O'Connor saga (the Daughters of Boston series followed by the Winds of Change series
I have never read a book by Julie Lessman that I haven't totally adored. This prequel to the other six books in the O'Conner family's saga is more than satisfying, but I knew it would be since I love the author's writing. I enjoyed how this story brought everything together from the other books and showed how Marcy and Patrick grew to love each other following some major changes in both of their hearts early on.

This story has the expected romance and heat from a Lessman novel and the angst that
Margaret Chind
I love the writing of Julie Lessman and from reading all the stories about Marcy and Patrick's children in the series Daughters of Boston followed by Winds of Change coming back to a prequel was an exciting bit for me. It's the kind of story where you know how it ends, but you just have to know how in the world that can happen because it seems nearly impossible. Through the stories of all the children's romantic lives you get bits and pieces of an amazing romance between Patrick and Marcy and be ...more
Debbie Lynne
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Light in the Window is one of those stories that you can’t wait to finish but you don’t want to end! Julie Lessman makes you want to know what happens next in the lives and love of her characters so you have to keep reading, but her characters are so real you fall in love with them yourself, and when the story ends you’re sad that it has. Julie is one of the few people I know that has a magical way of making you feel like you’re in the story and her characters are old friends. I finished the ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Julie Lessman sure knows how to write complex.

Even when I knew for certain how A Light in the Window would end... you know, since I’ve read and adored every book Julie’s written about the hero and heroine’s six children... the complexities of the plot, the roller-coaster of emotions, the love triangles… all had me constantly clutching at the edge of my seat. So much so that I often had to put the book down… just to breathe. I’ve had to do this with every single one of her books though, so
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A page turning romance from the pen of Julie Lessman.

Marceline is an upright young woman, who is well aware of the kind of young man that she doesn't want in her life, but the two men vying for her hand are anything but the godly man she hopes to find someday.
Patrick O'Connor & Sam O'Rourke are both determined to win her heart, but who, if either, will win her heart?

I absolutely loved this O'Connor Saga sequel, it was so fun seeing Marcy and Patrick as they were when they were young. I abso
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
There aren't too many authors whose books I'll stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading but Julie Lessman is one of those. Following her theme of "Passion with a Purpose" this November the prequel to her best-selling Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series's tells how it all got started. In spectacular form as always Lessman treats readers to a love story with characters who are passionate about life as they are about their faith and they aren't afraid to show it. A Lig
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a joy to read about the beginnings of the O'Connor clan! This book is a prequel to the Daughters of Boston series. It could be read as an introduction to these books, and the two parents who have such a major role and influence in their children's lives. I am glad, however, that I read it in the order that I did. I read all three Daughters of Boston books and then read the prequel.

It was just so fun to know that these two were going to get together, and even know some information about how
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After adoring the O'Conner family in the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series I was extremely excited to read this prequel about the O'Conner parents! And oh what a book it was! I loved it like I've loved every other one of Julie's books I've read. This author has such an amazing talent and once again played with my emotions. It was such fun seeing a younger Marcy and Patrick and watching their journey to love that we'd gotten hints of in the other stories. On one hand knowing how the ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reading
My rating is 4.5 Stars

After having read the Daughters of Boston series (A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied), I decided to go back and re-read this one and I highly recommend that the books be read in this order. It just makes more sense that way. Recently my taste in books has changed and the stories I read have new meaning for me. Certain elements in this story that bothered me the first time didn’t bother me now. I can now see with new appreciation the growth and purp
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘A Light in the Window’ is a stunningly beautiful prequel to one of the most incredibly fun, intensely romantic, relationship building, and faith-inspiring series you’ll ever read! And this prequel is no less the same!

Eighteen year old Marceline (Marcy) Murphy arrives back in Boston, Massachusetts in the summer of 1895 with her parents, and with the hope and faith her father could find work back in their home town after losing his job. It was with excitement and nerve-wracking trepidation that s
Amber Stokes
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amber-s-kindle
A Light in the Window may be a bit "lighter" than the books in Julie Lessman's first two series ("Daughters of Boston" and "Winds of Change"), in the sense that it's a shorter read than her other stories and a tad less epic in scope, but it's a prequel not to be underestimated! For those who have never read any of Lessman's books, this one would be a great place to start, as the focus is only on one couple's journey to marriage - the catalyst for all six books in the aforementioned series. And f ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I have read other Lessman books that I loved, but this one fell far short of her standards and was a disappointment. Character development was sorely lacking. Patrick's character was the only one that received any degree of attention. Marcy's character was just left to sag, and what was shown of her was just pretty much of a drip. Since this is a prequel to Lessman's other two book series we already know who ends up stuck with Marcy, so any drama that might have been milked out of the old and dr ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
Wow, I opened this for a fun, light Christmas read, and got my first taste of Julie Lessman's signature passion-and-faith-filled romances. Though I prefer more action and adventure in novels, I found Marcy's story intriguing enough to enjoy the slower pace - two of South Boston's most notorious rogues pursue a woman who's passion is God and serving others. Patrick kept me close to this story. I loved watching him grow and change, and cheered him on with a rare enthusiasm I don't feel too often f ...more
Jeannette Garcia
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Now I'm truly sad that the O'Connor saga is entirely over =( This book was another fantastic read and it gave me a good picture of why Patrick was so upset when Sam made an appearance in a subsequent novel. I was getting a bit worried a few pages into the epilogue, however, it turned out to be something so adorable! Especially, the special story behind epilogue. I finished the book around 3:30am and I couldn't fall asleep because I was so happy and continually pondered on those final pages. ...more
Barbara Shelton
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My reading began with high anticipation as eighteen year old Marceline (Marcy) Murphy stood on the front porch of the O’Rourke home nervously preparing to ring the doorbell. Five long years had passed since Marcy and her family had left Boston for New York where her father had taken a new job as a vice president for Reading Railroad, and subsequently lost due to the worldwide economic depression in 1893, costing him and thousands their jobs. Marcy’s family returned to Boston in hopes of new begi ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-i-read
One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn't expecting. Sam O'Rourke is the childhood hero she's pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best fri
Kathleen L. Maher
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
New England at Christmastime invites a special romance all its own, and this story set in turn of the century Boston captures the imagination and the heart. Characters that fill a literal stage with warmth and endearment, Marceline Murphy and Julie O’Rourke are best friends reunited after several years apart. Right away Julie fills Marcy in on gossip about her brother Sam—Marcy’s schoolgirl crush, and Sam’s handsome and charming best friend Patrick O’Connor. The two are rogues, Southie’s deligh ...more
Pepper Basham
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! One of Julie's VERY best!

Julie Lessman outdid herself with her soon-to-be-released novel, A Light in the Window. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I'm pretty sure she poured all of her love for the O'Connor's into this beautifully written account of one woman's desire to love God, one man's redemption, and the path God chose to take them to draw them toward His light.

It is not news that I'm a Julie Lessman fan. Have been since A Passion Redeemed (which I read out of sequence, btw...and Julie hates tha
I LOVE Julie Lessman's novels and was super excited when I was given the opportunity to read this one before it was released. However, while I liked this one, I wasn't as enthralled with it as I was with her other books. In fact, I was kind of disappointed with it - which I hate to say, but it's the truth. This is her shortest book, to date, but it took me the longest to read! I kept putting it down, mostly because Marcy was getting on my nerves. Don't get me wrong, the story was still good, but ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a bittersweet moment for me. Sweet because this book was absolutely fantastic and filled my heart to it's content, but sad because my journey with the O'Connors is now over...

JULIE!!! You NEED to write MORE!!! Can you write a story about Gabe??? That would be amazing!

Even though I knew that Marcy and *Blank* were going to end up together, this story was still great! The love triangle was intense and the thought that kept going through my mind was, "When is it going to end?" Lol, I had so
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books, kindle
A Light in the Window was a great read! I loved getting to read Marcy's story and even though I knew who she ended up with (having read the Daughters of Boston series and A Love Surrendered), it was still a thrilling ride!

I really liked how A Light in the Window didn't seem as "passionate" as other Julie Lessman books I've read, I'm not a huge fan of a lot of kissing/passion in books and I'm glad there wasn't that much of it in this book. :)

It was kind of weird reading A Light In The Window, at
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I have read the first two books in Julie Lessman's, Winds of Change series, and loved each one. So when Julie emailed me to see if I would consider reading her recent creation and spotlight it on my blog, I never once hesitated!! Julie's books are what I like to call 'gentle reads' and what she describes as inspirational romance. Yes, she writes about faith, God, and the Bible, but never in that preachy or over-the-top manner. She writes realistic characters who face dilemmas that normal people ...more
Megan Joy
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for ANY time of year

An absolute cannot-put-down, perfect-for-Christmas or any-time-of-year novel.

Turn after twist, revaluation after shocking revelation, heart rending and heart-stirring, thought-provoking. Fascinating, discombobulating. One is always left wondering what will happen next (even if you have your suspicions, which will often be wrong), how it will ever possibly turn out.

You cheer characters on, shake your head in disgust at their actions, are shocked by what just happ
Charity U
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a lovely read this book was! I enjoyed it so very much – delightful to get back into a Julie Lessman book after quite some time without. Before I continue, I should mention that Julie writes fairly passionate romance, compared to what most Christian romance is. There’s nothing explicit, but it’s more passionate than most that I read. The characters are wonderful. The hero, Patrick, was to die for, and the heroine, Marcy, was adorable. I loved them all! The locations, set in the 1920s, are w ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I liked this book a lot! I can't believe I've waited so long to read one of Julie Lessman's books. This is the first one and it lived up to all the five star ratings I've seen on her books. What an emotional roller coaster! The love triangle just about drove me crazy. But I love a book that grabs my emotions and pulls me into the story. I love Marcy's determination to be Godly about her courting relationships even if she did let her lifelong dreams and fears and humanness cloud her judgemen ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author of "The Daughters of Boston" series, Julie Lessman provides followers with the prequel in this Christmas lovestory. Not having read any of Julie's books prior to this introduction, I certainly consider it able to stand alone as a one off. On the other hand, there's enough information given to invest reading time into the followup stories...

A headstrong protagonist leads the reader into the story. With her no holds barred attitude and manner, she is quick to judge others and promote her po
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novella is a prequel to the totally wonderful Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series featuring the O'Connor Clan. Even though I knew who Marcy would choose, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how it was going to happen when it seemed impossible! I absolutely loved the message that powerful change in a person's life is possible. I highly recommend these books, the faith element is beautifully done and does not hit you over the head. The passion in the books is tastefully exciting ...more
If this were a movie, the tagline would be “She has a License to Judge — and she know how to use it.”

I detest (and that’s putting it mildly) the “You’re Not Worthy of Love Until You’re as Godly as Me” inspie trope, and this book is built on piles and piles of that holier-than-thou hypocrisy. It’s ironic — and not in a good way — to find such a pharisaic message glorified and rewarded in a Christmas novel.

Beth Erin
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Good girl torn between two bad boys vying for her heart! Marcy, Patrick, and Sam form a messy triangle of friendship, love, and lust. Further complicate Marcy's feelings with the fact that Sam is her best friend's brother and she's had a girlhood crush on him for years. This was the second of Julie's book I read and I've been a huge fan ever since!
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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. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series

Other books in the series

O'Connor Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change (6 books)
  • A Passion Most Pure (The Daughters of Boston, #1)
  • A Passion Redeemed (The Daughters of Boston, #2)
  • A Passion Denied (The Daughters of Boston, #3)
  • A Hope Undaunted (Winds of Change, #1)
  • A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change, #2)
  • A Love Surrendered (Winds of Change, #3)
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