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For Love of Liberty

(Silver Lining Ranch .5)

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A Match Made in Heaven?
Or Someplace a Whole Lot Warmer?

She’s stubborn, educated, and looking
to give women the vote.
He’s bullheaded, successful, and looking
to give her a piece of his mind.
But when things heat up, they just may give each other
a piece of their hearts.
Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published November 24th 2017 (first published November 2017)
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I am still laughing and swooning over this newest historical romance from the ever-delightful Julie Lessman! Liberty is a pistol and a half, a feisty heroine who is nothing if not persistent and opinionated. But at the same time she has a heart just like all of us, easily wounded and in need of tender care.

Enter Finn.

Finn and Liberty set off their own fireworks extravaganza every time they share the same space, partly because they can’t stand each other and partly because they’re crazy about eac
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Tapasya
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Lead Male Character : Griffin ★ ★ ★
Lead Female Character : Liberty ★ ★ ★ ★
Plotline : ★ ★ ★
Genre : Historical Romance
Will I recommend this book to others? : Yes
Will I reread this book? : Maybe
Verdict : Sweet Love Story





Two childhood nemesis are working on a project together. All they do when together is fight. But apparently both are secretly in love with each other. But as always due to misunderstandings they keep on hating each other.

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Brittany
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This prequel was so much fun to read! Griffin McShane and Liberty O’Shea had plenty of hard headedness between the two of them, yet were characters I couldn’t help but like. The author did a good job of creating a backstory for them that helped me truly feel the frustration that they both carried for the other. Hurts from the past tangled with attraction that was always simmering under the surface.

Whether battling for control over the upcoming Independence Day festivities or battling their growi
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Nora St Laurent
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
During Atlanta’s surprise snow storm I read and ENJOY For Love of Liberty. Author Julie Lessman shows readers another side of her writing style in this delightful western I had so much fun reading. I sensed a freedom and a joy bubble up through the pages. A freedom Liberty and Finn had at the end of the book; which will surprise readers.

Finn’s friend says to Liberty, “…Back in school, I’ve seen you madder than a wet hornet with a headache when Finn and I pulled some crazy stunt to drive you cra
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Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Sweet thunderation, this book was all I hoped it would be! It is ALMOST (not quite but almost, as one other book-also by Julie Lessman-holds the title for most favorite!) my favorite novella. This book drew me in instantly, caccooned me in fuzzy, warm feelings, making me feel like I had come home after a long vacation. This novella is filled with sweet characters, inspirational messages of hope and longing, and some fun loving, bull headed banter between characters that will sweep you off your f ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For the Love of Liberty is a wonderful book. The plot moves fast and the romance sizzles on the page between Finn and Liberty. The one thing that sets Lessman apart from every other romance writer in my humble opinion is her ability to jump into the male's perspective too. And it reads correctly too. Male are visual with their emotions. Sometimes romance writers get that wrong and it bothers me, but not Lessman. She really brings the male side to life too. I enjoy how the setting, even being in ...more
Courtney Clark
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A spunky western romance from Julie Lessman! It had all the "spark" and humor I expect from her stories plus a fun setting --- this is her first western! The ending came too soon.... the characters were just starting to work things out. But, I know this is a prequel novella and I'm excited to see where this story (and relationship) will pick up in the first book.
Jessica
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Swoon! Julie Lessman has done it again! She’s managed to create two crazy characters that you can’t help but love, and a situation that is anything but simple. Just when you think she can’t surprise you anymore, she surprises you. As always, she has managed to create a work of art that captures your heart and soul. I can’t wait to see what happens in the first book of the Silver Linings Ranch series. I’m sure it’ll be anything but a smooth ride, filled with heart wrenching breakups, swoon-worthy ...more
Sarah
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.8

Good story, wished for a little more from the characters and plot. Maybe the next book will fix that..? Not sure how to feel about the ending either.

Still planning to read the series though.
Bess
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I think this is the first I have read from Ms. Lessman. What a spit-fire novella! I loved the banter and the ending! What an ending...I'm still laughing...
"Lucy, you got some s'plaining to do!"
April
A fun and flirty introduction to Lessman's new series! I enjoyed the sneak peak into Book 1 and look forward to its' release! As always reading one of Julie's books is a pleasure!
4.5 Stars!
Rachael
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novellas
Fun and flirty and full of fireworks--just what I've come to expect from the author.
Erica
Review to come.
Pam
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY is pure Julie Lessman: high drama and emotion, some humor, a fiery redhead and a handsome rogue who argue for most of the book, when they aren't passionately kissing. Liberty O'Shea knew Griffin "Finn" McShane since they were in school. Though Finn was three years older, they were fierce competitors and he loved to torment her. Now twenty-two, Libby is back in Virginia City, Nevada after several years at a college in the East. Finn is back in town too, now the director of the ...more
Rebecca
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Fire is a precious commodity, young man, . . . . handle it carefully and it will keep you warm the rest of your life."

Griffin "Finn" Alexander McShane has fire in his eyes and temper in his veins; Liberty "Libby" Margaret O'Shea has gotten under his skin ever since they competed during spelling bees back in grade school. Now the gorgeous grown up version has come back to Virginia City, Nevada and weaseled her way into his railroad office; with a pen and paper, no less.

Of course her editor woul
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Lisa
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Loved reading Liberty and Finn’s Story. Both are very smart, very good looking and can not seem to stand each. Liberty is alway trying to win and beat Finn in whatever they are doing. And Finn always seems to be picking on Liberty. This was a great story with a lot of arguing between Liberty and Finn along with funny times. There were also many moments that I found warming my cheeks from the sweetness and innocence of it all that somehow still managed to contain so much passion. Julie Lessman ...more
Ashley
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you find yourself grinning the entire way through a book and hate to put it down, you know it's a good one!

I've been a fan of Julie Lessman's books for years, and this one did not disappoint. Full of romantic tension, this prequel to her newest series has me on edge, waiting for the series to be released.
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
“For Love of Liberty” is the prequel novella to Julie Lessman’s new series, Silver Lining Ranch, and despite my not being a huge fan of novellas, I quite enjoyed this one! Ms. Lessman is one of my very favorite authors, so my opinion may be slightly biased, since I can’t help but enjoy her stories. And this one definitely was not the exception! She brings her characters to such vivid life, until it seems as though I’m standing right beside them, listening to the shouting matches and eating Mrs. ...more
Abbi
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There's usually a bit of trepidation when an author ventures into a new genre but I didn't think for a single second that Julie wouldn't deliver another amazing story despite it being a different setting. And of course I was right! I absolutely adored every second of this prequel!

The fireworks were flying of the page and it was the best thing ever! To say that Liberty O'Shea and Finn McShane butted heads would be the understatement of the century. They both had fiery tempers that seemed to come
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Lauren
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julie Lessman has again written a book that had my attention from the first page! For Love of Liberty is a prequel for her new Silver Lining Ranch series, and this short story has me more than ready to read the story of others at Silver Lining Ranch!! :)

When Liberty O'Shea returns home from Vassar, she never imagined she's be working so closely with her High School nemesis Griffin McShane. But, in order to land her dream newspaper job, she has to co-chair the annual Fourth of July events for her
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Sherida Stewart
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Fireworks from the beginning of this book all the way to the last page!

Julie Lessman has done it again….a sweet historical romance filled with passionate fireworks between a fun couple. For Love of Liberty features heroine Liberty Margaret O’Shea and hero Griffin Alexander McShane. The two former schoolmates clash when Liberty (Libby) returns to Virginia City, Nevada, to work as a journalist for the local newspaper, writing an unflattering story about the railroad Griffin (Finn) now directs
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

It seems not even age could settle the attitudes of now grown Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane. These two have been at each other’s throats since childhood, and being co-chairmen of the July 4th town celebration is no different. Liberty and Griffin end up back in their home town of Virginia City, Nevada. She a newspaper reporter and he director of the railroad, fireworks fly as the two of them try to come to terms with how this celebration will come to pass!

Author Juli
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Wendi Huisman kitsteiner
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay folks. I've made no small secret about my obsession for all things Julie Lessman. She is, without a doubt, my favorite Christian fiction writer after Francine Rivers. Truly. She's that good. I just loveeeee her.

I had the opportunity to review her most recent book: For Love of Liberty which is actually a prequel novella that she was writing for her new Western historical series entitled Silver Lining Ranch. Well, it was supposed to be a novella, and it ended up becoming more of a short novel
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Andi
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2017
First, isn't that cover just the cutest?? It looks like Ms. Lessman was imported onto the cover.

This story starts off with a bang. A fiery read head, a schoolmate who teased her, and a town's fourth of July celebration causing the two to work together. You can just imagine the fireworks! And Ms. Lessman capitalizes on each and every one of them!

This novella is a fun, swoony romantic start to her new series, Silver Lining Ranch. I may not have red hair, but I saw so much of myself in Liberty. Sh
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Missy
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely 5 stars for a sweet little novella, which I loved that it came out before Book 1. The hatred, competition, and resentment flies just about as high as the inner love these two have for each other. Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane have bantered back and forth since they were little, and held each other in their eyes (and possibly hearts) just as long. But when Liberty arrives back in town after graduating from Vassar, do the sparks – and fireworks really start to fly. Being c ...more
Debbie
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable read from author Julie Lessman. This book is a prequel to her new Silver Lining Ranch series. It starts with Miss Liberty O'Shea and Mr. Griffin McShane butting heads since they were children in school vying for champion of the spelling bee, the science fair, etc. Now, as adults and with Liberty back from college in New York, they are butting heads again as co-chairpersons for Virginia City, Nevada's 4th of July celebration. Griffin "Finn" finds Libby to be too bossy and she fi ...more
Julie Jobe
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I usually really enjoy Ms. Lessman's books, but this one is not my favorite. I wanted to really like this book, but Liberty was hard to like, in my opinion. Rather than finding her to be a strong, independent woman, she came across to me as rather rude and ill mannered as well as presumptuous and arrogant in thinking she knows everything. I also didn't care for the way that she treated Finn. I felt like everything she accused him of being (ex: "mule of a bully with a hair trigger temper") actual ...more
Mary Cramer
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blue Blistering Blazes! This book is full of sparks!!

There are three things I always love about Julie Lessman's books; the character development, the spiritual truths that are woven through out, and the "sparks" between the main characters! For Love of Liberty, does not disappoint in any area! I love this quote: “Fire is a precious commodity, young man, and don’t you forget it. Handle it carefully, and it will keep you warm for the rest of your life.” How true! God gave us passion and put toward
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Diana
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What happens when a beautiful, feisty, and smart suffragette joins forces with her handsome childhood nemesis to create the best 4th of July celebration Virginia City has ever seen? You get a veritable Julie Lessman feast for the senses... complete with talent shows, hayrides, a barn dance, and fireworks—plenty of fireworks! Griffin McShane is the stuff heroes are made of...successful, charming, with quite a few tricks up his sleeve to handle Miss Liberty O'Shea. Or so he thinks. Libby is a love ...more
Virginia
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Think Anne of Green Gables…crossed with quotes like…I guarantee you one thing or When Pigs Fly…and Over my dead body and you have sparks flying right from the start with Liberty and Finn.
Sparks that have flown from the first spelling bee and every competition thereafter. Liberty and Finn find even after a few years of separation, that nothing is going to be peaceful between them. As Finn longs for success and Liberty longs for freedom, these two battle up and down the streets of Virginia City.
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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
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