Sunday, September 19, 2010

Review/Giveaway: A Hope Undaunted

Hope Undaunted, A: A Novel (Winds of Change)A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: A Hope Undaunted
Author: Julie Lessman
Genre: Christian historical fiction
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: October 10, 2010
Restrictions: Open internationally!

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway.  This is my review copy, so it has been gently read. 
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Publisher: Revell
Physical Description: 512-page paperback
List Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3415-2

Synopsis:
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, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?
About the Author:
Julie Lessman is the author of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Lessman has garnered several writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She lives in Missouri.
What I Liked: While the length of this book might at first glance appear daunting, I found it to be a real page-turner.  Great character development and lots of twisting drama kept the story moving.

I've decided I love reading about this time-period - the 1920s - when women were trying to figure out exactly where they fit into things, trying on new roles and figuring out that some of them didn't fit so well.  The challenges of the time are well incorporated into the story.

And the characters... Wow.  The author does a great job in introducing all of them and jumping between their stories flawlessly.  I feel like part of the family, or like I wish I could be!  Very real, lots of issues, but ultimately with a great faith in God.

There are so many characters here that I see plenty of room for future books in this series, and I hope to read them all!
 
What I Didn't Like: Not a whole lot!  The cover made me cringe at first, but it really fits the storyline and timeframe, so I've decided I like it, after all...
 
Thanks to Baker Publishing Group for the review copy of this book.

Posted by Jane from Mozi Esmé

72 comments:

fredamans said...

This book looks like a decent read! Please include me. Thanks.

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Thank you for the great review and for the chance to win!!

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Merry said...

The Roaring 20's sounds like a great backdrop for a story. Please include me, thanks!
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I'm a follower.
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Linda Kish said...

Please include me.
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Julie Lessman said...

MOZI ... WHOO-HOO!!! Thanks for the great review -- it blesses the socks off of me!!

Hugs,
Julie

jennifer said...

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barbjan10 said...

Great review. I've always liked the cover, the artist caught that undaunted look to perfection. I also like the story line, the roaring 20's was such a free and rather careless time. This reader is looking forward to a great read. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win it....hope I do!

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
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Cindy W. said...

I have read such wonderful reviews of A Hope Undaunted that I just have to read it. I have it on my wish list. Would love to win a copy.

Smiles,
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Cindy W. said...

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Samantha said...

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Pink Panther said...

Wow! Thanks for making this international! The plot sounds pretty intriguing!
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Katie M said...

The character's name is Katie!! Too cool! Count me in!

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Melanie L said...

I would love to read this. Please count me in. Thanks!
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Nicole C. said...

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barbjan10 said...

Hey, The winner for Julies book will be picked on Oct 10...MY BIRTHDAY! Don't you think this would be a great birthday gift from Julie? I do!!

I am an email subscriber.

Hopefully,
Barb Shelton
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barbjan10 said...

I am a GFC follower.

Julie, don't forget my birthday is October 10th!

Prayerfully,
Barb Shelton
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Anonymous said...

This book is at the top of my to read book, so I would love to win it.

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Maureen said...

I want to read this book, I have read some of Julie's other books and they were wonderful!

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Maureen said...

I am a follower!

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

I've seen this book around. It looks really good; I'd love to enter!

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Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

I'm a follower too.

barbjan10 said...

Hi, just wanted to remind you and Julie that my birthday is coming up Sunday, Oct. 10. It would be a wonderful birthday gift to win Julie's book. I've been trying so hard to win it, and I haven't been picked as the winner yet. Hey, I'm not getting any younger, that's for sure....and right at this minute I'm as young as I'll ever be! Eww..depressing thought, but I'm excited about the future. I hope it includes a good read, like Julies book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. I hope I do!

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
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lezanac said...

I would like to try this book lezanac@yahoo.com

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barbjan10 said...

I'm making one more try to win Julie's book. Don't forget that Sunday is my birthday! What a treat to win this book as a gift. I'm praying that I'll be blessed with winning this fine book very soon.

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
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erma said...

I'd love to read this.
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tallcapp said...

Judging from the cover I wouldn't have wanted to read the book. Your review made it seem like it would be interesting.

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I enjoy reading Christian Fiction-thanks for the giveaway
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Laura H. said...

I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I would love to read A Hope Undaunted!
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Cathy W said...

Please include me.
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Maureen said...

I love following the O'Connor family. Please include me in this giveaway!


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Maureen said...

I am a follower!


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tracysbooknook.com said...

Great review!

I also enjoyed A Hope Undaunted and am a big fan of Julie Lessman.

I found the characters to be fairly three dimensional and enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Katie and Luke - although at times I was surprised by Katie’s sudden abrupt turns. The O’Connor family is true to form in their larger-than-life sort of Irish personalities and entertaining as always.

I posted a more in-depth review of my own at www.tracysbooknook.com.


-Tracy