Sunday, April 21, 2013

A New Family Saga from Julie Lessman!

Love at Any Cost 
by Julie Lessman
The Heart of San Francisco series, Book 1
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available April 2013
Revell Books
416 pages

About the Book
He’s looking to take care of his family. She’s looking to take care of her heart. Trouble is . . . love’s looking to take care of them both.

Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Jilted by a fortune hunter, Cassidy travels west hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. Can love prevail when Jamie discovers that Cassidy is poorer than he is? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

Bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the delectable Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Join your favorite romantic storyteller as she moves to the hills of San Francisco for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations.

My Thoughts
It's a little hard to say that you're a true-blue fan of someone after only reading one book by that author, but that's what I declared after reading the final book in Julie Lessman's previous series. (Yes, for some reason I started at the end!) I was super-excited to get my hands on the first book in Julie's new Heart of San Francisco series, Love at Any Cost, and I was NOT disappointed!!!

Oh, the McClare family! I loved getting to know them in this book and can't wait to read more of their story in future books. Cassidy was so spunky, which I loved! But she wasn't perfect, which was refreshing. She knew the right things to do, but she struggled with making wise decisions, especially as her heart got more involved. This is so true to real life, and I appreciated how her struggles were represented. Caitlyn (the matriarch) of the family has quite a story to tell as well, and I truly enjoyed getting to know her and seeing her wisdom come out through various conversations. I'm pretty confident that her story isn't quite finished yet, and I'm intrigued to see how things play out.

The guys were an interesting bunch as well. While they weren't all sweet, charming heroes, I still loved them. Jamie and Uncle Logan, in particular, charmed me yet also frustrated me at times. I wanted so desperately for them to make the right choices, but these men are not perfect characters either! I'll be interested to see how they grow and change throughout the series.

The book truly captivated me from the first page. Even though I suspected early on how things would come together, Julie threw in a few surprises ... big surprises ... that really helped hold my interest to the final page! Love at Any Cost started this series off with a bang, and I'm looking forward to the rest of this series! My recommendation? Clear your schedule and read this book as soon as possible! [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the Author
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of "Passion with a Purpose" underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as "Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction." Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year, and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her family and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series whose first book, A Hope Undaunted, ranked #5 on Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

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1 comment:

  1. BROOKE!!! WOW, thank you SO much for the WONDERFUL review, my friend -- it blessed the socks off of me!!

    And I am SO glad you enjoyed the McClares and hope you consider entering my newsletter contest because this review certainly deserves a win!! Here's the link with the info if you are interested, okay?


    Thanks again, Brooke!



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