I became a fan of Julie Lessman’s writing earlier this year when I read her Daughters of Boston series and the novella, A Light in the Window. I had heard that Love at Any Cost was a little different than the previous books she had written, a little lighter feel perhaps. I have to agree. But I must say that although Mrs. Lessman has lightened the mood a bit with fun Texas sayings thrown in, this is still a deep story. It is full of interesting characters that I am now completely invested in! I am so happy that Dare to Love Again arrived in my mailbox a few days ago and that I can now begin reading it this week and follow the next stage of this story.
Cassie comes to San Francisco to visit her cousins for the summer. She is escaping a devastating broken engagement and the fact that she was dumped because her family’s oil empire is crumbling. She is a funny character in one sense, spouting funny Texas colloquialisms, but is also a very hurt young lady.
Jamie is a young man with a heavy weight on his shoulders. He has worked his way up from the slums of the Barbary Coast area and is desperate to help his sister get an operation she needs. He has decided that if he is going to fall in love, it might as well be with a rich young woman. So, can you as a reader feel for a man who is basically a fortune hunter? I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Jamie at first. I was frustrated with his decisions, of course, but the way Mrs. Lessman lets you see inside her characters, I was able to understand where he was coming from.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and at one pivotal point in the book (much to my husband’s surprise) sat up and yelled, “I knew it!!! I thought this might be a possibility, and I was right!!” I will say no more, as I don’t like spoilers. I will just stop here and say, “I loved this book!” (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.