Review and Giveaway: Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

20665230 Surprised by Love is the third book in The Heart of San Francisco series. I have really enjoyed each book in the series and have grown to love the characters. It is always hard to say goodbye to the people in a book series who have touched my heart, but with Surprised by Love, I was torn about wanting it to end.

On the one hand, I have been absolutely on tenterhooks waiting to see how the author was going to resolve the relationship struggles of Caitlyn and Logan. I have enjoyed every couple featured in each book, but by far my favorite thread running through each story was the decades-long tension and heartbreak that these two have gone through. So, I wanted to see what would happen. But, on the other hand, I knew that once resolved, I would be saying “goodbye” to a favorite couple! Well, Julie Lessman did a fabulous job with Cait and Logan’s romance. Sometimes I wanted to slap a little sense into Cait, but part of the fun of this author’s books is the up and down emotional journey she is always able to send me on. So, I just held on and knew she would resolve their issues and all would be wonderful once more! 🙂

Of all of the three main romances in the books of this series, Meg and Bram’s romance, which takes place in Surprised by Love, is my favorite. It is a transition from a deep friendship to love. I have liked Bram from the very beginning. We learn his  back story in this book and it is so interesting and heartbreaking. I admit that I wanted to slap him a little, too, in this book! But he is such an admirable character, as is Meg, and seeing them work through their emotions in the midst of trying circumstances was a treat.

Bram was also such a steadfast man in this series and served as a spiritual encourager for Logan. What was extra-special about the spiritual advice he gives to Logan is that Bram also practices what he preaches. Even though it is tearing him up inside, he follows where he thinks God is leading him and actually does have some peace about the situation. But, he still has much growing to do in this story and his journey is just as interesting to read about as Logan’s journey is.

I loved the book from start to finish and know that it is one I will be re-reading again and again in the future. (5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

See below for a chance to win a copy of Surprised by Love!



Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?



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.

You can connect with Julie on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


*** I was “surprised” and blessed to receive two copies of this book (one from Baker Publishing for reviewing purposes, and I also received a signed copy from Julie Lessman through a contest she ran last year.) So…I am keeping my signed copy (of course!!!), but my “surprise” can be your blessing! Comment on this post for a chance to win the extra copy. (which is still brand new and has not been read)***

Giveaway rules:
1. Comment with your name and email in non-spam format. Questions: Do you have a favorite time period that you enjoy reading about? Have you read any other books by Julie Lessman?
2. Open to US residents only due to shipping costs.
3. Giveaway begins on 11/15/14 and ends on 11/22/14. Winner will be announced on the blog and emailed on 11/23/14 and will have a week to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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41 Responses to Review and Giveaway: Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

  1. Julie says:

    I absolutely loved the first two books in this series and can’t wait to read this book.

  2. wendynewcomb says:

    I enjoy historical, 1800’s and very early 1900’s, and yes I can ‘now’ say that I have read one of Julie’s books and really enjoyed it.


  3. I really enjoy reading all time periods. Previously, I only read books set in the 1800’s but I have really expanded my horizons in the last two years or so. I have read “A Passion Most Pure” by Julie Lessman and extremely enjoyed it! I would love to win this book!

    Shannah @ Faith * Love * Books

  4. Elizabeth Dent says:

    1. Elizabeth Dent lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com No I do not have a certain period in time that I love to read about. I love. To read about all different times . 2. Elizabeth Dent 2511 Newport Drive S. W. Decatur, Alabama 35603-2910 (Yes it is in the U. S. ) Thanks for the chance to win . I love Julie Lessman’s books . Blessings , Liz

    Sent from my iPad


  5. DK Stevens says:

    I have one of her books waiting to be read on my Kindle. I do enjoy reading Historical fiction especially is it has suspense & romance 🙂
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOT (COM)

  6. julielessman says:

    BRITT!!! Thank you SO much for the FAB review — I sure hope you post it on Amazon, my friend, and if you do, make sure you let me know so I can enter you in my contest again, okay? 🙂

    Hugs and more hugs!!

  7. Carolyn Gould says:

    I don’t think that I have a favorite time period – if the story and characters intrigue me, then I’m hooked regardless of the era. And I LOVE Julie Lessman’s books. I think I’ve read all of them!

  8. I actually love reading all time periods, except for futuristic. I may read contemporary in the morning and be reading historical at bedtime. I enjoy humor, romance, suspense and mystery.

  9. Marisa Brown says:

    My name is Marisa brown. And my email is
    I have read all of Julie Lessman’s books. I was immediately hooked when I read her first novel A Passion Most Pure. As for the other question, that’s hard. I love reading about a lot of different time periods. If I absolutely had to choose it might be the Victorian period with books from Jane Austen etc. I love the romance that blossoms in those books. I love how they focus a lot on the relationship aspect of not just the man but the beloved family members around them. I think the time period really allows for characters to be fleshed out and for the plot to be completely character driven. And those are my favorite types of books. 🙂
    Which would bring me back to Julie’s books. While its not the Victorian era that she focuses on all of her books are very character driven. We always see the plot advancing through character’s actions and growth (or maybe even the mistakes they make!).

  10. I am really into reading fiction from the WWII time period right now, more and more are being written and my father-in-law also,served in the navy during that time and he’s now 91 years young!

  11. Lynda E. says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to read this! While my favorite historical period to read about is the Regency, I love Julie Lessman’s novels. Thanks for the giveaway! Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

  12. Dawnelle Anderson says:

    I love reading 1800’s and early 1900. I would love to win the new book. I have read all of her books and they are great.
    Dawnelleanderson at gmail dot come

  13. Tammy says:

    I love regency books and yes u have read other Julie Leesman books, LOVE them!!

  14. Hi Brittany, thanks for the giveaway! I always enjoy reading about the Gilded Age or the Wild West… Both are so exotic and exciting. 🙂


  15. Bonnie Roof says:

    Hi, Brittany!!

    Thank you for the beautiful review of “Surprised by Love” by Julie Lessman – one of my very fave authors!! I already have “Surprised by Love”, one of Julie’s best, so am not entering the contest. Just want to thank you for spotlighting it and sharing one of your copies!!

    Post shared!!

  16. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    Thank you for the review! I have not yet read on of Julie Lessman’s books. My favorite time period is mid 1800’s through early 1900’s. Many thanks!

  17. Marie Cargill says:

    I always lean toward Christian historical fiction because of the simplicity of the era. People helped strangers, and there were less distractions. I also don’t like reading explicit love scenes but enjoy the clean heart pumping love that Julie writes. I’ve read all of Julie’s books but this one. I’m currently reading the 2nd in this series so it would be a blessing to get to read the third!

  18. Micaela W. says:

    My favorite time period to read would be Little House on the Prairie era books like the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, though I love anything historical 🙂

    I’ve read only two books by Julie Lessman, but i’m working on collecting them all!
    Thanks for offering a giveaway!


  19. conniepsaunders says:

    I haven’t read any of Julie’s books but I look forward to changing this. I enjoy reading about WWI and WWII. Thank you for this interview and giveaway.
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

  20. I have read several of Julies books and loved them all… well, at least after I forgave Charity for her woesome ways! And I love those old timey times!

    missionwife at hotmail dot com

    • Brittany says:

      I didn’t see how I would ever like Charity, but then I did by about halfway through the book! I am always impressed when an author can take a character that is pretty awful in one book and make you care about them in the next.

  21. Donna B says:

    I would love to read this book! I read books from all time periods. I haven’t yet read any of Julie’s books. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com Thanks for having this giveaway!

  22. Patty says:

    Thanks for passing on your extra copy to one of us!
    I enjoy historical fiction. Particularly those set in the American west in the last 1800’s. But of course I loved Julie’s Daughters of Boston series!

  23. Stephanie says:

    I have read many of JLs book with one disappointment each time-that being the book had to end. I love all historic eras / time periods.

  24. Kathy Jacob says:

    I like all historical fiction, but especially prairie. I don’t think I’ve read Julie Lessman yet, but I would certainly like to!

  25. musicianjuli76 says:

    I do not know that I have a specific time period that I enjoy reading about because my selections are often quite random. If you asked my Mom though, she would tell you Victorian/Gilded Age. Westerns! 😉 I have read two books by Julie. Thank you for the lovely interview, giveaway, & your thoughtfulness, Brittany!! ~ Blessings, Juli

  26. Bianca says:

    I read the first two books in this series and absolutely loved them!! I can not wait to read Meg’s story! 🙂 I’m so excited!!!!!!!! I don’t think I necessarily have a specific period that I love to read…I just love historical fiction for the fact of learning… I’m sure there are periods that I probably like more, but I couldn’t name them. Can’t wait!

  27. Ms Julie is something else right. always enjoy one of her post. She really does enjoy the passion. LOL Like her tag. I do have some of her books TBR yet. But, would love to win this one. Hard to just pick a favorite era for enjoy many. I have to admit I really like Pioneer books, but also books like Julie’s. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  28. Maritza says:

    I love reading books set in the 20’s….or books set during WWII…. I have read ALL of Julie Lessman’s books….Hope Undaunted being my favorite, (I am secretly in love with Luke McGee lol). I am excited to continue this series! Love the McClares!

  29. Jackie Smith says:

    I don’t have a favorite time period…just love to read Christian fiction and Julie’s books! I have read them all but this one so please enter me. Thanks for sharing your copy!!!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

  30. Pam K. says:

    I’ve read 8 of Julie’s books and loved every one of them. I don’t really have a favorite historical time period. The story and characters matter more to me than the time period. I’d really love to read Surprised by Love so thanks for the chance to win!

  31. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love reading regency and historical westerns and I have read Julie before – love all her books!

  32. Miss Pippi says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Julie’s book! I’ve enjoyed every book she’s written. I admire her “Passion with a Purpose” theme. My favorite genre is Historical Fiction and from there it’s the 1800’s. I tend to read a lot of Pioneer/Western books and Regency books. Of course, there is always for more HIS FIC books from other eras! Happy reading, everyone!

  33. Karen F. says:

    I enjoy your book reviews as you and I have similar tastes, so I’ve found that if you love a book, chances are, I will too! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Julie’s book–she’s one of my all time favorite authors, and I’d love to read this one! Regency period and colonial are probably my favorites!

  34. heatherwoodhaven says:

    I don’t have any favorite time period and no, I haven’t read any if her works yet but I’ve heard great things!

  35. Ruby Troyer says:

    Love this era. I am a big fan of Julie Lessman

  36. kelly @kellyblackwell says:

    My first book by Julie was A Passion Most Pure, then I picked up Hope Undaunted. Loved them both. I don’t have a favorite time period. If a story is well told, I am happy wherever it takes place.
    I’ve always enjoyed books centered around the Civil War. That is all because of Gone With the Wind. 🙂


  37. Merry says:

    I enjoy books set around the 1900’s, it was a time of interesting change. I love Julie’s books!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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