Love Everlasting is a great addition to the Isle of Hope series. We get to peek back into the lives of the main characters from book one, Lacey and Jack, and that is always so fun to do! There is also a continuing storyline involving Jack’s mother and Lacey’s father. This is a good reason to have read book one, Isle of Hope. Then the reader will understand this relationship better.
One of the things that I really liked about Love Everlasting was the slow transformation of Dr. Sam Cunningham. He had some really low spots in this book, some truly cringe-worthy moments. I appreciated the way it took him awhile to realize that the feelings he had for Jasmine weren’t in any way based on true love. Sam’s path to learning his worth in God’s eyes was a slow and challenging one.
I loved seeing into Shannon O’Bryen’s heart in this novel…watching as she tried to stay emotionally distant from Sam and worrying that her past decisions would impact the way he viewed her. There were so many great moments between these two. The romantic thread was wonderful in Love Everlasting, as was the boldly proclaimed gospel of God’s love for us. I thoroughly enjoyed Shannon and Sam’s story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
He sets hearts on fire.
She’s been burned by love.
Can hope survive the flames of the past?
School teacher by day, ghostwriter by night, sweet and shy Shannon O’Bryen doesn’t mind writing romance on the sly, but to live it? No, thank you, not since the man she loved turned out to be a player who broke both her heart and her spirit. Now focused more on her faith and her fiction, she vows the next time she falls in love, it will be safely—through the pages of a book.
Dr. Sam Cunningham is a charismatic player who breaks hearts as regularly as he washes his pearl-white Corvette. Abandoned as a baby, Sam was an orphan shuffled through the foster-care system, bitterly driven to prove he is worthy of love—the kind that lasts forever. Once he learns Shannon is a romance writer, he enlists her help in winning back his ex-girlfriend. She teaches him about faith and the true definition of love, and he soon discovers he’s been seeking it in the wrong place all along—and with the wrong girl. But can he convince a woman who’s been burned by love to open her eyes—and her heart—to a love everlasting?
A Glimmer of Hope (prequel which is free right now)
Isle of Hope (book one)
Love Everlasting (book two)
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.