When I read the book description for Love’s Silver Lining, my first reaction (being the romantic that I am) was, “Oh no! Finn and Liberty’s marriage fell apart? But I was so happy for them at the end of For Love of Liberty!” However, I took a deep breath, and realized that this book had the potential to be even better than the prequel because there would be a “marriage reconciliation” theme, which is a theme that always touches my heart.
Love’s Silver Lining is full of ornery characters who many times believe that they know better than God what path they should take, are unwilling to be still and listen to the truth, and generally make things much harder for themselves than they need to be. It is full of quirky sayings and a few comedic situations that made me laugh out loud. But, it is also full of love…love that builds from romantic attraction, love for family, love for friends, and most importantly, love that an almighty God pours out on the characters of this book.
This author does a great job of creating intense chemistry between characters, while always pointing toward God, who has an intense passion for His people. I loved reading Blaze and Maggie’s story, as well as Finn and Libby’s. I am looking so forward to the next book in this series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She tampers with his life.
He tampers with her heart.
Love tampers with them both.
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the life of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parent’s house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.
If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.
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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.