Blog Tour – A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

I’m a huge fan of Julie Lessman and immensely enjoyed her first three novels, all included in The Daughter of Boston series. Since I had become so involved as a reader in the characters, I was pleased to see that the second series, Winds of Change, continues the O’Connor family saga with A Hope Undaunted. Though the author ties in the lives of the family members we’ve met along the way, each story is written so that it can be read as a stand-a-lone novel.

A Hope Undaunted focuses on the youngest O’Connor daughter, Katie. Now a young adult, she’s just as independent and feisty as she was as a child. She's devised a plan for her life and is determined to follow it. But she discovers that disobeying authority brings consequences.

Katie’s story kept me up reading into the wee hours of the morning several times. The author has the ability to draw readers in and rip their hearts out, and then later restore them. A Hope Undaunted is filled with struggles, victories, romance, and people passionate about their relationship with God. Gently woven into the pages is a spiritual take-away about the rewards that come when we're obedient to God and His will for lives.

I loved this book and it has become a favorite by this author.

A Hope Undaunted
Back cover copy . . .

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O’Connor is the epitome of the new woman—smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband—good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

This book was provided to me to review by Revell Publishing. I was not paid for my review.

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author with an intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 20098 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 thirteen Romance Writers of America awards. She resides in Missouri and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. You can contact Julie through her website at


  1. I'm a Christian but I have yet to find a modern Christian novel that I didn't find to be predictable and a bit of a let-down. However, based on your recommendation, I think I'm gonna try this one.

  2. Hi Diane,

    I'm sorry it took so long to post your comment and reply. I've been out of state attending a family wedding and didn't have computer access.

    Yes! Please try this novel - and then let me know what you think! I'm really interested in hearing about your experience with this one.

  3. Well said. I love her books, too!

  4. I also enjoyed A Hope Undaunted and am a big fan of Julie Lessman.

    I found the characters to be fairly three dimensional and enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Katie and Luke - although at times I was surprised by Katie’s sudden abrupt turns. The O’Connor family is true to form in their larger-than-life sort of Irish personalities and entertaining as always.

    I posted a more in-depth review of my own at



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