#BookReview – Surprised by Love by @julielessman #amreading


What can I say? It’s Julie Lessman. She’s a sweetheart of a woman and a delightful writer. It’s no surprise that her latest book, Surprised by Love, is a hit!

Here’s a little about the book:

From Ugly Duckling

to Swimming with the Swans …

but is she over her head

when it comes to love?

A SURPRISED BY LOVE_HIGH-RES COVERAs a shy and pudgy child, Megan McClare has always been ridiculed by her classmates, but when she returns from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. Hopeful of becoming a lawyer or doctor to help the disadvantaged women of the Barbary Coast, Megan accepts an internship at the District Attorney’s office only to discover she’ll be working with the boy who mocked her in school. She turns to her best friend Bram for support and advice, and Bram—fighting an unwelcome attraction to a friend he’s always perceived as a little sister—encourages Meg to forgive Devin and pursue a friendship. The friendship with Devin evolves into a serious romance, but when a sailboat accident tosses Bram and Meg into the seas of attraction, both her heart and her emotions capsize, threatening to change the course of love …

In this book, set in San Francisco in the early 1900s, Megan McClare goes through the typical changes that all women go through. Blossoming from an awkward young girl into a woman of her own. She’s lost the baby fat and lost the glasses, and she’s even dyed her hair! She shocks everyone when she returns home from her studies abroad. She turns the head of her long-time friend Bram and, boy, does this add drama! This story is full of drama, humor, romance, passion, and as always, resolution. When you’re writing about families, can there be anything else? Julie really knows how to build families that seem like real families you know. She doesn’t resist the urge to paint characters who aren’t very likable either. Julie always weaves a faith element through her stories without seeming preachy but also without seeming watered down. What I found so true-to-life about this story is the fact that Megan is put in a situation with her new career choice that isn’t favorable, and she must work hard to make the best of an undesirable situation. Isn’t that how it so often is with us? We can’t always have everything exactly like we want it and it’s through this type of adversity that we grow and change and become exactly who God has called us to be. I enjoyed the romance in this story and Julie’s creative and fun writing style. Don’t miss this series!

I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed in the above review are my own.

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