Saturday, November 15, 2014
Surprised by Love - The Heart of San Francisco 3 - by Julie Lessman
About the book:
She can turn the head of the man who spurned her--but can she turn his heart?
When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty. But on the other side of the Atlantic, this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams. When she returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney's office, she's thrilled that her life is taking shape. But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers she'll be working alongside Devin Caldwell, who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.
Bram Hughes is the best friend to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice. But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell, Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?
Author Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will touch your heart in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.
Julie Lessman has another winner! I think this may be my favorite of the series. I absolutely loved Megan and Bram in the previous books, but even more so after getting to know them better in this one. I loved that they both had such a deep faith. It was beautiful to see how wonderfully Bram treated Meg, before and after her transformation. He was truly a Godly man to admire. It was so fun to see a makeover and the aftereffects on everyone, especially Bram. It was wonderful to see her new confidence and the way she came into her own. Seeing Bram denying his attraction and planning to court someone else out of duty was frustrating and when her old crush and school bully Devin entered the picture, I wondered for a while who she would end up with. I also loved how the relationship between her widowed mother Cait and uncle Logan played out, with Logan really having to turn to God in trust and putting Cait's happiness ahead of his own. It was cute how Meg helped a coworker with her own makeover and crush. The romances were wonderful, with some passionate kisses but nothing too extreme. The spiritual messages were wonderful, with trusting God, forgiving others, the importance of prayer, blessing your enemies, and accepting God's will. I especially liked the discussion about accepting God's will because we believe He loves us and knows what the best thing is for us rather than just resigning ourselves to His will believing He's harsh and doesn't care. It was also interesting to see how the family was working to clean up the Barbary Coast, an area of brothels and gambling dens. I really hope Lessman continues the story of this wonderful family because there are still a couple siblings who need a story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance!
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.