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 Jake fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. 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 Jake? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever? A Hope Undaunted is the engrossing first book in the WINDS OF CHANGE series from popular author Julie Lessman. Readers will thrill at the highly charged romance in this passionate story.
My review: I know I'm going to be in the minority here but I didn't love this book but before I get to that first I will say what I did like. I think Julie Lessman is one of the few authors that can have a lot of characters featured in a book and it doesn't get confusing. The story flows really well and you really feel for all the characters. There were quite a few times that I got a lump in my throat. Also, I loved reading about Faith and Collin as a married couple and getting to "hang out" with the O'Connor family again. So now to the part I'm not looking forward to, but I want to be honest, so here I go: I've only read one other book by Julie Lessman, A Passion Most Pure, and I loved it but I felt like in a way A Hope Undaunted was a little too similar to A Passion Most Pure. I don't want to give anything away but let's just say you had a similar love triangle going on in both books. So for me when the love triangle part popped up it just kind of slowed the book down because I knew who Katie was going to end up with and felt like it just made the book longer than necessary. But with that being said I did still enjoy the book and would recommend it.
**Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy for review**