Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Book Review: Surprised By Love

Surprised by Love (The Heart of San Francisco #3)Author: Julie Lessman
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Revell
Series: The Heart of San Francisco # 3

Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney's office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

No longer that shy mousy girl afraid of her own shadow, she was now a young woman whose confidence was slowly changing from being anchored by others’ approval to the approval of the only One who mattered.

A warmth unlike any she’d ever known emanated through her chest along with the keen thrill of adventure.

“Come on, Meg – exactly how many marriage proposals did you get in Paris?”

“Our Mr. Caldwell is more of a baboon.”

Writing reviews for Julie Lessman’s books is always an easy thing to do. Each new novel promises adventures, love, and exciting new characters ready to fulfill their destinies. If you are like me and you have followed the McClare family, then you were ready for this final book in the series to provide some answers for you. It definitely does that! I am going to say upfront that this book was not meant to stand alone. The series is worth reading and following. Lessman is clever with the questions she purposefully left unanswered from the first books, and I was happy with all of the answers I was given in this final edition. The only downside to this book was that Megan was not my favorite of the three sisters. I enjoyed her well enough, but I still have a particular admiration of Cassidy from the very first book.

Julie’s heroines are always easy to support and admire. She writes women that have big dreams and goals; women who are strong and not afraid to fight for what is right or what is theirs. Megan’s goal was to win Bram’s love, but she also worked to help the less fortunate of the town. Her story was quick to read and very light and fulfilling. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I especially enjoyed being able to catch up with the other couples from the first two books. That has to be one of the best parts of this series; Lessman likes to hold on to her characters and continues to build on their relationships even after their stories are finished. This is another reason why it is so important to read the first two books in this series first!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Revell in exchange for my honest review***

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