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Friday, April 19, 2013

Revell blog tour stop for Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman (with bonus review)

About the book:

Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in "Love at Any Cost."

My review:

This novel had a classic Lessman feel to it. The story structure and the characterization of the rogue vs. the good girl reminded me of at least one book in each of this author's two prior series. Readers who enjoy witty humor will find this story entertaining. Readers who get frustrated with the push-pull of the romance and the need for constant forgiveness might struggle with it.

I smile every time I read one of the author's new books because I know what to expect. This author has a clear brand and it guarantees a faith thread, the theme of loving God first and foremost, the struggle with the flesh (includes lots of sizzle) and a trust vs. betrayal theme. In the end, the "all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose" theme tends to wrap up at the conclusion.

People who need to be reminded of human frailty and how God is the only trustworthy person out there will eat these books up. Life is full of hurt, misunderstandings, and selfish actions. This novel is a pretty good representation of that. People who want to believe that people are basically good and have honorable motives in all situations might be offended by the reality of this story. At least Love at Any Cost is similar to real life in all of it's highs and lows. It's a great reminder of how to prioritize things and line them up according to God's plan.

I've read all of Lessman's books to date. I can't say this is a favorite, but I did enjoy it very much. I have a feeling readers will fall just as in love with the McClares as they did with the O'Connors. There is just something endearing about that Irish cultural thread that wins her fans over every time.  

Love at Any Cost was published by Revell and released in April 2013.

 “Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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