Saturday, November 08, 2014

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

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 is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series, the Winds of Change series, and The Heart of San Francisco series. The recipient of seventeen Romance Writers of America and other awards, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. Learn more at

Here is my review of this wonderful read:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Julie Lessman and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Surprised by Love" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“Surprised by Love” by Julie Lessman truly was a surprise.  These characters have become dear to me in previous books. So watching them grow, mature and fall in love is really satisfying.  Julie Lessman creates magical tales of romance with such conflict that the intensity of the love story skyrockets.  I actively read Julie’s novels, speaking aloud to the characters, experiencing their frustration as well as their elation.

Megan McClare has changed significantly since she left for Paris, France.  After a year abroad, Bram’s “Bug” quickens his pulse.  But because of a guilty conscience, he has agreed to court the daughter of his father’s potential business partner, leaving Meg’s matured feelings of love for him unrequited.  Meg’s old nemesis, Devin, has also changed his mind about her, his thoughts now taking a more romantic direction, adding more complexity to the conflict.

This is another amazing read from Julie Lessman that has a home on my “keeper” shelf.

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