Lately every September I look forward to two things, the ACFW National Conference and author Julie Lessman’s latest release from Revell.
This year is no exception. With A Heart Revealed, the second book in the Winds of Change series, Lessman continues the story of the O’Connor family. The first three-book series called The Daughters of Boston involves daughters, Faith, Charity, and Beth (Elizabeth), and the first book in the current series focuses on Kate, the youngest daughter.
With A Heart Revealed, gears shift as Sean O’Connor, one of the two brothers in the family, comes front and center for his story.
And what a story it is. As much as I’ve loved the women's stories, I loved reading about Sean who is all man. The story begins in 1931 when the country is reeling from the big crash that sent the economy into turmoil. Even so, self-proclaimed bachelor Sean has escaped loss of employment as manager of a large hardware store—until now.
Emma Malloy fled Dublin and her abusive husband for Boston years earlier and, over time, even as her emotional wounds healed, she has never regretted not seeking a divorce. Now, there's only one problem—she’s falling in love.
The back of the book asks, “Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life, denying the only true love she’s ever known?”
If you are looking for drama, passion, raw human emotion, love and romance, this novel will not disappoint you. Lessman has a knack of tapping the deepest of human frailty and weaving a love for God and God’s steadfast love for His people into dynamite stories you can’t put down.
I highly recommend this book.
About the Author:
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction” at http://www.borders.com/online/store/ListView_best2009favefiction. Chosen as #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law. You can read more about Julie and her books at www.julielessman.com
Note: A complimentary copy of A Heart Revealed was provided to me by Revell for the purpose of review. I was not asked to provide only favorable comments. All opinions expressed here are my own.