A Hope Undaunted, Winds of Change Series #1
Great start of a new series!
I was so excited when I saw this was Katie and LukeÃ¢ÂÂs book! I loved their relationship from A Passion Denied and couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to see where it would go from there. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in the least!
As always, the writing was superb and Julie really draws you into the story from the first page. This is a book I didnÃ¢ÂÂt want to put down!
I love Katie! SheÃ¢ÂÂs strong willed, stubborn, and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt back down from an argument (something I can connect with), but when it matters the most, sheÃ¢ÂÂll release her pride and step up. She obviously loves her family, though she often knocks heads with Patrick. She is the OÃ¢ÂÂConnor who doesnÃ¢ÂÂt believe in God, it was interesting to see how Julie would weave that into the story. I enjoyed seeing Katie grow up and learn that she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt always know best, but rather God does and His plans are always for our good. I also liked seeing her lose a bit of that pride and Miss Know-It-All personality.
I enjoyed how she and Luke meet again (no, I wonÃ¢ÂÂt spoil it for you), and was laughing for most of it. Then cringing for other parts right along with her. I felt kind of bad for her, but based on some of the things she puts him through, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt help but feel she was getting her dues.
I loved Luke, too! He was the perfect foil for Katie. Just as stubborn and determined as her and I enjoyed seeing him put Katie in her place and remind her what is important. Their sparring was entertaining and it was always interesting to see who would win the argument. He is sweet, loyal, and honorable as well as being the kind of heart-throbbing hero that we have come to expect in a romance novel. I loved his kindness to Betty and Gabe, as well as to Katie.
Gabe (Gabrielle) is a great new edition to the series! She is precocious and the kind of child you just want to hug. I can see why Marcy was so taken with her. I kind of wish Julie would write a book for her, but I think if she did that the series might be unending. As it is, it ends with StevenÃ¢ÂÂs book, A Love Surrendered (which I have yet to read), and it should probably stay that way.
As usual, I appreciate having the book come from several different points of view. There is almost a story within a story that follows through each book, and I really like that. It ties them all together.
I highly recommend this book!
March 4, 2014
A brilliant book!
From the moment Luke and Katie met in A Passion Denied you knew their relationship was going to be a fun one! They butted heads from day one but there was always an underlying of more-and oh boy what a Ã¢ÂÂmoreÃ¢ÂÂ it was!
I absolutely love Luke! He was a scrappy little boy living on the streets who worked hard, never gave up, and became a man who was a champion of those who'd grown up like him. It would be impossible not to love Luke. His determination to do the right thing, his love of kids, his fierce love for those close to him, and his relationship with God, all serve to make him one amazing hero. Of course he does have his faults but he tries so hard to be the man he is supposed to be, and he truly is a man to admire!
As for Katie, she's always been a determined one who doesn't like being told what to do and it was amazing to watch as she let God into her life and really grew up! She goes from being a spoiled little girl to a woman who is willing to do things God's way.
The two of them together cracked me up so much as they constantly baited each other and jokingly bickered. And while I laughed out loud too many times to count this book also made me cry several times! I won't spoil anything but suffice it to say there was a lot of heartbreak in these pages!
And I know I keep saying this but the secondary cast of characters was awesome! Parker with his gentle strength and his friendship, Betty with her caring and friendly heart, Bobbie Sue with her no nonsense ways, and Gabe with her rebellious heart just looking for love! And then of course there are the characters that have been around for awhile, the rest of the O'Conners, the McGuires, Dennehys, Bradys, and Emma.
So even though this book put me through an emotional roller-coaster I loved every minute of it and can't think of this book without a smile on my face!
January 16, 2014
Although this was for the most part a good story I felt that this crossed over the line as a Christian novel. I was disappointed in the lack of Christian morals and the way the characters jumped so quickly from one person's arms to another. I must add though that the author does bring the gospel in in a wonderful way but still I would not in good conscience be able to recommend this book to others.
February 15, 2014
Interesting and kept me guessing
I liked this book. It kept me guessing all the way through. It was more about real life than some Christian books. And it shows the trouble that can enter your life through sin. That is something that I can relate to in my own life. I am 60 and even though I would have enjoyed it more if I had been younger, I was young once and would recommend this book.
October 10, 2013