Surprised by Love, Heart of San Francisco Series #3   -     By: Julie Lessman
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721659
ISBN-13: 9780800721657
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Series: Heart of San Francisco

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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?

Fan favorite Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will have readers in a tizzy in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.

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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 awards, as well as many other accolades, 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 www.julielessman.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    SURPRISED BY LOVE
    February 16, 2015
    Carol from Oklahoma
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am a big fan of Julie Lessman's romance novels and highly recommend them all to be read in the order written. This book continues on with the McClare family and is written with the same wonderful story line, romance, and passion as Julie's other books. I really like the story of Clare and am glad she made the right decision at the end of this story. I'm hoping for more books from the McClare family, because we haven't yet heard the story of each of the family members like we did the O'Connor's of Boston. Please keep writing these great stories of romantic and passionate love that you do write so well, Julie Lessman! I'm ready for more!! Don't stop writing and please continue to share your wonderful, God-given gift with us.
  2. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Romance
    December 1, 2014
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Julie Lessman's Surprised by Love is the third fun installment in her Heart of San Francisco series. I haven't had the chance to go back and read the first book in the series but have enjoyed getting to know the McClare family and friends in books two and three.

    Through these stories, set in San Francisco in the very early years of the 20th century, Julie allows us glimpses into both the highest and lowest of society of that time. Megan, the former wallflower of the well-to-do McClare family, has returned from a year in Paris, with a confidence and determination leaving her barely recognizable even to those closest to her. Her new tenacity is tested in heart-wrenching ways in her career aspirations . . . and in love. At the same time, her mother continues to struggle with relationships complicated by trust issues. The characters and the plot are well developed in ways that keep the reader's interest level high, leaving important questions unanswered until near the end of the story. Faith plays an important role in several of the characters' lives, some starting with strong faith and others learning as they work through their struggles.

    I would recommend Surprised by Love to fans of good historical fiction. The book works fine as a stand alone, but I would suggest reading the other books in the series first to get the whole story.

    Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Mt. Washington, Ky.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "A STORY TO LOVE, TREASURE, AND REREAD - OVER AND OVER"!!!!
    November 30, 2014
    BonTon
    Mt. Washington, Ky.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Award-winning author JULIE LESSMAN has not only come up with the perfect ending to The Heart of San Francisco novel series with "SURPRISED BY LOVE" but also one of her very best novels.

    Shy, wallflower Megan McClare leaves her home in San Francisco for a year's study in Paris and returns in 1904 with a new-found confidence and beauty that takes her family and friends by surprise. None are more surprised than best friend Bram Hughes and Devin Caldwell (who teased and mocked her in school). Sparks fly when Meg accepts an internship at the district attorney's office and discovers she will be working alongside Devin. A romantic triangle ensues for Meg when Bram becomes more than a best friend and Devin also becomes enamored with her charms. Readers of the previous two novels in the series will be thrilled by the advances made in the love/hate relationship between Meg's mother, Caitlyn, and Meg's uncle - Logan.

    Once again, Julie Lessman has given readers a novel with a beautiful story line - full of passion, angst and romance - that will entertain and inspire, provoke emotions from laughter to anger to tears, endear them to it's realistic characters, surprise with unexpected "twists and turns", and leave them wanting yet more of the heart-warming McClare family - after they turn the final page with it's happy ending. "SURPRISED BY LOVE" - a novel you will love, treasure and reread again and again!!!!
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Witty & Romantic!
    November 24, 2014
    Savanna
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love reviewing books. I especially love reviewing Julie Lessman's books. Beautifully written, with heartfelt drama and witty storytelling, Surprised by Love is bound to win over many hearts, as it did mine. It's the kind of story that makes reading fun. It was entertaining from the start and downright charming from first to last page.

    While the characters are haunted by past hurts, they're also torn between their heart's desires and fears, and along the way they learn some valuable lessons. I wanted to hug each and every member of the McClare family. Or at the very least join them at that amusing dinner table of theirs. What lively conversations they always have. ;)

    And those love triangles had me turning the pages faster than I could read! The last half of the book was especially captivating. Yes, I'm baiting you. Go read it! :)

    My only regret is not having read the first in the series yet. Having been given the chance to review the second and third books in The Heart of San Francisco series, I couldn't resist jumping ahead. While each one holds its own nicely, I would recommend you starting from the beginning if you have the chance. I have a feeling you'll be that much more enthralled with the McClare family and friends.

    Another thing I like and appreciate about this writer's style is that I never quite know how it's going to end. How "we" will get to the "Happy Ending" - the characters and I - is still a mystery up to the last page. The ending never comes prematurely, but continues on in perfect rhythm and delivers in due time, rewarding its readers wonderfully by book's end.

    What can I say? I love watching (and reading) when best friends fall in love. It's a beautiful thing. I married my own best friend two years ago and I have a small plaque hanging in our home that always makes me smile. "True love is friendship set on fire." I love that. And it fits perfectly for this story too.

    Love is a fire, alright. And Julie Lessman knows how to write it very well. ;)

    This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I have discovered a GREAT new author! WOW!
    November 23, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oddly enough, the synopsis for this book brings one of my absolute favorite movies to mind. Young girl, shy and introverted goes to Paris and returns all grown up.

    Of course my favorite version is the 1995 remake with Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford not the original with Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart which is ultimately sadder and holds a much darker theme.

    Surprised by Love is a wonderful Historical adventure - full of forgiveness, romance and of course.. surprise.

    I was thoroughly intrigued by the wonderful story - and was surprised to discover that this is the third book in a series. It does not read that way. You should have no trouble at all with feeling lost in the midst of a series.

    Megan is not at all what I pictured from reading the back cover copy. She is a bit of a spitfire which makes perfect sense when you consider that she has taken an internship in the District Attorneys office.

    I am not about to spoil the outcome for you you will HAVE to read it for yourself but I will tell you that it surprised me!

    This is not a book to miss!

    And of course now I have to go hunt down more books. LOL!

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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