A book I was enjoying so much, I didn't want it to end. The third book in this amazing series, and there is enough information presented to read it alone, but don't deny yourself and read the other two!
Annie [Susannah] as she now wants to be called, and now wants to leave her good girl image behind in Iowa. She wants to experience Boston like her sister Maggie did. She has made some very worldly friends, and ends up being rescued from one of her bad choices by FBI Agent Steven O'Connor. She becomes smitten with him, only to find out he is Maggie's former beau.
Loved looking at Prohibition time Boston, a glimpse of Speakeasies and bootlegging.
Enjoy your time visiting with the O'Connor family, yes they are still at it. Such love and fun, and now getting bigger, and above all a Great Love of God. They have such a faith centered life, and share it! I get such a warm feeling spending time in Marcy and Patrick's home, and how they love each and everyone in their family. There interaction at times is hysterical...they know each other so well.
I fear this is the last book in this series, and hope it isn't true! Be sure to savor this one!
I received this book from the Publisher Revell and their Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
I so love the fact that I can read more about the O'Connor family. I love this series. Steven's story is wonderful. What is so fun about reading Steven's story is we keep caught up on all the O'Connor's we've read about in past books. Julie Lessman has a gift of writing an exciting story with twists that keep me turning the pages. I'm so hoping she will find a way to keep us in tune with this delightful and heartwarming family. Thanks to her publisher who supplied me with a copy to review. I will buy more for friends because these books are that good.
A Love Surrendered grabbed me right from the start, drawing me to Annie's plight. I loved how she was a brand new character, which was a kind of break in pattern from the other books in the series.
I just loved this book, the pages turned rapidly and the the time flew by, yet at the same time I was dreading reaching the end, not only of the book, but the final chapter in the O'Connor family saga! I don't know what I'll do now that all the O'Connor's are married!
I loved how in this book I got to see much more of Steven, whom I have always kind of never got to know in the other books, and finally get to see what makes him tick. And Annie, was a sweetheart from the start. So for me it was great watching Annie and Steven, and getting to know them better :) I also loved catching up with the other O'Connors from the previous books.
In all this was a wonderful conclusion, that was everything that I'd hoped it would be and more! A Love Surrendered is fraught with drama and sparkles of humor and wit, that took me through a host of emotions. Personally, I think that this book isn't one that you can just pick up without reading the previous books, mainly because who would want to miss a single moment with the O'Connors? I certainly wouldn't!
But A Love Surrendered has it all, romance, drama, history, smiles, wit, laughs, and characters that you can't help but cheer for. I can't wait to see what Ms. Lessman will come up with next!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
A Love Surrendered is Book three in a series started in 2010 by Julie Lessman. It had been so long since I had read book one that I had forgotten I had read it until I was well into the book. (Though once I did figure that out I realized that the cover was designed similarly, and I had recognized the author's name when asked to review it by the publisher.) The book tackles some very tough topics for a Christian novel to handle, the biggest being sensuality. I don't consider myself a prude, but even I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of sensuality in this novel. Beyond the attraction felt and resisted by the unmarried hero and heroine, there are several married couples - most of whom are the parents or brothers and sisters of the hero and have been featured in the earlier two books - and all seem to be trying to get pregnant or use their sensuality to manipulate their spouse in some fashion at some point in the book. I get that sensuality was a major theme being tackled in the book, but with so many couples it was a little much even for me. I definitely wouldn't recommend it as suitable reading for teenagers.
However, the book is very well written and the characters are enjoyable. Additional insight is given to being a single person during the prohibition era. I do feel you would want to read books one and two to get the best amount of enjoyment from the series. The number of characters was a little hard to keep track of since I hadn't read book two and book one was read too long ago. If I'd read them back to back I feel it would have been easier to keep track of the many characters.
I would only recommend this book to readers who aren't overly sensitive to reading sensual situations. It will likely appeal more to female readers, though the issue is tackled from the male perspective in a few cases during the book.
* Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Five of the six O'Connor children are happily married. So what about Steven? A former frat boy who partied with the best of them, Steven is now a hard nosed prohibition agent. And after breaking things off with his first love, Maggie, three years later he's still staying away from women.
And then Annie shows up. She's got her head in the clouds thinking about getting her first kiss. But when she hits the Boston social scene, she isn't exactly prepared for the attention she draws. Turns out, neither is Steven. He makes it his mission to keep guys only out for one thing away from Annie - including himself.
Annie is a sweet heroine - but not so sweet that she's going to take any nonsense from the dashing Steven O'Connor. In the previous books, Steven remained somewhat of a mystery so I really enjoyed getting to know him in this book. He isn't quite as arrogant as his sister's husbands - which I liked - but he's still got that Irish temper. At times he was such a typical sleazy jerk that I wanted to slap him silly. But Annie did that for me :)
A Love Surrendered was a little softer in tone than most of Julie's other books. I felt this was appropriate with the series being wrapped up and everyone's stories coming to an end, and by no means did this book disappoint. It certainly wasn't devoid of drama and gasp-inducing plot twists - and of course, plenty of Julie's signature passion!
A Love Surrendered left me with the warm and fuzzies and a longing to be an O'Connor, even if just for one day! It was a bittersweet end - I was so happy for the happily-ever-afters for all the family, but also so sad to be saying goodbye to them. At the end I could barely read from the tears spilling from my eyes. A totally wonderful way to end what has been a highly entertaining and endearing series.