Saturday, November 8, 2014

Surprised by Love (The Heart of San Francisco Book #3): A Novel

  • File Size: 4782 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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.

My Impressions: 

Surprised by Love follows the middle daughter in the McClare family, Megan. I adored hearing about Megan, who was once this shy bullied young girl that turned into a beautiful woman still haunted by her past hurts. What I enjoyed most about this book though was the way the author wrote life into each character. You can easily picture the banter between the siblings and feel the insecurity of Megan as she tried to portray the confidence she showed on the outside, but felt none of on the inside.

This is the first book I have read by Author Julie Lessman and I am absolutely in love! This was an incredible page turning, plot twisting, ride of a life that I ate up. Filled with forgiveness, love, laughter, and faith Surprised by Love is not a book that you can easily dismiss.  Once the story picked up I did not want to put this book down.  The author give enough background as the story progresses that you do not feel like you are missing much if you did not get to read the first two novels. Although after reading this one, you might want to go and pick up some her other works!

I will say this though, this book is not for teens or young adults! The author does not leave much to the imagination in a lot of “romantic” scenes that would be highly inappropriate for younger readers. There is also some colorful language though out that would heed caution, even with the deep underlying themes of grace, forgiveness, compassion and reliance on God.

About the Author:
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

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Revell books in exchange for my honest review and opinion, which I have given.
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