Sunday, August 26, 2018

Isle of Hope By Julie Lessman

She stole his heart. He stole her peace. Can hope steal their pain? At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O'Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?

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Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” not only underscores her intense passion for God and romance, but her staunch advocacy for sexual purity before marriage as well. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys reading what she writes -- close-knit Irish family sagas as well as both historical and contemporary religious and inspirational romance for the sweet and Christian markets.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series with Revell Publishing, Julie was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014, and her independent novel A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets.

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My Thoughts...

My best friend raves about Lessman all the time. I have never read her contemporary  books yet. So my best friend lent me one of hers to try.
Oh my now I know what all of the raving was about. This was a book I won't soon forget.
This was a can't put down book.
I plan to read the rest of the series.
This is a four star book. I recommend this one for sure.


  1. I have never read this author before either. I will be now after your review.

  2. MARY!! Thank you SOOO much for the great review, my friend -- MUCH appreciated!!

    And just for the record, Molly is one of my TOP favorite reader friends and I love her to pieces, so a HUGE hug to her as well for lending you this book!

    Hugs and more hugs!

    1. I adore your work, Julie! I was so glad to have the chance to share this book with Mary. And, Mary! I'm so glad you finally got to see why I love Julie!

  3. I have not read this author before. Maybe I should change that now.

  4. This sounds like such a great book. I love that you have found a new author to read as much as you read Mary, that must be such a treat for you.

  5. YAY!!! So glad you enjoyed it!!! Now you see why I adore Julie! <3

  6. I like to read this one ! Blessings DanaGirl

  7. I would love to read it, have never read any of them but would love to read one of them