A Hope Undaunted, Julie Lessman
This book grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning with its real-to-life characters. Each character introduced in this novel is engaging and personable, they seem to leap off the pages with their emotion and reactions. I was surprised how thoroughly “fleshed out” all the characters are – considering the amount of people you are introduced to in this novel. One can not help but be drawn into their world, to feel each character’s emotions as they struggle with life issues. Anyone reading this book will be able to identify with one of the O’connor children or with Patrick O’Connor himself (the father) as he struggles at times to keep his faith intact as he leads his family. And if you can’t identify with one of the children you may identify with one of the many who fall in love with young, feisty Katie Rose O’Connor, the main character. Katie is strong-willed and determined, pushing the limits of all things and struggling to find where faith fits into the big picture of life. I found myself laughing and crying, and at times angry as I read the book. The author does an excellent job of making each character’s experience so real that you to feel that emotion. This is an excellent book, an easy read, and extremely hard to put down - - - it is one that is so tempting to look at the end just so you can assure yourself that it really does all work out for everyone (or maybe that’s just a temptation I face with a book that is so well written that you are on an emotional roller-coaster with the characters).
Go to your nearest retailer of Christian books and pick up a copy. Thanks Revell books for this review copy.