Saturday, November 8, 2014

Surprised by Love, Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is a masterful weaver of words and imagery. Her novels leap from the pages with lively, likeable characters. Her stories twist and turn allowing the reader to be drawn deeply into a story that becomes almost too real to be just a book. I have always been a fan of Lessman and this book only leads me to be a bigger fan, a more avid supporter of her work. Returning home from studying in Paris Megan is ready to experience life. The once plain girl that easily blended into the world is suddenly a beautiful woman. Suddenly she is no longer easily over-looked, satisfied with life hidden behind the cover of a book. She is eager to accept an internship until she finds out that she will be working with the one boy that made life miserable for her as a young girl. How can she work with the person that made life awful that made her feel ugly and unwanted. So, Megan does what Megan has always done she turns to her best friend and "big brother" - the one person who has always been there for her. The boy that stood in the gap, protected her, and counted her as his best friend. But things have changed, the dynamics of the relationship are no longer the same. Though Megan still counts Bram as her best friend he sees her for the first time for the beautiful, attractive young lady she is. His struggle becomes a desire to have her for himself and giving good counsel to forgive the other man. The heart strings of the reader are certainly pulled taut in this story of love, forgiveness, and growing up. What will Megan do, how will her life be changed by these two men. Who will she choose to love. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

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