Monday, October 31, 2011

A Hope Undaunted

A Hope UndauntedA Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love romances. I love Christian themed books. I love history. Combine them all and what do you have? A Hope Undaunted!

A Hope Undaunted is set in the late 1920's when women were gaining more independence and striving for more than marrying young and being a stay-at-home mom. Women were become loose and wanting jobs usually reserved for men. Katie O'Conner was one of those women. At 18 years old she had her sights set on Jack Worthington; handsome, rich and eating out of her hand. Katie also was set to start law school once summer was over hoping to fight for more women rights and become a congresswoman.

However Katie and her spoiled brat ways pushed her fathers buttons one too many times and was banned from seeing Jack and was forced to work at an orphanage with her childhood nemesis, Cluny "Luke" McGee. Working for Luke was the worst punishment Katie could imagine until she realizes there is a strong attraction between them. But Katie isn't willing to accept these feelings because it doesn't fit her plan in life. Can she fight her new found feelings for Luke and keep working towards her goal of marrying Jack and law school? Is she willing to settle marrying a man she doesn't love but can provide her with a comfortable life? Or is she willing to give it up and follow her heart? It's not as easy as that and Katie and Luke go through many struggles and hardships through the book that keep bringing them together but also pulling them apart.

Katie has three sisters and two brothers who are side stories in this book. We learn of their faith and struggles in life and how God and trust in each other can get them through anything. Each side story is brilliant and their willingness to give their lives to God and His word is powerful and amazing. I did struggle a bit with the submissiveness of the wives but ultimately it was the times and I recognized that's how it was.

A great book and I look forward to reading the second in this series.

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