19 June 2012

Diana Flowers Reviews A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman


5 stars~*****
Another Jewel by Julie!
In A Heart Revealed, Julie Lessman has crafted another wonderfully humorous, poignant, heartrending, angst-filled tale involving all of the characters we so fell in love with in The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series-the O'Connor family. Emma Malloy, Charity O'Connor Dennehy's "friend of the heart" is now living in Boston, having fled an abusive marriage to Rory Malloy, a man who has left Emma scarred both inside and out. Emma's gentle, godly spirit is loved by all, and she feels a part of the O'Connor family, but carries a deep secret-a secret born out of a need for love and acceptance.

Sean O'Connor, Charity's brother, is also a man burdened down with long festering secrets, and resigns himself to the single life because of them. Although he finds himself drawn to the beautiful Emma, and she to him, the fact that she is married keeps them apart, as well as the deceitfulness and dark secrets that hover between them.

Will Sean learn to accept the love of his Heavenly Father, and find peace for his soul?...and will Emma learn to love herself as God loves her, and realize she is beautiful, both inside and out? Is there a chance for these two wounded souls to ever find love together, or will the arrival of another man in Emma's life, take her out of Sean's forever?

Julie Lessman has done it again! I loved this story full of rich humor, raw human emotions, love, and forgiveness! I enjoyed the subplots involving the beloved members of the O'Connor family, and didn't realize how much I had missed them. 


I went through a whole gamut of emotions while reading this book; heartache, sadness, joy, shock---nobody can tell a story quite like Julie! A truly wonderful masterpiece from the pen of Julie Lessman...again.


Julie's books are available for purchase through Amazon, CBD, and other book sellers.


GIVEAWAY: We are celebrating DIANA WEEK!!! We will be giving away a Julie Lessman book this week.  Leave a comment for a chance to win!  You can even pick Julie's upcoming release as a pre-order if you win!

179 comments:

  1. Julie Lessman is one of my favorite authors...Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. All of Julie's books are absolute jewels--I haven't read one yet I didn't love. But my favorite has to be her very first, "A Passion Most Pure." Like Faith O'Connor, I'm a writer with a mild disability who is determined to do romantic love God's way (still single, but...) :) Anyway, it's been a long time since I identified so strongly with a character. P.S.--I love the Irish thread in the books, as well.

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  3. This was a great book. I would love to win her new one that's coming out!

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  4. You know a series is great when you miss the characters. :)

    Thanks for this review, and for the chance to win a Julie Lessman book!

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  5. Jillsp...Julie is one of my favs also! Good Luck! :)

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  6. I haven't gotten around to reading Julie's books yet, but I've been meaning to for a while. Thanks for the chance to win one of her books!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Julie's books look amazing! Count me in!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Love your books. Would love to win your new book

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  9. Well, I haven't read anything of Julie's, but I'm entering for my daughter. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    icohen62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. JILLSP-We definitely have something in common, b/c Julie is certainly one of my fave authors as well!

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  11. Please enter me in the drawing... I'd love for a chance to win one of Julie's books!

    thejesusfreak62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Sounds great! Can't wait to read it!
    Valdezc_1@sbcglobal.net

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  13. I would live to win Julie's new book. I read her books on my Kindle.

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  14. There isn't a single Julie Lessman book that I haven't read... yet. I don't plan to get started on neglecting that pleasure anytime soon.

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  15. BOOKLADY, Ask God to provide that special someone for you...he's out there somewhere just waiting for someone like you...he just doesn't know it yet! :) I loved Faith O'Connor too!

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  16. I would live to win Julie's new book. I read her books on my Kindle.

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  17. BookLady...I agree with you I LOVE everyone of JULIE'S books! BTW I just took a peek at your blog...think I just found something else to read when I am sitting at my computer at 2:00am and everyone else is sound asleep! :)

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  18. DONNA, LINDA, AND DANA, thank you for your intersts in Julie's books. Please come back and leave an email addy; it makes us sad if your name is drawn and we can't find you! :(

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  19. ELYSSA, you have been missing out on a real treat. Hoping for a win for you, gf!

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  20. DIANA Great review! Julie's books are always a joy to read! Can't wait for the new one to come out!

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  21. JENNY AND IRA-Good luck in the giveaway! IRA, that is so nice of you to enter for your daughter!

    Both ANONYMOUSES (mouses? lol)-Without a name or an email, you remain, well...anonymous. I hope you come back and leave your email addy, for a chance to win!

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  22. If you haven't read any of Julie's books, you are missing out! Go back and start at the beginning of the series. You'll get so involved in the character's lives you won't be able to put it down. She is definitely one of the best out there! You won't regret it! I look forward to reading this new one. The life of Emma has always intrigued me...

    CR
    Ramirezfamily7@yahoo.com

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  23. THE JESUS FREAK, CANDACE, and SUE-just threw your names in my cyberhat here!

    SUE we need an email, dearheart.

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  24. Hi, MICHELLE! Great to see you here. I, too, have read every one of Julie's books, and can't wait for the new one to be released.

    THERESA-Thank you, sweet friend! I loved A Heart Revealed and can't wait for the next one either!!

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  25. oops-TERESA! Can't believe in my hurriedness I misspelled my bff's name! :(

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  26. I love Julie Lessman. She is definitely not wasting the talent that God gave her as a writer. Great review!! Thank you for the chance to win.

    bethanyhicks71@gmail.com

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  27. Well, if we are gonna celebrate our anniversary we need to have cake. How about gluten and wheat-free chocolate coconut cake, DIANA, to go with your fabulous review?!!!

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  28. CR-I loved Emma's story! Thank you for sharing about Julie's books with the others!

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  29. Julie is a new favorite of mine...I am so excited that she is using her gift of writing to bless others! What amazing talent!

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  31. HOLY COW!!! I checked a few minutes ago and there were NO comments. So I go sit on the porch swing with hubby and my hazelnut coffee for thirty wonderful minutes and BOOM!!! 29 comments and wouldn't you know??? I have to leave on an errand shortly!! So ... but I'll be back!!!

    Thanks SO much, Diana, for a FANTABULOUS review, as always, my dear friend, and SUPER hugs to you on your anniversary AND to your wonderful cohorts, ESPECIALLY Carrie!!!

    Hugs and many more years of fabulous blogging and reviews ...

    Julie

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  32. I love all of Julie's books. They really do run your emotions through the gamut. Thanks for the giveaway!

    psagens at gmail dot com

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  33. Oh! Ha...my e-mail addy is sing_anyway(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Her books are real page turners! Can't sleep till I finish them!

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  35. JILL!!! Thank you SOOO much for calling me "one of your favorite authors" -- music to my ears, darlin', so GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    BOOKLADY 2911 ... oh, YES!!! Give me the "Irish thread" any day of the week -- LOVE THEM to pieces!! Especially those Irish men ... ;) Thank you SO much for your kind words and for coming by today -- hope it nets you a win!!

    DONNA!!! LOVE the title of your book, sweetie!!! Of course, I LOVE bubble wrap (send all my book giveaways out with it, of course), so that's a definite plus!! Good luck in the contest, girl, AND with your book as well!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  36. Thank you, BETHANY! I am so thankful Julie uses her talent for the Lord!

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  37. LINDA!!! Are you still reviewing for RT??? I would KILL to have you review A Love Surrendered, my friend, so I am saying one RIGHT NOW for you to get that assigned to you!! Thanks for your support, and I hope you like the last installment of the O'Connors ... it's a tearjerker, at least for me!!

    TERESA ... you guys here at OTT are just the absolute BEST!!! Not only at reviews, but as people and friends -- SOOOO glad our paths have crossed!!

    ELYSSA!!! You haven't read one yet??? Goodness, I've seen your name trying the last few giveaways, so here's to a win, my friend. We MUST get at least one of these books in your hot, little hand, okay?? And PLEASE start with book 1, A Passion Most Pure, since this is a series best read in order due to a number of HUGE surprises, okay?? Good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  38. CARRIE, I already blew it! Went to give my darling D-I-L her b'day gift last night, and my son cut me a huge piece of chocolate cake. I tried to share half of it with someone else, and there were no takers, and it was sooo good I didn't want to waste it. So make that also a sugar free coconut cake as well.:(

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  39. Good Morning from Ga, I love to read Julie Lessman books and this series was some of her best work. I would love to win a book of hers to read, thanks for your review Diane as usual you do a good job, guess that is why you hang around huh???
    soooo keep on keeping on like the little enigizer bunny....
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  40. JENNY!!! Thank you, darlin' for your kind words -- SO appreciated!! Here's to a win!!

    ANONYMOUS ... trust me, darlin', I would LOVE for you to win my new book, too, so thanks for coming by to try ... and don't miss next week on this same blog for ANOTHER giveaway, okay??

    LOL, IRA ... I think you need to win just on the basis of selflessly posting on a blog for a romance book, don't you?? My thanks to your daughter for even wanting to read my books and my SUPER thanks to you for being such a great dad to help her!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  41. Thank you, JULIE! Writing reviews for books like yours is a pleasure! I like that name...cohorts...sounds like partners in crime! hehe I love my cohorts and CARRIE is most definitely the BoMb!

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  42. MINDY, Julie is an old favorite of mine! Not that she is old, mind you, and I can't even believe she is the age she says she is. But maybe I will rephrase that and say she is a longtime favorite of mine! :)

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  43. DIANA ... you have NO idea how blessed I am that you, Carrie, Teresa, Marian and Kim like my books too -- SUCH a total blessing!!

    JESUS FREAK ... now how can I NOT want a gal with an addy like that to win my book??? Jesus is HUGE in my books, so I wish you His blessings in getting your hands on one, girl!!

    CANDACE ... it DOES sound great when Diana reviews it, doesn't it??? Hopefully you will think so too, my friend -- GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  44. Thank you so much, PAULA! I think this energizer bunny has the wrong batteries this morning. lol!

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  45. SUE!!!! OMG ... what a blast to see you here, my friend!! Hope all is well and here's to a win!!

    AW, MICHELLE ... you hold a special place in my heart, my friend, because YOU were one of the first reviews I ever got, and it was STELLAR!!! And you haven't stopped, for which I am MOST grateful!! And any of you who like lots of passion for God mixed with lots of passion for romance will LOVE Michelle Sutton's books, so check them out on Amazon, CBD or B&N!!! Thanks for coming by, my friend. :)

    ANONYMOUS ... thanks for reading my books on your Kindle, and here's hoping we can add to the list, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  46. SANDY, I so agree! One minute you're cracking up laughing, the next you want to cry. Especially during Emma's story! I'm an emotional wreck after reading Julie's books! LOL!

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  47. TERESA AND DIANA ... BLESS YOU for all your kind words AND reviews!!!

    CR FROM RAMIREZ FAMILY!!! Girl, you made my day with that sweet comment, so THANK YOU for coming by and here's to a win!!

    Aw, BETHANY, THANK YOU, my friend, for your kind words. I'm sure trying not to waste the great opportunities God has given me ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  48. I would love to be entered to win Julie's newest book. I've got A Heart Revealed sitting in the ever growing to be read pile on my stairs in my apartment.

    I think I need to pick the others of hers back up from my cousin on Friday.

    dawn(dot)janis(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. J MATTON, don't you just love her "burning the midnight oil books?"

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  50. DIANA and JULIE, Sorry gals, I do have some regular brownies but gluten free is the new thing and off the wheat.

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  51. I've not read one of Julie's books yet so would love to win one in the giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

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  52. YES, CARRIE ... BRING ON THE CAKE!! Red Velvet or white cake would be nice too ... ;)

    MINDY ... WHOO-HOO!!! SOOOO glad I am a new favorite of yours, my friend!! Good luck in the contest. :)

    LOL, SANDY ... yes, they do!! ;) What can I say? I'm a CDQ (caffeinated drama queen) who is sparing my husband drama in our marriage by putting it into my books instead, so it's really a very noble cause! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  53. DAWN, put AHR at the top of your stack, dear. I got busy, and can't believe I waited so long to read it. I savored every morsel, let me tell you!

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  54. J MATTON ... SO sorry you have lost sleep over my books ... NOT!!! ;) THANKS for reading them, my friend, and here's to winning the next one!!

    Oooo, DIANA, I will have to pass on the sugar free coconut cake, I'm afraid ... but if red velvet or white show up sugar free??? Hmmm ... you will have a taker!

    PAULA, THANK YOU, darlin', for those VERY kind words, and I'm hoping I can repay them with a win on this blog, so GOOD LUCK!!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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  55. I love all of the books I've read and can't wait to finish the series. Although I do wish that the O'Connor guys were on the cover. Looking forward to continuing the story.

    Holly
    oceandreamerfla(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. DAWN!!! Thank you SO much for sharing my books with your cousin, girl -- MUCH appreciate the word of mouth! I hope you like AHR when you get to it!!

    Oooo, CHERYL ... JUST what I love -- FRESH BLOOD!! ;) If you like LOTS of passion for God mixed with LOTS of passion for romance, then you're my gal, so here's to a win. But if you do not win and you decide to read them anyway, PLEASE read book 1, A Passion Most Pure, first, okay? This is a series best read in order. :)

    I'm off to get ready for lunch with friends, but will be back this afternoon to chat, so don't say anything important without me, okay???

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  57. CHERYL, we have got to get a copy of one in your hands! I hope our random number loves you and nets a win for you! It's best to start with the first one A Passion Most Pure to get acquainted with all of the characters, b/c each subsequent book covers another character in the O'Connor family!

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  58. JULIE and DIANA, Red velvet gluten-free and wheat free. How about we substitute the sugar with honey or agave?

    Tea or coffee with that? I only have sugary lemonade for Sweetie Boy!

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  59. TERESA and MARIAN, What kind of cake and drink do you want? I think the whole crew at OTT-WGH is going to try the GF and WF thing, what do you say? Shall we all do it? MARIAN, you are doing great, aren't you?

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  60. HOLLY, now that's an idea! They are all so good lookin'! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  61. Julie Lessman is the BEST! God has surely blessed her with the ability to increase our spiritual understanding through her writing! Can't wait for this new release. Winning it would be just wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

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  62. I will have to get that book by Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View, (who is gluten intolerant), and find out how to do it. She has some great recipes too, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe MARIAN can give some tips as to what she eats and doesn't eat.

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  63. BEVERLY, I quite agree. I told Julie before that Faith was the epitomy of what a Christian woman should be in how she handled things with prayer and submission to God, so much so that I felt like I needed to get saved again! lol

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  64. I've been waiting for a very long time to read Steven's story!!! I can't wait!!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  65. Yippee!! Just got home and found your post. Y exercise class and now reading today to catch up on my to-reads! I loved A Heart Revealed! and the first book of Julie's I have read. Since I am half-Irish, I was drawn to it! Looking forward to Steven's story. I would like to win this next book!! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  66. KATHLEEN!! You've been exercising so you can have two pieces of cake!

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  67. I've only read one of Julie Klassen's books but I loved it and would love to win another! :)

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. Julie is one of the best when it comes to inspirational fiction! Or any fiction for that matter=) Wish she could write them even faster. I finished this one earlier this year and would love to win a copy of her upcoming release.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. PATTY, I think she would but considering her last book was over 500 pgs. that might be a problem. lol! I know it's so hard to wait on the sequels sometimes. :(

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  70. RACHELLE, did you mean Julie Lessman or Julie Klassen? I think it happens all the time, so not to worry! We will enter you for both authors' books. :)

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  71. Congrats Julie!

    Julie is my favorite author of all time! She is so sweet and down to earth.

    We have never met in person but after I read APMP, I sent her an email letting her know it was fabulous and she responded quickly and made me feel as if we were always friends.

    Can't wait to get my hands on AHR!

    Cheers,
    Jennifer

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  72. Oooohhh! Please toss my name in for a chance to win and review Julie's new book! Thanks!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  73. JENNIFER, I think JULIE is one of the warmest, kindest, funniest ladies in the world, and her writing ain't half bad either. lol! No diva attitude with her at all! You will love AHR!

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  74. LINDA, I just tossed your name in our proverbial hat! Keep your fingers crossed and prayer ALWAYS helps! :)

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  75. RACHELLE, we have problems with the comment section on the blog. I will note your comment for yesterday's post for Julie Klassen. If you come back, please leave us a comment for Julie Lessman, today's guest. Sorry - we have this happen a lot because our comment thingy is up at the top of the posts!

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  76. CARRIE, RACHELLE did comment yesterday on J. Klassen's post, so I'm assuming she just got them mixed up, which I think happens often with these two authors. lol

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  77. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

    Writer(underscore)weaver(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  79. MORGAN and ANNA, you are entered, dear friends!

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  80. *EVERYONE BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDYS!* (It makes us unhappy if your name is drawn and we can't find you.) :(

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  81. DIANA and our guests, I am going to make us some lunch. How many sandwiches (Ezekiel bread) and wheat-free soup, I wonder? And nice crisp apples! Iced tea.

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  82. I had to come by and tell Julie how much I admire and appreciate her:) She is one of my favorite folks in publishing, if not my very favorite!! And her friendship to me goes way beyond the norm as she is so supportive and encouraging in HUGE ways. And her writing, like the review here says, is one of a kind. Truly, no one tells a story like our Julie!!!!! And she has an incredible series coming up for readers soon...

    I have Julie's books already so please exempt me from the drawing. I just couldn't resist telling her how much she's loved and appreciated. And if you haven't visited her incredible website, please do and be blessed. Her Friday Journal Jots are read and looked forward to by many!!

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  83. I'll take some of Clark's lemonade...dr said it was the best thing for my kidney problems. I can no longer have ice tea. :( I'll take one of those delicious looking sandwiches, too! Thanks, CARRIE!

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  84. Turkey, DIANA. The sandwiches, not you,lol! Lemonade it is!

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  85. Whoopsie :)

    jthompson711[at]gmail[dot]com

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  86. After reading many of these comments, I know I would enjoy reading one of these books. Thank you for offering them in this contest!

    ddjordan_sbg_0803@yahoo.com

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  87. DDJORDAN, thank you for stopping by. Hoping for a win for you!

    JENNIFER-LOL!

    CARRIE-thanks for clarifying that. lol! gobble gobble

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  88. Julie!!!! Oh, girl, I'm so excited about this. I'm entering for my friend Elyssa...she entered up above ^^ Trying to get you a new fan here and I'm thinking it's a sure win! hehe! Love your books, so excited for upcoming stories! Hugs girl!

    Please enter my name in the drawing!
    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. EMILY-thank you for thinking of your friend. I'm sure JULIE appreciates you trying to recruit new fans for her books! You are a true reader fan!

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  90. Whoops! Forgot my e-mail address: dana.webstuff [at] gmail.com

    Thanks again!
    - Dana (5th commenter from the top) :o)

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  91. Here's a comment for my sis in law, Barbara, who has trouble commenting here, b/c of a disability.

    I would love to win one of Julie's books-please count me in!

    ~Barbara Smith
    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  92. HEY DIANA and CARRIE I LOVE PARTIES! COOL! May this turkey please have one of those Turkey Sanwiches! :) And I will try some of that yummy sounding cake...I love it all so I won't be picky, surprise me! Iced Tea sounds good too! ummmm...

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  93. Woah, TERESA, that Irish tea is strong stuff! And I was wrong-no Ezekiel bread left, sigh... Cake aplenty (tho it is virtual). Pickles on the side for your sandwich?

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  94. I must say Julie is probably my favorite author. Her stories truly have helped change my thinking that true love is lost in this world. She made me become a reader again, and I will be so sad to see the O'Conner family come to a close.
    Thank you Julie!
    Ashleigh
    ashiemay89@gmail.com

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  95. Diana - Happy Diana Week! Thanks for the fun post on Julie's book.

    I LOVE books where secrets from the past keep us from joys of the future... because too many times I've seen that story played out in the lives of believers who've bought into the devil's lie that we can never be good enough or pure enough or righteous enough to have that joy. Books like these offer another ending - hope. Thank you, Julie, for your tireless ministry of hope in the form of fiction.

    I would love a copy of this book!

    beckydwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Oh, ASHLEIGH! I dread the day I have to say goodbye to Patrick and Marcy and the rest of the gang. They have become such a integral part of our lives these past few years, and I feel as though I know them. Thank you for coming by!

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  97. Thank you so much, BECKY! It has been a wonderful year AND a wonderful week and it's just barely getting started! I totally love your comment and it is so true. The enemy loves to bing up our past, and Julie's books truly offer hope for a future within their pages.

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  98. Hello ladies! I'm just dropping in to add my praise for Julie's books!! She's in my top list of authors and I crave every book she writes! Besides that, she is truly a kind, loving, and encouraging friend. She's like a long-lost sister to me and I love her dearly!!
    This book is just as incredible as all her others. You won't be disappointed. Don't enter me, I already have all of Julie's books!!
    Hugs to everyone!

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  99. Thanks so much for coming by today to celebrate with us MARYLU! Looking forward to your visit with us this week, too. Julie is unique!

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  100. So eager to enter this one! Definitely would like to win this author's books! She's one of my favorites!
    ~ CTF Devourer

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  101. Thank you to LAURA and MARYLU for coming by to encourage JULIE today...I'm sure she will be uplifted and blessed by your kind words!

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  102. HOLLY ... yes, it would be fun to see the O'Connor guys on the covers, but the only problem is that who I envision them as is NEVER who they look like on the cover, so I'm okay with them NOT being on the covers of the 2nd series. Because let's face it, they will NOT all look like Collin ... But you have given me an idea, girl!! I always pick out celebrity pix of who I think my hero and heroines look like, so maybe I will put their pix on a separate page on my website -- wouldn't that be cool???

    BEV!!! SOOOOO good to see you here, my friend, and I'm hoping it nets you a win!! Thanks for your kind words, but MOSTLY for your precious friendship!!

    DIANA SAID: "I told Julie before that Faith was the epitomy of what a Christian woman should be in how she handled things with prayer and submission to God, so much so that I felt like I needed to get saved again! lol"

    DIANA, LOL!! Saved again??? Oh, girl, that's me on a daily basis and I based Faith on MY spiritual side, so what does THAT tell you??? Of course, Charity is based on my carnal side, so talk about a Civil War!!;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  103. Why, hello to this Blog once more! :):)
    So glad to see evertything that is happening! Wanted to give everyone a shout, especially Julie!!

    Ganise

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  104. Gosh, MARISSA, I sure hope you think it's worth the wait!! I went through 30 Kleenex editing the galleys, and I usually only go through about 12, but I'm a weepy type and this IS the last O'Connor book ... that is, until Marcy and Patrick's prequel comes out for this Christmas!! :)

    KATHLEEN, only half??? For some reason I was thinking you were full-blood Irish, but heck, I'm only a quarter, but to be honest, I'm grateful for that!! My grandmother's name was Cavanaugh. My sister married a full-blooded Irishman named Laughlin, and her four girls are called Maggie, Kelly, Erin and Bridget. Doesn't get much more Irish than that ... :) GOOD LUCK, DARLIN'!!

    LOL, RACHELLE ... then you are missing out, girlfriend, because Julie K is simply THE BEST, so you need to go leave a comment on Julie K's review which was yesterday, okay?? BUT ... because of your comment here, you are also in the running for one of my books (Julie Lessman). Julie K is Jane Ayerish and I am a wee bit spicier ... ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  105. JULIE you are so funny! After those descriptions of Faith and Charity all I can see is the little cartoon angel and devil sitting on your shoulders! Poor Charity made me think bad thoughts and I must confess it took me awhile to warm up to her and now I adore her! :)

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  106. J:-)MI and GANISE, nice to see you here! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  107. JULIE, LOL!...being human, I would venture to say we all have part FAITH-part Charity in all of us!

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  108. AW, PATTY, your comment makes me smile -- THANK YOU!! And believe it or not, I am TRYING to write them faster!! In my last contract, I requested that my books come out every nine months rather than every twelve, so the next three will be on that schedule. BUT ... between the last O'Connor book this October (A Love Surrendered), my Marcy/Patrick prequel out this September called A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story AND the first book of my new series, Love at any Cost out April 1st, I will have THREE BOOKS RELEASING WITHIN SIX MONTHS!!! So I AM trying, I promise!! Good luck in the contest, darlin'!

    DIANA, you have NO idea how often people confuse Julie K and me!! I just wish the confusion would set in at the checkout counter, you know??? I wrote a GREAT Seeker blog about Julie K and I -- how I stalked her Amazon #s when we both debuted at the same time with the same publisher and I got SO jealous that I had to fast Amazon and prayed for Julie K to go to the Bestseller List, and lo and behold, she did!! Of course, I'm not taking ALL the credit ... ;) But the story is a great one, ESPECIALLY when we met for the first time in the bathroom at ACFW ... Here's the link if anybody is interested in reading it:

    OH, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PART 2

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  109. JENNIFER!!!! Okay, you are officially my new best friend, girl, after a comment like that!!

    And the truth is I don't want to just make you FEEL like we are always friends, but I want you to KNOW that we are always friends!! You see, the way I look at it, anybody who is as passionate about my books as I am, is the type of person I want to be friends with forever because that means we have A LOT in common and think the same way on God and romance, two of my favorite things.

    So, anyone who 1.) takes the time to read my books and 2.) takes the time to contact me and encourage me like you did, THAT is the type of person I want to know and be friends with, and that's you, girlfriend, so THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!


    LINDA, ALWAYS!!! I will ALWAYS toss your name in for a book, my friend, because you are one of my FAVES!! GOOD LUCK, sweetie!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  110. DIANA SAID: "I think JULIE is one of the warmest, kindest, funniest ladies in the world, and her writing ain't half bad either."

    UH=OH ... Diana may have just bumped Jennifer as my new best friend ... ;) Seriously, thank you, Diana, for your kind words ... they are SO nice to hear even if they are a little hard to buy on my end ... ;)

    MORGAN ... consider yourself entered, sweetie, and GOOD LUCK!!

    ANNA W. ... same with you, girlfriend -- you're in the draw, so GOOD LUCK!!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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  111. LOL, CARRIE ... I would have been better off with your apples and wheat-free soup!! But I didn't do TOO badly ... only ate half my hamburger (saved the other half for my better half and gave him most of the cheddar) and a salad with low-cal, so I'm proud of myself!!

    LAURA!!!! LOL ... girl, we have SUCH a mutual admiration society, don't we, though??? I honestly have NEVER connected with ANYONE at ACFW like I did with Laura upon first meeting. It was as if God said, "I've anointed her to be your friend," which, come to think of it, people might just need the grace of God to get TOO close to me, you know?? ;) Laura, I love you to pieces, and you know that, and your words -- AS ALWAYS -- mean more than I can say. Thanks for coming by, my friend!

    And just for the record, Laura IS one of my FAVORITE authors in the whole world and in this world of sky-high TBR lists due to endorsement and review requests where I get TONS of free books, Laura is one of the very few authors that I actually BUY her books because she is simply a must read ALWAYS!! ;)

    HUGS,
    JULIE

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  112. DIANA, what an awesome review!
    And what a LOT of comments today! :)

    JULIE great to see you here again!

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  113. JULIE, loved the story about you and JULIE K., and if we were all honest with ourselves we would have done exactly the same thing starting out! What a sweet and funny story.

    I use to read reviews and I would just cringe b/c I would compare them to mine and mine would always be the one lacking in my eyes. Until I came to that same moment that you came to...my reviews are in God's hands, He is the one who enables me to write them, and they come straight from my heart, let it go. To think any different is pride, b/c lack of confidence is a form of pride as well as comparing with others. So now I just read reviews for a different reason...and rejoice when I read a really great one! It's like---WOW...

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  114. ANONYMOUS DD JORDAN ... my FAVORITE kind of commenter ... someone who has NOT read my books!!! There is nothing I like better than introducing someone to the passionate O'Connor family, so if you don't win here, DD, come back next week to this same blog for another shot at it, okay? Also, if and when you do read my books, PLEASE start with book 1, A Passion Most Pure, because this is a family saga/series that is best read in order due to a number of big surprises, okay? Good luck and hope I get to send you a book!!

    EMILY!!! One of my winners from my "Have a character named after you" contest!! Thank you SOOO much for telling Elyssa about me AND trying to get my books in her hands!! Remind her that next week on this same blog we're having ANOTHER giveaway, so that's two chances, sweetie! Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK!! P.S. I'm going to start proofing the final galleys on A Love Surrendered TOMORROW, and I'll be putting you name in, girlfriend!! ;)

    DANA!!! PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR SKIPPING YOU UP ABOVE!!! I had to leave early, but I was trying so hard to reply to all comments that I must have skipped right over you, sweetie!! You said, "You know a series is great when you miss the characters. :)" Thank you SO much because that blesses the socks off of me, girl!! I miss my characters, too, especially after I finished writing Steven's story, the last of the O'Connor saga. Which is why it was SO much fun to write Marcy and Patrick's prequel right after it. BUT ... I am happy to say that I think you will LOVE the McClares!! I am really quite excited about this series and really love this family too. They are the polar opposite of the O'Connors, but kind of fun and eccentric, so I hope you "miss" them too when you are done reading. :) Good luck in the contest, my friend. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  115. Thank you, MARIAN! Yes, we have been busy today! :)

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  116. TERESA SAID: "May this turkey please have one of those Turkey Sanwiches!"

    LOL ... you are TOO cute, you little turkey!! :)

    ASHIEMAY SAID: "I must say Julie is probably my favorite author. Her stories truly have helped change my thinking that true love is lost in this world."

    Okay, ASHIE, you get the prize for being the first person to make me tear up today, girlfriend!! That blesses the socks off of me because I am LIVING PROOF that "true love" is alive and well in this world, but ONLY with Christ in the center!! Every single day, my husband and I fall deeper and deeper in love -- God's truth!! We are IN AWE of how God has knit us together and blessed us abundantly, exceedingly more than we hope, think or pray!! You may or may not know that Marcy and Patrick's marriage is based on my husband's and mine, so when I write these stories about enduring, deep, abiding love between a man a wife, they are FACT, not fiction because I've been there and the answer is CHRIST IN THE MIDDLE and APPLICATION OF HIS PRECEPTS, not just in a marriage, but in every relationship we have. Thank you SO much for your beautiful comment, and I hope it nets you a win, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  117. BECKY DOUGHTY SAID: "I LOVE books where secrets from the past keep us from joys of the future... because too many times I've seen that story played out in the lives of believers who've bought into the devil's lie that we can never be good enough or pure enough or righteous enough to have that joy."

    OH, AMEN, BECKY -- PREACH IT, GIRL!!! I'm with you -- satan robs of SO much when we believe his lies because it has NOTHING to do with how good we are, but how good God is to each of us He calls His own. We are SO blessed and SO full of Hope, but only because of HIM, so I will continue to write my stories accordingly. :)

    MARYLU!!!! Sisters forever!!! Thank you SO much for coming by, my friend, and like I told Laura above, YOU are right at the top of my FAVES list as well. In fact, the three authors that I brag about and promote the most are you, Laura and Liz Curtis Higgs (along with two new adds, Cathy Gohlke and Lisa Bergren) because you three are flat-out the best out there in my opinion with passionate stories that stir this passion queen beyond anything else I read, truly. Love you!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  118. CTF DEVOURER ... SO thrilled to be one of your faves, my friend, and HERE'S to a win!! :)

    GANISE!!! THANKS for coming by, my friend -- SO fun to see you here!! Good luck and talk to you soon!

    LOL, TERESA ... you're not far off on that angel/devil on the shoulder routine, trust me!! And I am SO thrilled that you grew to love Charity. She is truly my favorite because she so reminds me of the mess I used to be and what God has done to redeem me!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  119. DIANA SAID: "LOL!...being human, I would venture to say we all have part FAITH-part Charity in all of us!"

    UH, I'd say you nailed it, girlfriend, which is why we ALL need HIM, RIGHT???

    HEY, MARIAN ... it's great to BE HERE again, trust me!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!

    DIANA ... YAY that God got us BOTH where He wants us with that awful comparison thing, right??? Hope it lasts ... :|

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  120. JULIE, hubby and I will be going on our 40th year of marriage next April, so true love is still alive and well in SC! With Christ in the center, of course!

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  121. I would LOVE to win her new book! Love Julie Lessman!!

    battles2001@hotmail.com

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  122. Hey, MELISSA! WE ALL LOVE JULIE LESSMAN! lol!
    Lots of luck in the giveaway!

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  123. Thank you, Diana, for a beautiful review. I have not read any of Julie's books yet, but your review has just sparked my interest! Thank you for offering another wonderful giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  124. NANCEE, I will gladly lend you my Kindle copies but the problem is you only get to have them for two weeks before they revert. Once you read JULIE's books you will become addicted. There is no giving up her books. I know because I resisted for so many years and succumbed this fall and read all of her books in something like eight or nine weeks! And they are not even comparables (which is what I am supposed to be reading!!!) Amazing talented writer!

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  125. All right, for those lingering, Sweetie Boy has requested spaghetti, which just yesterday DIANA and I agreed was the WORST possible combo for people with inflammatory issues. Sigh... I am such a sucker for a cute face. I had to take a nap this afternoon after messing up his alarm clock and having it go off at 4:30 a.m.

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  126. CARRIE my tummy already sympathizes with you! I love spaghetti but it does not love me. ENJOY!

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  127. I absolutely love Julie's books. I was introduced to them by a friend in book club. We read and discussed A Passion Most Pure. Fortunately for me, this friend had the other two books in the Daughters of Boston series so I could read them as well. I have both books in the Winds of Change series. Each book continues the story so well and just keep getting better. I'm looking forward to the next book this fall. I hope to someday have a complete Julie Lessman collection on my bookshelves.
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  128. I loaned mine out, PAM, and have no idea where they are, except for A Heart Revealed which is on my Kindle! Oh, well, no use crying over spilt milk. sigh...

    I think CARRIE invited us all over for a spaghetti supper tonight! Make enough for at least a hundred, CARRIE; well best make that 200 since we have hungry spouses! ;)

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  129. I love Julies Books and this one sound so good too, Please add me to your Giveaway.
    Blessings

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot )com

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  130. MR. Pagels is home - he can lift the two hundred servings of pasta from the stove!

    INGRID!!! We will add you!!!

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  131. WOW, DIANA ... 40 years??? Holy cow, you're too young to be married 40 years, girl!! What, did you marry at 13???

    I've only been married 34, but then I could land a husband till later in life, so obviously you were a looker early on! SUPER CONGRATS on 40 years!!

    LOL, MELISSA B ... and I LOVE Melissa B!! Thanks SO much for coming by and here's hoping it nets you a win, my friend!

    WHOO-HOO, NANCEE ... soooo glad Diana sparked your interest in my books and here's to a win Just remember ... if you don't win here, you can try again on this same blog next week when there will be another giveaway, so you go, girl!! And just FYI, the very first book in this passionate family saga, A Passion Most Pure, is on sale for $5.79 on Kindle and $5.59 on CBD.com, so that's an option too! Good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  132. CARRIE, I canNOT tell you HOW happy I am that you finally read my books because it has brought me one of the dearest friends I have online, so I am SO blessed!!

    And I LOVE your nickname for your hubby -- Sweetie Boy!! SO cute!! And spaghetti sounds pretty darn good to me, but then I have a cast-iron stomach, unlike you, Sweetie Girl!!

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  133. PAM!!! Would LOVE to complete your collection, my friend, so maybe we can do that here, next week on this same blog or this September/October when I have my blog tour, okay? Here's to a win!!

    INGRID, THANK YOU, sweetie!!! Don't forget there are two giveaways here -- today and then next week, same blog, okay? GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  134. Well, well. Very interesting read above. Both the summary of the book and the comments. LOL I find it very interesting that (cringe) I've not heard much about Julie Lessman. Of course, that's no huge surprise, since I live in a FRENCH country. OY. Well, if I win, I win. But if I don't.....sigh. Maybe next time.

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  135. Great review! Julie Lessman is wonderful and I can't wait for the last O'Conner book (although I'm sad too). Thanks for the chance to win!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  136. Actually, JULIE, like I told CARRIE, we got married when I was two and our parents gladly signed for us. haha So that makes me only around 42 yrs old...yeah, right. Don't I wish!

    LIZ-thank you...the thought makes me sad, too. :(

    PAGE AFTER PAGE-I'm sure you will be hearing alot about Julie in France. After all the French are a very romantic people, and as Carrie just stated Julie is the queen of romance, so you definitely need her books in France, oui?

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  137. Thank you for the chance to win! :)

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  138. JULIE, Sweetie Boy is our 10-year-old son, lol! My husband just asked me what my nickname was for him (Jeff) and we both started laughing!!! I imagine his mom did NOT call Jeff sweetie boy but wild boy or something like that!

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  140. Awesome review Diane! I am a huge fan of Julie's books and would love to be in the contest! mommiebethers@gmail.com

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  141. BETH, thank you!...we've got you entered!

    JULES, great of you to stop by!

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  142. PAGE AFTER PAGE -- Oh, how I LOVE new people who haven't heard about me or the O'Connors!!! If you would like to get a taste of my style, I encourage you to go to my EXCERPTS page of my website to check out my favorite romantic AND spiritual scenes in each of my books. My tagline is "Passion With a Purpose" because I am VERY high on passion in my books -- both for God and for romance. But a word of warning ... this is not Amish romance here WAY more passion, both romantically and spiritually, so if you are not in to stronger passion in a CBA book, then my books are not for you. But my excerpts will give you a taste.

    I encourage you to check out the reviews on Amazon or CBD. Also, the first book in the series, A Passion Most Pure (which, if you decide to read this series, you should read first because this is a series best read in order) was American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year for 2009. So I hope between Diana's review and my sales job, you check out my EXCERPTS page at JULIE'S EXCERPTS.

    GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  143. Hey, LIZ, thank you, darlin' -- SO appreciate your kind words!! And I'm sad, too, but the O'Connors are like family to me now, so I'm sure I will be rereading them just to stay in touch, you know! :) And I will warn you that Steven's story is a tearjerker, so keep Kleenex handy!! :) Good luck in the contest! :)

    JULES ... no, thank YOU, sweetie, for coming by and entering! Here's to a win! :)

    BETH ... thank you SO much for being a "huge fan," although I prefer "reader friend" since that's what you are -- a reader who is now my friend and encourages me in the process. THANK YOU for that and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

    CARRIE ... LOL!!! So "Sweetie Boy" is your son, eh? Boy, did I mess that up!! But I have to admit, your hubby's nickname intrigues me too -- "Wild Boy"!! Tell him he could be a Julie Lessman hero with that nickname ... ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  144. I think I will start calling him Sweetie Daddy. That sounds nice. Or Sugar Dad. Jeff once ran from his elementary school classroom and proceeded to run around the building outside. Undetected! Wild boy.

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  145. Drum roll..... Our FIRST WINNER is MARISSA, who is so looking forward to getting Steven's story!!! CONGRATS MARISSA, and thanks for visiting with us! So glad to have DIANA and JULIE, two of my fav people, celebrating today!

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  146. SUPER CONGRATS, MARISSA!!

    And, Diana and Carrie -- this was a blast today, so THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of Diana's 1-year anniversary!!

    LOVE YOU GUYS!!
    Julie

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  147. MARISSA, what a blessed lady you are! Winning out of all these comments! Congrats!

    Thank you, CARRIE...and JULIE, it's been a blast! Thank you so much for being such a charming, (hilarious) guest and many continued blessings on your writing!

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  148. Love Julie, and this new one sounds fantastic! What I'd really like is a copy of "a passion most pure" :-) thanks for the opportunity!

    gwen(dot)gage(at)gmail(dot)com

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  149. Oh my! It took FOREVER (well, at least a few moments) to scroll down where I could leave a comment. I read A Passion Most Pure and would absolutely love to read more of your books. Please put me down as entered in this delightful giveaway. And if you want another "reviewer", then send me a copy. ;)
    godleyv at yahoo [dot]com

    Books I "win" and/or review for authors and publishers end up on the shelves of the Alamance Christian School library.

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  150. GWEN and VERA, we have just drawn a winner but we are having more giveaways this week, so please come back! And next week we will be having JULIE again for the whole week, so be sure and join us for more chances to win Julie's books!

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  151. Bummer, I showed up too late. That's okay, though. I still want to say congratulations on your anniversary, Diana, and thank you for sharing the awesome review! Julie is one of my all-time favorite authors -- incredible writing writing, and amazing stories!

    And I wanted to say a big HELLO to Julie!! Long time no "see." ;-) I've missed you! You're so often in my thoughts and prayers. (((HUGS)))

    And is the prequel seriously coming out in September!?! Two Julie books in one year?? Wow!! How awesome is that?? I can't wait! :D

    Love you, my friend!

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  152. I Love Julie Lessman's books and would love to win her newest. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  153. I may be too late, but I'll leave a message anyway!
    I love Julie's books! I was hooked on Julie after reading the first few pages of her last book. I'd really like to win any of them!
    Blessings....Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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  154. Julie, I recently heard your voice for the first time on the ACFW 2011 CD. My hubby even listened to it with me. He started writing too now, which is VERY cool. Love on your sweet grandbaby! I'll enter for this if I don't have it already, I'm not sure if I've won it but my mom loves reading your books so I'll give it to her if not.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  155. MICHELLE-Thank you so much! Please come back for our Julie week next week; we will be doing another giveaway!

    JULIA-thank you for showing your wonderful support for Julie's books, and be sure to come back here next week--we will be spending the entire week with Julie...and a giveaway!

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  156. MISSKALLIE and JOY, we already picked a winner, but come back here next week for another opportunity to win one of Julie's books! She will be spending the whole of next week with us!

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  157. That's OK, I think I might have already won the book before but Julie is one of my favorite author friends.

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  158. I am SO excited Julie will be here next week!
    I LOVED all of here books, and would really like to get my hands on her upcoming release!

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  159. I would love a chance to win Julie Lessman's new book! Thank you for having this giveaway!

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  160. Oh what a wonderful writer...would love to win 'A Love Surrendered' by Julie Lessman...the book sounds sooo good........

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  161. I forgot to add my e-mail ...babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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  162. I would so love to win any of Julie Lessman's books. I haven't read any of them yet but I want to.
    mcline@bbc.net

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  163. MARY, LEAH, EYEBALLLUCY, and SAMANTHA, we are doing daily drawings this week and so a winner was picked last night for this one, but we are having Julie on all week next week! So please come back by here and comment on all the reviews next week for another chance to win Julie's book of YOUR choice!

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  164. WHOA, BABY!!! Just thought I'd hop over to make sure there weren't anymore comments and HOLY COW, the place is still jumping!!

    DIANA ... there aren't many people I'd say yes to being a guest on twice, but you and Carrie are definitely two of them, and I was THRILLED to be here, my friend, so a big THANKS to Carrie for inviting me!!

    Hey, GWEN, sorry you missed this drawing, but I'm back here on Carrie and Diana's (and Teresa's and Marian's) all of next week, so be sure to come back then for a shot at winning APMP, okay?

    VERA!!! SOOOO glad you enjoyed APMP, so I'll just tell you what I told Gwen above -- there's another drawing next week, same time, same place, okay, so come back and GOOD LUCK! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  165. MICHELLE!!! Girlfriend, you have NO idea just how much I miss you too, truly!! And you KNOW you (and your family) are in my prayers too, my friend. And, YES, two books in one year, but also THREE BOOKS in a six-month span!!! And guess what??? My agent just called today (she's reading the prequel) and blew me away when she told me she's staying up late reading it and can barely get work done because it has the same pull over her as A Passion Most Pure did, so I am PUMPED!! Keith said the same thing, so hopefully my readers will love it too. :) Hope to talk to you soon on FB, darlin'!

    MISS KALLIE!!! Goodness, I haven't done many giveaways this year, so it's so good to see some of my favorite commenters popping up. Unfortunately, this giveaway is over, but there is another on this same blog next week, so please check back or check my website, okay?

    JOY ... SO glad I could hook you, girlfriend, THANK YOU!! And this giveaway is over, but there's another next week on this same blog, so do check back or check my website calendar, okay? Good luck, sweetie!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  166. JULIA!!! TRULY??? Hubby is now writing too??? How incredibly wonderful is that???!! I see LOTS of ACFW conferences in your future, girl, since hubby will probably come along, I hope?? And oh, you poor thing -- you were subjected to my off-key singing in my workshop tape, weren't you? Hopefully I write better than I sing, eh? And YOU are one of my "favorite reader friends" as well, darlin' ... and hopefully soon an "author friend" too! ;)

    Hey, LEAH, YES!!! Sooo glad you came by and intend to come by again next week. I am proofing the final galleys on A Love Surrendered now, and I hope you like it as much as I do! ;)

    SAMANTHA ... thanks for coming by, my friend, but even though this giveaway is over, we're having another one next week on this same blog, so do come back, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  167. EYEBALL LUCY!!! LOVE your addy, girl -- SO cute, and it made me smile. Thank you for your kind comment and although this giveaway is over, DO come back next week for another of my giveaways on this same blog, okay? Good luck!

    MARY CLINE!!! Say it ain't so, Joe!! Girl, we HAVE to get APMP in your hot, little hands, you hear? So DO come back on this same blog next week when I will be here all week with another giveaway, okay?

    Back to galleys for A Love Surrendered. Plenty of Kleenex on hand too ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  168. I would love to win A Heart Revealed! Certainly keen to read Emma's story and I always love to 'sink into' a Julie Lessman novel!! :o)
    e[dot]johnsen[dot]at[dot]clear[dot]net[dot]nz

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  169. Whoops - just read that I'm too late!! Sorry!! :o)

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  170. ELIZABETH-please do come back next week! Julie will be with us the whole week and we will be doing another giveaway! Thank you for coming by!

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  171. ELIZABETH!!! SOOOOO good to see you here, my friend, and I am bummed you missed out on this giveaway, but like Diana said, I'm back here next week, so do come by, okay?

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  172. Love, love, love Julie Lessman books! Since I own all of her books, I would definitely choose the new one. =)

    Battles2001@hotmail.com

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  173. Hey, Melissa ... just now saw your comment, so thanks for coming!! Tomorrow through Thursday, there will be another giveaway on this blog, so come back to leave a comment then too, okay?

    And thanks for your sweet comment -- I love, love, LOVE reader friends like you!! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  174. Thank you so much for this chance to win!
    If I get picked I would like the new book, as its the only one I haven't read!:)
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  175. LEAH, we already picked our winner for last week but we have Julie up this week, too, with 3 more chances to win! Come by!!!

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