10 October 2012

Teresa Mathews Reviews A Love Surrendered

A Love Surrendered
(Revell, October 2012)

Reviewed by Teresa Mathews

Five Stars*****

Once again the magnificent Julie Lessman has brought to us a masterpiece of love, telling the story of the last O’Connor sons, Steven. Words cannot express the wonder of this story, as always when you open one of Julie’s books you are swept away to a magical land where dreams do come true. You may think you know what’s going to happen but the path to that conclusion is never straight forward and that’s the fun of reading her books.

Susannah Grace Kennedy has always been the sweet obedient daughter of a minister. But since her mom and then her dad passed away she is having a few anger issues with God. Susannah and her younger sister Glory have had to move in with their Mom’s sister, Eleanor who is dealing with hurts of her own.  Susannah wants a new start so she changes her name to Annie at the urging of one of her new friends. Will Annie come to realize before it’s too late these girls are not her friends?

Annie’s Aunt Eleanor doesn’t want her going out at night but Annie doesn’t see the harm in it. So when she is sure she won’t be caught, out the window she goes, walking straight into trouble with a capital T. Thankfully she is rescued by none other than Steven O’Connor, prohibition agent. She thinks he the most handsome, thought consuming man she has ever met, he thinks she is just a kid. When Annie decides to prove to Steven she is not a kid by kissing him after he has seen her safely home, Steven seemingly turns it around on her to teach her a lesson, but who really learned the lesson?

Steven has been a changed man since the night he feels he caused his father’s almost fatal heart attack. After that night he broke up with the beautiful, irresistible Maggie Kennedy who seemed to be the root of the problem with his family. Steven thought he would never be able to get over Maggie until he rescues a sweet, innocent young girl by the name of Annie. Will Steven ever truly be free from his past to love someone like Annie? What happens when his past comes back to haunt him?

I loved catching up with the O’Connor family, Faith and Colin, Charity and Mitch, Elizabeth and Brady, Katie and Luke, Sean and Emma, and of course Marceline and Patrick, without them there would be no O’Connor’s! Julie has little tidbits of the lives of each of the children and now their children, woven in with Annie and Steven’s story. There are a lot of surprises that will have you shocked and gasping for a breath! I promise you will not want to put it down; you will be frantically flipping those pages until you can breath easy once again. If you have read all of Julie’s books so far, I want you to know this one is better than ever. I know you are probably thinking how can Julie get any better when her work is perfection? Let me put it this way; it has more SIZZLE than ever. 

Julie thank you for a most enjoyable read and I am waiting with bated breath for the story of Marceline and Patrick to come out!


This book was read via a download from NetGalley, as shared by Revell, in return for my honest opinion.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week's contests. Three drawings will be done this week for all the reviews, with the last one late Saturday, your choice of Julie's books and choice of format*. Void where prohibited by law. 

*International winners will only receive the book in ebook format, not as a paperback.


72 comments:

  1. Love to win A Love Surrendered By Julie Lessman
    Thank you ,Dana "Girl"
    jashbk@earthlink.net

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  2. DANA would love for you to win! Good luck!

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  3. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading all of Julie's books!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. SIZZLE is right! :) What an exciting review, TERESA. Loved it when I first read it and loved it when I just reread it! Nice!!

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  5. Really enjoyed reading your review Teresa! It brought me right back into the O'Connor's home and the lives of all those lovable and entertaining people! Lol I need to remind myself they're characters, but they're all just so well-developed and unique people. I mean characters! Can hardly wait to experience the sizzle, sparks and surprises Julie! :)

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  6. TERESA, Did you read this book in a record amount of time?! Your review is so fast-paced, it exudes excitement :) Love it!!!

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  7. ELYSSA I know you will everyone of Julie's books. Good Luck on a win!

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  8. DIANA thank you...it just about broke my heart to read that last page. :)

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  9. NOELA I know what you mean, it's like they become part of your family. :)

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  10. ANNE I usually do with Julie's books but I must admit I savored it a little longer this time because it was the last. ~sigh~ Then again there's Marceline and Patrick's story coming. :)

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  11. WOW, TERESA AND DOUBLE WOW!!! Holy cow, you gals DO know how to write a heck of a REVIEW!!! Goodness, Teresa, you even have ME wanting to read the book, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU -- SO appreciate you reading and reviewing my books!!!

    Uh, where do I sent the check??? :)

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  12. DANA ... and I would "LOVE" to have you read it too, so GOOD LUCK in this contest!

    ELYSSA ... LOL, you better, girlfriend, after OUR history together, right??? But don't wait too long -- I may be too old to enjoy it!! ;)

    Hey, NOELA ... well, you'll have to "calm down" a wee bit first after reading Laura Frantz's MAGNIFICENT new novel Love's Reckoning, WHICH literally -- not joking here as I actually almost couldn't breathe at one part -- took my breath away. So once you've recovered from that book, pop a few tranquilizers and sit down with ALS because there may be one or two wee little surprises that just may snap you up in your seat. MAYBE ... ;)

    ANNE, I totally agree -- almost reads like a novel itself, so GREAT job, Teresa!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  13. This is from a friend that couldn't post her comment. Laura P Chavis I know it has to be good,just by the title. chavis673684@bellsouth.net

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  14. JULIE you have me ROTFL! No check needed, just keep those sizzling books coming! LOL!!

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  15. One more chance to win this book!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  16. MELODY maybe this will be "chance" that you need! Good Luck!!

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  17. Love the review Teresa! This one is on top of my TBR list!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. LIZ thank you! Good luck in the drawing you might just win it! :)

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  19. Wow, TERESA, this is a fast paced review!! LOVE IT!! I can tell you loved the book. ;)
    Great, great job!

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  20. Choice? CHOICE??? I would dearly love to have the Christmas one!!! Marcy and Patrick's story ~ A Light in the Window ~ but sadness! I do not have an eReader {yet}
    Paperback copy of the first story, A Hope Undaunted, will be my choice, please... or Love at Any Cost, or The Daughters of Boston series, or all of the above... Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  21. LAURA P. CHAVIS ... thanking you for being so determined to post a comment and thanks to Teresa for posting it for you!! You deserve an "A" for effort and a win, so GOOD LUCK!!

    TERESA ... doing my best, girlfriend, with three books out in six months instead of one, but my fingers are sore ... ;)

    MELODY!!! Love your addy -- "Mission wife" -- VERY COOL!! You deserve a win, darlin' so GOOD LUCK!!

    LIZ ... soooo glad ALS is at the top of that TBR, girl, because you are one of my FAVES and I have a feeling you will like it ... or I hope you will!! GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  22. MARIAN ... "FAST-PACED" is dead-on, my friend!! You guys ROCK!!

    KATHLEEN, I simply canNOT wait to get AHU in your hands, my friend, so here's to a win!! And before I won my Kindle Fire, I read tons of e-books on my MacBook Pro laptop with a free app from Kindle. You can download a free app for PCs, i-Phones, i-Pads, Macs, Droids, you name it, and here's the link:
    LINK NAME

    You go, girl!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  23. WHOOPS ... let's try that Kindle app link again:

    FREE KINDLE APPS

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  24. I would be blessed to win.
    angelachesnut246(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. MARIAN could you really tell I liked it??? LOL!! If I could have I would have given it more than the 5 stars! :D

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  26. KATHLEEN JULIE is right I had lots and lots of e-books on the Kindle App for PC before I got my Kindle. SOOO COOL!!! Don't let that stop you from reading about Marceline and Patrick! HINT...NO SPOILER...IT IS SOOOOO GOOD!!! You don't want to miss it! :)

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  27. ANGELA good luck I hope you do win and you are so right..winning one of Julie's books would be a huge blessing!

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  28. JUANITA this is great book with a several sisters in it. If you haven't read Julie's books yet you will love the Daughters of Boston series that introduces the O'Conner sisters....those girls are something else. :)

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  29. I would love to win this book! luvsherfam @ gmail dot com

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  30. Thanks for this interview. I have tried to win this book several times, but will try again. Sounds like a very good book.
    Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  31. MAXIE maybe Saturday will be your lucky day! Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  32. Great review Theresa - I've seen a few bits and pieces of this story and I agree it's a sizzler! What fun! Who knew that Faith's story - debut novel of the year - would be followed with so many O'Connor kisses!

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  33. what a sizzling posting....loved every word!

    Hi Julie :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  34. Another great review of what I'm sure will be another great book by Julie. Thanks for the reviews and giveaways ladies!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Great Review, Teresa! Fabulous author! One of my very FAVS in the CBA! Don't enter me. I'm just here to sing the praises of my friend Julie. I've read every one of her books and NEVER been disappointed!!! Waving at Julie!! You go, girl!

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  37. DEBRA thanks so much! I still remember the day I "found" Faith's story at my local library. Boy oh boy was I blessed! LOL!! Wow those O'Connor kisses just get better and better.

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  38. I have all Julie's other books I need this one to complete the set thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  39. KAREN thanks a bunch but when you are reviewing a sizzling book like Julie's that what comes through! LOL!!!

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  40. PATTY you are very welcome. Good luck in the drawing! :)

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  41. Hi MARYLU...so nice of you to drop by! WOW two of my favorite authors on the same day...my day has been made! :) How can the server take all of this awesomeness without crashing?! ~grin~

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  42. EMILY thank you it's an awesome book. Good luck in the drawing! Love your email address! :)

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  43. Hi APPLE BLOSSOM good luck in the drawing and completing that set...but there is another one more coming about Mom and Dad O'Connor! :)

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  44. Loving another chance to win Julie's book.....she is my fave!!!!
    Jackie S.

    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot}net

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  45. JACKIE I know what you mean! Good Luck in the drawing!

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  46. I am SO excited to read this book!
    I would love to be entered to win A Love Surrendered.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  47. Teresa, what a great review! After reading your review I have decided I must read this book! Winning a copy of it would be great.

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. TERESA, How do I follow two awesome reviewers like you and DIANA? Thanks so much for this great review. Oh and you are an awesome brain stormer btw!!! Fred and Maude thank you!

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  49. I love Julie Lessman, would love to win her book.....love her vrush729@aol.com

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  50. Would live to win Julie's book.
    Sue Hamilton
    suehamilton3@earthlink.net

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  51. LEAH consider yourself entered!!! Good Luck in the drawing. :)

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  52. Hey, ANONYMOUS, thanks for coming by and here's hoping it nets you a win, sweetie -- GOOD LUCK!!

    LOL, JUANITA!!! Well, do I have a family saga for you!!;) Don't know if you have ever read my Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change trilogies, but they are about four sisters and two brothers, so I'd love it if you'd mosey on over to the "Excerpts" page of my website and check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books. Here's the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    JULIE'S EXCERPTS

    TERESA ... more than 5 stars??? Oh, honey, watch out -- YOU may just get a cake in the mail, darlin' ... ;)

    Hugs

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  53. JUDY thank you...good luck in the drawing! You just might win! :)

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  54. CARRIE we learned from the best!! As for the brain storming it was great!!! Hope it helped. :)

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  55. VIRGINIA I know what you mean....gotta love Julie!

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  56. SUSAN, trust me ... NOT as much as I would LOVE for you to win it, girl, so GOOD LUCK and here's to a win!!

    Oh, MAXIE, we just HAVE to get one of my books in your hot, little hands, girl, so keep checking out my giveaways on my website calendar, okay? And I don't know if you've ever read any of my excerpts from my "Excerpts" tab on my website, but if not, I highly encourage you to hop on over and check out my style of writing because I have posted my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each book. That should give you a GREAT idea if you'll even like it, okay? Here's the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

    JULIE'S EXCERPTS

    DEBRA!!! Man, you're just ALL over the place today, girl -- Seekerville (both blogs!!), FB, then here!! And you know what? Steven's story is actually is coming full circle from APMP, which is how I intended it to be. I wanted to end this saga with another Faith O'Connor-type heroine, so I created Annie and made Faith her mentor. Annie then becomes just like Faith in her passion for God in the center of her relationship with Steven, much to his angst ... at first!! ;) Hope you get a chance to read it and here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  57. SUE consider yourself entered...good luck on winning!

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  58. Hey, KAREN, ALWAYS great to see you here, my friend, and I agree -- Teresa sure knows how to write a sizzler review, as do ALL these ladies!! Good luck in the contest!! :)

    PATTY ... THANKS for coming by, sweetie, and I sure hope it nets you a win!!

    MARYLU!!! LOL ... I swear that you, Laura and me have the BEST mutual admiration society thing going on, which is SO good because I love you both to pieces and I LOVE your work just as much. Do you realize just how AWFUL that would be loving you both as much as I do and NOT liking your work??? Instead, you two are two of my top fave authors along with top fave friends, so I am BLESSED!!! Thanks for coming by, girl. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  59. EM (MY FAIR LADY -- LOVE that addy!!) ... here's hoping that all your hard work on these blog giveaways will pay off with a win!! GOOD LUCK!!

    ABS, you're back!! Good girl ... work those blog giveaways, my friend, because you and I know that one of these days, it will pay off like a slot machine. Uh ... not that I gamble ... :|

    JACKIE!!! You're one of my "faves" too, darlin', and you know that. I'm pulling for you, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  60. I am reading this book and enjoying it immensely. One suggestion I have for Julie for when/if she writes the 3rd generation stories is to put a family tree in the front of the book. I can remember Patrick and Marcy's kids and who they are married to but sometimes forget their kids' names. This is a wonderful series; I hope it can continue.
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  61. LEAH!!! Me too -- "SO excited" for you to read it as well, so fingers crossed for a win and let's throw a few prayers in there too, okay? GOOD LUCK!!

    JUDY, YES!!! And, Teresa, THANK YOU!! You just turned another head with your fab review, so where do I send the cake?? ;) And, Judy, I will tell you what I tell everyone who hasn't read my books yet. If you want to check out my very "passionate" style, head on over to the "Excerpts" tab of my website for a sample of my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books. Here's the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

    JULIE'S EXCERPTS

    VIRGINIA!!! And it's certainly no secret that I love you too, darlin' -- you know that!! It's dear reader friends like you that make this biz worth all the groans and moans, truly. Here's to a win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  62. SUZI-Q!!! I always get this big grin on my face when you show up, girl, because it's like old-home week, you know?? GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend, because I have a feeling you're gonna like this one ...

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  63. The more I read about this book, the better it sounds! And more sizzle than ever? Whoowhee!

    Holly
    oceandreamerfla(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. HOLLY maybe you'll win and you can find out how much sizzle it has!! LOL!

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  65. Please enter me! Love Julie's books. Battles2001@hotmail.com

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  66. MELISSA consider yourself entered! I'm with you LOVE...LOVE...LOVE Julie's books! Good luck in the drawing. :)

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  67. Hey, HOLLY ... I don't know about "more sizzle" ... oh, wait ... I forgot about Katie and Luke's story ... and Sean and Emma's ... Okay, okay, "more sizzle" than ever, I guess ... ;)

    MELISSA ... I would LOVE to send you a signed copy, girl, so thanks for posting on my giveaways because it's bound to happen sooner or later, right??? GOOD LUCK!!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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  68. Thanks for giving away copies, Julie!! :D

    Rosie
    spyg93(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. ROSIE thanks for entering the drawing, good luck! :)

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  70. Hey, ROSIE ... actually, I'm only giving away one, sweetie. The true thanks goes to Miss Carrie Pagels, whose generosity knows NO bounds!! She's kicking in for the other two books. :)

    GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  71. I don't have a laptop to carry with me nor wireless connection at our home. I do have kindle for PC on this desktop computer ~ you all are precious! I am hoping for a print copy of A Hope Undaunted! I have not read a whole book here at the desk computer. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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