12 September 2017

Bonnie Roof Reviews Julie Lessman's Four New Novella's

She longs to be the perfect mother. He just longs for his wife. Until they receive ... the best gift of all. Everyone knows Lizzie and John Brady have the perfect marriage. But when Lizzie’s desire to be a good mother eclipses her desire for her husband, the honeymoon is definitely over. Can the spirit of Christmas heal their hearts when Lizzie gives John the best gift of all?

THE BEST GIFT OF ALL: AN O'CONNOR CHRISTMAS NOVELLA - 5 Stars


The Best Gift of All features John and Lizzy Brady in an engaging romance that addresses a problem familiar to many marriages: balancing the roles of spouse and parent. The Best Gift of All will inspire, reveal dramatic surprises, entertain with its family's antics, bring both smiles and tears, warm the reader's heart, and endear them to its characters. It's story of faith could quite possibly heal some marriages!


He’s everybody’s lovable rogue. She’s nobody’s fool who hopes to steer clear. Until a thunderstorm sinks them both into a sea of love. Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God ... and sparked with a little lightning of its own

GRACE LIKE RAIN: A HEART OF SAN FRANCISCO Novella - 5 Stars

Attorney Blake "The Rake" McClare is a womanizer who lives up to his name - until his charms are lost on soft-spoken, professional, receptionist Patience Peabody (who wears her name well). Patience has a few tricks of her own - who will win the battle of the wills in this engrossing, sweet romance that will inspire, give you a laugh, some drama, spin a twist, and then steal your heart with it's warm, realistic characters? Only God knows!



She’s the Accident to His Prayers …Pastor Cole McCabe isn’t sure he’ll survive the holidays with his new housekeeper and nanny. She’s caught fire to the kitchen, dyed his long johns pink, and scorched nearly everything she cooks. But he’s desperate, and she’s as destitute as they come. Even though she’s no good with her hands, Grace sure has a way with her heart. She’s brought a warmth into Cole’s home, added color to his daughters’ lives, and broken down the wall he’s built up since his beloved wife died. But when Grace’s past threatens Cole’s family, she’s given one last chance to be home for Christmas . . . if she hasn’t burned it down yet.

THE GIFT OF GRACE: A FRONTIER CHRISTMAS NOVELLA - 5 Stars

When his aunt is injured, Pastor Cole McCabe is desperate for a housekeeper and nanny for his daughters. A friend of Cole's deceased wife, Grace O'Malley is destitute and desperate for a lifestyle change. What would appear to be the perfect answer to the problems of both - turns into a disaster when Cole finds Grace can't cook and has few housekeeping skills. When her secrets threaten to tear his family apart, Cole intervenes and reveals a few secrets of his own. Drama, twists, and suspense kept me glued to the pages of this beautiful romance; the endearing children, hilarious situations, and sweet romance brought me to tears. Forgiveness and redemption through a loving God are the healing factors making this story a winner.


She’s desperate for a baby. He’s desperate for an empty nest.
Love is desperate to surprise them both. With a husband dead set against adoption, Charity O’Connor Dennehy has barely a whisper of hope for more children, but if hope doesn’t disappoint … will it be enough to find a precious bundle under her tree?

A WHISPER OF HOPE: AN O'CONNOR CHRISTMAS NOVELLA - 5 Stars

Charity O'Connor Dennehy, mother of twins, desperately wants to adopt a child she has come to love while on visits to St. Mary's Home For Unwed-Mothers with her sister-in-law. Husband Mitch, 16 years Charity's senior, is deeply opposed - wanting to raise and provide their best for the two children they already have. Whose perspective will change?

Having worked in a home for abused and neglected children and being a parent myself, I could identify with both sides of the story and was deeply touched by it. Author Julie Lessman provided just enough warmth, laughs, and spiritual inspiration to balance out my reader tears.     



You may purchase these wonderful novellas by clicking on these links. 










GIVEAWAY: Ms. Lessman has graciously offered the gift of (3) Three e-books. Each Winner Has The Choice of Any (1) One of These Outstanding Novellas. 

65 comments:

  1. Great books, great author...yay!!! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I SO agree, Melanie - Julie never disappoints!! Each of her works feature irresistible characters who leave readers inspired and with a cozy, warm feeling. Thanks for your comments!!

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    2. Aw, thanks, Melanie! Hope I get to send you a winning copy, my friend! :)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  2. Wow! Thanks for the chance to win . They all look good. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Paula, all 4 are winners in my "book" - I think you will love them!! I love everything Julie Lessman has written. Good luck and thanks for commenting!!

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    2. Hey, Paula, sure hope you get the chance to find out for yourself whether they are or not, my friend, so here's to a win!

      And, Bonnie, BLESS YOU for your support, you wonderful girl, you!! :)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  3. Why just ebooks??? I don't have an ereader.

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    1. Beverly, Julie usually brings her books out in e-book form first. Some of her shorter works have then later been released in print - not sure if these will be or not. She usually responds to comments on her reviews and will probably answer that for you here if you want to check back later today or tomorrow. She may also be able to offer you an alternative solution to the e-reader situation, should you be a winner.

      I usually buy both print and e-book copies of my favorite author's books so I have an e-reader, however, prints are always my first choice to read as I keep each of my books.

      Thanks for commenting and please check back later!! Should Julie offer you an alternative solution, we will also need your e-mail address for contact purposes - should you be one of our winners.

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    2. Hey, Bev,

      The reason for just e-books on the novellas is because these are independently published by me rather than my publisher, and it's just not cost-effective for me to do paperbacks on the novellas. I do, however, do all of my indie novels in paperback, not for the money, mind you, because it's pretty much a wash, but for dear readers like you who don't own e-readers or who prefer paperbacks.

      Bev, did you know you can get a FREE Kindle app for iPhones, iPads, iPad Minis, PCs, Macs, and Droid? It's really easy to do, so if you own any of these devices I've mentioned, I can show you how and you may actually never have to buy another book again! There are so many free downloads out there on some of your favorite authors that you are really missing out on some great books.

      And before you say you don't like reading from an e-reader, the ability to enlarge the font and back-light it to your preference so you can read at night eventually won me over from being a paperback reader to an e-reader. Now, all I read are e-books, and surprisingly enough, mostly on my iPhone when I'm in the powder room, at doc appts., or driving in the car with my hubby. I originally thought there was NO WAY I could read a book on something as small as an iPhone, but I was wrong -- I LOVE IT!!

      So let me know if you'd like me to send you the Kindle app instructions, okay?

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  4. They all look good! The Gift of Grace looks especially interesting to me as my fifth grade teacher called me "Grace" the entire year. Just for being a bit accident prone.
    Thanks for sharing Bonnie!

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    1. LOL, Andrea, that is a hoot! Hope you weren't offended when she did it, however, because I know how sensitive that age is. :|

      But, yes, you would probably relate to Grace, so GOOD LUCK in the contest!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Andrea, you will get a kick out of The Gift of Grace due to your own personal experiences, but you will also encounter some suspense, be inspired, and maybe shed some tears also. But you will be a winner with any (or all) of the 4 novellas - they're all wonderful!! Thanks for your fun comments!!

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  5. BONNIE, I was so excited to see these new novellas come out, you know there's NOTHING and I mean N-O-T-H-I-N-G like a Julie Lessman book to make your heart pound and your head swoon! :-) Here lately I've had some swooning (dizziness) so it might be a good thing these are novellas, my swirling head not be able to take a "regular" size JL novel!! lol

    Great reviews BONNIE!! Great writing JULIE!!

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    1. LOL, Teresa ... especially book 3 in the IOH series, my friend, because that may be a wee bit too hot to handle, swooning-wise! ;)

      Miss you, my friend, and pray for you ALL the time!!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

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    2. You're so right, Teresa: "nothing like a Julie Lessman book to make your heart pound and your head swoon", LOL. So reading these 4 novellas might be the perfect prescription for you. However, if you haven't read book 3 in the Isle of Hope series, it is an absolute must read - don't miss it!! ALways love your encouraging comments - thanks!! Hugs and prayers!!

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  6. These all look good! Someone in our church is a Julie Lessman fan, and they have donated all of her books they owned, to our church library.

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    1. BECKY!! That is sooooo cool!! Do you know the person's name? Because I'd like to send her a thank you note! ;)

      Hope you've gotten a chance to read one or two from that library, girlfriend!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    2. Oh, WOW!! Your church reader friends are going to be in for unbelievable reading treats and inspiration with Julie's books, Becky!! I think you will love any of the 4 novellas - if you don't win one, you can buy all 4 for only $3.96 total. Such a beautiful bargain!!

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  7. They all look great! Your a wonderful writer, don't ever stop.
    God Bless,
    Karen
    ksurp@att.net

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    1. Aw, KAREN, thank you SO much for your sweet comment, my friend! Hopefully God won't yank my chain anytime too soon so I can keep writing "Passion with a Purpose!" Thanks for your support, girlfriend, and here's to a win!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    2. I "amen" each of your comments, Karen - thanks!! Julie is one of THE best writers - for sure!! All 4 novellas have Julie's trademark warm, lovable characters, twists, passion, humor, drama, and inspiration. Good luck, but as I mentioned to Becky - they're a reading bargain at $.99 each, to purchase, if you don't win one.

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  8. I haven't read any of Julie's novella's yet, but they all look really good. Especially , Grace Like Rain. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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    1. Oh, J.E. GRACE, Grace Like Rain is my TOP FAVE of all the novellas I've written, so I hope you get a chance to fall in love with Blake "The Rake" McClare -- the lovable rogue brother in my Heart of San Francisco series as much as I do!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    2. J.E., you have such a reading treat in store for you with Julie's novellas - and I feel they will then prompt the desire to read her novels also (and Grace Like Rain is just as beautiful as it's name). But whatever the length, each of her works include drama, humor, passion, romance, unexpected twists, spirituality, and heart-warming, realistic characters who experience true-to-life problems.

      Here's to a win and thanks for your great comments!!

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  9. This is a very generous giveaway. Which would I choose?

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    1. LOL, JAN ... I'll help you choose if you win, okay? It all depends on what you've read of mine before as three of the novellas are part of other series.

      GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Hi, Jan!! Yes, I agree on the very generous giveaway - if you're a follower of her writing, you already know that Julie is ALWAYS so generous and caring towards readers in so many ways. To love her writing is to love her also, and vice versa, as she truly is so transparent and puts much of herself in her writing. Thanks for your comments!!

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  10. These books are definitely on my list to read! They sound like great books!

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    1. Hey, Brenda, thank you!! Hopefully they will be, my friend, so here's to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Brenda, I feel you will enjoy each of the 4 novellas - I'm so glad they're already on your "to read" list!! I have a copy of everything Julie has written, in all formats, and absolutely love each and every one of her works!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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  11. Thank you Bonnie for these wonderful reviews!! You summed up exactly the reasons why these stories are so amazing!! Thank you Julie for writing each and every one of them!! They all touch my heart,bring a tear to the eyes and laughter and smiles to boot! Already have them so no need to enter me in the contest,but just had to give both you and Bonnie a shout out! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your support, Lynne - I always appreciate your sweet comments so much!! Being such a big Julie follower and having so many of her books, you can testify with me as to the enjoyment, beauty, drama, romance, inspiration, unexpected twists, passion, and spirituality Julie puts in each of her works. And as you mentioned - they ALWAYS touch the reader's heart and soul, making her/him both laugh and cry!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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    2. Aw, LYNNE, between you and Bonnie, I have more support and love than I deserve, so THANK YOU BOTH for all you do for me! You are two of my dearest reader friends, and I thank God for you both!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

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  12. All these books sound wonderful indeed: sweet, kind, and with an important spiritual message. Thank you for great reviews!

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    1. Hey, Alexa, they definitely have a strong spiritual message in each one, so I hope you get the chance to read one, hopefully through this wonderful blog??

      Good luck and God bless!
      Julie

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    2. They are that, Alexa: "sweet, kind, and with an important spiritual message" - and so much more!! The spiritual messages are life-changing, as readers and Julie herself can testify - since she puts so much of herself into her writing. The entertainment her writing provides is an added bonus. Thank you for your sweet comments, Alexa!!

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  13. All these books sound wonderful indeed: sweet, kind, and with an important spiritual message. Thank you for great reviews!

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  14. LOVE Julie's books! I've purchased/pre-ordered 3 of the 4 so maybe I can round out the collection! :-) Have already read The Gift of Grace and fell in love with Grace! Thanks for the giveaway! Great reviews!

    cyndilou83(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL, Cyndi, I'll tell you what, girlfriend -- if you don't win that fourth one, you let me know and we'll see if we can remedy that. I just SO appreciate you preordering my books in the first place, so I'd love to round out your collection for you! ;)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    2. Hi, Cyndi - love that you already have 3 of the novellas and loved the character Grace so much, I loved her too. She brought so much love into the family but really did get herself in some touching and humorous situations, didn't she!! Crossing my fingers for novella #4 for you - thanks for your wonderful comments!!

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  15. I LOVE her books! I have Grace Like Rain but would love to win the other novellas!

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    1. MINDY!!!! Soooo ... how did you like your character in Grace Like Rain??? And I am sooooo glad you enjoyed Blake's novella!!

      I don't know if you are into reviews or not, but if you are, I would LOVE a brief review on Amazon for Grace Like Rain (can be a short as one or two lines, saying you liked it) as good reviews are the best gift you can give an author you enjoy, ESPECIALLY on indie books like these since I don't have a big publisher promoting them.

      Thanks again, Mindy, and here's hoping I can send you another book win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. So glad you're a fellow lover of Julie's writing, Mindy - you will love the 3 novellas of hers you've yet to read!! Thanks so much for your comments!!

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  16. I can't wait to read these! Julie challenges me in her books and touches me in the most meaningful ways. Hoping for a win.

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    1. Kate, I so agree - just 2 of the many reasons I love Julie's writing so much: it challenges/inspires and touches the heart and soul!! If you don't win the novellas, they're a bargain to purchase at $3.96 total for all 4 - I think they will challenge and touch you just as the works of Julie's you've read have. Thanks for your sweet comments!!

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    2. Oh, Kate, that blesses me more than I can say, my sweet friend -- THANK YOU!! I'm hoping I can send you a winning copy, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs and more hugs!
      Julie

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  17. I love reading reviews of books I haven't read yet. As a result, my tbr list keeps growing. Would love to win a copy.

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    1. My list and supply of books also, Arletta - let's hope they don't soon topple my house, LOL. But aren't we blessed to have the works of so many gifted Christian Fiction writers available?? I can assure you Julie is one of THE best!! I think you will love these novellas - they will each entertain, inspire, and touch your heart!! Thanks for commenting!!

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    2. Hey, Arletta, I have a solution for that TBR list, my friend -- put these novellas on top because they are real short and sweet! ;) And that way, you can decide if you like my writing and want to read more. Novellas are a GREAT way to see if you like a particular author's style, so that would help clean out the novels you don't want to read! ;)

      HUGS & GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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  18. They all sound great! I haven't read any of them.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine, but that's definitely due to Bonnie's wonderful reviews! I will say that so far three of the four have solid 5-star ranking on Amazon, and the fourth one has a 4.7 ranking, so at least somebody likes them! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Each novella is beautiful, entertaining, heart-warming, passionate, and filled with irresistible characters, drama, humor, unexpected twists, and inspirational messages- which makes them "great" and so much more, Katherine!! Hoping you have the opportunity to try them very soon. If you're not one of our blessed winners, you can purchase all 4 for the bargain price total of $3.96. Thanks for commenting!!

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  19. Fabulous reviews, BONNIE! JULIE is one of my go to authors!

    Blessings and (((((HUGS))))

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    1. Thank you, Caryl!! Amen on Julie being one of my go-to authors also - everything she writes inspires me and grabs my heart!! Hugs back - I'm praying for you and your mother, asking God to bless you in all ways and restore your losses!! Thanks for your sweet comments and faithful support!!

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    2. CARYL!!! Hope you and your family are back in your home after Irma, my friend! Thanks for your sweet comment and coming by to support both Bonnie and me!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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  20. Great reviews Bonnie!
    Julie,you are a gifted writer & I enjoy reading your books. These novellas sound like interesting & fun stories.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thank you, Tina!! Julie is gifted, indeed - so glad you're a follower of her writing!! Hope you have the opportunity to read each of the novellas very soon - you will be inspired by, and enjoy, them. Thanks for your wonderful comments and support, Tina - blessings back!!

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    2. Why, thank you, Tina -- MUCH appreciated, my friend! These are fun stories, if I have to say so myself, primarily because they are mostly novellas that center around characters I already know and love, so they feel -- and I hope read -- a little more like a novel than a novella.

      Here's to a win, you sweet thing!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  21. Love Julie's books!! Anxoius to read her new novellas!!

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    1. Anonymous, thank you SO much for your sweet comment, and I'm anxious for you to read the novellas, too, so here's to a win!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

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  22. If you love Julie's novels, you will love her novellas also, Anonymous - they contain the same beautiful writing elements. Hope you have the opportunity to read all 4 very soon. Good luck and thanks for your comments!!

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  23. Great reviews Bonnie, Thanks for doing this. No need to put me in the drawing as I already have Julie's books. I love, love, love her writing so am in full agreement with your reviews. woohooo

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    1. Aw, Sandra, you are SO sweet for coming by, my sweet friend, and you already know that the feeling is totally mutual -- love, Love, LOVE your books, too, so it blesses me you took the time to come by!

      Hugs and more hugs!!
      Julie

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    2. Thank you, Sandra!! And I am in agreement with love, love, loving Julie's writing. LOL!! I appreciate your support and your wonderful comments!!

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