|Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman|
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
Ohh the joys of reading a Julie Lessman novel!! I found myself smiling silly right throughout the first chapter and repeatedly thereafter throughout this spirited and sumptuous feast of Julie’s exciting inspirational romance set in the early 1900’s. This is a romance that will take you to giddy heights and to sorrowful depths. A journey of love and relationships that will spark hope and longing within you for the heroes of the story. And a tale of faith and the importance of integrity that will stir your heart as you become involved in the lives of the men and women of this charismatic and loving family.
Cassidy McClare is a spunky 22 year old cowgirl who has travelled from Texas to San Francisco to stay at her Aunt Caitlyn’s for the summer. Nursing a sore heart and a bruised pride after being jilted because the family’s oil had dried up, Cassidy swears off men and especially pretty-boy Romeo’s. But who should barrel accidentally into Cassidy while she was waiting to get picked up from the train station? None other than the very type of man she was running away from!
Pretty boy Jamie MacKenna, and a very close friend of the McClare’s, is only too happy to discover the gorgeous young woman he’d knocked over was none other than Caitlyn McClare’s niece. The icing on the cake for him was that she was an oil heiress… or so he thought. With his little sister Jess, disabled and needing an expensive operation, and wishing for a better life for her and his mother, Jamie can see no other way to help them than to marry well.
Jamie charms Cassie relentlessly, capturing her heart while at the same time entirely losing his. Knowing why she was so terribly hurt from her previous relationship, he still feels he has no choice in the matter when he finally discovers she is dirt-poor. Can he truly give up the one woman he’s only ever truly loved and instead marry the wealthy Senator’s daughter Patricia, as he was originally planning to do? How will Cassie fare, and can love find a way through these seemingly impossible odds?
This captivating and charming tale that also includes a parallel story featuring Cassie’s widowed Aunt Caitlyn that is just as enthralling, is filled to the brim with love, family, teasing, taunts, and laughter! The bantering between the characters was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable, and that’s when it wasn’t just plain delicious! I was also managed to be shocked silly with a surprising twist of an immense magnitude in this story. In ‘Love at any Cost’, these endearing characters that Julie Lessman has drawn begin to take on a life of their own, almost prompting me to pray for them. They also demonstrate the wisdom in dating those with like-minded faith, and prompt consideration of such issues such as ‘should the end always justify the means’?
Thank you Julie Lessman for taking us all on another gratifying and unique journey with an equally delightful and appealing family like the O’Connors from your previous series!
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