Monday, July 29, 2013

Love At Any Cost by Julie Lessman

Love at Any Cost, The Heart of San Francisco Series #1

Title: Love At Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco #1)
Author: Julie Lessman
Pages: 406
Year: 2013
Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Note: I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway that Julie Lessman held.

     I was sucked into this story from the very beginning.

     Cassidy McClare is broken-hearted after the man she was engaged to dumps her. She leaves home to visit her cousins in San Francisco hoping that time and distance will help her heart to heal.

     Jamie McKenna has worked hard his whole life to better his station in the world. His chief goal is to give his mother and his crippled sister a safe and secure home and the surgery that his sister needs.

     At their first meeting Jamie knocks Cassidy off her feet, quite literally, in the Oakland Pier train station in San Francisco. Cassidy blows up and declares him a “pretty-boy polecat.”

     Their second meeting is when Cassidy’s family has a dinner to welcome her to town. It is just for family and a few very close friends. Jamie is one of the close friends as Cassidy finds out at dinner.

     They each feel an attraction to the other within a very short time. This sets the stage for a very delightful and comedic story as they try to sort out their feelings for each other and people they have been in relationship with in the past.

     The biggest problem they face though is that Cassidy has a deep faith in God. Jamie on the other hand feels that he has no need for God and that God has never done anything for him, his mother, or his sister.

     How do you handle the word of God when it says that a believer is not to be unequally yoked with an unbeliever? Especially when the man you love doesn’t share your belief?

     Julie has crafted an incredible story digging deeply into this problem. Her characters are marvelous and well developed. The characters are all three dimensional and very different from each other. There are a lot of incredible twists and turns that take place in the story to help them navigate these treacherous waters.

     I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. I hope that it will dig deeper into some of the other members of the McClare family that we meet in this book.

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