Do you ever finish a series and you’re not sure what to read next because that series was SO good?!?! Well, the Winds of Change series by Julie Lessman was THAT good. So, read this review then head to your local library or bookstore to find your own copies. Prepare for an exciting time getting to know the O’Connor family and seeing how God can work in and through your life.
The Winds of Change series is composed of three books. “A Hope Undaunted”, “A Heart Revealed”, and “A Love Surrendered”. Though each book could be a stand-alone read, the entire series is a continuation of her Daughters of Boston series featuring other members of the O’Connor family. I have not read the Daughters of Boston series, but I love this family so much I plan to pick them up and read them at some point.
Here’s the summary of the Winds of Change series according to Lessman’s website:
“A Hope Undaunted”
What happens when the boy she loved to hate …
becomes the man she hates to love?
The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O’Connor is the epitome of the new woman–smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband–good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cl
uny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?
“A Heart Revealed”
The ring on her hand belongs to one man …
but her heart belongs to another.
As a battered woman, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston ten years ago, seeking shelter for a heart badly bruised by both her husband and guilt. But when she falls in love with Sean O’Connor, a man who wrestles with demons of his own, fear and shame almost destroy her … until she is finally set free by a heart revealed.
“A Love Surrendered”
He broke her sister’s heart …
will she be next?
Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt, longing for romance to fill the void of her parent’s death. But when she falls hard for Steven O’Connor, the man who broke an engagement to her sister, Annie is worried. Will he break her heart, too, when he discovers she’s Maggie’s sister?
Lessman is a skilled storyteller. She incorporates a touch of light humor in serious situations. By the end of the book, you feel like you are another member of the family. Best of all, she expresses our need for the presence of God in our lives, and a personal relationship with Jesus. Through the course of her books, you can see the characters grow and mature, and draw closer to God through their experiences. A common theme expressed in the series is that the characters love their families and spouses, but as deep as that love is, God loves all of them (and us!) more.
I really appreciate Lessman’s depiction of the Roaring ’20s and Great Depression era. This series is told from the individual characters’ points of view, switching the narrative by chapter or mid-chapter. She incorporates sub-plots involving other O’Connor family members in each book with the perfect consistency – not so much that it distracts from the main storyline, but just enough to paint a bigger picture and keep you up-to-date with your favorite characters from the previous books.
Have you read this series? What did you think? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!
WOW, Courtney, you sure know how to write a review, girl — thank you SO very much, not only for taking the time to read the Winds of Change series, but to write such a wonderful review as well. I hope and pray you post it on Amazon and Goodreads for EACH of the books, my friend, and if you do, let me know so I can give you points in my upcoming newsletter contest where you can win having a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy of that book and a $50 gift card! Here’s the newsletter signup link in case you are interested, okay? http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/
The only thing that makes me a wee bit sad is that this is a family saga best read in order due to a number of BIG surprises in book 1, A Passion Most Pure, The Daughters of Boston series. BUT … the good news is since you already know how that book turns out (i.e. who Faith ends up with and another secret I won’t tell you now), you will already be attached to this family and hopefully enjoy their earlier antics all the more. AND … you won’t hate Charity quite as much as most people do when they read APMP because you know she eventually changes and grows in God. But I’ll tell you what — I’ve had readers ask me to slap Charity for them or want to see her killed or maimed after they finish APMP. 🙂
All three of the DOB books are on sale now as ebooks for $3.99 (as is Marcy and Patrick’s prequel, A Light in the Window) OR I have two giveaways going on right now where you can win your choice of my books (one of which is part of a 20-author giveaway!), so do check my website calendar if you are interested, okay? Here’s the link: http://www.julielessman.com/julies-calendar/
Thanks again, Courtney, for the great review — you blessed the socks off of me!!
Thank you so much for the comment and encouragement! I will definitely check out your newsletter contest.
Now you have me really excited about DOB! I can’t wait to read Charity’s antics!
I pray that God continues to bless you for honoring Him through your writing!
Excellent review Courtney! I am a HUGE fan(reader friend) of Julie’s! I get so excited when I see others enjoying her books. I too read The Winds of Change series first and then went back and read the DOB series. I’m glad I did because as I have told Julie I don’t know if my heart could have taken it!! She knows how to write some heart-stopping romance for sure! A Passion Most Pure had me laughing out loud several times(as do all of Julie’s books). You are in for a real treat when you read them. I was one of those readers that told Julie I wanted to slap the fire out of Charity! I consider that a great compliment since it meant to me that I was truly invested in the characters and I cared about the outcome of the story. Charity makes me smile and shake my head now 🙂 You have to have to also check out Julie’s latest book Love At Any Cost! Just as good as the O’Connor series and just as fun! Again excellent review!
Julie@My Favorite Pastime
Julie, thank you for visiting The Green Mockingbird! Yes, I laughed and cried at times while reading this series. Let’s just say I’m now emotionally attached to the O’Connor family!
Aw, Jules, SO appreciate your friendship and encouragement, girl — THANK YOU!!
Have you read Daughters of Boston?? The first three with this family??? Girl, if not, YOU MUST!!! I can’t say enough how much I love love love love love them! I have these ready to go and read, but I know if I start them I won’t stop. So after I get through these next couple busy weeks, I’ll dive right in and not sleep for like two days. 🙂 Love Lessman’s books!!
Jamie, no, I have not read the Daughters of Boston series yet. I keep hearing good things about it, though!
You MUST read the Winds of Change series next! Yes, you will probably be up a few nights reading it.
It looks like you had a good trip to Japan!
Can’t wait to hear what you think about it!! I don’t think I can hold out much longer, so I’ll probably be reading it real soon!
And thanks!! Yes, Japan was amazing 🙂 🙂
LOL, Jamie … if I’m not mistaken, you were also one of those who wanted to slap Charity … or was that Collin?? 😉 Thanks SO much for reading my books, my friend, and your amazing support!
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