Julie Lessman is such a talented and sweet lady. You can see her heart for encouraging and sharing the love of Jesus through her writing. (And she’s fast becoming an absolute favorite author of mine!) This post is all about her most recent novel, Surprised by Love, the third in “The Heart of San Francisco” series.
Plot Summary: Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?
My thoughts: Megan McClare is beautiful on the inside and out. She and Bram are both so sweet and deserve each other – but he has burdens from past mistakes that are keeping him committed to his father. Because of this, he focuses on maintaining nothing more that the brotherly friendship he’s always shared with Meg. But, this proves to be a challenge for both of them!
Of course Meg and Bram are the main characters, but I was so pleased to see Cait and Logan getting plenty of story time because their rocky relationship has been evolving for 3 books now! Their banter and his humorous reactions are so fun. Plus, we get to see Logan learn a few lessons.
The spiritual journey of the characters, especially Logan, is full of natural ups and downs, twists and turns. We all struggle with our faith, trust in God’s plans, and our ability to forgive and forget. This is portrayed very realistically in these characters. The stories of Meg and Bram, too, are illustrations of forgiveness and finding happiness in God’s plans.
If you’ve read the Winds of Change series (or other books by Julie), you know her propensity to keep you in suspense until the last few pages! This one does, too, but wraps up nicely. I enjoyed seeing familiar characters of the McClare family sparring and, most importantly, loving each other. This is one you simply MUST put on your TBR list!
(By the way, Julie says a novella is coming in 2015 about Blake “The Rake” McClare….. so she’s not done with this family yet!! *happy dance*)
Thanks to Revell for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!