A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

Well, the Kissing Queen is back with her newest novel, A Hope Undaunted, and let me just tell you guys – you will not be disappointed. Cluny McGee (aka Luke) is a FABULOUS hero. Fabulous. Rivals Collin – and that says a lot.

And Katie O’Connor is SUCH an adorable brat. If you’ve followed Julie Lessman’s books at all, you’ll have met most of the characters in A Hope Undaunted – and Julie has a beautiful way of bringing out those stories, keeping them consistent, and giving the reader a feel for the dynamics of a close-knit family.

And let me just tell you – there are so many varied types of love that Julie introduces in the story, the reader gets an opportunity to cringe, laugh, and hope along with the O’Connors – and particularly Katie and Luke McGee.

Two things:

  1. 1. Prepare your heart for a LOOOOONG agonizing journey of conflict.

Did I say long? How about agonizing? The reader is suffering and waiting right along with Katie O’Connor as her heart is pitched, pulled, and pried in various directions without any hope for true love. Or at least the true love her soul craves in Luke McGee. I ended up holding my breath more times than I can count, and endlessly wanted to email Julie Lessman to say – “What ARE you doing to these poor people?!?”

2. (And I CAN’T believe I’m writing this) I could have taken another whopper of a kiss at the end, Jules. I mean, after all that heart trauma of the last 150 pages, another kiss-me-till-I’m –dazed liplocker would have been a generous reward 😉

I COULDN’T put the book down.

 HAD. To. Finish. IT.

Which is the hallmark sign of a good book. No surprise there, if Julie Lessman’s name is on the cover. It’s a fabulous story about what true love really looks like and how it can often surprise us – especially those of us who want to have our lives all figured out ahead of time. But it’s also about sacrifices of the heart for the good of others. And sacrifices are painful.

But – as the old adage goes – no pain, no gain.

Read the book for the treasure chest at the end of the marathon journey.

Go Julie. Go Revell. Keep those passion-filled books coming!!!

This book was provided by Revell and happily reviewed my me.

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


9 thoughts on “A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

  1. WHOO-HOO, PEP, thank you SOOOO much!! Such a great review, girl, and yeah, I kind of wish I had put a whopper of a love scene at the end too … It’s just that I was trying SO hard to tame the kisses down just a wee bit from A Passion Denied, you know?? Big mistake, I guess! 🙂

    Love you and love the review — THANK YOU, sweetie!!



    1. Jules,
      No ‘big’ mistake
      I just LOOOOOVE kisses
      especially the ones you write.

      And you know what – I think you’re rubbing off on Mary. Her kissing scenes are starting to spark up – whew….
      I’m all for either one of your talents rubbing off on me.


  2. I’m right in the middle of this fantastic book! LOVE IT!!! It’s hard to put down, but I want to read it slowly so it will last!

    And the kissing scenes so far – AWESOME!

    Way to go, Julie!

    Thanks for the review, Pepper!



    1. Such a great book, isn’t it Sue.
      have you finished it yet? 🙂
      Jules will love to hear all your sweeeeet things about the story.
      Wonderful book.


  3. I also enjoyed A Hope Undaunted and am a big fan of Julie Lessman.

    I found the characters to be fairly three dimensional and enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Katie and Luke – although at times I was surprised by Katie’s sudden abrupt turns. The O’Connor family is true to form in their larger-than-life sort of Irish personalities and entertaining as always.

    I posted a more in-depth review of my own at



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