in Iowa, Annie Kennedy moves to Boston to stay with her spinster aunt.
She longs for romance to fill the void left by her parents' 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 who she really is?
With heart-pounding romance, intense family drama, and emotional twists and turns, A Love Surrendered is everything Julie Lessman's many fans have been waiting for."
Oh, drama... It certainly makes for some entertaining reading, especially when captured by the pen of Julie Lessman! There's plenty of drama in this last book of the "Winds of Change" series: a young woman wanting desperately to be seen as "grown-up," a young man held back by his past as he tries to prove himself to be a "good boy," and plenty of secondary characters (whom Lessman fans have come to love) trying to keep their marriages intact.
A Love Surrendered is "edgy," especially as it showcases the lingering Prohibition issues of the early 1930s. Be aware that there are some alcohol references and some strong romance (not explicit, but kind of heavy). (While nothing new to those who have already read Lessman's books, this is mostly a heads-up to those just learning about her work.)
I really enjoyed this concluding installment to the O'Connor saga - more than the previous installment, and perhaps more than a couple of other books in the two series, although my favorite remains that book that started it all, A Passion Most Pure. As far as bringing everything together, it's definitely satisfying, and I think long-time Lessman fans will find this just right, if a bit bittersweet. Reading this one out of order or on its own might not elicit the same reaction, though, simply because those feel-good feelings depend on a connection with all of the characters and a longing to see them happy, regardless of whether things seem "too tidy."
After immersing myself in the lives of the O'Connors multiple times throughout the last few years, I do confess that sometimes the issues and the emotions feel rather repetitive. But Lessman's ability to write long, yet somehow still engaging scenes and her talent for creating characters the reader can care about are admirable. A Love Surrendered is a great ending to two series about a wonderful family, with its own main story that happily dragged me in and held my interest.
*With thanks to Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”