Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book Description: 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 Luke 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?

My Review: Little Katydid is all grown up, has her own mind, dreams and aspirations, and quite the spunk! I really didn't think anyone could come close to Charity in the spunk department, yet Katie comes awful close. Katie's biggest obstacle is her father Patrick. She wants to go out with her boyfriend, Jack and come home when she wants, instead her father has "rules" and Katie must come home at curfew, when she misses her curfew yet again she is informed she will be "volunteering" at The Boston Children's Aid Society for the summer to teach her some humility and mercy. It's at Brady's birthday party that Katie finds out that Cluny McGee is not the little kid that Brady took in, his name is now Luke, he's a lawyer and will be working with her at the Boston Children's Aid Society during the summer. As you can imagine sparks fly! I mean Luke is a hunk, and Katie just doesn't want to admit that down deep inside she may have some feelings for him, nor he for her. Which creates lots of romantic tension, that is just FUN!!!
Julie has once again created a story with such emotion that you can't turn the pages fast enough. I have been in love with the O'Connors since A Passion Most Pure. This family is a true family in every sense of the word. They are real, with faults, and scars, yet they they rely fully on God. It is absolutely beautiful. I give this book a lighthouse and shine a light on it for pointing a path to God.
I highly recommend this book and The Daughter's of Boston Series. I'll post my links to my reviews of those books
A Passion Most Pure book 1 http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2008/02/my-favorite-book-of-year.html
A Passion Redeemed book 2 http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2008/08/this-week-christian-fiction-blog_27.html
A Passion Denied book 3 http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2009/05/review-giveaway-of-passion-denied-by.html


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Love's First Bloom

Bethany House; Original edition (September 1, 2010)

Delia Parr


Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.


Ruth Livingstone's life changes drastically the day her father puts a young child in her arms and sends her to a small village in New Jersey under an assumed name. There Ruth pretends to be a widow and quietly secludes herself until her father is acquitted of a crime.

But with the emergence of the penny press, the imagination of the reading public is stirred, and her father's trial stands center stage. Asher Tripp is the brash newspaperman who determines that this case is the event he can use to redeem himself as a journalist.

Ruth finds solace tending a garden along the banks of the Toms River--a place where she can find a measure of peace in the midst of the sorrow that continues to build. It is also here that Asher Tripp finds a temporary residence, all in an attempt to discover if the lovely creature known as Widow Malloy is truly Ruth Livingstone, the woman every newspaper has been looking for.

Love begins to slowly bloom...but is the affection they share strong enough to withstand the secrets that separate them?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love's First Bloom, go HERE.
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