This novel follows the romance of the youngest O'Connor, Katie, and her childhood nemesis, Cluny Magee. The angst involved as Katie and Cluny navigate their love/hate relationship made me love/love this book.
But some of the most touching work comes from watching not just the romantic love blossoming between Katie and Cluny, but also the agape love shown by some of the more mature married couples, characters in the midst real marital strife- who choose to love each other anyway, and lean on God. Sometimes romance fans (myself included) need a healthy dose of what Biblical love really looks like and I found the subplots of this book refreshing.
Here's where I could get off on a tangent and discuss how using various subplots, Julie Lessman actually incorporated all three types of New Testament love in A Hope Undaunted, eros, phileo and agape- but I'll save you the detailed anaysis.
Instead, I end with this question for Lessman fans: Have you all noticed how much action the O'Connor porch swing gets?
I think I'm gonna have to install one of those. ;)
Want more information? Here's the back cover blurb:
The 1920s are drawing to a close, and fiesty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman- smart and sassy with goals for ther future that include the perfect 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?
Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a review copy from the publisher.
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