Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

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What it’s about:

From the publisher: “When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty. But on the other side of the Atlantic, this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams. When she returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office, she’s thrilled that her life is taking shape. But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers she’ll be working alongside Devin Caldwell, who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.

Bram Hughes is the best friend to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice. But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell, Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man? ”

My thoughts:

I adored Meg in Julie Lessman’s last book, so I was really excited that this next book in the series, the third book, was mainly focused on Meg. This family and friends of characters have been well developed and are a fun bunch to “hang out” with while reading their stories! I think Surprised by Love was easy to get into and read. Some info was a little bit redundant if you have read the other books in this series, but it’s not overly so and also makes it where I think they could be read out of order if needed, but then you would know who ended up with who from the previous books.

It also focused a lot on Meg’s mom, Caitlyn and Meg’s Uncle Logan, which was nice to continue their story since we were left hanging for their story in the last book!

The godly/biblical messages were strong throughout this book. They resolved themselves well at the end, but I was frustrated in the middle of the book with how some of the characters were twisting “God’s will” for their lives…. but that is all part of the story and lesson that works out well and satisfying in the end.

I really do appreciate the family dynamics that Julie Lessman brings into her books in the sense of what makes a family vs biological families. I think this is often an issue that is either glossed over or not brought up in many Christian fiction books, and I really do appreciate how Ms. Lessman incorporates that and brings a message of God’s love and forgiveness with it also.

I give Surprised by Love 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to Christian romance fans!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:
You can find out more about Julie Lessman at http://www.julielessman.com

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