A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman is book 3 in the Winds of Change series, and the dramatic conclusion to the entire O'Connor family series.
Please forgive me if I get bit weepy about this one. This is book 3 in the Winds of Change series, but it's actually the sixth O'Connor family book since there were three earlier books in The Daughters of Boston series. So, I feel like I have been through a lot with this family and I love them all so much. If it were up to me, I would want the series to just keep on going indefinitely. Since I know that isn't practical, I will say that this book was a beautiful end to the series. *sniff*
Steven O'Connor has made some huge mistakes when it comes to love. As a young man he thought he was in love with Maggie Kennedy, but they confused love with lust and the relationship self-destructed causing many casualties in their lives. Steven has vowed to stay away from relationships and love. He is now a federal agent who is focused on his career and doing his job. When he meets a young, innocent girl, Annie, who is hanging out with his friends, he fights everything in him that instantly pulls him toward her. He hurt Maggie by letting their relationship get out of control, and he won't let that happen again, especially not to someone as young and innocent as Annie.
I very highly recommend this book. As always, Ms. Lessman's writing is superb. If you haven't read any of these books, you could read this book as a stand alone, but as someone who is very OCD about series, I beg you not to. (LOL) This truly is one of my favorite series of all times. The O'Connor family will live in my heart forever. My recommendation to anyone who has not read these books would be to start from the very beginning, with book one of The Daughters of Boston series: A Passion Most Pure. You can find a listing of all six books HERE. The advantage to someone who is new to this series is that all six books are out now, so you would not have to wait in between books like I did. She seemed to take forever for each new book. I think she did it on purpose just to torture me. The one ray of hope in my life right now is that she has a brand new series on the way with the first book due to release in April of next year. I will be anxiously awaiting Love at Any Cost!
In all seriousness, this is a spectacular series and a very moving final book for the series. I can't even tell you how many times I found my eyes welling with tears when I was reading this book. It's a deeply touching story that is full of family drama, a touch of mystery, sweet romance, and masterfully woven together with a powerful message. The romance in these books is just a tad spicier than what you might see in other Christian fiction. It is completely tasteful and appropriate, but the author shows the beauty of the love between a husband and wife.
I will miss the O'Connor family but I will never forget them. Thank you Julie, for creating such a captivating family. I have loved them, laughed with them, cried with them, and learned from them. I look forward to the next book series and I can assure you I will be first in line when it comes out.
Orphaned 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.