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10.07.2012

A Love Surrendered ~ Review

A Love Surrendered
Winds of Change #3
by Julie Lessman

Susannah Grace Kennedy's parents have died and her life has been upended.  Leaving her home in Iowa behind she and her little sister Glory have to live with her bitter spinster Aunt Eleanor in Boston.  But Susannah is angry at God for taking her parents and sending her to Boston and she is rebelling.  Susannah changes her name to Annie and is determined to have fun and find love her own way.  But Annie is walking into trouble and Steven O'Connor is determined to protect Annie's innocence in spite of her efforts and his own desires.

But Annie's new friends are wild and a true product of the wild 1920's. Can Steven protect her before she loses herself to the dangers of a world she never knew?  Or will Annie return to the beliefs that sustained her during youth before she sullies her heart?

Annie is attracted to Steven seeing the goodness he has hidden beneath a gruff exterior.  But Annie is keeping a secret that could turn Steven against her if he discovers who she really is.

Annie's innocence draws Steven, but he knows that he is "no good" for her and if he follows his heart he may destroy her in the process.  But through it all God's hand is there ready to steady and strengthen them if they will just ask.

But A Love Surrendered is more than just Annie and Steven's story, it is also the story of the entire O'Connor family as they struggle to follow God's leading as they grow as a family and as individuals.  But growth is never easy and choices we make effect more than just us and can have long reaching consequences.

For the most part I liked A Love Surrendered but it had a little too much romance for my personal reading tastes (though it reads true to the time period when people were struggling through the after-affects of the Roaring 20s).

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review, there were expectations place on this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.