Love at Any Cost
by Julie Lessman
Book #1 Heart of San Francisco Series
Fooled by a pretty boy once,
shame on him.
Fooled by a pretty boy twice,
shame on me.
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassady McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who just as soon hogtie a man as look at him … until Jamie MacKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well lassoes her heart. But when Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than him, Cassie finds herself bucked by love a second time, sending her back to Texas to lick her wounds and heal her heart. In her absence, Jamie discovers money can’t buy love, but love built on faith can set a heart free, a truth he discovers a little too late … or is it?
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Julie Lessman has done it again. She’s sucked me into her story world. One thing I love about her novels is the layers of truth, passion, faith, and redemption that are threaded into the stories she writes. Love at Any Cost is an example of this. Jamie, a fortune hunter with a good heart goes after an oil heiress to marry so his sister can have the operation she needs and he can get his family out of the poverty of the Barbary Coast. It’s not easy because Cassie, the oil heiress has been burned by a man who was only after her money before. As Jamie woos Cassie, he finds that he’s fallen hopelessly in love with her. What Jamie doesn’t do is that Cassie’s family wells have gone dry. Warning: As with all Julie Lessman novels, this story will keep you up at night because you won’t be able to put it down. More importantly, it shows we can trust God with out lives and our fortunes because He paid the cost.
by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
Book 1, The Restoration Series
Jim Anderson is a successful businessman, and his wife, Marilyn, is the perfect wife. And why wouldn’t she be? He gives her everything she needs. That’s why Jim never expected to come home one day and find Marilyn gone.
After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn has had enough of feeling unloved and neglected. She wants to experience some measure of happiness before she’s too old to enjoy it, even signing up for dance lessons, something Jim would never do. What will it take for Jim to finally become the man Marilyn needs him to be?
Combining the literary talents of bestselling author Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of bestselling author Gary Smalley, The Dance is the first novel in The Restoration Series. Readers will get caught up in these flawed but sincere members of the Anderson family as they rediscover genuine love and start a transformation that ultimately affects all of them.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I highly recommend this novel for all Christian married couples. Jim is the control freak husband who thinks of only himself and doesn’t realize the damage he’s done to his wife and children. Marilyn, the perfect Christian wife, can’t take it anymore. She leaves him. She doesn’t tell him where she’ll be or talk to him at all. She leaves him a note telling him he’s lost her heart. The rest of the novel is how this clueless man humbles himself and learns the damage he’s done. Then he goes about showing his wife love and trying to win her back. But it won’t be easy. Marilyn is afraid to open herself up again to the pain he’s caused.
This novel covers many techniques marriage counselors use to heal broken marriages, but it does it in a way that we can see it through the character’s lives. I could relate to this novel because, at one time, my marriage had been broken because my husband was a lot like Jim in this story. My husband got saved, humbled himself, and won back my love. We’ve been married 34 years, and the last 18 years have been wonderful.