Julie Lessman – Scene from A Light in the Window

I’m thrilled to have my friend and bestselling author, Julie Lessman her today. Julie is sharing a scene from her Christmas novella, A Light in the Window, and having contests to give away some of her novels.

A Light In the WindowOne Woman. Two Men.

One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.

But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues.

But when two of Boston’s most notorious pursue her,

attraction, dreams and faith only muddle her mind.

Can the light in the window illuminate the path of true love?

SCENE SETUP:

In 1895 Boston, 18-year-old Marceline Murphy is overseeing a fundraiser for her parish’s soup kitchen, a Christmas play entitled A Light in the Window. In the following scene when she and Sister Francine are holding auditions, they witness a performance by a little girl that simply wrenches their hearts … and, I hope, yours too.

Two hours later, Marcy had a headache from off-key singing, slaughtered diction, and Sister’s Francine’s whistle, giving her pause as to her sanity in agreeing to the job as fundraiser chair. Kneading her temple, she glanced up to see a young boy who had auditioned for the cast pushing a small girl in a wheelchair to the front of the stage.

With a scrub of shaggy brown hair, he approached with a solemn smile and a nod of respect. “Sister, Miss Murphy, my name is Nate Phillips, and this here is my sister Holly.” He took another step forward, cap in hand and voice fading to a whisper. “She’s only seven, but Ma asked me to bring her ‘cause, well you see, Holly doesn’t get to do too much on account of she’s crippled, you know, so Ma thought …” His Adam’s apple wobbled several times. “Well, she hoped you’d consider letting Holly audition because of her name and all, seeing it has to do with Christmas and that’s her birthday too.” He leaned in, a glimmer of moisture in his eyes as he twisted his hat with his fingers, voice lowering all the more. “You don’t have to pick her, understand, just let her read and sing ‘cause she’s real good at both, you know, and Ma just thought that alone would be enough to make her happy.”

Marcy blinked, the boy’s face watering into a blur. She swallowed hard to fight a heave, but it was no use, it broke from her lips in a shuddering rasp.

Sister Francine patted her arm and spoke to the boy with a firm lift of her chin. “If your sister took the time to come and audition tonight, young man, then audition she will.” She glanced up at Julie. “Miss O’Rourke, will you please hand this young man both a script and music for his sister, please.”

The young boy, all of twelve, looked as if he might break down and cry himself, jaw aquiver while tears welled in his eyes. “Thank you, Sister,” he whispered, then grabbed Marcy’s hand, shaking it as if he were pumping water for a man dying of thirst. Or maybe a sister …  “Bless you, Miss Murphy, and you too, Sister Francine—Holly ain’t never had nothing like this happen to her before, so bless you!” He whirled around and rushed to give Holly a hug, then took the papers that Julie gave him and handed them to her as well. With a squeeze of her shoulders, he stepped aside.

Marcy took a quick swipe at her eyes and leaned forward, awarding Holly the brightest smile she could muster. She noted the faded calico dress the little girl wore that seemed three sizes too big and a pale face that made her appear like a china doll with liquid-brown eyes. “Holly, are you ready to read from the script?”

The little girl nodded, chestnut hair trailing fragile shoulders as she gave Marcy a sweet smile. “Yes, ma’am,” she whispered, her voice so soft and wispy, Marcy worried that no one would be able to hear.

“Start at the beginning, then, sweetheart, reading the script just like you’re that little girl in the play who’s excited about Christmas, all right?”

Holly nodded again and paused … right before she belted out the lines as if they were coming from an entirely different little girl.

“Excellent!” Marcy said with a grin when Holly had finished. “Are you ready to sing, and do you know the Christmas carol, Oh, Holy Night?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“Perfect!” Marcy glanced up at the piano. “Julie, let’s try C major, all right?”

Whether it was the fact that it was late and everyone was tired or whether it was the sight of a frail little girl in a wheelchair who longed to be a part of the play, the room stilled to a hush. Marcy’s breath suspended as she waited, the pounding of her own pulse in her ears drowning out Julie’s musical intro. And then, in the sweet and soulful song of a little girl, a steamy and noisy auditorium became the gate of heaven itself as a sound so poignant rose in the room, Marcy had no power over the tears that slipped from her eyes.

For several thudding heartbeats after the last note was sung, the silence was almost painful, an ache in Marcy’s chest over the loss of a voice that had ushered them into the very presence of God. And then, in a blast of applause that swelled to the ceiling, the audience shot to their feet along with Marcy and Sister Francine, dewy-eyed over a delicate little girl who may not be able to walk, but whose voice could soar to the sky.

After a whisper in Sister Francine’s ear and Sister’s subsequent nod, Marcy hurried to give Holly a hug, kneeling to clasp the little girl’s hands in her own. “Holly, that was simply the most beautiful thing we have ever heard,” she said with a sheen in her eyes, “and we want you to know right now, young lady, that not only are we giving you a part in this play, but we want you to sing that very song as well. Would you like that?”

Brown eyes as glossy as Marcy’s blinked back when Holly nodded, her rosebud mouth quivering along with her jaw. “Oh, yes, ma’am,” she whispered, flinging herself into Marcy’s arms with a chuckle that broke into a sob.

Marcy squeezed the little sprite of a thing, eyes closed and heart rejoicing that even now, before this play came to pass, it was changing lives as Marcy had hoped and prayed. That it wouldn’t just be a mere fundraiser, but a spirit raiser as well, touching people with the grace of God. Jumping to her feet, she hurried to pull two rehearsal packets from Papa’s portfolio and handed them to Holly’s brother, who now stood by her side. “Nate, please give these to your mother so she knows the exact dates Holly and you will need to be here. There’s a full script inside each packet, so you need to practice both of your parts together. You will play the part of Daniel, and Holly will play the part of Sara—” She paused, her eyes softening as they lighted on his sister once again. “No, wait—Holly will play herself.” She glanced up and gave Nate a wink. “Since it is a Christmas play and all.”

He stared, mouth agape before it curved into a silly grin. “Yes, ma’am, and thank you, ma’am!” he gushed, cranking her hand so hard once again, she was sure she’d be sore come morning.

“Why don’t you take Holly home now so you can tell your mother the good news, and no need to come back until the first rehearsal date, all right?”

“Yes, ma’am!” he shouted, and took Marcy by surprise when he bowled her over with a hug that had her grinning ear to ear. She watched Nate wheel his sister away and sighed, returning to her seat next to Sister Francine.

“I’ll tell you what, young lady,” Sister Francine said with a smile that displayed a rare show of tenderness, “it’s moments like this that weaken my resolve to be an old crab.”

Thank you SO much, Tamera, for allowing me to be a part of this fabulous Christmas blog tour! I LOVE to hear from reader friends, so if they like, they can contact me through my website at http://www.julielessman.com, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/.

Also, I have a cool blog feature on my website called “Journal Jots” at http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots1/, which is a very laid-back Friday journal to my reader friends that will give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing. Or readers can check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books on the “Excerpts” tab of my website at http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/. Finally, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/, a group blog devoted to encouraging and helping aspiring writers on the road to publication.

And finally, just as an FYI for your readers, I have the following giveaways/contests/sales going on right now, so I hope they take advantage!

 

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS/SALES/CONTESTS GOING ON RIGHT NOW:

A APMP FREE DOWNLOAD AD_PURPLEFREE Download of my debut novel A Passion Most Pure! American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, A Passion Most Pure has 270 five-star reviews on Amazon and some of my readers have actually read it more than 20 times! Here are the links for your free download!  AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, iBOOKSTORE, CHRISTIANBOOKSTORE.COM

JULIE’S CHRISTMAS VIDEO CONTEST!! Want to have a character named after you in Julie Lessman’s next book, a signed copy of that book, and a $50 gift card? Or maybe your choice of any of Julie’s books, including her new paperback release of A Light in the Window OR her January 1st release of Dare to Love Again? Well now you can, AND get to ogle some rogues in the process, choosing your favorite from Julie’s brand-new video for A Light in the Window. And then, of course, she’s also celebrating the Christmas SALE of her 99-cent ebook for A Light in the Window as well, so head on over and give it a shot — you’ll be glad you did! Here’s the link:  http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots1/

A LOVE AT ANY COST_LOW-RES COVERUPCOMING SALE ON LOVE AT ANY COST:

For those of you who missed the free download of Love at Any Cost on 12/4, there will also be a $2.99 SALE of Love at Any Cost on 12/12  and 12/27, when it  will be the Kindle Daily Deal at $7.00 off the listed price, so that’s something anyway, right? AND you can even give it as a Christmas present by designating the date you want it delivered. Details can be found below in my Video Contest. Here’s the SALE link to click on come Dec. 12:

CLICK HERE FOR

$2.99 EBOOK SALE OF LOVE AT ANY COST

ON DEC. 12 ONLY!!

 

A DARE TO LOVE AGAIN_LOW-RES COVER copyFREE COPIES OF MY UPCOMING RELEASE DARE TO LOVE AGAIN!!

Yes, it’s true, Revell is giving away FIVE copies of Dare to Love Again on Goodreads, so head on over to enter, okay? The giveaway runs through Jan. 7 and here’s the link:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/72377-dare-to-love-again

 

ABOUT JULIE:

Award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. She has also garnered 17 RWA awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com.

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

84 thoughts on “Julie Lessman – Scene from A Light in the Window

  1. Julie is so amazing. I love reading her books because as Christians, I think we need to embrace the fact that we’re also human. We struggle with sexuality (across the board, from kissing, love making before marriage, love making after marriage, etc) and it’s usually poo-pooed to “they kiss. fade to black.) Julie makes it REAL 🙂

    Loved her from the first, Love her still, can’t wait for the second book of this series 🙂

    also this was a fantastic interview.

    • LIVVIE!!! Aw, girlfriend, you just brought tears to my eyes with your sweet comment — thank you SO much!! And do you know I am STILL praying for your mama, so I hope she is doing well.

      Good luck in the contest, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • Oh, SARA, thank you SO much for coming by, and I sure hope you download the FREE EBOOK of A Passion Most Pure to get you started on my books. It’s the first of seven books in an Irish family saga, which won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year and has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon.

      Hugs, Happy Reading, and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    • LOL, ANN … and I “love” that you “love Julie books”!!!

      A Light in the Window is the prequel love story of Marcy and Patrick O’Connor and has a Christmas theme, so if you don’t win it here, I hope you will consider downloading the ebook for the current Christmas sale price of 99 cents!! Oh, and I hope you check out the video, too, because just doing so enters you into my VIDEO contest to have a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and maybe a $50 gift card, so here’s the contest link: http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots1/

      Hugs!!
      Julie

    • OH, WINTERROSEBLMS … thank you SO much!! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it and sure you hope consider entering my newsletter contest where one short review posted enters you to win having a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and maybe a $50 gift card, so here’s the link if you’re interested, but if not, NO WORRIES!! I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂 http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/

      Hugs, Happy Reading, and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    • YAY, JILLIAN!! “Hooked” is good … very, VERY good!! Especially since you have SEVEN books in the O’Connor family saga to read yet. Beginning with the current FREE DOWNLOAD going on for A PASSION MOST PURE, which has 305 five-star reviews and won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the year, so PLEASE download it free, girl, okay? And I hate to tell you, but you haven’t SEEN “hooked” till you get to know the O’Connors … 😉

      Thanks for your sweet comment. Hugs and Happy Reading!
      Julie

    • LOL, SUSAN … thank you SO much, bu please tell THAT to the 1-star reviewers who have posted some pretty nasty reviews about the level of passion in my books, will you??? 😉

      GOOD LUCK, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • CANDY!!! Thank you SOOO much for reading ALITW in the first place, girl, and I sure hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of A Passion Most Pure to get you started on the rest of the O’Connor saga. It’s the first of seven books about this Irish family and won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon.

      AND … I sure hope you will consider entering my newsletter contest where one short review posted enters you to win having a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and maybe a $50 gift card, so here’s the link if you’re interested, but if not, NO WORRIES!! I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂 http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/

      Hugs, Happy Reading, and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    • AMBER!!! I have your sweet, SWEET Christmas card sitting right here by my computer because I was going to thank you for it. Your two girls are absolutely GORGEOUS (like their mama, of course!!), and HUBBA-HUBBA on the hubby, too — what a cute couple you make!!

      I’m kinda crazy the next few days, but hopefully will touch base with you after that. 🙂

      Love you!
      Julie

    • Oooo, REGINA … exactly which “first one” did you read? Love at Any Cost from my 3rd series … or A Passion Most Pure from my 1st? I ask because I don’t want you to miss out on the FREE DOWNLOAD of A Passion Most Pure that’s going on right now if you haven’t read that one. It’s the first of seven books about this Irish family and won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon, so go get it if you don’t have it, okay?

      And GOOD LUCK here, you sweet thing!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

    • Aw, PAULA, thank you, my friend! From the heart, eh? Well, I like to think that, but I suspect my hubby thinks of me more as writing from my “mouth” since what I say and write is pretty much what you get. I tend to be out there and open, shooting my mouth off more than he likes. But, alas, the spots on this leopard go WAY beyond skin deep, so he’s stuck with a motormouth for a wife, I’m afraid. Although he does say it’s good for putting him to sleep at night … 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      JULIE

  2. This is one of my favorite scenes by Julie. She is so good at breathing life into her stories and making them so vivid. Love reading her books and can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

    • YAY, thanks, ANG … mine, too, because it’s such a tender scene, I think, which I don’t do often, but when I do, I always make myself cry. Admittedly, not a hard thing to do, right? 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK, my sweet friend!
      Julie

    • BRENDA!!!!!!! HOLY COW, soooooo good to see you here, my friend. And guess what??? You don’t have to “wait” to read my books because you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of A Passion Most Pure RIGHT NOW on Amazon, B&N, or CBD! And if you don’t have an ereader, you can STILL download a free Kindle app for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Droid, so don’t miss out on these free books, okay? APMP is the first of seven books about a VERY passionate Irish family, and it won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon, so GO GET IT!!

      And, of course, if you’re looking for a sweet Christmas read for dirt cheap, A Light in the Window (the book the video above is about AND which has my daughter Amy on the cover AND in the video!) is only 99 cents, so I hope you check it out too. 🙂

      Either way, I am THRILLED you are interested in reading my books and hope you let me know if you like them after you do, okay? And if not … uh, well … never mind. 😉

      GOOD LUCK in this contest!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

  3. I love Julies books and own all of them except for the one coming out in January!!! I love them because of the reality in the love stories. They are real people, with real faults, but they are striving to be Christian through it all!

    • MARTHA!!! I used to see your name ALL over FB, so when I learned you liked my books, I was in HOG HEAVEN!! Thank you SOOO much for your kind comment and your friendship! Dare to Love Again is a sweet and fun read, so I hope you think so too. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  4. I LOVE Julie’s books! I just finished reading ALITW for the second time, and am working my way through the O’Connors again as well. I thought Holly was adorable, and paired with Tilly and Patrick… so cute! =D

    Can’t wait for Dare to Love Again!!!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

    • LOL, ELYSSA … I cannot tell you HOW BIG a grin I have on my face right now, you sweet thing … that tickles me to NO END!!

      Every time I watch the ALITW video, I get the urge to read it all over again, but alas, I have a TBR list that prohibits it, so I’ll have to wait till next Christmas, I guess. 🙂

      Cannot WAIT to see what you think of Dare to Love Again. Alli is a hoot, and wields a mean stick, let me tell you!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  5. Great excerpt! My daughter loves Julie’s books, and they look amazing! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Aw, thanks, JENNY, that blesses me! Now … what about mama??? If you haven’t read any of my books, I hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of book one (A PASSION MOST PURE) in my Irish family saga, which won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon, so go for it if you don’t have it, okay?

      And if you win this book today, I’ll be happy to send a signed bookplate in case you want to give your daughter any of my books for Christmas. The latest one, Dare to Love Again, wasn’t due out till Jan. 1st, but Amazon is shipping them NOW in time for Christmas, so I bet your daughter would like to open DTLA up with a signed bookplate, don’t you?? 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in this contest. And give your sweet daughter a big hug for me, too!
      Julie

    • Hey, JESUS FREAK … I’m one too!! 🙂

      And if you haven’t read any of my books, I hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of book one (A PASSION MOST PURE) in my Irish family saga, which won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon, so go for it if you don’t have it, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      JULIE

    • LOL, Patty … thanks, sweetie!! I hope you will consider entering my newsletter contest where one short review posted enters you to win having a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and maybe a $50 gift card, so here’s the link if you’re interested, but if not, NO WORRIES!! I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂 http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/

      GOOD LUCK and Hugs,
      Julie

  6. I loved A light in the Window. Its one of my favorite novels to date, that I’ve read! 🙂 I look forward to reading more of Julie’s books when I have time!

    With 3 small boys its tough for this mama to get anytime to myself!

    • Thanks, KAREN … having just had my two grandbabies here (2 and 1-1/2 months), I soooo RELATE!! But PLEASE don’t miss out on the FREE DOWNLOAD of book one (A PASSION MOST PURE) in my Irish family saga, which won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon, so go for it if you don’t have it, okay? Then at least you have it for when you have time … which hopefully will be before the kids are in college! 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      JULIE

  7. Hi, Julie!

    That scene from ALITW always tears me up – of course, there are several in the book that do that (& in your other books, as well). But – that’s the reason I love them SO much, LOVE all that emotion!

    Mailed 2 copies of ALITW, as gifts, today – & received another 6 copies in the mail, today, also to gift. You’re going to have some happy, grateful, new reader friends – after the recipients finish reading this masterpiece, & I may have just solved my gift- giving dilemma for quite a while – with another 8+ books to gift!!

    What an incredible gift God has given you, Julie! Writing is, definitely, not one of the talents with which I have been blessed – guess I’m just too much of a realist, can’t imagine myself ever having the skill to put words together as beautifully as you, or compile them into a novel! I become more amazed with each book I read, & more convinced of your writing genius!!! Saying I love your books is an understatement! I feel your heart & soul, when I read your books – your godliness, & kindness to your readers – reinforces my love for you, & your books!!!!

    • Oh my, BONNIE, you say writing is not one of your talents, but you touch my heart with every single note/comment you write, my friend, so I think you are missing out on one of the talents God gave you. Thank you SO much for all you do for me — you are a TRUE blessing, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • WOW, DRESSAGELEROY … that is VERY impressive and VERY much a blessing to hear, so THANK YOU!! I hope you like Alli and Nick’s story — it’s a fun one! 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  8. I PRAY THAT I COULD WIN SOME OF YOUR BOOKS! My library doesn’t carry most of your books. I would bankrupt myself if I bought all the books that I actually wanted to read!

    • LOL, PALOMA … oh, girlfriend … have you asked your library to order them because many libraries will order what you ask them to, so give it a shot, okay? And I sure hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of book one in my Irish family saga — A PASSION MOST PURE — which won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon, so go for it if you don’t have it, okay?

      And if you don’t have an ereader, you can STILL download a free Kindle app for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Droid, so don’t miss out on these free books, okay? That way you could get APMP free AND A Light in the Window for only 99 cents. 🙂

      BUT … you might even win one here, so GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  9. I am a huge Julie Lessman fan! I had only read A Passion Most Pure until this August when I read A Passion Redeemed, A Passion Denied, and A Hope Undaunted all in less than 48 hours. I quickly followed them with A Heart Revealed but then had to wait a bit till I could get a copy of A Love Surrendered. Needless to say I loved the books! I am already dying to reread them and it’s only been less than 4 months! I have A Light in the Window waiting by my bed and Love at Any Cost on my kindle but review books have prevented me from getting to those two sadly! I’m about to break and read them anyway! And in addition to writing such amazing books, Julie is one of the sweetest authors I know! So yeah in short I’m a fan!

    • Oh, ABS, you are SO sweet — thank you for your kind words and your support, not to mention your friendship! I am still blown away that you read three of my books in less than 48 hours — when did you sleep???

      I’m really anxious to see what you think of A Light in the Window, because if you are planning to reread the DOB and WOC series, ALITW is the PERFECT kickoff to do just that because it leads right into them! 🙂

      And I’m pretty sure you already posted reviews for some of my books, but if you haven’t, I hope you will consider entering my newsletter contest where one short review posted enters you to win having a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and maybe a $50 gift card. AND if you posted any reviews for me on your blog, FB, Goodreads, Amazon, wherever, let me know because you are eligible to get points for each one because you haven’t entered my prior review contests before, right? Anyway, let me know, and I’ll give you the points for any reviews, okay? Oh, and you can write one generic review for all of my books and post it for each one to make it easy if you want, okay?

      Hugs and BLESS YOU, my friend!

      Julie

      • 😀 Haha I read a little more than 100 pages an hour so it actually didn’t take as long as you’d expect and I just couldn’t put them down so I kept making time to read!
        Yeah I figure as soon as I finish ALITW I won’t be able to stop myself from reading all the books! I’m hoping to get them in between Christmas and the first week of January then I plan to take a week and review a book a day! I want to wait to write the reviews till after rereading so they will be fresh in my mind! And I will be sure to post them as many places as possible and let you know! And I don’t think a generic review is possible! These books are too good for that!
        Hugs back!
        Abbi

  10. Love Julie, Her writing transports me to another world. I love that she always shares a Strong, Godly message within her novels but also reveals our realness and frailty in struggles. I also Love that she shares the passions of her characters in a Godly way, that I’m not ashamed to read or share! Can’t Wait to read her next one!

    • Aw, MELISSA, BLESS YOU, you sweet thing, for your kind comment AND for just reading my books in the first place! You are a blessing to me, and I can’t wait to see what you think of Dare to Love Again!!

      Hugs and Happy Reading!
      Julie

  11. Hey Julie!!!
    I’m here to enter for my friend! You know I can’t wait to read Dare to Love Again, especially now that school is over for a little while. Christmas is coming so quickly…and I hope that you and your family have a very peaceful holiday season. =) Oh, and I have to mention how much I loved getting to read ALITW again…I think I feel in love with Patrick all over again! He’s truly one of my favorite characters ever…

    • EM!!! Sooooo fun to see you here, my friend, and I think you’ve entered for friends before, right? Like maybe Elyssa?? 😉

      And I have to admit, Patrick is one of my faves too, but mostly because I modeled him after my husband. Patrick is all man and yet has such a soft, sentimental side just like my hubby, so I don’t blame you for liking him as well as you do. 🙂 My prayer are for God to bring you YOUR Patrick someday to cherish you like you deserve to be cherished. 🙂

      Love you!!
      Julie

    • WALT!! I have to admit — it always blows me away when I see your name pop up in comments, especially when you tell me you’re reading my books!! That blesses the socks off of me. 🙂

      And Father Fitz is a hoot, isn’t he? I LOVE the confessional scene where he says he’ll just absolve himself from blackmail! 🙂

      I hope you end up liking it, and if you do, keep in mind that posting a review enters you in my newsletter contest to have a character named after you (or your wife) in my next book and a signed copy, okay? LOL … just a little blackmail of my own … 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    • Why, THANK YOU, MELANIE!! I guess you know my very talented artist hubby designed it and my daughter is the model, both on the cover and in the video, so your compliment means extra much to me. It’s a sweet story with a lot of heart, so I hope you enjoy it. BUT … make sure you watch the video because the two models we picked for Patrick and Sam are pretttttty darn close to what I had in mind … 😉

      AND … watching the video enters you in my Video Contest to have a character named after you in my next book and a signed copy. PLUS … a review for ALITW gives you extra points, so I hope you take advantage!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • Thanks, BETH … A Light in the Window is Marcy and Patrick O’Connor’s prequel, so if you read A Passion Most Pure, which is the book I assume you are referring to that you read, then you will definitely like ALITW. 🙂

      Hugs and Happy Reading!
      Julie

    • Oh, KELLY … me, too!! Excited for your to get started on this new series, that is, but I will warn you that the Heart of San Francisco series is lighter, funnier, shorter, less complicated, and less passionate, both spiritually and romantically than the O’Connor saga, so just be aware of that, okay? But it’s a realllly fun series with a deaf and near-blind butler, a sarcastic parrot, and a crotchety housekeeper to keep the McClares on their toes. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

  12. Thanks for the sneak peek at “A Light in the Window”. I have read all of Julie’s books that I have been able to read and I loved them! Just reading this small peek made me cry! I would love to win a copy of this book! I am also looking forward to reading “Dare to Love Again”. Merry Christmas!

    • Thank you SO much, Dianne, for reading my books and I hope you will like Dare to Love Again a lot. Alli is a hoot and wields a mean stick, and Nick is just plain grouchy and adorable, so I hope you like their story.

      AND … I sure hope you will consider entering my newsletter contest where one short review posted enters you to win having a character named after you in my next book, a signed copy, and maybe a $50 gift card, so here’s the link if you’re interested, but if not, NO WORRIES!! I’m just grateful you read my books in the first place!! 🙂 http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/

      Hugs, Happy Reading, and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  13. I’ve read all of Julie’s books so far and am looking forward to Dare to Love Again. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks, TISSAKAY, I appreciate your sweet comment. A Light in the Window is actually the prequel to my Daughters of Boston series, so I sure hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of A Passion Most Pure, which is book 1 in that series. It’s the first of seven books about this Irish family and won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year, plus has 305 FIVE-STAR reviews on Amazon. And the best part is it’s FREE right now on Amazon, B&N, and CBD!!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

    • DAVALYNN!!! Yes, you must, my friend, so I hope you will consider downloading the ebook, which is on special Christmas sale for 99 cents OR the FREE DOWNLOAD of A Passion Most Pure, which is the continuing story from this novel. 🙂 Either way, HAPPY READING!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

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  15. TAMERA, my absolute pleasure, my friend!! Thank YOU for having me on!! Just got home from out of town, so will let you know when I post my review of The Christmas Promise tonight, okay???

    HUGS!!
    Julie

  16. I so love Julies writing and Oh I would so love to win a paperback of one of her books ! I just posted my 5 star review and rebuttle on Amazon ! Some folks don’t know talent when they read it and Godly purity is always far better the wordly smut anyday. Love you Jules and A signed copy of any of your books is worth much too me ! Someday I want my girls to have godly books to read filled with godly wisdom. So I am building my own library slowly of Great Christian Fiction !
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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