by Julie Lessman
Book 3 of Hearts of San Francisco Series
From Ugly Duckling
to Swimming with the Swans …
but is she over her head
when it comes to love?
As a shy and pudgy child, Megan McClare has always been ridiculed by her classmates, but when she returns from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. Hopeful of becoming a lawyer or doctor to help the disadvantaged women of the Barbary Coast, Megan accepts an internship at the District Attorney’s office only to discover she’ll be working with the boy who mocked her in school. She turns to her best friend Bram for support and advice, and Bram—fighting an unwelcome attraction to a friend he’s always perceived as a little sister—encourages Meg to forgive Devin and pursue a friendship. The friendship with Devin evolves into a serious romance, but when a sailboat accident tosses Bram and Meg into the seas of attraction, both her heart and her emotions capsize, threatening to change the course of love …
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
It should be no surprise to anyone who reads this blog regularly that, even though I’m not a big romance reader, I’m a huge fan of Julie Lessman. Her historical romances have a way of added twists and surprises even though I know it will all turn out all right in the end. She’s a romance writer that can keep me on the edge of my seat as much as any suspense author I’ve read. And she adds passion to every page – passion for God and passion between couples falling in love.
Surprised by Love was no exception. My heart ached for Bram and Megan as they struggled through seeing each other in a new way. She was always the shy little girl he adored as a friend, but she came back from Paris as a beautiful young woman ready for love. Only Megan is a beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
What did surprise me is how much I loved this novel. I knew I would love it, but since reading Julie Lessman’s earlier series about the O’Conner family, I never had as much attraction to the McClare family. The San Francisco novels were great, but I missed the O’Conners. That is until I read Surprised by Love. What surprised me was that this is one of the best novels Julie Lessman has ever written – and that’s saying a lot. The aghast and passion in this novel almost made me forget about the O’Conner family and her past novel series. I highly recommend it.