Smart & Sassy

Katie O’Connor has a set plan for her life. Marry rich Jack Worthington, go to law school, have one child and live happily ever after. At eighteen, she’s smart and sassy and she holds Jack in the palm of her hand. But then the bane of her childhood existence, Luke McGee, comes charging back into her life…and destroys everything.

Julie Lessman’s incredible novel, A Hope Undaunted, took my breath away. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, wondering what was going to happen next. It had my heart aching and breaking. It gave me a picture of pure, unconditional and sacrificial love that I only dreamed could be real.

Katie O’Connor is finally learning her lesson. After missing curfew, her father grounds her, forbidding her from going out with her friends, including boyfriend Jack, for two months. And, on top of that, she’s being forced to volunteer at the BCAS, The Boston Children’s Aid Society. But, Patrick O’Connor tells her, it will be good for her, since she does want to go to law school. It should give her some experience that will assist her.

But neither Patrick or Katie truly realize what they’ve gotten her into. Neither expected that Katie’s boss would turn out to be Clarence Luke ‘Cluny’ McGee, the man Katie loved to hate since childhood. When Luke comes back into her life, Katie is sure that she will die. The last thing she needs is obnoxious Luke telling her what to do.

But Luke sees it as a great opportunity. I mean, when else will he be able to boss Katie O’Connor around. They hated each other as kids, they might as well continue to hate each other as adults. But the thing is, Luke’s old crush on the sassy blonde hasn’t exactly dissipated over the years. And when his friend, Parker Riley, comments that he thinks it would be a good idea if Luke stayed away from Katie, Luke starts to wonder if maybe he’s not right.

Katie soon discovers that she actually likes working at the BCAS. She’s made new and wonderful friends in Betty Galetti and Bobbie Sue. But the strange, and awful, thing is that she thinks she might be attracted to Luke McGee! And that’s something that will destroy all her well-laid plans.

Luke knows he’s in love with Katie…but she’s all set to marry Jack and just wants to be friends. And when Luke’s best friend, Betty–also a woman who touches Luke’s heart in a special way–is in trouble, Luke makes a decision that shakes Katie’s world.

Katie loves him. That becomes all too clear. But now he’s going to break her heart in a way that she never thought he would….

A Hope Undaunted, gave a heartbreaking picture of sacrificial love. Luke McGee sacrificed a life he could have had with Katie, the woman he truly loved, to help Betty through her troubles. His love for Katie was true, pure and strong. But his love for Betty prevailed, because she needed him. Because she was the woman he’d loved first, the woman whose heart he’d broken a few years previous. Because he was the kind of man who would never abandon his friends when they were in trouble.

While reading this book, I found myself thinking that Luke McGee was exactly the kind of man I would want to marry one day. He was an incredible example of the kind of man who would sacrifice anything for the people he loves…even if it meant sacrificing his own happily ever after. God gave Luke McGee a heart of love for the people who fell into his hands and he would never, ever turn his back on them. Just the way God would never, ever turn His back on us.

This book was sassy and powerful. There were a few steamy kisses, a few tense family moments and a lot of heart-break for Luke, Katie and Betty. Put together, it made an amazing novel that I will cherish forever.

But now, the big question is, will Katie and Luke ever see each other again? Or will Katie let her broken heart mend and find her happily ever after with Parker Riley instead?

Coming Soon: The murder of her mother and baby sister, and the kidnapping of her brother has left Morrow haunted and bitter…but when her feelings begin to change, will she be able to finally put the past behind her? Look for my review of Courting Morrow Little, by Laura Frantz, soon!!

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3 thoughts on “Smart & Sassy

  1. ERICA MARIE!!!! WOW, WHAT A REVIEW — THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND WORDS ABOUT A HOPE UNDAUNTED — I AM BLESSED!!

    SINCE YOU LIKED KATIE AND LUKE IN AHU, JUST WAIT TILL YOU SEE THEM IN A HEART REVEALED, SEAN AND EMMA’S STORY THAT RELEASES SEPT. 1ST !! YOU THOUGHT THEY BUTTED HEADS AS KIDS IN A PASSION DENIED … LOOK OUT, ‘CAUSE WE HAVE TWO BULLS IN A CHINA SHOP WITH A KATIE/LUKE SUBPLOT THAT I HOPE YOU WILL LOVE.

    HAVE A BLESSED DAY AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR NOT ONLY READING AHU, BUT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO POST A REVIEW.

    HUGS,
    JULIE

    • You’re welcome Julie!!! I truly loved A Hope Undaunted and A Passion Denied is my other favorite of yours. I can hardly wait for A Heart Reavealed!!!!! šŸ˜€

  2. Wow..I have been reading A Hope Undaunted and I am almost finished with it. I found it on my Nook Color, and cannot put it down!!! I love Katie and Luke, and can’t wait to see what happens in the last part of the book. Looking forward to reading more of Julie Lessman’s books. I am a HUGE fan of Francine Rivers, and was so upset when I realized that I had literally read all of her books. So blessed that I found another author that I love. While Julie and Francine are very different in their writing “style” I can’t get enough of the Christian basis around their works.

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