Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Report: Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman

Chemistry: Explosive.
Hook: It'll reel you in like a patient steady fisherman who sets the hook just at the right time.
Take Home: Love can't be bought, but it does cost. And sometimes--like in poker---you have to go "all in" to discover the true prize.

Story: Jilted by a fortune hunter in her Texan home town, Cassidy McClare escapes to her Aunt's San Francisco home for the summer. With her family fortune dried as a dust bowl and her heart trampled to shreds like a cow-pie in a Texas stampede, Cassie is ready to hogtie the next pretty boy fortune seeker to cross her path. Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper, is ready to gamble all to marry well for the fortune he'll need to save his family. But he never imagined he would have to gamble his heart, and Cassie never imagined she'd get duped twice! Will Jamie find the grace to discover Cassie's true treasure when he discovers she's poorer than he is? Will Cassie find a way to fully trust a man she loves?






My Reaction: It starts with a bang, then draws you in slow, but sure. Julie is a master, layering in the story threads. Be patient, there's a twist you'll be glad you waited for--no spoilers though--you have to read it yourself! Oh and: (pic on right--spotted on the Carnival Liberty), I took it cruising on the boat with me, it's a great read for vacation!






Julie Lessman: 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 14 RWA awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books atwww.julielessman.com.



Comment for a chance to win a copy:
(Continental U.S. only)

Have you ever been to Texas?
Have you ever been to a Rodeo?
Discerning in love can be tough: What was the single one thing that convinced you, "he was the one for you"?



 
     

52 comments:

  1. ANNE, WOW ... taken on a cruise by a gal named Love ... doesn't get much better than that unless the author goes with you!!

    Thanks SO MUCH for reading and reviewing LAAC ... I'm jealous it got to go on a cruise and I didn't, but very grateful for the fun review ... ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Julie! It would have been a blast to go on a cruise with my writing friends!! :) One can dream.....

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  2. The book sounds wonderful and I would love a chance to win a copy!
    Yes, I have been to a rodeo in a small town called St. Paul, Oregon. It was a long time ago, but a very fond memory.
    No, I have never been to Texas, but I have read a lot of books set in Texas.
    I met the love of my life at church and knew he was God's gift to me. We have been married for 15 years and have 5 wonderful kids.
    rdewey17(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I've never heard of St. Paul, OR, I'll have to Google it. Five kids, what a blessing! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Rebecca--do you live in Oregon? I have lived in Woodburn, OR the past 9 years, (not far from St. Paul) but would you believe, I have never been to their rodeo? And I also have 5 kids, but they are all grown and pretty much moved out by the time we moved to Woodburn (they were raised mostly in Gladstone, OR (nearer to Portland...)
      Vicki

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  3. This book sounds wonderful. And how fun to read it while on your cruise! I've never been to Texas or to a rodeo, but it sounds like fun.

    I met my husband when I was three years old at Crescent Lake Bible Camp in northern Wisconsin. I loved him from that moment on...so it was just natural when he finally came around to the fact and realized what I already knew! =D

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    1. Sounds like a great story Melissa. You should try a rodeo some time.

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  4. I'm actually reading this book right now! Only a few chapters in... would love to pass a copy on to my dear Aunt.

    I've only been through the Dallas airport on a trip, that hardly counts=)

    I still haven't found 'the one' but hope I will recognize him when he comes along!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty, blessings on your journey. That recognition factor can be tricky sometimes. But in God's hands, all things are possible.

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  5. July 19th ....
    Hey there Julie. Would love a chance to win your new book !
    I've never been to a rodeo. And, I've never been to Texas -- although I would very much like to go one day.
    However, that being said ... I don't do well in extreme heat and high humidity (which is what we are experiencing now). One of my sons who has been to Texas several times, said to me: "Mom, don't ever go to Texas in July or August .... you will die !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Sounded funny at the time, but it's totally true.
    I met my husband at the highschool we both attended. He was in grade 10 at the time, and I was in grade 9. Truly, I don't know 'what' convinced me that he was the one .... but, 'somehow', I just knew we would get married one day. And six years later, we were married.
    Thanks for the opportunity of a chance to win "Love At Any Cost".
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda Hurley
    brennie7@hotmail.com

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    1. Hope your hot weather ends soon. We have it hot here too. Sometimes the "knowing" comes before "seeing" it happen--that's a tricky road for some.

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  6. This book sounds so good I can't wait to read it. I have been to Texas and have college friends who live in Texas (Dallas, Ft. Worth, Richardson). I have been to the rodeo 3 times. We went to a rodeo with our children about 4 years ago in Franklin, TN. The whole family enjoyed it. I met my husband at our church 28 years ago. I don't know what the one defining moment was when I knew he was the one. We started dating and after about 3 dates I just knew he was the one. We got engaged after 2 months of dating and married 6 months later (never thought I would marry someone that fast). He was a Christian, sang in our choir at church - fun to be around. He says I married him for his car (he drove a NICE 300ZX). I plan on keeping him for a long time!!

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    1. Great story Susan! I went to a rodeo in Elmore City, OK when I was ten, and I loved it. :)

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  7. I was in Dallas for 4 my weeks with my husband (for his job), about a year ago & we went to Ft. Worth one day--what a fun Western town to visit! We weren't sure if we wanted to go to a rodeo, but when my husband found out I had never been we went to check it out, but found out it was too late. After talking to the gal in the gift shop & telling her I had never been to one, she gave us a certificate good for 2 for the following weekend--so yes, I HAVE been to one now & it was fun and interesting.
    When I met my husband the 1st time (he was a new student at the University in our town & his 1st visit to our church), I was definitely interested, but when I got home, my mom said, "That would be a nice guy for you..." and since we just celebrated 40 yrs of marriage, July 7th, I'm thinking she was right! ;-) (Next weekend we are going to aruba for a week of more celebrating! YAHOO!)
    I would love to win Julie's book--its sounds like another great one! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like you need this book to travel to the Caribbean!!

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  8. Hello! I would love to win a copy of this book...Julie is one of my favorite authors! I have never been to Texas but did attend a rodeo in Cody, Wyoming, a couple of years ago. My blind date 25 years ago became my husband and he "convinced" me to marry him after dating for 3 years. I am so thankful that he did. The result 22 years later.... a wonderful best friend and two beautiful children. God is good to us and blesses us when we don't have a clue what he is up to!

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    1. "Blesses us when we don't have a clue what he is up to!" --isn't that the truth. Thanks for sharing your lovely story WIlma.

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    2. WIlma--you are the winner of the free book. Please send me your mailing address to loveae1967@live.com

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  9. Great review! Thanks for sharing! :-)
    I was born and raised in Texas (it's a wonderful place!)
    I actually live in the Rodeo capitol of the world, I've been to a few rodeos. So much fun!
    As far as the last question, I'm not there yet. Trial and error and learning still.

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    1. Kate, sometimes hind sight is 20/20, and sometimes, like Wilma, we look back and wonder how things happened. Enjoy each stage of your journey, and I pray God will grant you the desires of your heart.

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  10. I like your style! I just started my book blog, and I'm still figuring out how to best present a review. :) (http://sarahksbookreviews.blogspot.com/)

    On to your questions! I've only been to the DFW airport. :( But I really want to go and visit Texas. :D

    I have been to a rodeo, though not a PBR one or anything, just a local one. It was super fun!

    I knew my husband was the one when he kept loving me no matter what I did to try to push him away. He never let me go, and never gave up on me.

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    1. Hi Sarah, great to have you here. Yes, love--that won't let you go--is so like our Father above.

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  11. Love at Any Cost sounds wonderful. I'm sure I would really enjoy it.
    Yes, I have been to Texas--lived there for a short time, when I was a child.
    No, I've never been to a rodeo.
    What convinced me--He was sincere and very genuine.

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    1. Sincerity, authenticity--essentials Kay! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  12. My answers are simple, lol:
    No, no, and I'm not married. Now my life sounds boring.

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    1. But you came here, to chat with us! And you'd love to read Julie's book! :)

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  13. I've been to Texas, been to a Rodeo and what convinced me was that he wouldn't take no for an answer, he even picked out dates to give me my promise ring, my engagement ring and our wedding day! I guess he was right, we were married 41 years in May, glad I finally listened, lol.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. Great review, Anne!! I went to the rodeo when I was a child in our small town. I've been to Texas many times. I have family who lives there. I've never been married, so I can't answer that question. Sounds like a wonderful book. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you for sharing.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Barb, glad you enjoyed the review. I love small towns. I haven't been to a rodeo in years, but Texas just seemed to remind me of it. Though her book has nothing to do with rodeos, the heroine is from Texas. I think you would enjoy the book! :)

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  15. Been to Texas several times & never been to a rodeo - but, would like to. Would also like to win this book - love Julie's humor & her books! Thanks!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Bonnie, perhaps you should put rodeo attendance on your bucket list. :)

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  16. Thanks for the review . This book sounds so good . Thanks for the giveaway . I would love to be the winner of this giveaway .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Thanks for the review . This book sounds so good . Thanks for the giveaway . I would love to be the winner of this giveaway .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for stopping by. You've been added to the drawing! :)

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  18. Would love a chance at this giveaway...Julie is one of my favorite authors already.
    I lived in central TX for 2 1/2 years in the early 90s. In fact, I married my hubby there in Fort Hood the day before he left for Kuwait. Sadly, almost 21 years later, he is back there and I'm in SC. (I knew he was the one for me when we met in college...me as a freshman in orientation, him a senior in ROTC demonstrating weapons on campus. Oh my!)
    rnjpowell(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Now THAT's a story Jill! Bless you on your continued journey. Distance and danger are mountains to conquer! May you be victorious. Thanks for stopping by, and thank your husband for serving our country.

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  19. I've never been to Texas, I have seen a local rodeo at the state farm show. My husband now, when we were dating I had surgery and he walked me to the bathroom as I was sick and he told me to not let him in until I was proper! Who does that I was smitten!

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    1. How cute Tina! Now THAT's a "meet-cute" I've never heard of! Sounds like an idea for a book. :)

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  20. Sounds so wonderful ! cannot wait to read it... Wonderful Book Report Anne ! Love Julies books and I am glad this one will satisfy the reader...
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Linda. Sweet satisfaction for the reader--on the way from Julie! She doesn't disappoint! :)

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  21. I would love to win a copy of "Love At Any Cost"! It sounds amazing.
    I am currently reading Julie's "A Love Surrendered". I just adore the O'Connor family!
    Yes, I've been to Texas and to a rodeo, but not at the same time :)

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    1. The O'Connor family was the first of Julie's that I had read. I love how she weaves her plot and characterizations. You will enjoy this book as well. :)

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  22. I've been to Texas but never a Rodeo... Would love to go to a Rodeo... Maybe someday! :) But until then I will keep reading books and take vacations and do some time travel through them... Lol much cheaper!

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    1. Time travel.....got to love historicals for that!

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  23. Hello Anne. Good book report. I've already been wanting this book and have tried to win it before. Maybe I will get lucky this time. I live in Texas near the big city of Houston, but I prefer smaller towns. I was raised in a small Tx. town from the age of one yr. I love Rodeos and have been there. But, I also watch them on TV. You gals that haven't been to one should find a channel with Rodeos and watch at least one. They are exciting. The man I married was a family friend. His family and mine attended the same church in a small town. Our families visited often. When we had dated just a short time I knew I wanted to be his wife. My heart just told me so. We were married one week after my 16th birthday. GOD blessed us with four wonderful children who are now parents and grandparents too. I have 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Julie is a great author and good friend. Greatly respected by many other authors. I would love to win her book. Thanks for the give-away.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hello Maxie. I love your story, it sounds so rich and full of blessings. How many years have you been married? I love it that you still love to read about young love. When I got married, I worked at the hospital on a floor with nurses old enough to be my mother. They kept telling me, oh just wait until you've been married for a while....as if love never lasts. Of course it changes, and grows. But I saw this old couple at church once, they'd been married nearly 75 yrs, and still looked at each other with starry eyes--my proof that I didn't have to settle for less as the years go by. Sure, it takes a lot of work--but the pay-offs are enormous blessings.

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  24. Had to answer the fun question. How did HE know I was the one? When all the new girls in banquets overloaded their dirty dish trays and asked him to carry the back-breaking load for them, he was quite tired of the chore. He saw me for the first time doing the same thing, stacked even higher, and sighed, walked over and stooped down to get it. I asked him, "What are you doing?" He stood and told me he wasn't about to let me put the cups and saucers in my hand onto this tray before I asked him to take it to the kitchen for me, it was heavy enough as it was. I said, "But it's my tray." I put the cups on the tray, stooped down and walked it out myself. That's when he knew "I was the one."

    When did I know? I didn't have as clear a moment, but I'd guess the first day when I watched him serving for a fancy doctors' banquet with one unfortunate young boy who'd been drug along to listen to speeches. After hubby'd served everyone wine, he went to the kitchen and got a soda (not supposed to do that, it's not being billed) and went in to the kid, with towel draped over his arm, presented the soda bottle just like a bottle of wine, asked him to sniff the "cork" to see if the soda smelled of a satisfactory vintage and poured it as if it were just another bottle of fancy wine.

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    1. Ahh---you were the one not like all the others. wink. And the soda---awww, sweet--reveals a tender heart. Thanks for sharing Melissa. I love this. My daughter is a sophomore in college, so of course we've been talking about how you "KNOW" if a man is the right one. It's such a huge thing--but God is bigger. :)

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  25. I've just LOVED hearing all your stories everyone! What a fun post. :) Happy-dancing. :)

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  26. Born in Texas, lived in Texas and did go to a prison rodeo...would love a chance to win this novel...thank you for this opportunity.

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  27. Hello Jaunita!! Glad you are jumping on board for your chance! ;)

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