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.
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