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A Hope Undaunted

By Julie Lessman


What happens when the boy she loved to hate ...
becomes the man she hates to love?

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

Book Takeaway:

The message I would most like to see readers take away is that when life goes sour for whatever reason, God is the only means of maintaining “a hope undaunted.”

Why the author wrote this book:

In book 3 of The Daughters of Boston trilogy, I introduced a 14-year-old street orphan by the name of Cluny McGee who was only intended to be a walk-on character appearing in a couple of lines of one scene. But this endearing “street brat” with the puny body and bravado air won my heart so quickly, that I made him a major subordinate character who quickly becomes the bane of Katie O’Connor’s existence. When I began writing A Hope Undaunted, it just seemed a natural progression for a sassy and grownup Katie O’Connor to once again butt heads with this “pest from her past.”


"1st book in the Winds of Change trilogy, a continuing story of the O'Connor family - the story of Katie O'Connor. Loved the sparring between sassy Katie and Luke McGee. Another 5 stars for Julie!!"
- Bonnie on December 27, 2015

"This story was fantastic! Julie keeps you wondering what she will write next. Great job, Julie!"
- Ashley on October 23, 2011

"With a heart that captivates and story that moves and inspires the soul and faith, this book is a must read. Don't let it pass you by!"
- Casey on September 21, 2010

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