Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Love Surrendered



Title:  A Love Surrendered
Author:  Julie Lessman                                                                                                                    
Pages:  396
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Revell
                What a wonderful book Julie Lessman has written!  I was glued to my seat from the beginning.  She does a great job of making her characters three dimensional.  There were parts where I was in tears with the emotions that she was able to draw forth.  The setting is Boston, Massachusetts in 1932.
                Annie and her young sister have recently moved in with their Aunt Eleanor their mother’s sister.  Her mother died two years ago when Annie was 15, and her father died three months ago.  He was a minister and instilled the love of God in Annie.  However, when God takes her father, she is so angry with God she wants nothing more to do with Him.  She is now 17, almost 18, and tired of being the “good girl”.  She begins hanging out with a “fast crowd” that her older sister Maggie used to hang out with before moving to California.  Among this group of people is Steven O’Connor, Maggie’s former boyfriend.  It has been three years since they have broken up, and Annie is not prepared for the strong feelings she begins to have for Steven.  Does Annie ever return to God?
                Steven is 25 years old and a Prohibition Agent with the government.  He sees himself as still in love with Maggie even though he is the one who broke things off.  He has been miserable since then and not involved in any relationship.  He meets Annie and is drawn to her even though he thinks she is too young for him.  He has no idea she is Maggie’s little sister.  He is very protective of Annie and sees her as innocent and naïve, fresh off the farm and vulnerable to men, himself included.  He tries to deny what he feels for Annie, but he is tired of fighting his unhappiness and begins dating Annie.  Will he find out who Annie is?  Can he put his trust in an invisible God?  He believes in God, but he has no personal relationship with Him.
                Along with the blooming relationship between Annie and Steven, there are subplots involving Steven’s many siblings and their spouses, Annie and her aunt Eleanor, Steven’s mother and father, as well as Annie and Maggie.  Each subplot has a highlight on what a godly marriage should be and what it shouldn’t.  Steven’s siblings have strong relationships with their spouses, their other siblings and most importantly God.  The family drama adds another level of entertainment that really enriches the story.  A great read that shouldn’t be missed!
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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