Monday, April 15, 2013
Revell's Blogger Tour Presents: Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco #1) by Julie Lessman
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in "Love at Any Cost."
About The Author
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”
Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.
Jamie Mackenna has chosen this lot in life, he will marry well, and then fall in love. He wants to help his Mother and Sister, and when the story opens has already accomplished a lot towards his goal.
We meet Cassidy McClure as she arrives in San Francisco on the train from Texas. She is just about blown off her feet, literally, by Jamie. She calls him a "Pretty Boy", just like the fellow who jilted her one week before their wedding.
We spend a lot of time with the McClure family. Yes we are living the good life in SF, but what fun. We even manage a trip to the Napa Valley! This is the early 1900's in California, and a wonderful insight into their lives.
Will Cassie end up getting her heart broken again? Will Jamie sacrifice his plans? There is another girl here in the picture, a Senator's Daughter, who can help him so much?
We also travel to the seedy part of SF, the Barbary Coast. Here Woman are low class citizens, that most don't want to help. It looked like a very sicken place, kind of a Sodom and Gomorrah.
Loved the faith of these people, most want to follow what God has chosen for them, at times hard to do. Some are struggling and trying to rely on themselves only.
Get lost in this historically set novel, you won't be disappointed!
I received this book through the Revell Blog Tour Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.