Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

Megan McClare returns to San Francisco from a year abroad in Paris with a new wardrobe, a new attitude, and a renewed desire to help the less fortunate in her hometown through either law or medicine. Excited to have secured an internship at the district attorney’s office, Megan is dismayed when she discovers she has to work alongside Devin Caldwell, an old classmate who consistently mocked her at school but with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She is, however, thrilled to once again be near her best friend, Bram Hughes, a dear man who has always looked upon Megan as a younger sister and supported her through Devin’s merciless taunts. However, Bram quickly realizes that Megan is no longer the “little sister” he has always viewed her as and he discovers that he is attracted to Megan’s inward and outward beauty. But Bram also knows that he is not the only one who appreciates Megan’s transformation, and he must carefully navigate his friendship with Megan or risk losing her altogether to the last person he expected to be his competition.

Julie Lessman is one of the best Christian fiction authors, so it is no surprise that Surprised by Love is a phenomenal read! Her characters are like beloved friends, where the reader feels connected to each one in a unique way, understanding their tears and rejoicing in their happiness. She flawlessly draws the reader into the emotional struggles and heartfelt desires of each character. This novel has a delightfully complex plot and reading such a rich story is similar to savoring a delicious chocolate mousse. The wittiness and banter among the characters provides a perfect touch of lighthearted humor between some of the deeper themes in the book. The plot is not always predictable and certain twists add to the suspense of the storyline. The romance is tastefully done and the historical content of the book is most interesting and flows seamlessly with the fascinating plot. Certainly reading the fist two books in this series provides additional background information about many of the characters, but considering those two are equally delightful, it should be no hardship. A most highly, highly recommended read!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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