She can turn the head of the man who spurned her-
but can she turn his heart?
When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris,
no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty.
But on the other side of the Atlantic,
this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams.
When she returns to California
and accepts an internship at the district attorney's office,
she's thrilled that her life is taking shape.
But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers
she'll be working alongside Devin Caldwell,
who mercilessly mocked her at school -
and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.
Bram Hughes is the best friend
to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice.
But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell,
Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl
he had always thought of as a little sister.
He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself
for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?
First of all, this is the third book in The Heart of San Francisco series.
Silly me, I did not realize that until I had the book in my hands.
I did not read the previous two books in this series
and found myself trying to keep up with the characters
because it was obvious they had a history together from the first two books.
Aside from being the third book in the series, it was still an enjoyable read.
I would recommend reading book one and two first before jumping into this one.
Now having said all that. . .
I would say this book was good and enjoyable, but not exactly great.
I was caught up in the first chapter with Meg's homecoming.
The author mentions makeup brands and fashion during 1904 that I thought was quite fascinating
and even goes as far as talking about contacts which was a new invention back then.
Meg is a delightful character - sweet, compassionate, full of life, and extremely bright.
She lives with conviction and has a heart of gold for her family and friends.
Her reacquaintance with Devin Caldwell is rather amusing
and had me smiling as I imagined the scene unfolding in my mind.
Bram is...the perfect gentleman - practically faultless.
When I say "practically" it's because he is living with a burden upon his shoulders,
a burden that has been with him for years,
a burden that he can't seem to be rid of,
a burden of unforgiveness.
He is full of wisdom throughout the book
and at one point gives encouragement about forgiveness,
something he needs to seek and ask for.
"People don't realize just how much energy it takes to hate and hurt someone
who's wounded them, nor how destructive that hate can be.
It's like a gun aimed at themselves instead of the offending party.
It can destroy them and those they love.
But if one were to utilize the same level of emotion it takes to hate
and channel it into God's precepts instead. . .
Well, then it becomes like the steam in my Stanley - all the hot air not only
has the power to take you where you want to go,
but farther, faster, faster, and safer than allowing all that hate to grind on the gears.
Forgiveness is God's precept, and ironically,
it's only His power that can accomplish it in our lives." -(pages 230, 231)
Now the reason I say this book is not great is because I found it to be a bit redundant at times.
I felt the author repeated herself a few too many times
which made the pages grow long and the storyline become a tad boring.
I will say the ending was a thrill and a big surprise!
The beginning and ending of the book were wonderful,
unfortunately the middle chapters needed more flare and excitement
with less repetitiveness.
I appreciate the Biblical wisdom throughout the book
and for me that helps with "overlooking" a few of the other things
that were lacking in the story.
All-in-all I would give this book 3 1/2 stars.
** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **
About the Author:
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series,
the Winds of Change series, and The Heart of San Francisco series.
The recipient of seventeen Romance Writers of America and other rewards,
Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year
in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers' Choice Awards.
She resides in Missouri with her family.
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