Book Review: For Love of Liberty by Julie Lessman

January 8, 2018 Christian, historical, Julie Lessman, romance 24

about the book

A Match Made in Heaven?
Or Someplace a Whole Lot Warmer?

She’s stubborn, educated, and looking
to give women the vote.

He’s bullheaded, successful, and looking
to give her a piece of his mind.

But when things heat up, they just may give each other a piece of their hearts.

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SERIES: Silver Lining Ranch #1
GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Western Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2017
PAGES: 164

“…pretty sure he’d never meet another woman who could fire up every emotion in his body quite like her.”

Y’all. I am still laughing … and swooning… Does that mean I’m swaughing? And if so, how would you pronounce that? I think it ends up sounding awfully close to Beth Erin’s ‘swoofing’ (squeezing words out of feelings). Which is pretty much on the nose here. How do I put into words all these delicious feelings from reading For Love of Liberty? #swoof

Ahem. Pardon my digression there… but the truth is I am still laughing and swooning over this newest historical romance from the ever-delightful Julie Lessman! Liberty is a pistol and a half, a feisty heroine who is nothing if not persistent and opinionated. But at the same time she has a heart just like all of us, easily wounded and in need of tender care.

Enter Finn.

Finn and Liberty set off their own fireworks extravaganza every time they share the same space, partly because they can’t stand each other and partly because they’re crazy about each other. (In fact, they reminded me of my favorite Julie Lessman couple – Katie O’Connor and Luke McGee from Hope Undaunted.) Those sparks that threaten to ignite the whole town when Finn and Liberty are going toe-to-toe and swapping words … those same sparks burst into a raging inferno when the passions that have been stirred up take the next logical step. Swapping…ahem… kisses. And anyone who has read a Julie Lessman books knows that when she writes a kiss she makes the most of each word and emotion. Translation: WOWZA!

But, as always, between the passionate characters and the laugh-out-loud moments (the poppy seeds!!) and the kisses that leave you hoping your kindle doesn’t short out from the heat 😉 Julie Lessman points us directly to the Source of truest love. Clearly and seamlessly, but not in a preachy manner, she weaves Godly wisdom onto these pages as well. Lessons on taming the tongue and waiting for God’s best sidle up beside words like this, “Ask the Good Lord for His opinion, why don’t you, then just follow the peace. Better a headache than a heartache at missing out on what the Almighty has in store.

Bottom Line: You heard it here, folks. I think Julie Lessman was created to write westerns. I have loved her historicals, and I have loved her contemporaries, but I’m telling you … Julie Lessman + western romance = gold rush! Passion, romance, and faith are skillfully woven together in a story that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. A cute little twist at the end involving the Poppys – the most adorable pastor & his equally adorable wife – leaves you grinning from ear to ear and even more eager for future books in the Silver Lining Ranch series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Love. It.

KissingBook Level: 5 / Where’s the nearest freezer?

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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. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, Julie was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list.

Julie’s novel, Isle of Hope was voted on Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, and Surprised by Love appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2014. Her independent novel A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. You can contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

Other Books by Julie Lessman


 What about you? What’s your favorite thing about Julie Lessman’s books?

Carrie

24 Responses to “Book Review: For Love of Liberty by Julie Lessman”

  1. Caryl Kane

    Julie’s books are beautiful masterpieces! The gospel message shines through!

    • Carrie

      oh Karen! You’re missing out! Western romances (whether historical or contemporary) are just the swooniest 😀 lol

    • Julie Lessman

      Karen, I hear you, girlfriend! I’m not usually a Western reader (except for those written by my Seeker buds Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Janet Dean, Audra Harders, and Pam Hillman). And trust me, I DEFINITELY didn’t see myself as a Western writer either, but one day Ruth Logan Herne mentioned something that made me think of Bonanza, one of my favorite shows as a kid. That leap-frogged to McLintock, one of my favorite movies starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and BOOM! Finn and Liberty were born. 🙂

      So I hope you give it a shot because I would really like to hear what you think. 🙂

      HUGS!!
      Julie

  2. Lori Smanski

    I have not read any of her books yet, but this sounds like a blast

    • Julie Lessman

      Hey, Lori, if you would like to sample my writing for free, I hope you check out my prequel novella to my contemporary Isle of Hope series, A Glimmer of Hope. It’s not a Western, but it will give you a clue as to my “passion with a purpose” style. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

      A GLIMMER OF HOPE

      Hugs and Happy reading!
      Julie

  3. Kay Garrett

    Wonderful reviews just like the one you did here got me hooked. Her books keep me on the line greatly anticipating the next one. Love her books and can’t wait to read For Love of Liberty.

  4. Julie Lessman

    CARRIE!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh, what a FANTABULOUS review, my friend — I am blown away!!

    To be honest, I didn’t think you would be that crazy about Liberty because it was originally supposed to be just a novella, but I got carried away. 🙂 Even so, I thought it had novella bones, so the characters are not as deep or spiritual as my other books. So to hear you loved it has made my day!!

    God bless you for taking the time to read and review it — love you to pieces, kiddo!

    HUGS AND MORE HUGS!
    Julie

    • Carrie

      Love YOU to pieces!! And I love that you got carried away because it was just so fun to read!

  5. Connie Scruggs

    Julie Lessman is in my top ten favorite authors. I love everything I’ve read by her. I’m sure I will laugh and swoon as much as you did, Carrie.

    • Julie Lessman

      Aw, Connie, THANK YOU, my sweet friend — I reallllly appreciate that!! And I sure hope Liberty can make you laugh and swoon because that’s my favorite thing to do to readers, AFTER digging into their souls, of course! 😉

      HUGS!!
      Julie

  6. Linda

    My favorite thing about Julie’s books? Only one? She writes real characters with real issues and then scrapes below the surface so that God can heal. I just finished His Steadfast Love – what a fabulous ending to a great series! I can’t wait to read this western!

    • Julie Lessman

      WOW, Linda, thank you SOOO much!! I truly love the Isle of Hope series because it’s so personal to me and my relationship with God.

      I don’t know if you are into posting reviews or not, but if so, I would LOVE to see you post a brief review on Amazon, which can be as short as one or two lines, just saying you liked it. And to make it easy on yourself, you can even write the same short generic review to post on each one if you like. Good reviews are critical on indie series like IOH since I don’t have a publisher promoting it, so that’s why I it really blesses indie authors when readers do that. 🙂

      I hope you like Liberty, but I will warn you — it’s not the deeply spiritual books of IOH. It’s more a light and humorous Western a la Mary Connealy. 🙂

      HUGS and HAPPY READING!
      JULIE

  7. Evangeline

    I have not yet read any of her books but this sounds like a good one with which to start! Thanks for the giveaway! Blessings on you! 😊😊

    • Julie Lessman

      Hey, Evangeline, like I told Lori above, if you would like to sample my writing for free, I hope you check out my prequel novella to my contemporary Isle of Hope series, A Glimmer of Hope. It’s not a Western, but it will give you a clue as to my “passion with a purpose” style. Here’s the link if you’re interested:

      A GLIMMER OF HOPE

      Hugs and Happy reading!
      Julie

  8. Andrea Stephens

    I pre-ordered this (’cause that’s just what you do with Julie’s books) and haven’t had the chance to read it yet. After this review, it’s getting moved up the TBR mountain.
    I’ve never been disappointed with a Julie Lessman book.

    • Carrie

      That is totally what you do with Julie’s books! You are quite right 😉

    • Julie Lessman

      LOL, Andrea, you just made me grin SO big, you sweet thing, so THANK YOU!! I hope you won’t be disappointed with Liberty either, but I will warn you it’s a lighter, less blatantly spiritual book than my others, but it is fun! 🙂

      And, Andrea, if you like it, I would LOVE to see you post a brief review on Amazon, which can be as short as one or two lines, just saying you did like it. Good reviews are critical on indie series like IOH since I don’t have a publisher promoting it, so that’s why I it really blesses indie authors when readers do that. 🙂

      HUGS AND HAPPY READING!
      Julie

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