Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Gift Like No Other by Julie Lessman

Posted November 5, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, historical, Julie Lessman, romance / 7 Comments

O’Connor Christmas

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance/Novella
RELEASE DATE: October 20, 2019
PAGES: 129

Her dream is writing.
His is the perfect wife and mother.
Until God fulfills them both
with a dream like no other.

Twelve years ago, Faith O’Connor happily gave up her dream as a copywriter to become a wife and mother, clinging to her husband’s promise she could return someday. But when the opportunity arises to write for the Boston Herald again two days a week, her dream hits a snag … along with her marriage.

To Collin McGuire, family is everything because he never really had one of his own. Raised by a father who died early and a mother who didn’t care, Collin is determined to give his children the very best with a full-time mother. But when he denies Faith her dream, he soon discovers he’s denied his own as well … until Christmas day brings a healing through a gift like no other.

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If you think Julie Lessman’s stories are smokin’ with sweetly steamy passion (within proper boundaries) before her characters are married, just wait until she gets ’em hitched! WHEW! Just go ahead and read this from the safety of your freezer 😉

Readers first met Faith and Collin on the pages of Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure and they’ve faithfully followed the O’Connors through the rest of the Daughters of Boston & then the Winds of Change series. It’s so nice to see them all again in this series of novellas that picks back up a few years later. This also allows Lessman to do what she does best – showcase passion with a purpose, within the context of the challenges and ‘benefits’ of married life. I must admit that my easily-blushing self would not have wanted to be in some of the discussions between Faith & her sisters and mom (lol) but I also love seeing that closeness between their family & the way they do have these important (and healthy) conversations that too often get avoided for the sake of embarrassment (looking at me here).

Bottom Line: A Gift Like No Other is trademark Julie Lessman! A lot of sass, a lot of steam, and a sweet emphasis on a life of prayer and following God. The O’Connor family is truly special and any time spent visiting with them is time well spent. The same can be said for a new Julie Lessman book, and this one is no exception!

(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: 4 stars / love it!

KissingBook Level: 5+ / read from the safety of the freezer

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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, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards.

Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was 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. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at


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7 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Gift Like No Other by Julie Lessman

  1. Carrie! A freezer indeed! Loved your review…..especially the bottom line: “A lot of sass, a lot of steam, and a sweet emphasis on a life of prayer and following God.” I love Julie’s stories where her heart for God and romance sparkle!

    • Carrie, thank you SO much for the wonderful review, my friend — love those freezers!! 😉 I will admit that going indie has allowed me a lot more “sweet heat,” which will come in handy when I go half secular next year! 😉

      Hugs and more hugs,

  2. Caryl Kane

    Carrie, I love your rating system! Julie Lessman is an exceptional author. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  3. Lynne M Feuerstein

    Thanks for this review,Carrie! Loved this latest O’Connor novella,especially since it features Faith and Collin (the couple that started it all) . You did a great job of summing why we love Julie’s stories and why A Gift Like No Other is no exception and a wonderful continuation of the O’Connor saga. Am sent by Journal Jots .

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