Book Review:: A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

23 Sep

As I read the first pages of A Hope Undaunted, I realized that Katie O’Connor and I would never get along.  Despite her “change of heart” in the middle of the book, I could not relate to the character, and as such, reading this book was a painful process for me.  Part of the new Winds of Change series by Julie Lessman, A Hope Undaunted is set in the late 1920’s after women have earned the right to vote–and Katie seems to think she has earned the right to treat men like dirt.

Katie is the youngest daughter of the O’Connor clan and she is spoiled rotten.  She knows how to wrap men around her little finger and has her life all figured out–down to a picture perfect husband with all the right characteristics.  Instead of a husband, Katie could always get a poodle to train.  Everything changes when she meets Luke McGee who refuses to bow to Katie’s demands, much to Katie’s chagrin.  Naturally, a love triangle emerges as Katie tries to choose between her dashing fiancé, Jack or down-to-earth Luke?  If you can make it through all 500 pages of A Hope Undaunted, you too, can find out what happens.  Then again, don’t we all know how these books turn out?

Julie Lessman may be a good writer, but it certainly doesn’t show in this book, which is disappointingly shallow, dull, and contains cheesy dialogue.  I understand Lessman is attempting to insert 1920’s lingo into the plot, but it just does not work.  I was sorely disappointed in A Hope Undaunted.

Amy’s Grade: D

*Thanks to Winsome Media Communications for a review copy of this book!*

No Responses to “Book Review:: A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman”

  1. Donna September 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM #

    Not your fave?

  2. CeeCee September 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM #

    Thanks for your honest review. I going to check it out at the library.

  3. CeeCee September 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM #

    I meant “I’m going to…”

  4. Tracy October 21, 2010 at 1:50 AM #

    I also enjoyed A Hope Undaunted and am a big fan of Julie Lessman.

    I found the characters to be fairly three dimensional and enjoyed the interaction between the two main characters, Katie and Luke – although at times I was surprised by Katie’s sudden abrupt turns. The O’Connor family is true to form in their larger-than-life sort of Irish personalities and entertaining as always.

    I posted a more in-depth review of my own at


  5. Mrs. Q: Book Addict October 22, 2010 at 8:02 PM #

    I enjoyed this one, but I understand how you didn’t like Katie’s character. I loved the time frame of the roaring 20’s. I appreciate your honest review.

  6. Tracy October 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM #


    When I said a “more in-depth review” I meant more in-depth compared to the short comment I had made.

    Sorry if that was unclear.


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