(Isle of Hope #1)
- Isle of Hope
She stole his heart. He stole her peace. Can hope steal their pain?
At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O'Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?
Can a wild girl gone good rebuild bridges with a good boy gone bad?
Praise for Isle of Hope
“In Isle of Hope Lessman tells a poignant tale of first loves reunited and families reconciled. Both emotionally captivating and spiritually challenging, this sweet southern love story deals with issues of forgiveness and restoration. Fans of Lessman will be absolutely delighted with this riveting tale!” —Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Falling Like Snowflakes “In Isle of Hope, award-winning author Julie Lessman weaves a story of how past choices collide with future consequences. Lessman’s novel has it all: lush details, dynamic characters, and a storyline that keeps you turning the pages. The characters Lessman created in Isle of Hope confront their (in)ability to forgive – and as you fall in love with these characters, be prepared to question your beliefs about forgiveness.” —Beth K. Vogt, author of Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and a 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2015 and 2014 Carol Award finalist "Fans of Julie Lessman’s historical romances will love this modern day love story! Isle of Hope is a heartwarming and inspirational novel about forgiveness sought and restoration found. I’m enamored with the large and wonderful O’Bryen family and I thoroughly enjoyed the romances Julie skillfully crafted for both Jack O'Bryen and his mom Tess. A delight!” —Becky Wade, award-winning author of My Stubborn Heart and The Porter Family series including A Love Like Ours
Praise for Julie Lessman
"Truly masterful plot twists ..." -- Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Readers who like heartwarming novels, such as those written by Debbie Macomber, are sure to enjoy this book." -- Booklist Online on A Love Surrendered.
"Julie Lessman's prose and character development is masterful." -- Church Libraries Magazine
So, um...I don't read romance. At least, not voluntarily.
But this book.
With this single book, Julie Lessman has convinced me to pick up everything else she's ever written. The characters are real, my friends. REAL! They're flawed, quirky, sassy, with regrets and struggles with forgiveness. I loved the dynamics between the main characters, the side characters, and their families. Yes, I totally choked up several times when Lacey was brave enough to confront her dad. *sniff*
I really admired Julie's portrayal of church leaders -- Chase wasn't corny or over-spiritual at all. He was real, legit, what you'd hope to see in a Believer and leader.
I can't say enough about this book. I'm pretty sure it's the first contemporary romance book I've ever given 5 stars.
So, with that, if you like contemporary romance -- or even if you don't -- I'm proof that this will be a book you'll enjoy!