(A Daughters of Boston Prequel)
- A Light in the Window
One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?
Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.
While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the "light in the window," meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”
Praise for A Light in the Window
"At last, the prequel I've been longing for ..." -- Mary Connealy, bestselling author of the Kincaid Bride Series
"A very touching and all-encompassing love story, teaches without fault how God’s awesome love for us can transform our dust and ashes into something beautiful, time and time again." --- Dawn Crandall, author of the Everstone Chronicles series
"The journey is rich, the storytelling spellbinding, the truths profound and relevant for today." -- Jocelyn Green, author of the Heroines Behind the Lines series
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
"A Passion Most Pure is a frolicking read brimming with humor, desire, and addled affections, and guarantees to satisfy the most romantic of hearts." -- Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered.
"A thought-provoking yet very enjoyable read, one I hated to put down and returned to over and over with great eagerness and anticipation. I can't wait for the next one in this series." -- Kathleen Morgan, author of A Fire Within and As High as the Heavens.
"In a powerful and skillfully written novel, Lessman exposes raw human emotions, proving once again that it's through our greatest pain that God can lead us to our true heart, revealed and restored. Thoroughly enthralling!" -- Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series.
"What an interesting mix of characters. Rather than a single boy-meets-girl romance, Julie Lessman's latest novel takes readers on an emotional roller coaster with several couples -- some married, some yearning to be married--as they seek to embrace love, honor the Lord, and uncover a dark truth that's been hidden for a decade. Readers who long for passion in their love stories will find it in abundance here!"--Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorn in My Heart.
"Lessman writes my favorite kind of book: the kind I can't put down--a book that has a heroine with unforgettable spunk, a romance with undeniable sparks, and a family that will remain in your heart long after you turn the last page."-- Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty.
Debbie Lynne on Goodreads wrote:
I love the writing of Julie Lessman and from reading all the stories about Marcy and Patrick's children in the series Daughters of Boston followed by Winds of Change coming back to a prequel was an exciting bit for me. It's the kind of story where you know how it ends, but you just have to know how in the world that can happen because it seems nearly impossible. Through the stories of all the children's romantic lives you get bits and pieces of an amazing romance between Patrick and Marcy and being able to see how it developed in the first place is enchanting and set at Christmastime too! While I came into this thinking it to be a novella, it is a bit longer read than other novellas, but still it's short for Julie. But then as a lover of Julie's fiction, there can never be a story long enough. I cannot believe this series has come to an end!
Readers who have read any of Julie's books can come to this one and will love it. New readers, who have not yet read any of the story of the lives of the O'Connor family and their triune romances can come to this one and will love it I'm sure and it will spark a desire to see what happens in all their individual and family lives.
Take two rogues that seem almost too far gone to be forgiven, a girl nearly woman who is devote in her faith and praying to find the love of her life in a Godly-mate. Bring in her best friend and give her romance too in perfectly appropriate friendships as well. Add lots of redemption and a new heart for Christ. Tie it all together with a Christmas pageant including some characters with rough family lives and handicaps and you have a delightful read.
A Light in the Window is one of those stories that you can’t wait to finish but you don’t want to end! Julie Lessman makes you want to know what happens next in the lives and love of her characters so you have to keep reading, but her characters are so real you fall in love with them yourself, and when the story ends you’re sad that it has. Julie is one of the few people I know that has a magical way of making you feel like you’re in the story and her characters are old friends. I finished the book and was so disappointed that I wouldn’t see Patrick and Marceline again! And then I remembered I read A Passion Most Pure when it first came out with Patrick and Marceline grown up with a family of their own. Now I’m going to go back and reread it just to get some more of these characters and Julie’s awesome writing. I truly believe we will see Julie’s books on the New York Times best seller list. They are that good.
I don’t usually do a summary of the book because that’s what so many people do, but to give you a hint of the tension in the story, Marceline has loved Sam O’Rourke, her best friend’s brother since she was a little girl. She’s always wanted to be a part of what she sees as their perfect family. When she returns after having moved away, she’s all grown up and Sam is now the city rogue along with his best friend Patrick O’Connor. The men spot the new beauty at different times, but both make her their next mission and lay claim to her.
Questions arise. Can love change a man? Can a long time friendship survive the competition of Marceline’s attention? And most of all how will Marceline see through prejudices and childhood dreams to find the man that God has chosen for her? If you like great conflict, real characters you fall in love with, vivid settings, and smoldering scenes between the hero and heroine, you are going to love this story.