Book Review: His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman, Book 3 of Isle of Hope series


"The winds of change are blowing . . . and it's a category five."

Title:  His Steadfast Love
Series: Isle of Hope, Book 3
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Julie Lessman, LLC
Release Date: August 1, 2017

She’s bent on fun. 
He’s bent on faith. 
Till true love bridges the gap. 

Cat O’Bryen is the prodigal daughter unhappy with God. First, the father with whom she reconciled dies of cancer and now her twin sister and best friend marries, leaving Cat at home with a newlywed mother, her new husband, and a little brother. But when Cat moves in with a roommate of questionable morals, her family is worried, certain she’s on a path that could damage her faith forever. 


Reluctant to get involved with a woman like the one who destroyed his life, ex-Navy SEAL Pastor Chase Griffin steers clear of the attraction he feels for Cat O’Bryen. Until her family begs him to take her under his wing, hoping he can draw her back into the fold. But when the draw she has on him proves too strong to resist, he must rely on the strength of God to offer a friendship as steady and strong as the God whose love is wooing her home. 


A category five is sure to hit you when you pick up the third installment of the Isle of Hope series by Julie Lessman. Easily read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series, as each have its own purpose and road trip for readers to venture on, His Steadfast Love takes you on this emotional journey that rivals any storm system. Delightful is just the least of what you can say about Cat, our main girl in the story that just as Chase (the main guy and resident pastor) says, fascinates us. She has this naivete that doesn't go with her smart mouth and tough girl exterior, yet it's that simplicity in seeking love that drives readers to relate to her. 

"Dropping to the bed, she collapsed on her pillow in a broken sob, certain that no man would ever stay and love her like she craved. Nor even a God."

How many times have we've considered that God can not love a girl like us? How many times have our own thoughts of who we are or what we do, and sometimes in comparison to others that hinders us from believing that the simplest of love was free? No strings attached. And what about what's deep in our hearts? 

". . . hate and unforgiveness - or any sin - are nothing more than iron bars trapping me into a  life of misery and hurt.  A prison of my own making . . . where true joy and peace are always just out of reach."

Julie Lessman have the power to hit readers at the core of what makes our heart aches, what bitterness have taken root and what love we crave. His Steadfast Love is about love, as much as it is about the personal prison the characters have put themselves in, as well as the hope that spurs. As jealousy plays a role, the need for acceptance and self-confidence makes a strong presence, not only in terms of romance, but also one's assurance in life. 

"The monster of jealousy took over my soul. . . blackening my heart. . . "  

The lives of the characters from book 1 through to this current one, have allowed readers to see the mistakes, the hurts, the constant struggle from it all, as well as what brings couples and families together - the steadfast love and the hope from the One above.  For fans of the author's take on clean romance and passion, you won't be disappointed. There are plenty of passion around, but I think it's the quiet passion of what goes on behind the surface that spoke loud in His Steadfast Love

"And in the space of one shuddering heave, he suddenly realized it didn't matter. His eyes drifted closed. Because Cat mattered more."

"Because a change in one's life began with a change in thinking. Hope flickered like the smile on his lips." 

I close each of Julie Lessman's stories with newfound admiration as to how she can read us so well. Even when experiences between characters and myself are far apart, yet the emotional journey still binds us together. There was no taking back when you read one of the author's book, and His Steadfast Love will be like no other. Are you willing to risk it? 

". . . God has shown me that sometimes love isn't safe, but if He's involved, it's always worth the risk."



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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, and Heart of San Francisco series, Julie Lessman was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 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 most recent novel, Isle of Hope was voted on Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, and Surprised by Love appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels 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.

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7 comments:

  1. Wonderful review. Annie, for what is possibly Julie's best work "His Steadfast Love" - thank you!! It's amazing, and a blessing, how she can "read us so well", isn't it?? But then, she's led by the One who knows us best, the entertainment in her books is the added bonus!!

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    1. So true Bonnie! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. BONNIE!!! God bless you, my sweet friend, I am forever grateful that we are not only sisters in Christ, but sisters in the books we love and live. I am forever grateful God blessed me with your friendship!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

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  2. Oh, ANNIE, WOW!!! Thank you SO much, my sweet friend, for the truly INCREDIBLE review -- I am beyond blessed!!

    I was out of town, so didn't have a chance to get online like I wanted to, so I apologize for the delay in response, but I have to tell you -- this review made me grin outright!!

    I especially love how you pull quotes from the book, so thank you again for taking the time to read it, especially with your schedule!!

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Thabk you Julie! This was a fabulous book! They're all fabulous. How do you do it?!!

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  3. Thank you so much for this great review of Julie Lessman's His Steadfast Love! You did such a wonderful job of summing up why I not only consider her one of my favorite authors,but one of the best authors ever!! I think His Steadfast Love and the whole IOH series should be required reading by anyone wanting to read Contemporary Romance novels!

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    1. Well said Lynne! I totaly agree the IOH series is a must read for any contemporary romance fans!

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