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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Love at Any Cost...Review

About the book:
Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie MacKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series.

I adored Julie's series' about the O'Connor family.  Adored it.  I was thrilled to learn that she had a new series out and was delighted to see it set in San Francisco.  As a Bay Area native, I love San Francisco as a setting, in any time period.

While I liked  Love at Any Cost, I didn't love it.  It took awhile to get into it and I really didn't like Jamie or Cassidy.  I grew weary of exclamations, "Sweet, soul saving mercy!", "sweet Texas tea!" as well as the phrase "pretty boy" which grew cliched.

As with her previous book though, Julie Lessman has a wonderful way of writing about the passion in relationships and that is often absent from Christian novels.  Nonetheless, Jamie's attempts at always taking liberties with Cassidy and his selfishness and willingness to throw away love for money did not endear him to me.

I loved the McClare family, however, and I look forward to learning more about them in future stories.  I'm certain that Logan and Caitlyn's story is by no means finished, nor is Caitlyn's quest to eliminate the tawdry and depraved Barbary Coast.

Mild editing complaint:  the summary on the back of the book spells Jamie's last name as McKenna.  In the book itself, Jamie's name is spelled MacKenna.  That is a careless mistake.

Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna at Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Julie Lessman here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 4/13

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3/5 Stars


  1. I can't believe the McKenna/MacKenna discrepancy! Ooops! =P

  2. I think I would like this one, although those exclamations and liberties might meet with eye-rolling! It sounds like the family is interesting, and I would like to learn more about them. Very nice, and honest review today. I really appreciate that!