A HOPE UNDAUNTED
by Julie Lessman

September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3415-2
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Katie O’Connor is the spoiled youngest daughter, used to getting whatever she wants. She dreams of becoming a lawyer, after all, she is a woman and women were rising above the beaten down, worthless lot her ancestors were; becoming self sufficient and campaigning for the right to vote.


While out with her friends, they go into a diner where Katie’s friends proceed to torment the “soda jerk.” Katie does make a token effort to make things right, but her boyfriend carries her out to the car, kicking and screaming. The “soda jerk” follows them out, demanding payment for services, and the items he accused Katie of stealing. As a result, Katie ends up grounded and forced to work in a home for orphans where, as luck may have it, the “Soda Jerk”, Luke McGee is king.


Sparks fly when Luke tries to boss her around, and Katie tries to continue dating her dream husband, Jack, who is everything she ever wanted: Wealthy, good-looking, well-connected, and eating out of her hand. Will Katie chose Jack? Or the man she has sworn to despise forever?


A Hope Undaunted is the first book in Ms. Lessman’s newest series, Winds of Change. Ms. Lessman is very talented with dialog and with bringing the reader into the moment, to the point they can even hear the clink of silverware, but unfortunately, I didn’t care much for the characters. Katie is extremely forward, sassy, and disrespectful — though for her dreams, and with her background, that is to be expected.


If you like historical fiction and a go-getter heroine then A Hope Undaunted is definitely a book to consider. Ms. Lessman is a talented author who is sure to bring you into the moment.


Reviewed in November 2010 by Laura.

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