A Hope Undaunted, a historical romance by Julie Lessman had me riveted. Usually it takes a romantic suspense to do that, but this book delivered with plenty of natural tension.
Katie O’Connor has her life all planned out. She will marry a wealthy man and become an attorney representing women’s rights. But when her boyfriend delivers her home late one time too many her dad grounds her for the summer and forces her to volunteer at Boston Children’s Aid Society. A move that changes the course of her life.
Luke McGee, along with his best friend run Boston Children’s Aid Society. He is determined to make life miserable for Katie because of their past, but his boss intervenes and what could have been the longest summer in history turns out to be not so bad.
It’s a little hard to describe this book because it gets in the head of several characters and they are all woven perfectly together. I’ve never read a book like this, especially one meant for the Christian market. It addressed the challenges of life honestly, and didn’t have the normal veil we see in Christian books. I LOVED A Hope Undaunted, but it’s probably not for readers who prefer conservative Christian books.