Contemporary Fiction, Review

A Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman

Hello, reader friends! I’m delighted to share my thoughts on newly-released prequel novella A Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman.

about the book

A Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman (Isle of Hope book 0.5)

A Glimmer of Hope by Julie LessmanShe’s a wounded girl serving up trouble.
He’s a pastor’s kid bent on serving God.
But can they find a glimmer of hope for a future together?

From the moment Jack O’Bryen kissed the sixteen-year-old tomboy next door, he knew he would love her forever. Lacey Carmichael was everything he’d ever wanted—intelligent, warm, and brimming with life, the perfect complement to his serious and sensible self. A girlfriend who not only shared his faith, but he hoped his future as well, the perfect mate for a would-be pastor.

Eighteen-year-old Lacey Carmichael has dreamed of marrying Jack O’Bryen since she was twelve years old, the boy next door who always picked up the pieces after her father shattered her heart. But when her cousin leads her astray while Jack’s away at school and her father’s rejection soars to new heights, Lacey finds herself at odds with the boy that she loves, not only jeopardizing their relationship, but Jack’s faith and heart as well.

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my thoughts

I’m a big fan of Julie Lessman’s historical fiction and she does not disappoint in the contemporary genre! A Glimmer of Hope is centered around two young adults in a long-time relationship and their families.

Jack admirably tries to protect Lacey without compromising his commitment to honor God’s Word. Unfortunately, Jack can’t fill the hole in her heart where her daddy’s love should be. Lacey’s father is so verbally abusive and breaks my heart to know there are men who behave this way. The horrible influence of her cousin, Nikki, drives Lacey’s situation from bad to worse! I do find myself wanting to know more about Lacey’s mother but hopefully those questions will be answered in the next book, can’t fit it all in a novella prequel after all.

So what is going to happen next between Jack and Lacey? If I know Julie Lessman, it’s going to be good and I can’t wait to read Isle of Hope to find out!


about the author

Julie LessmanJulie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”

Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

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Isle of Hope series

A Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman




Be sure to check out Julie’s website, it is loaded with excerpts and all kinds of fun!

3 thoughts on “A Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman”

  1. OH. MY. GOODNESS, Beth, thank you SO much for the great review — it blessed the socks off of me!! PLEASE let me know if you post this review on Amazon so I can enter you in my contest to have a character named after you in my next book, okay?

    I hope you like Isle of Hope, and if you do, let me know, okay?



    1. Julie, this makes me very happy! 😀 I’m glad you mentioned the Amazon review because I must have missed that step in my routine! I got it posted now! Isle of Hope is on my Kindle, beaconing me, encouraging me to make it through those non-fictions that make me stretch and grow. You can count on me to spread the love! Hugs!!!


  2. YAY!! Thank you for posting it on Amazon, girl, because now you have 2 pts. in my contest (one for your blog review, one for Amazon), so you go, girl! 😉

    I hope you enjoy IOH when you get to it, and you’ve already “spread the love” with your kindness in writing such a great review. 🙂

    Hugs and Happy Reading!


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