Hello, reader friends! I’m delighted to share my thoughts on the first installment of the Isle of Hope series, Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman.
about the book
Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman (Isle of Hope book 1)
She stole his heart.
He stole her peace.
Can hope steal their pain?
At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack Carmichael, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves.
Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?
After reading and reviewing prequel novella, A Glimmer of Hope, I just knew this was going to be another series for my favorites list. Y’all, Isle of Hope exceeded my expectations! I’m not a rollercoaster kind of gal but the dips and peaks in this novel had me hanging on every word!
Lacey was a bit of a rebellious wild child when she left home and her life wasn’t exactly sunshine and roses. Her sudden departure broke Jack’s heart then his father’s infidelity broke his spirit. God changed Lacey’s heart and set her on the road to healing. Now she’s back home to forgive and seek forgiveness
Jack is full of anger and bitterness. He has tossed aside the values he once embraced for a lifestyle of self-indulgence. Lacey’s return to Isle of Hope frustrates him and the attraction of their youth reignites.
Redemption and forgiveness are major themes in this romance. Julie often tells her stories from the perspectives of multiple characters within a family and I love it! I highly recommend this authentic and uplifting fiction.
I won this title in a giveaway contest sponsored by the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Julie 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.