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Love’s Silver Lining by Julie Lessman (Silver Lining Ranch book 1)
Publication date: May 19, 2018
She tampers with his life. He tampers with her heart. Love tampers with them both.
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the lives of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parents’ house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.
If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.
Attraction, kisses, tempers, and evangelism… if you think one of these things doesn’t belong, you’re wrong! Lessman takes readers west during the women’s suffrage movement to impart lessons of forgiveness, commitment, and redemption in her unique signature style, “Passion With a Purpose.”
Maggie Mullaney is an innocent young woman with a compassionate servant’s heart. She has patience, wisdom, and a deep anchoring and abiding faith. Maggie’s gentle personality has a distinct sassy streak, no doubt acquired from her close relationship with “Aunt” Libby O’Shea. Stubborn, hurting, firecracker of a suffragist Libby certainly needs a friend like Maggie to show her unconditional love.
Blaze Donovan is a charming cowboy ladies man with a temper and a disdain for religion. He is a hard-worker, devoted big brother, always respectful towards his elders, and willing to donate his time and energy to worthy causes. Blaze’s after-hours activities are much less shiny and his lack of faith stands between his heart and his greatest desires. As far as family goes, he hit a jackpot when Uncle Fin became a part of his everyday life.
Silver Lining Ranch sounds like a wonderful place to visit and I’m looking forward to more stories in this series! If you like kisses, almost kisses, irresistible embraces AND challenging, entertaining, and encouraging stories, I enthusiastically recommend this book to you!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. 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. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.
Author of the Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, and Isle of Hope series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards.
Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction.
Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books.
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