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Hi, y’all! Today, we welcome back our author friend, Julie Lessman and her newest release.
About the Book
Series: Isle of Hope
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Christian
Publication date: August 1, 2017
Cat O’Bryen is the prodigal daughter unhappy with God. First, the father with whom she reconciled dies of cancer and now her twin sister and best friend marries, leaving Cat at home with a newlywed mother, her new husband, and a little brother. But when Cat moves in with a roommate of questionable morals, her family is worried, certain she’s on a path that could damage her faith forever.
Reluctant to get involved with a woman like the one who destroyed his life, ex-Navy SEAL Pastor Chase Griffin steers clear of the attraction he feels for Cat O’Bryen. Until her family begs him to take her under his wing, hoping he can draw her back into the fold. But when the draw she has on him proves too strong to resist, he must rely on the strength of God to offer a friendship as steady and strong as the God whose love is wooing her home.
Isle of Hope series
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In true Julie Lessman style, the Isle of Hope series packs a punch in both the faith and passion departments. His Steadfast Love is a delightfully satisfying conclusion for this Christian romance series. Readers will find a sweet increase of kisses in this story thanks to the multiple pairs of happy newlywed characters from previous books.
Cat O’Bryen is an outspoken, flirtatious, and a self-proclaimed rebel with a weakness for chocolate and ice cream. Despite her outward sass and spunk, Cat is understandably feeling lonely in the shadows of her family’s newlywed glow. Her affection for desserts is so contagious, I cannot be held responsible for my actions the next time I’m near a Stone Cold Creamery!
Chase Griffin has been friend-zoned twice already within this series and while those ladies ultimately ended up with the right men for them, it has to sting the pastor’s confidence a bit anyway. My favorite part of this story is the cozy lake community that Chase lives in. I couldn’t get enough of his grandmotherly landlord, exuberant dog, and imagined views of a crystal clear spring fed lake.
His Steadfast Love is a meat and potatoes read with plenty of desserts! Heavy topics like forgiveness, abuse, purity, family, and faith are seasoned with a work hard, play hard attitude and a healthy serving of “friendly” competitions.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through 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. 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, and Heart of San Francisco series, Julie Lessman was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list.
Julie’s most recent novel, Isle of Hope was voted on Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, and Surprised by Love appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014. Her independent novel A Light in the Window is 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. You can contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books on her website.
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Behind the Scenes Facts about the Book
1.) Book 1, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love is loosely based on how God healed my own dysfunctional relationship with my father.
2.) Like IOH’s secondary hero, Ben Carmichael, my father was also a surgeon and a recluse.
3.) My dad, like Ben, had a dog named Beau that he took fishing with him.
4.) Like the heroine, Lacey, I also took meals over to my father’s house to try and make amends.
5.) And like Lacey’s situation, my father seldom talked to me when I did bring meals and never hugged me or indicated any love.
6.) Like the series’ secondary heroine, Tess, I was insanely jealous of boyfriends I dated and made a fool of myself many a time.
7.) The peach crumble pie Mamaw made was my favorite pie I made when I was young.
8.) When I originally wrote Isle of Hope, the O’Bryen’s and Carmichael’s docks were in their back yards, which I had facing the Skidaway River until I discovered during research that all the homes on Bluff Drive (where the O’Bryen’s and Carmichael’s live) face the river from the front of the houses, necessitating a walk across the street to get to each neighbor’s docks.
9.) When I wrote book 3, Cat and Chase’s story, I strongly felt it was going to have a huge spiritual impact, but when I came close to the end, I was disappointed in the spiritual takeaway and hit the wall on the last four chapters. So I prayed for God’s anointing and creativity, and BOOM! He reminded me of the 2nd biggest spiritual lesson He ever taught me (the first being about how to forgive as depicted in book 1), so that’s the lesson Cat (and Chase!) learn too in the final chapters of His Steadfast Love, a lesson that literally changed my life.
10.) Lacey’s chocolate chip pie is one of my favorite pies I make today, and here’s the recipe:
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pie (makes one pie), from: Julie Lessman, serves: 8-10
Cooking time: 350 degrees for 45 minutes or longer. Can leave out or refrigerate.
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick butter
¾ cup chopped pecans
¾ cup chocolate chips
1 unbaked pie shell
Vanilla ice cream and Magic Shell (optional)
Melt butter, cool in fridge while mixing sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla. Mix in butter, then add nuts and chocolate chips. Mix well. Serve on individual plates and microwave each piece for about 30 seconds or until warm. Serve with vanilla ice cream (I streusel Magic Shell over ice cream and top pie with whipped cream and strawberry).
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SLB tour grand prize winner will receive:
a character named after you in an upcoming book
a signed paperback copy of His Steadfast Love OR signed e-book
e-book of Unfailing Love and Love Everlasting (Isle of Hope book 1 & 2)
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