Book Review | A Hope Undaunted
Author: Julie Lessman
Set in the late 1920s leading up the the stock market crash and the Great Depression, this book gives you an insight into what life was like for the poor and rich during those times. Katie Rose O’Connor thinks she has her life planned out, marriage to Jack Worthington and a successful career in law. But her father has other ideas. Curbing Katie’s plans for the summer, he grounds her and forces her to work for the Boston’s Childrens Aid Society. To make matters worse, the assistant director of the BCAS is the one person who could get under her skin as a child, Luke McGee.
All grown up, Luke McGee is no longer the bratty runt he used to be. A lawyer with a heart of gold, all he can see when Katie walks through the door is trouble. As Katie gets to know the people at the Society and becomes more and more involved with the abandoned and orphaned children there, she begins to open her mind and heart to Luke. What started out as a friendship might turn into someone more… if Katie can give up her plans and put her life into God’s hands.
I liked this book and would recommend it to my Christian friends. That being said, it was a marvelous book for just about anyone. The characters were well written and evoked real emotion. Katie’s large Irish family offers many side stories that intertwine to make this a book I think could easily be translated onto the big screen. From the first chapter you get pulled into Katie Rose’s story and that of her tight-knit family.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*