About:(From Goodreads) The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman--smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband--good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?
Why I wanted to read this book:
- I am a big fan of gentle reads. Sometimes I just need a book that allows me to feel comfortable and draws me a bit closer to God, this one did just that, but not in a preachy manner.
What worked for me:
- 1929! I haven't read a lot of books that took place during this time frame and I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the flapper attitude, women coming into their own, and seeing how the Stock Market crash impacted a family.
- Katie O'Connor- what a great gal!! She knows (or believes that she does) what she wants and isn't afraid of going after her goals. I laughed at her checklist for qualities in a husband. And I cheered her on with her passion for studying law and being her own woman!
- Luke McGee- the author did such a wonderful job of creating him. He's lived a hard life on the streets and wants a family to call his own. I loved how vulnerable he allowed himself to be with Katie and others that he let into his life. His fierce loyalty to his friends made me absolutely love him.
- Katie's family- I almost felt like I was watching an episode of The Waltons...I wanted to be a part of this family.
- The faith that certain characters had. I felt myself very drawn to their patience and belief that God is in control. I often like to think that I'm in control, but when I read books like this, I am once again presented with the knowledge that God is driving this car...not me.
- Characters were not portrayed as do-gooders with no faults. Lessman painted realistic people with problems that are prevalent in contemporary times.
- The romance was tastefully done and at time I caught myself sighing wistfully!!! I admit to crushes on Luke and Parker!!!
- Not a thing...it all worked! But if you're not comfortable with scripture or characters who frequently call on their faith in God, then this book may not be for you.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Thank you to Amy of Winsome Media Communications. for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
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