Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Review: Love Everlasting (AND A GIVEAWAY!)


Okay folks! At long last, I get to share the Blog post I have been dying to write! I have made it no small secret that I am one of Julie Lessman's BIGGEST FANS. 

It was actually my hubby who discovered her writing for me. I was getting ready to go on a girls' trip and wanted something good and uplifting to read. He did some research and found Julie. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have ready every single thing she has written without being able to put them down. I have done many Blog posts featuring give-aways of her books. Here are just a few of the reviews I have written on her writing:

I also, excitedly, had the opportunity to pre-read and edit Love Everlasting. I wrote about that on a post I entitled Beyond Giddy. 

Here's what I LOVE about Julie. She is a sold-out Christian who writes Christian romance/fiction. And in addition to writing great stories that I just love, she is a fantastic person who really resonates with her fans. Don't be surprised if she leaves a comment on your comment on her page. She is reading them! She really wants to have a personal relationship with those people who are reading her book, and it is so fun to sort of "know" the author you are reading.

I absolutely LOVED Julie's historical fiction. They were (and still are!) my very favorite thing that she has written, and I am really hoping she does more of them in the future!

So let me break her historical fiction books down for you:

First she has her "Daughters of Boston" Series:
  • A Light in the Window (prequel)
  • A Passion Most Pure
  • A Passion Redeemed
  • A Passion Denied
Then there is the "Winds of Change" Series (which is a continuation of the "Boston" series):
  • A Hope Undaunted
  • A Heart Revealed
  • A Love Surrendered
And then "Heart of San Francisco":
  • Love at any Cost
  • Dare to Love Again
  • Surprised By Love
After this, Julie did a little turn and tried her hand at more contemporary romantic fiction. She pulled it off beautifully, and I found myself unable to put these books down either! These books included:
  • A Glimmer of Hope (prequel)*
  • Isle of Hope
  • Love Everlasting
It is Love Everlasting that I am writing about in this review which is available for preorder. This is the third book in her contemporary series, and you will, like me, not be able to put this one down either.

Honestly, I won't say much more. While some Bloggers like to give you a synopsis, I really don't like to do that. I never read the back covers of books. But if you want to read more details about the story you can do so at other Bloggers' reviews like this one by Diana Flowers. 

So far it has gotten all 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon. Check her out folks! Check out her new book! And fall in love as much as I have. I am so incredibly honored to be playing any small role in this writer's writing. I love what she does, love her message, and love to have the opportunity to edit for her.

*Glimmer of Hope is FREE on Kindle right now!

AND HERE IS THE BIG NEWS! LEAVE A COMMENT AND I WILL PICK A RANDOM WINNER. JULIE WILL PERSONALLY GIVE THE WINNER A COPY OF ISLE OF HOPE AND LOVE EVERLASTING! 

56 comments:

Julie Lessman said...

WENDI!!! I swear, I absolutely LOVE reading your reviews, my friend, because I come away with the biggest smile on my face. Not only because I love your reviews, but I love you and the way you express yourself. I can't thank you enough for the blessing you have been to me, girl, and I thank God that our paths have crossed.

Hugs and more hugs!
Julie

Debbie said...

I would love for a chance to win these books! :)

Sharon Sathisam said...

Would love to read these books!!

Laura Dunham said...

Love to read Christian fiction! And if I was chosen I would share the book with others when I finished reading it!

Beth said...

Can't wait to read a new Julie Lessman book! Such a great writer!

Julie Lessman said...

DEBBIE!!! And trust me, girl -- I would LOVE for you to win these books, so GOOD LUCK in the draw! And if you don't win here, be sure to stop by my website calendar for 15 other chances to win, okay? Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!!

JULIE’S CALENDAR

Also, if you'd like to read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from some of my books to check out my writing style, you can do so at the following EXCERPTS link:

JULIE’S EXCERPTS

And finally, I hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of the prequel novella to my Isle of Hope series, so here's the link for that too:

A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Hugs and HAPPY READING!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

SHARON!!! Like I told Debbie above, I would LOVE for you to win these books too, so GOOD LUCK in the draw! And if you don't win here, be sure to stop by my website calendar for 15 other chances to win, okay? Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!!

JULIE’S CALENDAR

Also, if you'd like to read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from some of my books to check out my writing style, you can do so at the following EXCERPTS link:

JULIE’S EXCERPTS

And finally, I hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of the prequel novella to my Isle of Hope series, so here's the link for that too:

A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Hugs and HAPPY READING!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, LAURA ... I really appreciate reader friends like you who share the wealth -- THANK YOU!! Looks like we need to get one of my books in your hot, little hands so we can pass it on, so like I told Deb and Sharon above, if you don't win here, be sure to stop by my website calendar for 15 other chances to win, okay? Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!!

JULIE’S CALENDAR

Also, if you'd like to read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from some of my books to check out my writing style, you can do so at the following EXCERPTS link:

JULIE’S EXCERPTS

And finally, I hope you take advantage of the FREE DOWNLOAD of the prequel novella to my Isle of Hope series, so here's the link for that too:

A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Hugs and HAPPY READING!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

BETH!!! I'm assuming this is my sweet friend who's racking up the points in my blog contest (JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG
)? If so, THANK YOU for all of your incredible support, my friend.

And if you are NOT that Beth, then THANK YOU for reading my books in the first place, and here's to a win!

Hugs,
Julie

Marcia said...

Love love her books too. Wendi, you got me hooked.

Julie Lessman said...

YAY, MARCIA!!! Thanks for coming on board, my friend, and MEGA HUGS to Wendi for hooking you in! Sure hope you downloaded A Glimmer of Hope for Free, too!

Hugs and here's to a win!!
Julie

Dorina Russu said...

I have read and re-read almost all of Julie's books!! Love them all so much! I can't wait for Love Everlasting!!

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, DORINA, THANK YOU!! You must be a woman of passion like Wendi and me -- both spiritually and romantically! SO appreciate readers like you, my friend!!

Fingers crossed for a win, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Lisa Cronk said...

I love to read, so free books are always an awesome thing!

: ) Lisa

Winnie Thomas said...

Nice post Wendi! And hi to the ever-gracious Julie! You're such an amazing lady--always so sweet to everyone. I love all the pictures from the CFRR in August. They made me pretty jealous, though. :) I'm loving a chance to win your book! It would totally make my day! Hugs!

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, LISA, I hear you, girlfriend, so I hope you take advantage of the free download of A Glimmer of Hope! And then "hopefully" you will snag a win here for the next book in the series, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Ah, the "ever-gracious WINNIE ... who is an equally amazing woman ... thank you for coming by on so many of the blogs. GREATLY appreciated, my friend! And, OH MY, CFRR was THE BEST Christian event I have ever been to, and that includes every retreat I have ever attended or every seminar/workshop too! Wish you had been there, but hopefully in the future!

Would love to send you a winning copy of either IOH and LE, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Winnie Thomas said...

Julie, I'm definitely hoping to go to CFRR if our three gracious hostesses are up to it again next year. Hopefully things will work out for me. I was totally green (yes, I must repent) over all the comments and pictures this year. LOL

Rose said...

I definitely want to read Julie's new book! I have only read A Glimmer Of Hope so far.:)Unfortunately, it's hard to be able to purchase a book from abroad these days, so I'm hoping to win one of her giveaways. Thanks a lot for the opportunity.:)

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, WINNIE ... move over, girlfriend ... I have plenty of repenting to do
'cause I didn't actually go to the ACFW conference, only hung out in the lobby, so I was a little green too ... ;)

And meeting Annie, Bonnie, and Carrie (the ABC's) ALONE was worth the price of admission!!

Hugs and here's to a win!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

ROSE!! Where do you live, darlin'? I can certainly send an ebook your way if you win, so saying a prayer for you right now ...

BUT ... with 18 giveaways (check out my blog today at <a href="http://www.julielessman.com/journal-), you are BOUND to win something, right???

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

WHOOPS, ROSE ... wrong link for the 18 giveaways. Here we go:

JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

Hugs!!
Julie

Lynne Feuerstein said...

Thanks Wendi for this post! Absolutely love Julie and her stories,Love Everlasting is no exception! Not only is this a special story filled with romance and spirituality,but also shows the special heart of the author! No need to enter me in the giveaway,already have an e-copy. Just wanted to spread the good word about Julie,one of my favorite authors!

Julie Lessman said...

Aw, LYNNE -- you are such a blessing, and YOU are one of my "favorite" reader friends too, so THANK YOU!!

Hugs and more hugs!
Julie

Julie Kinser said...

I have read the "Daughters of Boston" series and the "Winds of Change" series. Can't wait to start on the rest. Love reading her books!

Rana Olson said...

Never read her books would love to read one!

Jan Larkin said...

Hi Wendi, I would love to read one of her books! I tried to buy A Passion Most Pure at our local christian bookstore and was disappointed that they don't stock any of her titles! Choose me please!!! Jan Larkin

Julie Lessman said...

JULIE!!! Thank you for reading the O'Connor series -- really appreciate that! And you may not be aware, but I have a third series about another Irish family in San Francisco at the turn of the century, so I hope you check that out too. Book 1 of The Heart of San Francisco series is Love at Any Cost.

Love Everlasting is book 2 in my Isle of Hope contemporary series, but if you win, I will be sending you BOTH book 1, Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love and Love Everlasting, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

RANA ... LOVE your name, my friend! Assume it's pronounced like Rain-a?

And you are JUST the type of reader I am looking for, my friend -- new blood! ;)

Seriously, I hope you download the free copy of A Glimmer of Hope, which is the prequel novella to this series, or you can read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from some of my books on my website under EXCERPTS link as follows:

JULIE’S EXCERPTS

And if you don't win here, be sure to stop by my blog for 16 other chances to win, okay? Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!!

JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

Hugs and HAPPY READING!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, JAN, thanks SO much for trying to buy A Passion Most Pure at your local Christian bookstore.

Not sure why they don't carry my books, but there are some Christian bookstores who think I'm too "edgy" for Christian romance. My tagline is Passion with a Purpose, which means my love scenes are more romantically passionate than a lot of books in the CBA, but never more than kissing and always within God's precepts. So this may be the reason. Revell is my publisher of nine of my books, including APMP, so I guarantee you I wouldn't have gotten published by a top CBA publisher if my books weren't okay, nor would APMP have won American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year either and have 869 five-star reviews on Amazon. Also, my books are more passionate spiritually as well, than most romance in the CBA.

I sure hope you take advantage of the free download of A Glimmer of Hope OR read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from some of my books on my website under EXCERPTS tab to check out my style of writing. Link as follows:

JULIE’S EXCERPTS

Anyway, thank you again for your interest in my books and good luck in the contest!

Hugs,
Julie

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

Julie, Rana is pronounced Ron-uh. She is Turkish. I met her in turkey as she is a Christian Turk and was married to an American. She speaks three languages including Arabic but loves to read in English!!!

Kathy said...

Wendi, like you, I am one of Julie's biggest fans! So looking forward to reading this next book and know at the same time, I'll read it too fast and the goodness will be over too soon. :) Which means of course, I just need to read some of her books over, right?

Love your blog too, will be reading about the farm, which is a dream of mine. Thanks for offering the give aways!

Kathy
kauppatgridcomdotnet

Cindy Garstkiewicz said...

How awesome. I am always looking for new christian novels!I am an avid reader and even if I don't win I will definitely check out her work! Thank you Wendi!
P.S. Love the blog!

Nancy M said...

I would love a copy of this book! I think we are all huge fans of Julie's! Nancycooks4u(at)live(dot)com

Julie Lessman said...

WENDI, thanks SO much for giving me the pronunciation for Rana's name -- I love it AND the fact she loves to read in English or us I'd be up a creek with her, right? ;)

Okay, Rana -- fingers crossed for a win, my friend, and GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

KATHY!!! Girl, you're going to win this book yet, you just wait, so THANK YOU for coming by AND for reading my books in the first place. SOOOO appreciate you and your support, my friend!

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

CINDY!!! Looks like we need to get one of my books in your hot, little hands, don't we? And we cans start right off the bat with the FREE DOWNLOAD of A Glimmer of Hope, the novella prequel to this series, so I hope you check it out here:

A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Also, if you'd like to read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from some of my books to check out my writing style, you can do so at the following EXCERPTS link:

JULIE’S EXCERPTS

And I LOVE Wendi's blog, too -- AND Wendi! :)

Hugs and here's to a win, my friend!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

NANCE!! Thanks for coming by, my friend, and here's hoping it nets you a win! Which shouldn't be too hard with 18 giveaways going on till tomorrow, so do check out the list on my Journal Jots blog if you haven't already, okay? Here's the link:

JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Cathy said...

What a compelling review! But those of us originally hooked on Julie's historical fiction should not be surprised at her success with the contemporary stories. As an owner and reader/re-reader of prior novels, I am looking forward to this new release. Cathy. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

klkfrog said...

This looks like a great series. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Joan Arning said...

I've read several of Julie's books and enjoyed them. I'm waiting for all of the series to be out so I can start reading them. I don't like to wait between books! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this book!

-Kelli Dubois

Kate said...

I've been impatiently waiting this one. Julie is so uplifting and spiritually encouraging.!

kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

Patty said...

I've read the prequel and am reading Isle of Hope right now, so this giveaway comes at a great time!

pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Stella Potts said...

I read Isle of Hope and now I want to read this one. Not only have I been hearing great things about this book but the blog reviews have me hooked. Julie Lessman can write romantic fiction like none other. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

After using a random number generator, the winner of the giveaway is KATHY!!!!

kauppatgridcomdotnet

Kathy I will send you an email. Please PM me your mailing address!!!!!!

CONGRATS!!!!

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

Kathy I am having trouble figuring out your email. I hope you check this. ;) If anyone else has a guess let me know. It wouldn't let me send the way I hoped.

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

Send me your mailing address Kathy at Facebook or at flakymn@hotmail.com

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for a great review. Sounds like a winner to me!

Julie Lessman said...

MELANIE ... thanks for coming by! I hope you win in one of the 18 giveaways I currently have going on at my blog:

<a href="http://www.julielessman.com/journal-

And, WENDI, thank you SO much for having me on your blog, my sweet friend! I swear, every time I visit, I smile at the ADORABLE pix of your kiddos!!

And SUPER CONGRATS to Kathy Kaupp -- you go, girl!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

KLKFROG ... THANK YOU for your persistence, and you might want to head over to Seekerville to see who won one of my books there ... ;) Here's the link:

SEEKERVILLE


Hugs!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, JOAN ... I hear you on wanting all the books in a series before you begin reading, so I hope you've checked out my three prior series that are already out there -- The Daughters of Boston series beginning with A Passion Most Pure, then The Winds of Change series (a continuation of the DOB series) beginning with A Hope Undaunted, and The Heart of San Francisco series, beginning with Love at Any Cost.

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

KELLI!!! Trust me, girl, I'd "love" for you to win it, too, so GOOD LUCK in one of the 18 giveaways I have going on, all listed on my blog at:

JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

Hugs!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, KATE ... "inpatiently waiting" ... LOVE IT!!

And I hope you love LE too, my friend, so here's to a win in one of the 18 giveaways going on right now.

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

YES, PATTY, it does, so you definitely need to win, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!! If you don't win here, there are more giveaways going on at my blog:

JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

STELLA, I smile every time I read one of your comments, my friend, so I sure hope you win one of the 18 giveaways!

Hugs,
Julie