Title: A Light In The Window
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Ten Talents Press
Published: November 9, 2012
Pages: Ebook only
Marceline “Marcy” Murphy has just come back to Boston after five years away in New York City. Coming back to the city she loves means she finally gets to see her best friend again, and her brother. Marcy has had a crush on Julie’s brother Sam for years now and despite his roguish tendencies, she can’t help but feel attracted to him. If only he wasn’t such a womanizer.
After meeting the gorgeous Marcy, Patrick finds himself drawn to Marcy in ways like never before and his old lifestyle no longer has any appeal. He won the coin toss to try for her affection, but she can’t stand him and he strikes out, leaving Sam with an opportunity to try. When the two start to “date”, Patrick is determined to step back and let Sam have his chance and to make sure Marcy gets what she deserves, if only his heart would let him.
When Marcy and Sam get closer, Patrick must try and just be friends with the woman he loves and can’t stand him. With his life changing because of the blond beauty he tries to come to grips with the fact that he might never have a shot with the one woman who was ever able to make him consider dropping everything and settling down in a house full of kids.
Will Marcy marry Sam or will she see that his friend is what she really needs? Will Marcy compromise her strong faith for the boy she’s marries or will she realize that she doesn’t have to compromise on the biggest issue in her life? Will Patrick be able to win the love of Marcy by being her friend or will he lose her because of one mistake? Who will win Marcy in the end? Patrick or Sam?
I’m a huge fan of Julie Lessman’s and it’s hard to believe that this is her seventh book and the official last in the O’Connor saga. I’ve been a fan since her first book and I know that I will be a fan at her very last. I also know that this book just made me more of a fan of hers. This book is completely different from any of her previous, more innocent, and absolutely perfect.
Though this book isn’t pulse pounding like her others, it shows a more innocent side that is just as endearing. I loved how innocent it was and it was nice to see this different side of one of our favorite authors. Though I enjoy her more passionate works better, I felt that for this book the innocence of the romance enhanced the book and allowed me to really get to know the characters.
The romance in this book isn’t your average love triangle. The author made this love triangle one where even those who know how it ends question whether or not it will end with the two we want together. I absolutely loved that little mystery and it kept me hooked until the very end. Most of us who have read or will read this book know who Marcy ends up with, but the fact that we got to see that journey and what happened to push them together made everything you know about them even better.
The storyline is solid and has a lesson we all can learn, particularly those of us who are single. The lesson is that you don’t have to compromise on those matters that are important, in fact, when it comes to faith, you shouldn’t have to. I loved the little side romance that happened with Julie as well, it made the story that much better. I think, as far as story lines a go, this is by far my favorite out of the seven. It encouraged me in ways that a book never has before and I think it’ll inspire any who read it as well.
Being a huge fan of Julie Lessman’s it’s a safe bet that I’m going to like pretty much anything she writes but this one touched a chord with me that none of her others did. Her books have inspired my dreams and my hopes. Her books have also shown me what marriage can and should be. I highly recommend any of her book, but read them in order or else you will get confused. I think this book could be read before her others or after, but it most certainly should be read.
Overall, this book is different from this author’s prior but just as awesome. I highly recommend this for fans of the author or people who want a romance that is innocent and endearing. I don’t recommend this for younger readers, but maybe for someone in their late teens, and definitely for adults. I give this book a four out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*