Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can’t buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in Love at Any Cost.
I was hesitant about picking up this novel because I wondered how Ms. Lessman could move on from the O’Connors and still keep me thoroughly vested…with fabulous storytelling that’s how! I found her characters to be well-developed and completely engaging. I will say that though Cassie’s Texas colloquialism was a bit….much, I did not find her character silly or annoying. I was able to empathize with her and completely understand where she was coming from. I loved her relationship with God, and though at times flawed, very real. I also liked Jamie. If you considered his background it was easy to understand why he was the way he was. My favorite secondary characters were Cait and Logan and that surprise at the end? Totally wasn’t expecting it. Now, just to be forewarned Ms. Lessman writes about passionate people, so her characters are not run of the mill “Christian fiction characters.” If that’s okay with you, than you’ll really like this book. I was sorry when the novel finished, but with a Julie Lessman book you know it’s never the end, merely the beginning because her characters more often than naught come back for a visit. Spiritually, I loved the theme of surrendering to God. Ms. Lessman adequately portrayed the difficulty and the payoff. Loved it! Looking forward to the next one!
*I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**