A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman
An Irish Christmas
Pages: 279 eBook only
Date Published: November 9th, 2012
Publisher: Ten Talents Press
One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?
Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston’s most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.
While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the “light in the window,” meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”
I love the writing of Julie Lessman and from reading all the stories about Marcy and Patrick’s children in the series Daughters of Boston followed by Winds of Change coming back to a prequel was an exciting bit for me. It’s the kind of story where you know how it ends, but you just have to know how in the world that can happen because it seems nearly impossible. Through the stories of all the children’s romantic lives you get bits and pieces of an amazing romance between Patrick and Marcy and being able to see how it developed in the first place is enchanting and set at Christmastime too! While I came into this thinking it to be a novella, it is a bit longer read than other novellas, but still it’s short for Julie. But then as a lover of Julie’s fiction, there can never be a story long enough. I cannot believe this series has come to an end!
Readers who have read any of Julie’s books can come to this one and will love it. New readers, who have not yet read any of the story of the lives of the O’Connor family and their triune romances can come to this one and will love it I’m sure and it will spark a desire to see what happens in all their individual and family lives.
Take two rogues that seem almost too far gone to be forgiven, a girl nearly woman who is devote in her faith and praying to find the love of her life in a Godly-mate. Bring in her best friend and give her romance too in perfectly appropriate friendships as well. Add lots of redemption and a new heart for Christ. Tie it all together with a Christmas pageant including some characters with rough family lives and handicaps and you have a delightful read.
*Thanks to Julie and Nancy Berland PR for providing an eBook for review.*
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and winner of 14 RWA awards, Julie Lessman was voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, #1 Historical Fiction Author, #3 Author, #4 Novel #3 Series and Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Julie resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. You can contact her through her website at www.julielessman.com, where you can also read excerpts from each of her books.