Title: Love’s Silver Lining
Series: Silver Lining Ranch #1
Publisher: Julie Lessman
Publish Date: May 19, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars
She tampers with his life.
He tampers with her heart.
Love tampers with them both.
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the life of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parent’s house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.
If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.
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Lordy be, another hit from one of my top three favorite authors! Ms. Lessman has brought us back among the Silver Lining Ranch and threw us in the middle of more fun loving characters, more laugh out loud quirkiness, more amazing inspiration. This novel holds deep meaning to me, because one of the characters in this book is named after my own sweet mama, who passed away in 2014. She was my reading partner in crime, and this book made me feel as if she and I were reading it together. I know my mama would have loved this book, this whole series really, and would say that Julie Lessman is one of her top authors as well!
From the start, Maggie and Blaze’s banter and wit really flew off the page. I fell in love with both of them instantly! I love how the sparks were strong between them. I could feel their connection like it was my own. I loved following their story and watching them fall in love.
I love that Mrs. Lessman brought Liberty and Finn in again! I loved them in the prequel, For Love Of Liberty, and I loved them here, too! These characters are so full of love and fun that they really bring the story to life, making it play out more like a movie than a book. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with the next novel! I know it will be amazing because not only will we get a new front line story, but we will get to catch up with Liberty, Finn, Maggie and Blaze again!
If you are looking for a beyond 5 star book that will make you laugh til you cry, make you feel like you have come home again, make you a part of the family, then look no further than this novel. The love that Mrs. Lessman has for her God, her characters and her books flow into the words on these pages and truly make the reader feel like she wrote the book just for them. Mrs. Lessman has once again capture not just my heart, but my soul, completely and I can’t wait til this book is sitting on my shelf next to all the other amazing Lessman novels.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher/author and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
About The Author
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”
Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.