Surprised by Love

512-61vhfkL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Book Review: Surprised by Love
Author: Julie Lessman
Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Revell’s website description of Surprised by Love:

She can turn the head of the man who spurned her–but can she turn his heart?

When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, no one would accuse her of being poised and pretty. But on the other side of the Atlantic, this wallflower blossomed into a beauty with big dreams. When she returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office, she’s thrilled that her life is taking shape. But the exciting opportunity quickly loses its glow when she discovers she’ll be working alongside Devin Caldwell, who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.

Bram Hughes is the best friend to whom Megan has always turned for support and advice. But when she seeks his counsel about working with Devin Caldwell, Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a little sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?


Surprised by Love is the third novel in The Heart of San Francisco series, and in it we not only get to see a grown up Meg, but we also see Logan and Cait’s relationship finally resolved.
I love Meg in this book. She’s sweet and shy, but also passionate and driven. She is insecure at times, and yet confident in her purpose. I appreciated how Julie grew Meg throughout the book. Meg is insecure in her appearance from years of bullying when she was younger, and even though she’s had a total outside transformation, she is still a wounded little girl inside who must continue to heal. This makes her a totally relatable character.
Bram is a great hero. He’s gentle, strong, caring, and purposed, yet he too has faults, not the least of which is the guilt he’s carried with himself for many years. I was kept in suspense throughout the book as to what horrible deed Bram had committed in his past. Julie did a good job of revealing at the right time and in the right way what he had done.
I would recommend reading the other books in this series first, as Surprised by Love is the third in the series. Logan and Cait’s relationship does need the background the other books provide to understand what is going on. I loved how Julie resolved their complicated romance. I’m not going to say more than that, though, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. 🙂
It took me a while to get into this novel, partly because I already had a big load of college reading to do. However, I did really enjoy Surprised by Love. There were enough twists and turns that it kept me from figuring out too soon what was going on. I did feel that the ending of Surprised by Love was a little predictable, but that’s only my opinion. Julie delivers again with this novel what readers have come to expect from her books: passionate romance, strong family, and abiding faith.

About the Author

Biography from Baker Publishing Group’s website: Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series. The recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards, as well as many other accolades, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family.You can contact Julie through her website at

I was given a review copy of Surprised by Love from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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