05 July 2018

Fun & Spirited Western Romance | Love's Silver Lining by Julie Lessman


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 lives 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 parents’ 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.


A fun, spirited Western historical romance is in store between the covers of Julie Lessman’s latest release, Love’s Silver Lining. With possibly the most stubborn cast of characters I’ve encountered, it’s a battle of wits, egos, and hearts that’s sure to delight, entertain, and inspire. 

The story centers around two couplesMaggie Mullaney and Blaze Donovan, Libby O’Shea and Finn McShaneas they navigate hilarious meetings, uncomfortable circumstances, and unexpected feelings in a Nevada town. With passion checked by faithful standards, these characters clash and connect, tempestuous ups and downs sparked by every interaction. While, at times, the words and actions of the male characters border on manipulative, the relationship development feels authentic to the time period, and by the end, the character growth proves to be oh so heartwarming. 

So, if you’re looking for an enjoyable romance to read, check out Love’s Silver LiningI really enjoyed the fun and sweetness of it. It definitely left me eager to read more of these characters, so while I wait for the next Silver Lining Ranch book, I’m planning to read the prequel novella, For Love of Liberty, soon. 

(For Love of Liberty gives the backstory for Libby and Finn, so although Love’s Silver Lining is understandable on its own, I’m sure reading the two in order makes them even more enjoyable. Head’s up: For Love of Liberty is free on Amazon this week, so go get your copy now!) 


Thanks to Singing Librarian Book Tours, I received a complimentary copy of Love’s Silver Lining and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of the Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, and Isle of Hope series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets.


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1 comment:

  1. Kerri K.6/7/18 16:39

    I enjoyed your review. Julie has a way with words that make the characters so real and romance so passionate. I can't wait to read this book.