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Love At Any Cost (#01 in The Heart Of San Francisco Series)

Julie Lessman
Love At Any Cost (#01 in The Heart Of San Francisco Series)
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Love At Any Cost (#01 in The Heart Of San Francisco Series)

Julie Lessman

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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.

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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.

- Publisher

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Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is a new and exciting author with a bright future ahead of her. Even as a debut novelist, Lessman has already garnered writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards, and developed a fan base

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Twists and Turns
4 stars By BecinChina, Mar 21 2017
I really enjoyed this story, especially the struggle between passion and waiting on God's best.
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An engaging read
5 stars By Bec C, Jul 17 2015
'Love At Any Cost' tells the story of Cassidy McClare. Cassie is a Texan ranch girl with a heart for helping young girls be the best they can be. To flee from the heartbreak of her fianc leaving her,Cassie travels from the comforts of her home to San Francisco where she is welcomed with open arms by her cousins and Aunt. Jamie McKenna, a good friend of the San Francisco McClare's catches Cassie off guard with his good looks and easy humour.Cassie's time in San Francisco however may end up resulting in the very thing she was fleeing from. 
 At first I was worried about whether I would enjoy this series as much as Lessman's others. I had nothing to worry about however as once again Lessman creates a believable world where her characters come to life. Lessman uses her gift of writing to teach the reader valuable truths about God and His ultimate love for us. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Brilliant book
5 stars By Audrey, Nov 01 2014
This book was so good that if I could I would give it 6 stars. What a story. Every character in this book was endearing and lovable in their own way. A great tale of learning to trust God and not your own insight. A great lesson about what has true value. A feisty heroin, a determined hero and lots of sparks. The perfect combination for a perfect book!
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Julie is back!
4 stars By Jessica R. Wakefield, Jul 01 2013
I was ending a reading fast (with the only book I was allowed to pick up under the conditions of the fast was the Bible) when I went to my local bookstore and spied Julie's book. What a book it was! It's been ages since I read any of Julie's books. The last one being A Heart Revealed (which I enjoyed) and I'd kind of forgotten how emotional and drama filled her books are! 

Having also read A Hope Undaunted, where I struggled with Luke (sorry Julie, but I just don't like the guy), then moving to Sean in A Heart Revealed (I liked him a lot) to Jamie now in Love at Any Cost, I have to say this first book in the series has won my heart - mainly through Jamie. Oh, he's smooth alright, but there's something about him that just captures my heart. For me, one of the main differences is he's not as bull-headed and dare I say it, brutish (winces and hides face) as the men in the O'Connor girls lives. In fact, I found all the men in this book, strong, opinionated, determined but not overbearing and this was sweet relief to me. 

So back to the book now that comparisons are over! Cassidy is a tough, no nonsense girl who has a broken heart when she comes to San Francisco to visit her cousins. The last thing on her mind is falling for a guy, especially a smooth talking, pretty boy like Jamie McKenna - which she does thanks to Jamie's aforementioned smooth talking ways. She tries hard to set up boundaries with Jamie and he kind of follows them, but he likes to push boundaries. Jamie is stubborn, a man of pride having pulled his family out from the slums of San Francisco's Barbary Coast and refuses to believe that he God might have anything to do with his life. 

I liked Jamie more than Cassidy. I felt him to be the more well-rounded character, maybe because his road to faith wasn't paved yet and that is what we get to see. Some people might not like Jamie, branding him a fortune hunter, womanizer, smooth-talker but he's not a Christian for the majority of the book. He doesn't know God and his saving grace and his pride in firmly in the way. I love his friendship with Bram (I can't wait to read his story), it's honest and Jamie understands that Bram values honesty above anything, so it's a real friendship. 

Cassidy, at times has a little too much spit-fire and she aims it rightfully most of the time at Jamie. She's hurt and hurt women tend to paint all men with the same brush. I felt though that Cassidy didn't lean on God like she professed until the end and it felt like it was wrapped up very quickly. However, I loved her relationship with Aunt Cait - what a true, deep, abiding love these two women have for each other. It was really lovely to see what wise counsel can achieve when listened to.

I'm very excited to also see how Aunt Cait's relationship with Logan McClare continues to unfold! I'm looking forward to reading more from the McClare clan, Julie and the passionate romances that will rock their lives along the way!
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Exquisite Writing, Passionate Romance, Unshakeable Faith
5 stars By EMarieH, Apr 18 2013
Cassidy McClare comes to San Francisco looking to forget the fortune hunter who jilted her and heal her heart in the warm, loving arms of her family.Jamie MacKenna wants nothing more than to marry well in order to provide a better life for his mother and sister, and to help get his sister the surgery she desperately needs. When Jamie meets the Texas oil heiress, Cassie McClare, he starts to believe that he can get love and money all in one package...until he finds out Cassie is probably poorer than he is.

Julie Lessman has once again weaved a tale of passionate love, unshakeable faith, and painful realities that are faced by each and every one of us every day. Releasing everything into God's hands, especially the people you love so dearly and want to protect, can be a very difficult thing. But it is always the right and perfect thing to do. Once again, Julie has given me a story to cherish and has reminded us that every perfect love story always, without fail, has God at the center. Thank you Julie, for your exquisite writing, your passion for romance but most importantly, your ability to put down on paper what we as weak human beings strive to achieve every day in our hearts. Eternal, steadfast, absolute faith in God.
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  • Catalogue Code 359624
  • Product Code 9780800721671
  • ISBN 0800721675
  • EAN 9780800721671
  • Pages 416
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Baker Book House Fiction
  • Publication Date Apr 2013
  • Sales Rank #54251
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 27 mm
  • Weight 0.426kg

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