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Love at Any Cost

Julie Lessman
Love at Any Cost

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. B... Read More

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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 The Heart of San Francisco series. Follow Lessman to the West Coast for romance, passion and surprising revelations in the first book, Love at Any Cost.

Product Details:
Page Count: 416
Released: 04/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2013
  • UPC: 9780800721671
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Publish Date: Apr 15, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC027050"
  • ISBN: 0800721675

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"JULIE LESSMAN = WRITING PERFECTION" !! by Bonnie Roof on 3/7/2014

In May 1902, Cassidy McClare - cowgirl, and Texas oil heiress (whose father's oil wells had run dry) - visits her wealthy cousins in San Francisco in hopes of forgetting her heartache over a jilted relationship with a fortune hunter. Although not wanting a relationship with another charming "pretty boy" - she falls in love with family friend, Jamie MacKenna, not realizing he's another fortune hunter - hoping to provide a better life for his mother and sister and the surgery needed by his sister, to heal from an accident for which Jamie feels responsible., Unbeknownst to Jamie, Cassie has even less money than he.

Cassie is a "spit-fire" who had me laughing one minute and crying along with her - the next!! Jamie's family situation tugged at my "heart strings", especially when a "bombshell" was dropped - late in the novel. The love/hate romantic relationship between Cassie's Aunt Cait and Cait's deceased husband's brother, Logan - adds "spice" to the story, along with the humor of a talking parrot, a hearing-impaired butler, a "crotchedy" cook, and numerous delightful cousins.

"Love at Any Cost" is the first novel in the Heart of San Francisco trilogy by award-winning author, Julie Lessman. It is a departure from Julie's Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change trilogies - a lighter, shorter, less complicated novel, with less romantic and spiritual passion (the trademark for which her novels are known). However - there is more than enough passion to satisfy, the characters are realistic and endearing, the central theme of releasing one's life into God's hands, and trusting Him for the best solutions to life's trials and tribulations - is present, as in all of Julie's novels, and there is the, as always, happy ending. "Love at Any Cost" is a wonderful story of faith, regret, redemption, forgiveness, love, and hope.

I found myself regretful at finishing the reading of "Love at Any Cost", and eagerly anticipating the next novel in the series, "Dare to Love Again"!! Julie's novels always stir my emotions, inspire my faith, speak to my heart with her touching, warm, family settings and realistic characters, and leave me wanting more - she never disappoints!!

Great start to a new series! by gatorade635 on 1/20/2014

After adoring the O'Conners I was slightly worried as to how much I would like this new series. I shouldn't have worried though since I ended up loving it! I loved the McClares from the get go and I can tell I'm going to love reading all of their stories!
Cassie was such a fun heroine! I loved her spunk and down to earth ways! I also loved how wow she was sweet and fun when she wanted she could be tough and no nonsense when needed! And another favorite thing about her was how strong her faith was and how she refused to lower her standards! I felt so bad for her with all the pain she went through but I was greatly impressed by how strong she stayed through it all!
Jamie was great too! Though I was a little annoyed with how he wanted to marry rich I did understand where he was coming from since he wasn't thinking just about himself but rather about his mother and sister. I really admired his love and care for his family and how dedicated he was to making a better life for them. I also really liked the fact that he held himself to a pretty high standard when it came to drinking and women. It was really cool to watch as he learned to give God the control and trust in Him rather than doing everything himself.
As I said I loved the rest of the McClares as well, from kind and motherly Caitlyn, to stubborn rogue Uncle Logan, and Cassie's cousins Blake, Allison, Meg, and Maddie. I also really liked Bram (side note: I love that as a nickname for Abraham!) with his quiet faith and his friendship with Jamie. And then there were Hadley, the old butler with the bad hearing, Rosie, the gruff but sweet houskeeper/nanny, and Miss Behave, the parrot that they taught to say funny things, all of whom I loved.
So suffice it to say I thoroughly loved this first book of Julie's new series and I can't wait to read more!

LOVE Love at Any Cost! by AngiOakley on 6/2/2013

I absolutely LOVE Julie Lessman's new series, The Heart of San Fransisco. I wondered what it would be like, reading about a whole new list of characters after having fallen in love with her beloved O'Conner family. Well, it's actually no surprise that I like this new cast of characters, The McClare's, because this family is just as much fun and done with the same wonderful finesse that Julie is known for. So sit back and get ready for a fun ride Julie Lessman style.

Book one, "Love at Any Cost", introduces us to cowgirl Cassidy McClare from down Texas way. She's spunky, fiesty, and would rather wear a pair of demin jeans instead of a frilly dress. She's an oil heiress, but unfortunately there's no fortune in the bank. Not to mention, her fiance has just jilted her for that very reason. Needless to say, she'd rather hog-tie the man as to look at him and decides to make a trip to San Fransisco to visit her cousins and get away from the fortune hunter who has broken her heart. She's in no mood for the attentions of another man...including that of the handsome Jamie McKenna.

Jamie McKenna is a young lawyer, struggling to make ends meet and working three jobs to do so. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, he's worked all his life to make something of himself as well as taking care of his mother and his crippled sister. His goal? To one day live in high society and to procure a surgery for his sister that will help her. But Jamie believes the only way he'll get there is to marry into a rich family. And so he sets his sights on the beautiful Cassie McClare.

This is a story of one's struggle to find faith, and another's struggle to regain trust. As always, Julie weaves a spiritual thread through the story, addressing each struggle and how God works in each of her character's lives. All wrapped up in a package containing humor, tears, and romance. Julie, you did it again!

Review: Love at Any Cost by Carole on 4/25/2013

With Love at Any Cost, Julie Lessman takes us to the West Coast and brings the Gilded Age to life as she begins an exciting new romantic series based on the wealthy political McClare family in 1902 San Francisco. From the beginning, I was caught up in the lives of this warm, likeable family and am eager for the next book to be published.

Publisher's description

Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who just as soon hogtie a man as look at him … until Jamie MacKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well lassoes her heart. But when Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than him, Cassie finds herself bucked by love a second time, sending her back to Texas to lick her wounds and heal her heart. In her absence, Jamie discovers money can’t buy love, but love built on faith can set a heart free, a truth he discovers a little too late … or is it?

My thoughts

Love at Any Cost is such an entertaining story on many levels. The series is set during an interesting time in San Francisco's history and Julie did a great job creating a sense of place. The passion and drama that we've come to expect from her books are there, as well as the second-tier romance between an older couple that I've grown to love. I often had a smile on my face while reading, and I'm not sure that even three books will be enough to satisfy those of us who love the McClare family.

The series opens with Cassie, a McClare cousin from Texas, coming to visit and heal from a broken relationship. Cassie is a gutsy, determined, smart and no-nonsense young lady, full of Texan humor and quick to give her opinion of the "pretty boy" type. In one of her earlier encounters with Jamie, Cassie "game him a patient smile edged with just enough pity to get on his nerves. 'I'm sorry to be so blunt, but I see no point in hemming and hawing around a pesky hornet when I can just stomp on it before it stings.'"

I sometimes think that Julie enjoys creating characters that we love to hate, only to redeem them in the end. On the surface, Jamie seemed to be a gold digger, courting wealth and political influence by dating daughters of influential men, believing that the end justified the means. He is described as the "Robin Hood of the Barbary Coast - taking from the rich to give to the poor." On the other hand, he worked three jobs to put himself through school and move his mother and sister out of the Barbary Coast area, and he applies his boxing skills to teaching young boys on the street how to defend themselves.

Jamie feels responsible for an accident that crippled his sister, Jess, and desires to be able to pay for her surgery more than anything. He believes that Cassie "was not only his ticket to true love, but she was his sister's chance at an operation and his chance to make political and financial strides." It's a long road, full of drama and passion, but Jamie finally learns an important lesson in faith. Jess tells him that "Some say 'seeing is believing,' but faith says 'believing is seeing.' Let go, Jamie, and let God be God. He does it so much better than you."

When it comes to engaging with her readers, Julie is one of the best, if not the best - and this makes her books even more enjoyable for me to read. When asked what she hoped readers would take away from her books, Julie replied . . .

"The MOST important thing I pray readers take away from my books is the reality of how natural and fulfilling an intimate relationship with God can and SHOULD be. Like breathing. These books may be fiction, but this is NOT a fairy tale here. It is possible to have a living, breathing relationship with the God of the Universe. He’s crazy about us, and if most people really understood that, their lives would turn on a dime and blessings would overtake them. Believe me, I KNOW this firsthand—I used to be a hard, cynical, coarse human being before God pulled me up by the scruff of the neck and said, 'Yo, Julie! Get a clue. You’re the apple of my eye!' He’s been the love of my life ever since."

Romance, passion, humor and drama - the trademarks of Julie's writing - are all present in Love at Any Cost. While Jamie and Cassie's story came to a satisfying conclusion, there is much yet to be written about the McClare family and I eagerly await the next chapter of their life. I highly recommend this book to fans of romantic fiction that inspires.

To learn more about Julie and her books, visit her website at julielessman.com.

Love at Any Cost was provided by Donna Hausler at Revell through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Romance by Smiling Sally on 4/15/2013

From the first page, I was hooked. What a beginning! I guarantee, it'll bowl you over.

There are two love stories intertwined in this Christian fiction. Both Cassidy and Aunt Cait demand that any man who could win their heart must also be a man of faith. This proves problematic as the would-be suitors don't much care for the things of God.

One caveat: I dislike the repetition. The author describes the physical attributes of the characters way too often, and explains situations over and over.

This book is one for lovers of romance novels. Flirting, kissing, and tears fill the pages. There are tension-filled love scenes that leave the characters--along with the reader--wanting more. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, there are some twists to surprise the reader at the end.

Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thank you to Donna Hausler at Baker Publishing Group and Revell for my copy.

Love At Any Cost by Maureen on 4/15/2013

Jamie Mackenna has chosen this lot in life, he will marry well, and then fall in love. He wants to help his Mother and Sister, and when the story opens has already accomplished a lot towards his goal.
We meet Cassidy McClure as she arrives in San Francisco on the train from Texas. She is just about blown off her feet, literally, by Jamie. She calls him a "Pretty Boy", just like the fellow who jilted her one week before their wedding.
We spend a lot of time with the McClure family. Yes we are living the good life in SF, but what fun. We even manage a trip to the Napa Valley! This is the early 1900's in California, and a wonderful insight into their lives.
Will Cassie end up getting her heart broken again? Will Jamie sacrifice his plans? There is another girl here in the picture, a Senator's Daughter, who can help him so much?
We also travel to the seedy part of SF, the Barbary Coast. Here Woman are low class citizens, that most don't want to help. It looked like a very sicken place, kind of a Sodom and Gomorrah.
Loved the faith of these people, most want to follow what God has chosen for them, at times hard to do. Some are struggling and trying to rely on themselves only.
Get lost in this historically set novel, you won't be disappointed!

I received this book through the Revell Blog Tour Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

Exquisite Writing, Passionate Romance, Unshakeable Faith by EMarieH on 4/12/2013

Oh my. Let me begin by saying that Julie Lessman is, and has been for quite awhile now, my favorite author ever!! And this book...OH MY! Putting this book down every time that I had to was painful! It was definitely lighter and funnier than her other books, which I adored because it separated the characters. At first I wondered if when I read about Cassidy, would it be like reading about Faith, or Charity or Lizzie, Katie, Emma and Annie. But it wasn't! Cassidy was a whole new personality that I fell absolutely, positively in love with. And Jamie? Can all us girls say 'swoon'? ;)

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.

This book stole my heart in so many ways! The playful teasing and flirting between Cassie and Jamie, the light funny dialogue that had me laughing, not to mention the sweet yet steamy kissing scenes that never fail to bring a grin to my face. As Jamie and Cassie discover love, tension is thrown into the mix with the painful history that stands like a brick wall between Caitlyn McClare and Logan McClare. I refuse to give anything too important away, but those two are one of the many reasons I am now bouncing up and down, anxious to get my hands on the next book!!

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.

Great Read! by Darla on 4/7/2013

In this book Texas oil heiress Cassidy McClare has been jilted by her Fiancés Mark Chancelor in her small Texas town of Humble. He says his father disapproves of the match, but she suspects it has to do with her Daddy's dry wells. She is devastated and has made the decision to put her future happiness in God's Hands and not in another man's from now on. She needs to get away and forget, so she takes a trip to her Aunt Caitlyn's home in San Francisco. What she doesn't expect is to be bowled over by a no good polecat pretty boy named Jamie McKenna.
Jamie is a boy from the Barbary Coast, raised in the slums and fighting his way out. Jamie has become a lawyer and best friends with Cassie's cousins Blake and Brahm. He has aspirations to be in politics one day and to provide for his mother and crippled sister, who needs an operation that is expensive. He needs a wife that is not only rich but with a father that is well connected. He thinks he has found the right one in Patricia until Cassie shows up and offers a life with someone that is not only rich and well connected but someone he could fall in love with.
Cassie is gun shy and tells Jamie that she wants a God centered relationship with him. Jamie has never relied on God but for Cassidy he is willing to try. When Jamie finds out that Cassie could be poorer than him, he has to make a decision between his hopes for the future he had planed for since he was a boy and the future he wants with Cassie.
This book took me on a wild ride. Full of twist and turns that even I didn't expect and that's saying something. I'm hardly ever surprised anymore. I usually can figure out what's going to happen by the first few chapters, but not with this book. Mrs. Lessman always throws a curve ball in to scatter my thinking. And in this one I think there were about 50. She has a way of writing that is very inviting. She draws you in and traps you and before you know it you're hooked. You find yourself sad to see it come to an end.I
can't wait for the second in this series and recommend this book to everyone!

Safe Bet. by DarlaMM on 3/27/2013

I haven’t read yet. I have been waiting not so patiently for this book. Mrs. Lessman is an excellent writer and I can safely say that this book will be great! Miss Lessman knows how to tell a story and tell it well. Please Read!!

…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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