The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O’Connor is the epitome of the new woman–smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband–good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face-to-face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?
What I thought
This book was a lovely surprise. I was expecting just another light read, but it actually turned out to be an engaging story about family, friendship, love & God. Honestly, it kind of reminded me of reading <i>Little Women</i>, in that 1) it was one of those cozy family-oriented stories and 2) the narrative didn’t follow just one character, it really revolved around the whole family. Granted, the overarching plot was Katie’s story, but I was glad Katie wasn’t the only focus.
I will say, I had a little trouble telling Katie’s sisters apart, but only at first–once their stories developed, I was fine. That could also have to do with the fact that apparently readers first met the O’Connors in another of Julie Lessman’s book series. Not having known that though, I still found this book was easy to follow, not like I missed a huge chunk of backstory. (Although, now I definitely want to read that other series!)
Overall, I really enjoyed this sweet inspirational novel, and if you enjoy inspirational stories with a smidge of romance & historical settings, I highly suggest checking this one out!