Image of Love Surrendered, A: A Novel (Winds of Change)


Image of Love Surrendered, A: A Novel (Winds of Change)

Despite two truly masterful plot twists, the third novel featuring the sprawling, brawling Irish-Catholic O’Connor clan cannot overcome its many excessively long scenes of domestic nattering, not to mention its inaccurate portrayal of early 20th-century Catholic spirituality. With nary a mention of the Virgin Mary or St. Joseph, Lessman’s disregard for realism does readers a disservice by pretending 1930s Irish-Catholics would approach their issues from the spiritual viewpoint of modern-day Evangelicals.

Seventeen-year-old Annie Kennedy accidentally meets her older sister’s former boyfriend, 25-year-old federal agent Steven O’Connor, in Depression-era Boston. Unaware of her identity, he’s drawn to her youthful innocence. Steven is deeply troubled (as many readers may be) by the overwhelming passion this not-yet-legal girl ignites in him and struggles to avoid the sinful path he and Annie’s sister once tragically travelled. (REVELL, Oct., 416 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Carolyn Martin