Lead Us Not Into Temptation
A Gift Like No Other by Julie Lessman is a Christian historical novel that focuses on a marriage. It is set in 1930’s America where the roles of husband and wife were different to today.
Gradually women were breaking free from the role of stay-at-home mum but there were still men who held the belief that a married woman, and especially one with children should stay at home. “It’s the thirties… where married women have no business in the workplace.” The domineering spirit of a husband means resentment builds within a marriage.
The novel explores a marriage where cracks are appearing. A marriage should be a three way partnership… husband, wife and God. Prayer is the glue that cements a marriage. Marriage as God intended means we should love our spouses as Christ loved the church.
It is important to surround ourselves with godly friends and family, who love us enough to correct us if we fall into temptation. There are characters who have derailed lives. Their guilt weighs heavy. “Guilt is like a cancer that eats away at our soul.” We need to release ourselves from the prison of guilt by confessing our sins to God who forgives us and enables us to walk in the light of His forgiveness.
A Gift Like No Other intimately explores the relationship between a husband and wife in a Christian marriage. If you like sweet Christian novels, I would urge caution as this book may not be for you. I found there was too much information about what goes on behind closed doors (nothing graphic) for me to feel comfortable, even though it was sensitively handled.
The novel shows the importance of having God in the middle of our marriages and of treating each other well.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the Book
Her dream is writing.
His is the perfect wife and mother.
Until God fulfills them both
with a dream like no other.
Twelve years ago, Faith O’Connor happily gave up her dream as a copywriter to become a wife and mother, clinging to her husband’s promise she could return someday. But when the opportunity arises to write for the Boston Herald again two days a week, her dream hits a snag … along with her marriage.
To Collin McGuire, family is everything because he never really had one of his own. Raised by a father who died early and a mother who didn’t care, Collin is determined to give his children the very best with a full-time mother. But when he denies Faith her dream, he soon discovers he’s denied his own as well … until Christmas day brings a healing through a gift like no other.
About the Author
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, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch 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. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at http://www.julielessman.com.
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Wonderful review, Julia! Julies Lessman is PHENOMENAL!
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Aw, Caryl, thank you SO much for your sweet comment! You are definitely racking up points, so thanks for your ongoing support, my friend!
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Thank you SO much for the excellent review and for being part of my blog tour — I appreciate it more than I can say.
My tagline is “Passion with a Purpose,” so yes, my books do contain more romantic passion than most in the CBA, especially this one, so they are definitely not for everyone. That’s why I have included a WARNING on the Amazon web page that it deals with intimate issues.
I do have a reason for writing “Passion with a Purpose,” however, and I explain it on the first stop of this blog tour, My Favorite Pastime, and here’s that link if you’d like to take a look. LIFE ON THE EDGE ARTICLE
But again, thank you for your honest, kind, and very excellent review — you are a true blessing, my friend.
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Thank you so much again for this early Christmas gift Julie!! An amazing story not only continuing our favorite family the O’Connors story, but exploring how to keep a marriage going when it hits rough spots, plus keeping love,forgiveness,prayer,and God in the center of a marriage. (Not to mention the importance of family and friends in our lives. Thank you again for touching our hearts! Am a Journal Jots reader
Hey, Lynne, you are SO faithful, my friend — THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK in the contest!