‘Surprised by Love’ by Julie Lessman

sbl jlSTORY: Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty.

With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored.

She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

REVIEW: San Francisco – 1904

Megan McClare had a difficult childhood.  She was overweight, red haired, freckles, crooked teeth, and wore glasses.  Her nemesis was a young man named Devin Caldwell who called her names and made her life miserable.  But after spending her last year of school in Paris, she has returned a changed person. She is lovely!  The weight is gone, her hair is darkened, braces fixed her teeth and contacts enable her to leave her glasses at home.  In addition, the delicate use of cosmetics covers her freckles nicely.  Actually, she is stunning and her family and friends are amazed at the change.

As a member of the wealthy McClare family, Megan has decided she wants to join in with the family’s vocation of practicing law.  To begin, she has been selected for an internship at the district attorney’s office.  The job is wonderful for her.  She friends the other women working there and gains the respect of the men as well.  But when Devin Caldwell shows up at the office to work as an intern as well, it strains Megan to be comfortable working with him and learning to forgive him and become his friend.

Bram Hughes is 10 years older than Megan but he has always been the one she can go to for comfort. He looks upon her as a little sister and has always protected her.  But with her maturity comes feelings deeper than just friendship.  However, Bram has agreed to an arranged marriage with another woman that will help his family’s business.

A very religious young woman, Megan wants to help volunteer at a refuge for women escaping the prostitution houses that others in the city are trying hard to shut down.

This is Book #3 in The Heart of San Francisco Series.  Unfortunately, I have not read the first two books, however, I was able to glean the original history of the story of this family saga.  I do wish to read Books #1 and #2 because this is a very good story.

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