For Love of Liberty (Silver Lining Ranch, #0.5)
A Match Made in Heaven? Or Someplace a Whole Lot Warmer? She’s stubborn, educated, and looking to give women the vote. He’s bullheaded, successful, and looking to give her a piece of his mind. But when things heat up, they just may give each other a piece of their hearts.

For Love of Liberty (Silver Lining Ranch, #0.5) Details

TitleFor Love of Liberty (Silver Lining Ranch, #0.5)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 24th, 2017
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GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian, Christian Fiction, Novella

For Love of Liberty (Silver Lining Ranch, #0.5) Review

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    I am still laughing and swooning over this newest historical romance from the ever-delightful Julie Lessman! Liberty is a pistol and a half, a feisty heroine who is nothing if not persistent and opinionated. But at the same time she has a heart just like all of us, easily wounded and in need of tender care.Enter Finn.Finn and Liberty set off their own fireworks extravaganza every time they share the same space, partly because they can’t stand each other and partly because they’re crazy about eac I am still laughing and swooning over this newest historical romance from the ever-delightful Julie Lessman! Liberty is a pistol and a half, a feisty heroine who is nothing if not persistent and opinionated. But at the same time she has a heart just like all of us, easily wounded and in need of tender care.Enter Finn.Finn and Liberty set off their own fireworks extravaganza every time they share the same space, partly because they can’t stand each other and partly because they’re crazy about each other. (In fact, they reminded me of my favorite Julie Lessman couple – Katie O’Connor and Luke McGee from Hope Undaunted.) Those sparks that threaten to ignite the whole town when Finn and Liberty are going toe-to-toe and swapping words … those same sparks burst into a raging inferno when the passions that have been stirred up take the next logical step. Swapping…ahem… kisses. And anyone who has read a Julie Lessman books knows that when she writes a kiss she makes the most of each word and emotion. Translation: WOWZA!But, as always, between the passionate characters and the laugh-out-loud moments (the poppy seeds!!) and the kisses that leave you hoping your kindle doesn’t short out from the heat. Julie Lessman points us directly to the Source of truest love. Clearly and seamlessly, but not in a preachy manner, she weaves Godly wisdom onto these pages as well. Lessons on taming the tongue and waiting for God’s best sidle up beside words like this, “Ask the Good Lord for His opinion, why don’t you, then just follow the peace. Better a headache than a heartache at missing out on what the Almighty has in store.“Bottom Line: Julie Lessman + western romance = gold rush! Passion, romance, and faith are skillfully woven together in a story that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. A cute little twist at the end involving the Poppys – the most adorable pastor & his equally adorable wife – leaves you grinning from ear to ear and even more eager for future books in the Silver Lining Ranch series!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Tapasya
    January 1, 1970
    Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★Lead Male Character : Griffin ★ ★ ★ Lead Female Character : Liberty ★ ★ ★ ★Plotline : ★ ★ ★ Genre : Historical RomanceWill I recommend this book to others? : YesWill I reread this book? : MaybeVerdict : Sweet Love StoryTwo childhood nemesis are working on a project together. All they do when together is fight. But apparently both are secretly in love with each other. But as always due to misunderstandings they keep on hating each other. (view spoiler)[Both were stubborn. When the Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★Lead Male Character : Griffin ★ ★ ★ Lead Female Character : Liberty ★ ★ ★ ★Plotline : ★ ★ ★ Genre : Historical RomanceWill I recommend this book to others? : YesWill I reread this book? : MaybeVerdict : Sweet Love StoryTwo childhood nemesis are working on a project together. All they do when together is fight. But apparently both are secretly in love with each other. But as always due to misunderstandings they keep on hating each other. (view spoiler)[Both were stubborn. When they finally admit there feelings for each other they decide to keep it secret for time being what with him dating another girl. Of course he doesn't have feelings for that other girl but he wants to fulfill his promise to her that he will celebrate her birthday with her. Wow!!! This was bad. I didn't like this at all. He should have stopped seeing her the moment he admits his feelings for the heroine (hide spoiler)]Nonetheless this was a good book and a refreshing change after me being indulged in contemporaries lately. If you are in a mood for a good 'Love-Hate' romance then go for this.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This prequel was so much fun to read! Griffin McShane and Liberty O’Shea had plenty of hard headedness between the two of them, yet were characters I couldn’t help but like. The author did a good job of creating a backstory for them that helped me truly feel the frustration that they both carried for the other. Hurts from the past tangled with attraction that was always simmering under the surface.Whether battling for control over the upcoming Independence Day festivities or battling their growi This prequel was so much fun to read! Griffin McShane and Liberty O’Shea had plenty of hard headedness between the two of them, yet were characters I couldn’t help but like. The author did a good job of creating a backstory for them that helped me truly feel the frustration that they both carried for the other. Hurts from the past tangled with attraction that was always simmering under the surface.Whether battling for control over the upcoming Independence Day festivities or battling their growing passions for each other, I just had to know what would happen next! For Love of Liberty was a great blend of fun, vexation, and attraction. I’m looking forward to reading the upcoming books in this series.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    During Atlanta’s surprise snow storm I read and ENJOY For Love of Liberty. Author Julie Lessman shows readers another side of her writing style in this delightful western I had so much fun reading. I sensed a freedom and a joy bubble up through the pages. A freedom Liberty and Finn had at the end of the book; which will surprise readers. Finn’s friend says to Liberty, “…Back in school, I’ve seen you madder than a wet hornet with a headache when Finn and I pulled some crazy stunt to drive you cra During Atlanta’s surprise snow storm I read and ENJOY For Love of Liberty. Author Julie Lessman shows readers another side of her writing style in this delightful western I had so much fun reading. I sensed a freedom and a joy bubble up through the pages. A freedom Liberty and Finn had at the end of the book; which will surprise readers. Finn’s friend says to Liberty, “…Back in school, I’ve seen you madder than a wet hornet with a headache when Finn and I pulled some crazy stunt to drive you crazy, but in the end, you always simmered down and did the right thing.”This author seamlessly tucks inside these pages important issues about relationships, tempers, waiting and learning how to work things out in God’s time. Of course, the author keeps the main thing the main thing with the Lord. This 164-page story is a prequel in her new series set at Silver Lining Ranch. This novella includes the first chapter of the next book in the series titled Love’s Silver Lining to be released in the summer of 2018. Fin and Liberty will be in the next book with a brand-new couple; Maggie Mulaney and Finn’s nephew, Blaze Donovan. I liked how this author has her characters keep each other accountable and on track, the Pastor tells Finn, “Ask the Good Lord for His opinion, why don’t you, then just follow the peace. Better a headache than a heartache at missing out on what the Almighty has in store. After all, you can always take willow bark for the headache, my boy, but heartache stays with a body for a long, long time…”I look forward to reading it. I enjoyed the first chapter and the fun I had with Finn and Liberty as they planned and implemented the fourth of July celebration for their community with a dance, special booths, pie eating contest, lots of fireworks and so much more. It’s a win, win for all!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://tinyurl.com/y9lwbfrs SVP Promotion
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  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet thunderation, this book was all I hoped it would be! It is ALMOST (not quite but almost, as one other book-also by Julie Lessman-holds the title for most favorite!) my favorite novella. This book drew me in instantly, caccooned me in fuzzy, warm feelings, making me feel like I had come home after a long vacation. This novella is filled with sweet characters, inspirational messages of hope and longing, and some fun loving, bull headed banter between characters that will sweep you off your f Sweet thunderation, this book was all I hoped it would be! It is ALMOST (not quite but almost, as one other book-also by Julie Lessman-holds the title for most favorite!) my favorite novella. This book drew me in instantly, caccooned me in fuzzy, warm feelings, making me feel like I had come home after a long vacation. This novella is filled with sweet characters, inspirational messages of hope and longing, and some fun loving, bull headed banter between characters that will sweep you off your feet. Liberty O'Shea and Griffin McShane are two beautifully chiseled characters. Liberty is strong willed and set in her ways, and Finn is handsome and oh so fun to know know. The banter between these two had me chuckling through out the story. The sparks that fly between them is strong from page one and I rooted for them through out the whole page-turning fun! Throw in some awesome secondary characters in Milo, Kitty, Martha and The Poppys, this book is one that will stay with you forever and leave you thirsting for more! Anything less than 5 stars will not do this book justice. Ms. Lessman has a talent for creating a story that is not preachy, but is full of passion and love. Her words will stay with you long after the last page is read, her characters will be your family forever. Each page turn makes you want more, and you're up long into the night reading about the true liberty of it all. Fantabulously done, Ms. Lessman, and bring on the next! This is a forever keeper in my opinion! Grab it up now and fall in love, too! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    For the Love of Liberty is a wonderful book. The plot moves fast and the romance sizzles on the page between Finn and Liberty. The one thing that sets Lessman apart from every other romance writer in my humble opinion is her ability to jump into the male's perspective too. And it reads correctly too. Male are visual with their emotions. Sometimes romance writers get that wrong and it bothers me, but not Lessman. She really brings the male side to life too. I enjoy how the setting, even being in For the Love of Liberty is a wonderful book. The plot moves fast and the romance sizzles on the page between Finn and Liberty. The one thing that sets Lessman apart from every other romance writer in my humble opinion is her ability to jump into the male's perspective too. And it reads correctly too. Male are visual with their emotions. Sometimes romance writers get that wrong and it bothers me, but not Lessman. She really brings the male side to life too. I enjoy how the setting, even being in the West, which I normally don't read, didn't bother me. I could see the Virginia City as it blossomed into something better. I enjoyed the fighting back and forth between Finn and Lizz. A couple of moments had me gasping in laughter. The plot was cute, and I really can't wait until she finishes the rest of the books in this series. If you are a fan of Lessman's other books or a hot romance, than this is the book for you. I can't recommend Lessman enough. I have loved everything she has written.
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  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    A spunky western romance from Julie Lessman! It had all the "spark" and humor I expect from her stories plus a fun setting --- this is her first western! The ending came too soon.... the characters were just starting to work things out. But, I know this is a prequel novella and I'm excited to see where this story (and relationship) will pick up in the first book.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Swoon! Julie Lessman has done it again! She’s managed to create two crazy characters that you can’t help but love, and a situation that is anything but simple. Just when you think she can’t surprise you anymore, she surprises you. As always, she has managed to create a work of art that captures your heart and soul. I can’t wait to see what happens in the first book of the Silver Linings Ranch series. I’m sure it’ll be anything but a smooth ride, filled with heart wrenching breakups, swoon-worthy Swoon! Julie Lessman has done it again! She’s managed to create two crazy characters that you can’t help but love, and a situation that is anything but simple. Just when you think she can’t surprise you anymore, she surprises you. As always, she has managed to create a work of art that captures your heart and soul. I can’t wait to see what happens in the first book of the Silver Linings Ranch series. I’m sure it’ll be anything but a smooth ride, filled with heart wrenching breakups, swoon-worthy kisses, and a welcomed reminder of God’s love for us all.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.8Good story, wished for a little more from the characters and plot. Maybe the next book will fix that..? Not sure how to feel about the ending either.Still planning to read the series though.
  • Bess
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is the first I have read from Ms. Lessman. What a spit-fire novella! I loved the banter and the ending! What an ending...I'm still laughing..."Lucy, you got some s'plaining to do!"
  • April
    January 1, 1970
    A fun and flirty introduction to Lessman's new series! I enjoyed the sneak peak into Book 1 and look forward to its' release! As always reading one of Julie's books is a pleasure! 4.5 Stars!
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and flirty and full of fireworks--just what I've come to expect from the author.
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY is pure Julie Lessman: high drama and emotion, some humor, a fiery redhead and a handsome rogue who argue for most of the book, when they aren't passionately kissing. Liberty O'Shea knew Griffin "Finn" McShane since they were in school. Though Finn was three years older, they were fierce competitors and he loved to torment her. Now twenty-two, Libby is back in Virginia City, Nevada after several years at a college in the East. Finn is back in town too, now the director of the FOR LOVE OF LIBERTY is pure Julie Lessman: high drama and emotion, some humor, a fiery redhead and a handsome rogue who argue for most of the book, when they aren't passionately kissing. Liberty O'Shea knew Griffin "Finn" McShane since they were in school. Though Finn was three years older, they were fierce competitors and he loved to torment her. Now twenty-two, Libby is back in Virginia City, Nevada after several years at a college in the East. Finn is back in town too, now the director of the V & T railroad after working several years in California. From their first meeting as she interviews him for the local newspaper, sparks fly.Libby is beautiful but she's also bossy and bratty, with a quick to flare temper. Sometimes I wondered what Finn saw in her besides immense physical attraction. Since this is the prequel novella in a new series,it may take reading of the subsequent books to adequately answer that question. I did enjoy Pastor and Mrs. Poppy and their wisdom, for the most part. This is not my favorite book by Julie Lessman, but I enjoyed reading it enough to want to read the rest of the series. The sneak peak at the first chapter of the next book was humorous and left me wanting to read more.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "Fire is a precious commodity, young man, . . . . handle it carefully and it will keep you warm the rest of your life."Griffin "Finn" Alexander McShane has fire in his eyes and temper in his veins; Liberty "Libby" Margaret O'Shea has gotten under his skin ever since they competed during spelling bees back in grade school. Now the gorgeous grown up version has come back to Virginia City, Nevada and weaseled her way into his railroad office; with a pen and paper, no less. Of course her editor woul "Fire is a precious commodity, young man, . . . . handle it carefully and it will keep you warm the rest of your life."Griffin "Finn" Alexander McShane has fire in his eyes and temper in his veins; Liberty "Libby" Margaret O'Shea has gotten under his skin ever since they competed during spelling bees back in grade school. Now the gorgeous grown up version has come back to Virginia City, Nevada and weaseled her way into his railroad office; with a pen and paper, no less. Of course her editor would send her straight into "Director Finn's" office, to cover the railroad's plans for expansion. It lands Libby O'Shea coveted employment and a co-chair position on Virginia City's tenth annual Fourth of July celebration committee, but it also puts her in close proximity to her handsome nemesis, Griffin Mc"Pain". They want fireworks? They'll get fireworks alright, as Libby and Finn continue their sparring about everything from musical instruments to guns and spurs; until a close encounter in a hay loft changes everything. Entertainment, inspiration, and flirtation all wrapped up into one great little story!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    When you find yourself grinning the entire way through a book and hate to put it down, you know it's a good one! I've been a fan of Julie Lessman's books for years, and this one did not disappoint. Full of romantic tension, this prequel to her newest series has me on edge, waiting for the series to be released.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    “For Love of Liberty” is the prequel novella to Julie Lessman’s new series, Silver Lining Ranch, and despite my not being a huge fan of novellas, I quite enjoyed this one! Ms. Lessman is one of my very favorite authors, so my opinion may be slightly biased, since I can’t help but enjoy her stories. And this one definitely was not the exception! She brings her characters to such vivid life, until it seems as though I’m standing right beside them, listening to the shouting matches and eating Mrs. “For Love of Liberty” is the prequel novella to Julie Lessman’s new series, Silver Lining Ranch, and despite my not being a huge fan of novellas, I quite enjoyed this one! Ms. Lessman is one of my very favorite authors, so my opinion may be slightly biased, since I can’t help but enjoy her stories. And this one definitely was not the exception! She brings her characters to such vivid life, until it seems as though I’m standing right beside them, listening to the shouting matches and eating Mrs. Poppy’s cooking. One of the things I find so unique about Ms. Lessman’s writing is the fact that she has managed to write novels set in five different time periods (so far) and still keep her writing style the same. She has such a distinct flare that carries over through every story and I immediately know it’s her writing, regardless of the context. Her stories speak truth in such a straightforward manner, drawing this reader in, then showing me something in my own life, through the characters and their situations. I would be sorely disappointed if that ever changed. As this is a novella, I’ll try to avoid rattling on too much. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that if this story is anything to go by, then we’re in for quite a series! It had me laughing at one moment and wanting to ring someone’s neck in the next! I do confess to wishing this had been a bit (or a lot) longer, but then, I think that about the 400+ page books, as well! And I know novellas are supposed to capture your interest until you’re counting down the days until the first full novel releases - something this one definitely does!*My thanks to the author for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    There's usually a bit of trepidation when an author ventures into a new genre but I didn't think for a single second that Julie wouldn't deliver another amazing story despite it being a different setting. And of course I was right! I absolutely adored every second of this prequel! The fireworks were flying of the page and it was the best thing ever! To say that Liberty O'Shea and Finn McShane butted heads would be the understatement of the century. They both had fiery tempers that seemed to come There's usually a bit of trepidation when an author ventures into a new genre but I didn't think for a single second that Julie wouldn't deliver another amazing story despite it being a different setting. And of course I was right! I absolutely adored every second of this prequel! The fireworks were flying of the page and it was the best thing ever! To say that Liberty O'Shea and Finn McShane butted heads would be the understatement of the century. They both had fiery tempers that seemed to come out most when they were with each other and made for some of the best (and most amusing) verbal sparring I have ever read! But underneath all their bickering with each other, they had both always had feelings for the other that they kept buried and never admitted. And when they finally did reveal their feelings there were fireworks of a whole different variety! The secondary characters were so much fun too, especially Pastor and Mrs. Poppy, and Milo Parks (Finn's best friend and Libby's boss).I absolutely love how this author manages to weave passion (the good kind), humor, and a strong spiritual message seamlessly into all of her books. And even though this was shorter than she normally writes everything was still beautifully written in and I never felt like it was lacking at all. So in short this story was beyond amazing (I devoured it as fast as I could) and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Julie Lessman has again written a book that had my attention from the first page! For Love of Liberty is a prequel for her new Silver Lining Ranch series, and this short story has me more than ready to read the story of others at Silver Lining Ranch!! :)When Liberty O'Shea returns home from Vassar, she never imagined she's be working so closely with her High School nemesis Griffin McShane. But, in order to land her dream newspaper job, she has to co-chair the annual Fourth of July events for her Julie Lessman has again written a book that had my attention from the first page! For Love of Liberty is a prequel for her new Silver Lining Ranch series, and this short story has me more than ready to read the story of others at Silver Lining Ranch!! :)When Liberty O'Shea returns home from Vassar, she never imagined she's be working so closely with her High School nemesis Griffin McShane. But, in order to land her dream newspaper job, she has to co-chair the annual Fourth of July events for her town, Virginia City. This puts her and Griffin McShane in constant contact. As they begin to work together, their relationship changes, but they never lose their "butting heads" that seems to make their relationship such an interesting one. There are some twists and turns to how their relationship progresses, and I couldn't put the novella down until I found out what happened with Libby and Griffin!I cannot wait to read more about Silver Lining Ranch in the upcoming series!! From the first look at a chapter of the new book, at the end of For Love of Liberty, I am sure it will be another "must-read"!!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
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  • Sherida Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! Fireworks from the beginning of this book all the way to the last page!Julie Lessman has done it again….a sweet historical romance filled with passionate fireworks between a fun couple. For Love of Liberty features heroine Liberty Margaret O’Shea and hero Griffin Alexander McShane. The two former schoolmates clash when Liberty (Libby) returns to Virginia City, Nevada, to work as a journalist for the local newspaper, writing an unflattering story about the railroad Griffin (Finn) now directs WOW! Fireworks from the beginning of this book all the way to the last page!Julie Lessman has done it again….a sweet historical romance filled with passionate fireworks between a fun couple. For Love of Liberty features heroine Liberty Margaret O’Shea and hero Griffin Alexander McShane. The two former schoolmates clash when Liberty (Libby) returns to Virginia City, Nevada, to work as a journalist for the local newspaper, writing an unflattering story about the railroad Griffin (Finn) now directs. Every page of this book engages you with the charm of Virginia City of 1868 and involves you with the emotionally charged romance between Libby and Finn as they try to fight their mutual push-pull attraction.The characters are a delight, especially Finn’s spiritual advisors, Pastor and Mrs. Poppy. And just wait for the sparker of an ending! Perfect for this book…a great introduction to amazing author Julie Lessman’s Silver Lining Ranch series. Can’t wait for the rest of the stories…they are sure to be filled with romance and fireworks!Favorite quotes:To him she was the essence of true “liberty”—brave and bright, wild and free, infusing her heart and soul into everything she loved.“Fire is a precious commodity, young man, and don’t you forget it. Handle it carefully, and it will keep you warm for the rest of your life.”
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  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    January 1, 1970
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK It seems not even age could settle the attitudes of now grown Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane. These two have been at each other’s throats since childhood, and being co-chairmen of the July 4th town celebration is no different. Liberty and Griffin end up back in their home town of Virginia City, Nevada. She a newspaper reporter and he director of the railroad, fireworks fly as the two of them try to come to terms with how this celebration will come to pass!Author Juli MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK It seems not even age could settle the attitudes of now grown Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane. These two have been at each other’s throats since childhood, and being co-chairmen of the July 4th town celebration is no different. Liberty and Griffin end up back in their home town of Virginia City, Nevada. She a newspaper reporter and he director of the railroad, fireworks fly as the two of them try to come to terms with how this celebration will come to pass!Author Julie Lessman has added to her passionate writing stubborn characters in Liberty and Finn. I mostly enjoyed the heated fireworks (and not the romance kind) of these characters, but Liberty really got under my skin several times. She was overboard with her stubbornness, causing me to side with Finn! They both have childhood issues they need to deal with in order to get along as mature adults should, including the issue of attraction between each other. But will they end up killing each other before this attraction surfaces? That’s the beauty of reading this book, finding all of the details.I love this taste of Ms. Lessman’s prequel to her new Silver Lining Ranch Series coming soon! I can’t wait for the first book!
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  • Wendi Huisman kitsteiner
    January 1, 1970
    Okay folks. I've made no small secret about my obsession for all things Julie Lessman. She is, without a doubt, my favorite Christian fiction writer after Francine Rivers. Truly. She's that good. I just loveeeee her.I had the opportunity to review her most recent book: For Love of Liberty which is actually a prequel novella that she was writing for her new Western historical series entitled Silver Lining Ranch. Well, it was supposed to be a novella, and it ended up becoming more of a short novel Okay folks. I've made no small secret about my obsession for all things Julie Lessman. She is, without a doubt, my favorite Christian fiction writer after Francine Rivers. Truly. She's that good. I just loveeeee her.I had the opportunity to review her most recent book: For Love of Liberty which is actually a prequel novella that she was writing for her new Western historical series entitled Silver Lining Ranch. Well, it was supposed to be a novella, and it ended up becoming more of a short novel, and I just finished reading it on my Kindle.It was, as are all Julie's books full of love, fun, and always a good twist. This is an easy and fun quick read that won't leave you disappointed. But it will leave you excited to read what is coming next. The lead characters are incredibly well-defined and jump off the page at you! You fall in love with both of them and can really feel yourself stuck with them in their uncomfortable plight.The actual Silver Lining Ranch series will follow this prequel -- 17 years in the future -- and will follow two suffragists from New York, a godmother and her goddaughter, who fall in love with confirmed bachelor ranchers in Virginia City, Nevada in the mid-to-late 1800's.
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  • Andi
    January 1, 1970
    First, isn't that cover just the cutest?? It looks like Ms. Lessman was imported onto the cover. This story starts off with a bang. A fiery read head, a schoolmate who teased her, and a town's fourth of July celebration causing the two to work together. You can just imagine the fireworks! And Ms. Lessman capitalizes on each and every one of them!This novella is a fun, swoony romantic start to her new series, Silver Lining Ranch. I may not have red hair, but I saw so much of myself in Liberty. Sh First, isn't that cover just the cutest?? It looks like Ms. Lessman was imported onto the cover. This story starts off with a bang. A fiery read head, a schoolmate who teased her, and a town's fourth of July celebration causing the two to work together. You can just imagine the fireworks! And Ms. Lessman capitalizes on each and every one of them!This novella is a fun, swoony romantic start to her new series, Silver Lining Ranch. I may not have red hair, but I saw so much of myself in Liberty. She's snarky, sassy, has a tender heart, but determined to stand her ground. My husband, Mark is a cowboy, and he goads, and teases me just like Finn did to Liberty throughout the story. While there is all kinds of romantic tension, Ms. Lessman does not neglect the inspirational thread that she is known for braiding throughout her stories, hence her tagline "Passion with a Purpose." My Bottom Line:For Love of Liberty is the perfect start to a new series by Julie Lessman. Both Liberty and Finn are well rounded real characters with painful baggage that we all deal with. This is a quick read, that will engage your heart, and make you laugh. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    This was definitely 5 stars for a sweet little novella, which I loved that it came out before Book 1. The hatred, competition, and resentment flies just about as high as the inner love these two have for each other. Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane have bantered back and forth since they were little, and held each other in their eyes (and possibly hearts) just as long. But when Liberty arrives back in town after graduating from Vassar, do the sparks – and fireworks really start to fly. Being c This was definitely 5 stars for a sweet little novella, which I loved that it came out before Book 1. The hatred, competition, and resentment flies just about as high as the inner love these two have for each other. Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane have bantered back and forth since they were little, and held each other in their eyes (and possibly hearts) just as long. But when Liberty arrives back in town after graduating from Vassar, do the sparks – and fireworks really start to fly. Being co-chairs to organize the town’s Independence Day Celebration heads are butted, tempers are flared, and arguments are abound, but Liberty and Finn cannot stay away from each other, which begins their electrifying courtship. Although the days are filled with their banter back and forth on what she wants for the celebration, and him giving in to her desires, their nights are filled with just as much love. I would recommend this book, although if you are going into it as a Christian Historical book, it is very much a historical romance with a Christian undertone. I cannot wait for the next book to come out later this summer.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    What an enjoyable read from author Julie Lessman. This book is a prequel to her new Silver Lining Ranch series. It starts with Miss Liberty O'Shea and Mr. Griffin McShane butting heads since they were children in school vying for champion of the spelling bee, the science fair, etc. Now, as adults and with Liberty back from college in New York, they are butting heads again as co-chairpersons for Virginia City, Nevada's 4th of July celebration. Griffin "Finn" finds Libby to be too bossy and she fi What an enjoyable read from author Julie Lessman. This book is a prequel to her new Silver Lining Ranch series. It starts with Miss Liberty O'Shea and Mr. Griffin McShane butting heads since they were children in school vying for champion of the spelling bee, the science fair, etc. Now, as adults and with Liberty back from college in New York, they are butting heads again as co-chairpersons for Virginia City, Nevada's 4th of July celebration. Griffin "Finn" finds Libby to be too bossy and she finds Finn to be too mule-headed. How will they ever agree on anything and get things done?Deep down Finn holds a candle for Liberty and vise-versa. Neither wants to admit it to the other, which causes more tension. Will the fireworks of love fly or will this year's 4th of July celebration go down in flames? Will they come together as team? There is so much more to this story than meets the eye. I found this story to be full of action, intrigue, fun, and humor. I absolutely loved this book and know you will too. Pick up a copy for yourself and see. Enjoy!I borrowed a copy of this book from Epub.pub and am leaving this review voluntarily.
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  • Julie Jobe
    January 1, 1970
    I usually really enjoy Ms. Lessman's books, but this one is not my favorite. I wanted to really like this book, but Liberty was hard to like, in my opinion. Rather than finding her to be a strong, independent woman, she came across to me as rather rude and ill mannered as well as presumptuous and arrogant in thinking she knows everything. I also didn't care for the way that she treated Finn. I felt like everything she accused him of being (ex: "mule of a bully with a hair trigger temper") actual I usually really enjoy Ms. Lessman's books, but this one is not my favorite. I wanted to really like this book, but Liberty was hard to like, in my opinion. Rather than finding her to be a strong, independent woman, she came across to me as rather rude and ill mannered as well as presumptuous and arrogant in thinking she knows everything. I also didn't care for the way that she treated Finn. I felt like everything she accused him of being (ex: "mule of a bully with a hair trigger temper") actually fit her. I just kept thinking that she would win more people and get her way more often if she wasn’t so spiteful, pushy, rude, and bossy. There's a way to be strong and independent and passionate without being those things. She made the book hard to enjoy. I did like Finn a bit better and did enjoy some of the moments as their relationship changed and built. But it's kind of hard to have hope for a couple to last when they had some of the problems they did, especially with Liberty's character seeming to be immature in so many ways.
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  • Mary Cramer
    January 1, 1970
    Blue Blistering Blazes! This book is full of sparks!!There are three things I always love about Julie Lessman's books; the character development, the spiritual truths that are woven through out, and the "sparks" between the main characters! For Love of Liberty, does not disappoint in any area! I love this quote: “Fire is a precious commodity, young man, and don’t you forget it. Handle it carefully, and it will keep you warm for the rest of your life.” How true! God gave us passion and put toward Blue Blistering Blazes! This book is full of sparks!!There are three things I always love about Julie Lessman's books; the character development, the spiritual truths that are woven through out, and the "sparks" between the main characters! For Love of Liberty, does not disappoint in any area! I love this quote: “Fire is a precious commodity, young man, and don’t you forget it. Handle it carefully, and it will keep you warm for the rest of your life.” How true! God gave us passion and put towards noble goals, it is a beautiful thing. Used in the wrong way and it leaves a trail of wild fire, something Liberty and Griffen learn in this story. It's full of fun, excitement, romance, and plenty of heat between the likeable characters! I can't wait to see what Julie does with the rest of this series! I know it will be fantastic just like all the rest of her stories!!!
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when a beautiful, feisty, and smart suffragette joins forces with her handsome childhood nemesis to create the best 4th of July celebration Virginia City has ever seen? You get a veritable Julie Lessman feast for the senses... complete with talent shows, hayrides, a barn dance, and fireworks—plenty of fireworks! Griffin McShane is the stuff heroes are made of...successful, charming, with quite a few tricks up his sleeve to handle Miss Liberty O'Shea. Or so he thinks. Libby is a love What happens when a beautiful, feisty, and smart suffragette joins forces with her handsome childhood nemesis to create the best 4th of July celebration Virginia City has ever seen? You get a veritable Julie Lessman feast for the senses... complete with talent shows, hayrides, a barn dance, and fireworks—plenty of fireworks! Griffin McShane is the stuff heroes are made of...successful, charming, with quite a few tricks up his sleeve to handle Miss Liberty O'Shea. Or so he thinks. Libby is a lovely spitfire and certainly knows how to put Finn the womanizer in his place. Or so she thinks. Sparks turn into fireworks and fireworks into a blaze, as the two butt heads and hearts collide! Lessman has written a sizzling, fast-paced, hilarious, faith-filled prequel to her new Silver Lining Ranch Series...guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart and bring out an unladylike guffaw or two!
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  • Virginia
    January 1, 1970
    Think Anne of Green Gables…crossed with quotes like…I guarantee you one thing or When Pigs Fly…and Over my dead body and you have sparks flying right from the start with Liberty and Finn.Sparks that have flown from the first spelling bee and every competition thereafter. Liberty and Finn find even after a few years of separation, that nothing is going to be peaceful between them. As Finn longs for success and Liberty longs for freedom, these two battle up and down the streets of Virginia City. Think Anne of Green Gables…crossed with quotes like…I guarantee you one thing or When Pigs Fly…and Over my dead body and you have sparks flying right from the start with Liberty and Finn.Sparks that have flown from the first spelling bee and every competition thereafter. Liberty and Finn find even after a few years of separation, that nothing is going to be peaceful between them. As Finn longs for success and Liberty longs for freedom, these two battle up and down the streets of Virginia City. But can they be successful and have freedom and still remain faithful to who they are and to Whom they serve. Just about the time they think they can, can a rival destroy it all? It’s an adventure that will keep you laughing…right from the start.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I Loved reading Liberty and Finn’s Story. Both are very smart, very good looking and can not seem to stand each. Liberty is alway trying to win and beat Finn in whatever they are doing. And Finn always seems to be picking on Liberty. This was a great story with a lot of arguing between Liberty and Finn along with funny times. There were also many moments that I found warming my cheeks from the sweetness and innocence of it all that somehow still managed to contain so much passion. Julie Lessman I Loved reading Liberty and Finn’s Story. Both are very smart, very good looking and can not seem to stand each. Liberty is alway trying to win and beat Finn in whatever they are doing. And Finn always seems to be picking on Liberty. This was a great story with a lot of arguing between Liberty and Finn along with funny times. There were also many moments that I found warming my cheeks from the sweetness and innocence of it all that somehow still managed to contain so much passion. Julie Lessman truly has an amazing gift with words. I enjoyed this book so much I was having trouble putting it down to get anything done. I am very much looking forward to reading more from this series, and hope to get more of a glimpse of Liberty and Finn in the other books.
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