He’s looking to take care of his family. She’s looking to take care of her heart. Trouble is . . . love’s looking to take care of them both.
Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Jilted by a fortune hunter, Cassidy travels west hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. Can love prevail when Jamie discovers that Cassidy is poorer than he is? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
Bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the delectable Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Join your favorite romantic storyteller as she moves to the hills of San Francisco for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations.
Barely has Cassidy McClare arrived in the city of San Francisco than she is literally knocked off her feet. The culprit is a handsome young man, and the ensuing exchange between he and Cassidy is not exactly cordial. Cassidy recounts the incident to her cousin but has no reason to believe she will cross paths with him again. That is, at least, until she learns he is a close friend of the McClare family and spends most of his spare time at their home. Cassidy and Jamie have met their match in each other; sparks fly, but is there enough to form an enduring relationship?
In Love at Any Cost, Julie Lessman has created vibrant characters that leap off the page. I immediately took a liking to Cassidy and her cousin Alli, and loved their friendship. Jamie is a rat, who falls afoul of his own scheme to marry Cassidy for her presumed fortune. Instead, he falls in love and has to make some hard decisions once the truth is known. Does his future happiness depend on love or money? His motives can be understood from the reader’s perspective, but it’s important to see him from Cassidy’s point of view as well. A side story concerns Alli’s widowed mother, Cait, and her brother-in-law. Uncle Logan spends a lot of time at the family’s Nob Hill mansion, ostensibly to look after his dead brother’s wife and children. But he and Cait have a past, one that Cait is wary of revisiting. Cait and Cassidy’s relationship troubles are comparable. Both have been burned in the past, and Logan and Jamie are of similar character.
I am fascinated by the Gilded Age of America and what life was like for the different classes during this era. I’ve read some great Gilded Age novels set in New York and Chicago, and I’m happy to add this one set in San Francisco to my collection. Lessman includes great detail of the city by the bay prior to the 1906 earthquake which leveled so much of it, and isn’t afraid to shy away from including the seedier parts of the city such as the notorious Barbary Coast. This is the first of a new series called The Heart of San Francisco, and I look forward to reading the next title.
Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group)
Publication Date: 15 April 2013
Page Count: 406
Thank you to Revell for my free copy of Love at Any Cost, which I received in exchange for an honest review.