Love at Any Cost

Love at Any Cost : A Novel

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Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

With delectable descriptions and a romantic sensibility, bestselling author Julie Lessman brings the Gilded Age to life in this sumptuous new series. Readers will faithfully follow Lessman to the West Coast for more romance, passion, and surprising revelations found in Love at Any Cost.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 27.94mm | 426g
  • Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 0800721675
  • 9780800721671
  • 797,124

Back cover copy

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.

"With an artist's brushstroke, Julie Lessman creates another masterpiece filled with family and love and passion. Love at Any Cost will not only soothe your soul, but it will make you laugh, stir your heart, and release a sigh of satisfaction when you turn the last page."--MaryLu Tyndall, bestselling author of Veil of Pearls

"One of the spunkiest, most endearing heroines to ever grace the page, Cassidy McClare will win your heart right along with her heart-tugging hero. Readers will not be able to part with these characters come 'The End.'"--Laura Frantz, author of Love's Reckoning

"This is the most fun I've had reading a Julie Lessman book. The McClare clan is wonderful and I loved all of them. I can't wait to see what Julie does next!"--Mary Connealy, author of Over the Edge, In Too Deep, and Out of Control
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About Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of "Passion with a Purpose" underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as "Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction." Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year, and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her family and is the author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series whose first book, A Hope Undaunted, ranked #5 on Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at
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Rating details

1,655 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 46% (757)
4 29% (485)
3 18% (297)
2 5% (76)
1 2% (40)

Our customer reviews

Sweet Saints above, Ms. Lessman has done it again!!! Next to Karen Kingsbury, she is absolutely positively my absolute favorite Christian Fiction author. I love her work! Her characters (my favorite is Katie from A Hope Undaunted!) steal you away to their time and place and sweep you into their mix for a time. I laugh, I cry, I smile through all her books and her characters......well, they are chiseled absolutely perfectly for their stories! Oh my! Cassidy was absolute a breath of fresh air! I loved the phrases she used through out the story. Ms. Lessman used phrases my granddaddy used to use before he passed away years ago, it brought back so many memories for me! And her heart, bless her, she just wanted to let go of her broken engagement from a gold digger and move on with becoming a teacher in a new place. I laughed at her and wanted to wrap her up and squeeze her tight! And Jamie McKenna......oh sweet lawdy, I loved him! Can we say *drool*??? That is one fine man....err, um. Yes, back to my review. Jamie is a wonderful man and I saw it from the start! He was made out to be a womanizer but I could just tell that deep down, he was a tenderhearted, one woman man. Yes sirree I did indeed see it! Ms. Lessman did a wonderful job with his creation and I didn't want to say goodbye to him, especially as I started watching him pursue Ms. Cassidy. I can't give this book anything less than 5 stars! It would be an utter disgrace to do so! Ms. Lessman combined laugh out loud laughter, spark flying romance (clean, of course!), and a setting to sweep you off your feet! I highly, hats-off, two thumbs up, the whole shebang, recommend this start to a fabulous series by Ms. Lessman!show more
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In this book Texas oil heiress Cassidy McClare has been jilted by her Fiancés Mark Chancelor in her small Texas town of Humble. He says his father disapproves of the match, but she suspects it has to do with her Daddy's dry wells. She is devastated and has made the decision to put her future happiness in God's Hands and not in another man's from now on. She needs to get away and forget, so she takes a trip to her Aunt Caitlyn's home in San Francisco. What she doesn't expect is to be bowled over by a no good polecat pretty boy named Jamie McKenna. Jamie is a boy from the Barbary Coast, raised in the slums and fighting his way out. Jamie has become a lawyer and best friends with Cassie's cousins Blake and Brahm. He has aspirations to be in politics one day and to provide for his mother and crippled sister, who needs an operation that is expensive. He needs a wife that is not only rich but with a father that is well connected. He thinks he has found the right one in Patricia until Cassie shows up and offers a life with someone that is not only rich and well connected but someone he could fall in love with. Cassie is gun shy and tells Jamie that she wants a God centered relationship with him. Jamie has never relied on God but for Cassidy he is willing to try. When Jamie finds out that Cassie could be poorer than him, he has to make a decision between his hopes for the future he had planed for since he was a boy and the future he wants with Cassie. Mr. Lessman has spun straw into gold. She weaves such a wonderful story about life and faith in God. As always the story is full of imperfect people with imperfect lives. And that is were she gets it right. We are all sinners and have come short of the glory of God. To write about perfect characters that never do anything wrong is a mistake that Mrs. Lessman never makes. To see that someone can mess up and yet God still loves them and want a relationship with them is real and what makes her stories so wonderful in my book. I can't wait for the second in this series and recommend this book to everyone!show more
by Darla
Oh my. Let me begin by saying that Julie Lessman is, and has been for quite awhile now, my favorite author ever!! And this book...OH MY! Putting this book down every time that I had to was painful! It was definitely lighter and funnier than her other books, which I adored because it separated the characters. At first I wondered if when I read about Cassidy, would it be like reading about Faith, or Charity or Lizzie, Katie, Emma and Annie. But it wasn't! Cassidy was a whole new personality that I fell absolutely, positively in love with. And Jamie? Can all us girls say 'swoon'? ;) Cassidy McClare comes to San Francisco looking to forget the fortune hunter who jilted her and heal her heart in the warm, loving arms of her family.Jamie MacKenna wants nothing more than to marry well in order to provide a better life for his mother and sister, and to help get his sister the surgery she desperately needs. When Jamie meets the Texas oil heiress, Cassie McClare, he starts to believe that he can get love and money all in one package...until he finds out Cassie is probably poorer than he is. This book stole my heart in so many ways! The playful teasing and flirting between Cassie and Jamie, the light funny dialogue that had me laughing, not to mention the sweet yet steamy kissing scenes that never fail to bring a grin to my face. As Jamie and Cassie discover love, tension is thrown into the mix with the painful history that stands like a brick wall between Caitlyn McClare and Logan McClare. I refuse to give anything too important away, but those two are one of the many reasons I am now bouncing up and down, anxious to get my hands on the next book!! Julie Lessman has once again weaved a tale of passionate love, unshakeable faith, and painful realities that are faced by each and every one of us every day. Releasing everything into God's hands, especially the people you love so dearly and want to protect, can be a very difficult thing. But it is always the right and perfect thing to do. Once again, Julie has given me a story to cherish and has reminded us that every perfect love story always, without fail, has God at the center. Thank you Julie, for your exquisite writing, your passion for romance but most importantly, your ability to put down on paper what we as weak human beings strive to achieve every day in our hearts. Eternal, steadfast, absolute faith in more
by Erica Hogan
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