I recently read an advanced copy of Surprised by Love, the third installment of The Heart of San Francisco Series by Julie Lessman. I enjoyed getting more involved with the McClare family of San Francisco, California, circa 1904.
This book centers on 18-year-old Megan who is just returning after a year in Paris. When she left home she was a chubby, four-eyed girl whose heart had been tromped on more than once by cruel classmates who saw only the outward shy Meg. One in particular, Devin Caldwell her nemesis and chief taunter, is one who is bound to eat crow when he meets her again as a beautiful debutante.
Bram Hughes is ten years Meg's senior, a close family friend and attorney in Meg's uncle Logan's firm and Megan's closest friend and confidante. She is hardly recognizable to him after growing into such a beauty poised with charm, confidence and sporting contact lenses, something else altogether new.
One of Meg's dreams is to become an attorney and she has accepted an internship offer at the District Attorney's office. It is during her second week on the job that Meg discovers that Devin Caldwell is the nephew of Andrew Turner, District Attorney. He does not recognize Megs and has a bit of crow to eat once he finds the truth. Can she trust him to be who he says he is after years of tormenting her?
The book is a good study of character and forgiveness. Oh there is another romance in the story as well as the continuation of cleaning up the Barbary Coast. It would spoil the fun if I shared it all but I hope I have teased you well enough to pick up a copy of the book and get to know more about Megan and the McClare family. You will be glad you did!