A Light in the Window
By Julie Lessman
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
(From the back of the book)
One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?
Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston’s most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.
While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the “light in the window,” meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”
“Sigh”. That was the sound you heard when I finished this book. I was sad to see it end. It was like most of the Julie Lessman books that I have read, but with a gentler touch as far as the edginess of her other books. I absolutely loved it! I loved her other books in the series and throughly enjoyed reading about how Marcie and Patrick met and fell in love.
The one thing I especially like about these books is that the characters are real and raw. They are not perfect. They fall in love, but they mess up. They hurt each other’s feelings, they make big mistakes, and they accept responsibility for it. But they love deeply and passionately, which makes up the story. I loved how Patrick knew he had to change. I felt Marcie struggled with selective blindness. She knew he was bad news, but when it came to her other lifelong friend, she struggled to see past the friend she always loved and wanted as a husband and companion.
Ms. Lessman tells a story of love with depth, but also is a book you will just enjoy throughly. You will not stop until you have read each and every story that follows as well. Check out all of her books!