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- Book 1 of 3 in The Daughters of Boston (3 Book Series)
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The characters are very strong Christians with strong faith. They have a mighty impact on the people around them like Collin, with his anger at God, and Mitch, with his stagnant relationship with the Almighty he grew up with.
This is a more sensual book than typical CBA historical romances, and I loved that aspect of it. It made the characters' struggles so much more realistic and relatable.
The characters are so well drawn that I felt strongly for each of them. In fact, I hated Charity so much, I kept reading and hoping she'd die or get maimed or something in the next chapter!
If a reader is looking for sweet, perfect characters who never sin, who never give in to physical temptation, then this isn't the book for you. Faith, who is strong in her relationship with God, nevertheless sins by responding to her sister's suitor's physical overtures. I could relate to this, because who hasn't been drawn to the bad boy even though we KNOW we shouldn't? Faith is very real as a character--in her Christlike behavior and in her sinfulness.
The novel's theme of futile chasing after the wind--pursuing things that have no eternal value--is very deftly woven into the story, and resonated with me quite a bit.
I think this would be a fabulous novel for any teenage girl to read. The sensuality is not graphic, and the struggles of the main characters are things any single woman could relate to. There's a great deal of realism and yet encouragement in the characters' actions and choices.
I highly recommend this novel. Fans of Deeanne Gist will probably enjoy this one.
While I appreciate the fact that some inspirational fiction books can be a bit saccharine and sweet, this book to me seemed like an attempt to make people who hate inspirational fiction become fans by giving them all the soap opera like qualities they like in regular romance. There is a difference between trying to make the characters seem real and using "realism" as an attempt to create characters that would be more at home in a secular romance than an inspirational one.
Ms. Lessman is a good writer, and I did try to finish, but one sister is in love with her younger sister's boyfriend and keeps allowing him to kiss her. He is in love with the older sister but wants to marry the younger sister because he can control his feelings for her. The younger sister, despite growing up in a Christian home, uses her feminine wiles to get her way. The older sister becomes engaged to one man, but she catches him in a compromising position with the younger sister. I could go on, but why bother? You get the point. In addition to writing about characters who lack morals, Ms. Lessman has also given us characters who lack the ability to make up their mind. Unfortunately, I have made my decision and I certainly won't be reading any more books by Julie Lessman.
In A PASSION MOST PURE, Ms. Lessman yanks you in, never letting you go. Her characters are living, breathing human beings, suffering all the problems and passions a person at that tumultuous time encounters: polio, loss of faith in God, unrequited love, the draft, escaping the ravages of war.
Battle with Faith O'Connor as she denies the love of her life, a man engaged to her beautiful and often selfish sister Charity, to remain true to her Heavenly Father.
Journey with Collin McGuire as he embraces a roughish lifestyle in a bitter attempt to escape his broken family's curse.
I turned page after page, desperate to know the outcome, yet dreading the end as I thirsted for more. To miss reading A PASSION MOST PURE would be like erasing from memory the best day you've ever had.
I could go on, but won't deny you the unbelievable satisfaction you'll get from plunging into this epic saga of love, loss, and comfort only the Almighty God provides. Everyone should read Ms. Lessman's book. It's one of the finest I've come across in years. If you don't buy a copy you're cheating yourself, and you'll regret missing the best read since Francine River's REDEEMING LOVE.
As a literary agent, I read a lot of manuscripts. A PASSION MOST PURE receives my highest rating, and no, unfortunately, Ms. Lessman isn't my client! Hurry, Ms. Lessman. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in your Daughters of Boston series, A PASSION REDEEMED. Can I review it ... please?
I found A Passion Most Pure to be an excellent, fast-paced read. One which grabbed me from the beginning and hung on to The End. As a reader, I experienced both love and dislike for EVERY character, their flaws as well as their good points. Admittedly I had to dig deep to find any good points in Charity. But they're there, believe me. Still, I found myself wanting desperately to see her hurt, maimed or otherwise damaged. I even struggled at times with Faith, wanting to reach through the pages and give her a good shaking. Though greatly tempted, with very human reactions, she stayed true to herself and never wavered from her faith. And Collin? Ah, he had his own demons to fight. I honestly believe he didn't know WHAT he wanted. I grew frustrated with him, thinking "C'mon, Collin. Fish, or cut bait!"
My frustration was not with the author -- it was with the characters she so realistically created and portrayed. Aren't these things all so very human? Yes, Collin is a 'bad boy.' Ever known any? Yes, Charity is selfish and self-centered. Know anybody like that? And, sure, Faith is tempted. You've never been tempted? And yeah, Patrick shows favoritism toward Faith over Charity. I daresay most parents secretly favor one child over another, though most will deny it. If you've never experienced these feelings, then you have never experienced life.
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What a wonderful story of gods Grace I so enjoyed this book fell in love with this family look forward to moorePublished 13 days ago by Helen Pickering
First of the Daughters of Boston series (and the overall O'Connor family saga) Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure ranks as one of
the best Christian Fiction books ever... Read more
This book kept me captivated and wanting to keep reading. Very enjoyable read! Look forward to reading the rest of the series.Published 1 month ago by Joyful mom and grandma
I really did love this book I laughed I cried and I'm so happy with how it ended. Sweet love and the desires of hearts all brought about by God.Published 2 months ago by Lovestoread
I enjoyed following the story of an Irish/UK family and I would recommend it as an engaging read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was really excited to read this book, but was disappointed overall... I had a hard time liking the character. It felt kind of like a soap opera that dragged on.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed how the author showed how each character approached the idea of love. Of course the love of God will always be deeper, wider, fuller, satisfying and enduring. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anuenue
I was captivated from the beginning. This is an incredible story of love, heartache, loss and faithfulness. I loved this story.Published 3 months ago by Caryl Kane
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