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A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston, Book 1) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Sisters are so overrated, she decided. Not all of them, of course, only the beautiful ones who never let you forget it. Faith O'Connor stood on tiptoe behind the side porch, squinting through her mother's prized lilac bush. The sound of summer locusts vibrated in her ears as she gasped, inches from where her sister, Charity, stood in the arms of-- "Collin, someone might hear us," Charity whispered. "Not if we don't talk." Collin's index finger stroked the cleft of her sister's chin. Faith's body went numb. The locusts crescendoed to a frenzy in her brain. She wanted to sink into the fresh-mown lawn, but her feet rooted to the ground as firmly as the bush that hid her from view. Three years had done nothing to diminish his effect on her. He was grinning, studying her sister through heavy lids, obviously relaxed as he leaned against the wall of their wraparound porch. His serge morning coat was draped casually over the railing. The rolled sleeves of his starched, white shirt displayed muscled arms snug around Charity's waist. Faith knew all too well his clear, gray eyes held a maddening twinkle, and she heard the low rumble of his laughter when he pulled her sister close.
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She's found the love of her life.
Unfortunately, he loves her sister.
As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O'Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire is brash, cocky, and from the wrong side of the tracks, not to mention forbidden by her father. And then there's the small matter that he is secretly courting her younger sister. But when Collin's affections shift, it threatens to tear her proper Boston family apart.
Book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Most Pure will carry your heart from the sophisticated streets of Boston to the green hills of Ireland as men go off to war and women long for their return. Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, it will captivate you from the first page.
"A Passion Most Pure is a frolicking read brimming with humor, desire, and addled affections, and guarantees to satisfy the most romantic of hearts."--Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered
"A thought-provoking yet very enjoyable read, one I hated to put down and returned to over and over with great eagerness and anticipation. I can't wait for the next one in this series."--Kathleen Morgan, author of A Fire Within and As High as the Heavens
Julie Lessman is a debut novelist whose writing has already garnered awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. A Passion Most Pure is her first novel.
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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.
I would have preferred that the pronouns for God be capitalized in the book. The only mistake that stood out was where "drunks" was used for "drinks," and that could have been a scanning error.
This is an excellent novel, especially the first part and ending. Faith and Colin's story is magnetic, but God's story is the strong in the book. It's what holds the story together in such a powerful way. I didn't like how Mitch and Faith's romance developed to seem so strong. I wish there had been more misgivings or more realization of settling for second best, but I was still captivated. One of the main reasons Mitch seemed so great to Faith is that she felt she could trust him. I don't see how she relented so quickly and accepted the engagement ring back after he cheated on her. It would have made more sense to me if she forgave him and perhaps even agreed to see him again, but not immediately taken back the ring. It was still a wonderful book, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. I would definitely read more from Julie Lessman.
I appreciated the faith-based passion also included and interwoven throughout this novel, as well as Julie's other works, because I don't care for books that are only passionate in the couple's relationship to each other. That almost devalues the relationship of that work for me, because I personally depend on my faith within my relationships, and I love that Julie's characters do, too.
In "A Passion Most Pure," Julie delves into the depths of the human heart and masterfully displays its intricate complexities. Few authors show how mysterious, convoluted and deceitful the human heart is and Julie does a remarkable job of displaying it for what it is - even for the most devout followers of Christ. (FYI - There is nothing "preachy" about this book.)
Julie also did an outstanding job of keeping the storyline true to the era. Bravo, Julie! A pure pleasure to read! I can't wait to read the next in the series.
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