Passion Most Pure, A: A Novel - eBook
An okay read
I liked some parts of the novel and the writing style, but personally, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of sensual tension between the characters. I usually enjoy a mixed genre of historical, adventure and romance but this was definitely romance.
I understand it was the main story line and such but there were times when I was frustrated about the lack of restraint and how I felt there was nothing more to the story line. It almost felt like the story was circling or repeating and I was thinking here we go again. I struggled to finish the book.
I was wanting more depth to the characters other than their wanting of each other. They all seemed to be defined by their love interest (especially Faith and Charity with their suitors) and I would have enjoyed the book more if more time was taken to show us who these people are as individuals. We were only given glimpses and I wanted more.
There were scenes and moments of the novel that I really enjoyed how it was written. Since this was the first novel from Julie Lessman I have read I probably will try another of her novels with a different storyline.
October 27, 2013
WHAT AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY !!!!!!!!
I was in tears when I finished reading A Passion Most Pure - albeit, they were tears of joy, & satisfaction, for the ending. However, they weren't the first tears shed during the reading of this wonderful book! Julie Lessman keeps her readers "hanging" until the last few pages of her books; the passion, & unexpected twists, leave one breathless, & emotionally wrought. I became so emotionally invested in the characters of A Passion Most Pure, it was hard to put the book down, & I didn't want it to end.
A Passion Most Pure is the story of Faith O'Connor, & her quest to find the husband God has chosen for her. The Journey is, greatly, complicated by the jealousy of her sister, Charity. Faith & Charity are daughters of Marcy & Patrick O'Connor, whose romance is portrayed in A Light in the Window. Each member of the O'Connor family is featured in a separate book - A Passion Most Pure is followed by A Passion Redeemed, A Passion Denied, A Hope Undaunted, A Heart Revealed, & A Love Surrendered.
Overjoyed at starting the next book in the series - Julie's writing has stolen my heart, "hook, line, & sinker"!
November 14, 2013
God Works in the Tough Places
This is the first book that IÃ¢ÂÂve read by Julie Lessman Ã¢ÂÂ in fact I was very excited to have won it in a contest!
This is book is full of drama. To be honest, almost more drama than I wanted to deal with. I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt stop reading it though, because itÃ¢ÂÂs kind of like your own familyÃ¢ÂÂ¦even when thereÃ¢ÂÂs drama that you donÃ¢ÂÂt want to deal with, youÃ¢ÂÂre invested in making sure it works out okay in the end.
Julie created characters that are so real that you feel as if they are your family or at least, close friends. That fosters a genuine care for each of them, their situations and decisions Ã¢ÂÂ even when they are making hurtful decisions. You hurt when they hurt, you laugh when they laugh, you love the people they love, even if sometimes you donÃ¢ÂÂt want to.
Probably my favorite thing about this book is the very natural way that God is a part of their lives. From the beginning you have a cast of characters that is very diverse in their beliefs. From everyday Christians to Sunday Christians to those who want nothing to do with God and live lives fully on their own terms. In that, Julie writes in a way that makes God in our everyday lives so natural. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a working example of how we can practically have Him in our everyday lives. She shows the very real necessity of knowing GodÃ¢ÂÂs Word and how it truly is a source of help and comfort in our lowest points as well as a beacon of guidance always. She also shows how vital it is to have a Godly mentor, someone that we share our hurts, beliefs, doubts, sins and love with. And I love the way she shows the importance of family, even when itÃ¢ÂÂs less than perfect (arenÃ¢ÂÂt they all?) and full of hurt Ã¢ÂÂ even so, God puts us together to support one another and see each other through.
So, parts I struggled with:
- The drama Ã¢ÂÂ it was almost soap opera like and more than I truly wanted to deal with. With that said, life is messy and full of drama and this book shows how God is in the midst guiding us through.
- The focus on the physical in this book was difficult for me. One reason I read Christian fiction is to not deal with this aspect. Never did I feel that she stepped over any bounds in explanation or anything, she is very adept at letting you know where it was headed without the details. Again however, life is messy. We are not perfect. God gives boundaries to live with in Ã¢ÂÂ which is a main point of contention in this book Ã¢ÂÂ and when weÃ¢ÂÂre not walking closely with God (and even when we are, if not being accountable) we can find ourselves in these very real situations. As much as I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like it, itÃ¢ÂÂs a reality in our world and needed to be addressed.
Parts that I love:
- The well-developed characters that you just canÃ¢ÂÂt help loving, even though sometimes you donÃ¢ÂÂt want to deal with them. IÃ¢ÂÂm so grateful that God sees the potential and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt give up on us as in my humanness I am more apt to do.
- The variety of settings, from Boston to Ireland to the
- The positive portrayal of a Christian marriage and what it looks like. God honoring marriages are not the norm these days, so it is very nice to see an example to emulate.
- The aspect of forgiveness, shown in various ways throughout the book. I love the way Julie went straight to the scriptures to help one of the characters see the need for this and exactly how to do so when she thought it impossible.
- The everyday aspect of living with Jesus Ã¢ÂÂ not just the knowledge of Jesus, but how knowing His Holy Scripture can make such a difference in how we perceive and react to things. Although never mentioned or suggested, it leads one to want to memorize Scripture, have it hidden in oneÃ¢ÂÂs heart so that it can make a difference in our lives the way it did for the characters in this book.
- The believability of it. Life is messy, but some of the issues in this book could have felt forced or not real. As much as I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like the sin and the outcomes, Julie told this very twisted tale in a very plausible way. And the grace and faith she wove into it was just as convincing.
In summation, obviously there were more parts of the book that I loved than parts that I struggled with. This book touched a chord with me. At one point the heart-wrenching pain I witnessed caused me to leave the book and spend time worshiping God. At another point I was so thankful that of all the ways my sister and I have struggled, we didnÃ¢ÂÂt have to deal with what these sisters were dealing with, that I stopped reading to let my sister know. As I finished the book, even though it was 3:30am in the morning, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt help myself, I had to write down my feelings about it. This book may deal with things that my heart doesnÃ¢ÂÂt want to see, but this book literally drew me into the arms of Jesus for comfort and guided me in ways and reasons to incorporate my love for Him even more into my everyday life. I highly recommend this book. I donÃ¢ÂÂt believe you can read it without being touched by God. I so look forward to what God has in store for me when I read the next two books in this series, A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied.
September 18, 2013
a convicting novel
The first book of Daughters of Boston series is a convicting novel about a woman who chooses to lay down her desires for a man who'd rather have her than her God. In her trials, she blossoms into a woman of faith and prayer and sees God meet her needs.
July 29, 2013