Passion Most Pure, A: A Novel - eBook
Not as good as some other books I have read.
I felt like there were to many relationships between the two main characters to finally end up with each other. An overall good book, just not one of my favorites.
February 6, 2014
Needed more pure passion
I liked the basic story line, loved the family moments, and I loved that the parents in this book are shown as still in love 20+ years later. I thought the way love was presented in this read was off. One doesn't realize they love their date or fiancÃÂ©e more due to a kiss or more than one. That isn't love. It seemed that most of the passion and what drew the characters together wasn't true love at all. There were several great quotes such as, " ...it's true passion- the kind that really satisfies-isn't cheap. It doesn't manipulate and coax for a moments pleasure. Believe it or not, it's tied to real love...and it always has God's blessing." However, these quotes seemed somewhat separate from the story.
Faith has been infatuated with Colin since she was young, but it is Charity, her sister and constant rival, that catches his eye. When they become engaged Faith faints. What lies just ahead, though, is WW I which will change their lives forever. Faith finds happiness, and Charity, true to her character, ruins it.
I don't want to give spoilers so will leave it at that. I grew up in a large family, and our friends came from large families- up to 12. Never did I see such rivalry in real life between siblings. It was downright hatred and over the top. I never liked Colin...even at the end there isn't anything to endear him to me as a reader. The ending was expected, but I must admit I was disappointed with it. More "true love" and less lust would have been nice, too.
I did like the peak into WWI. Most books I've read that deal with world wars follow the second one. It was a quick enjoyable read that I would recommend to friends my age. I would not however recommend it for the YA crowd. It falls short in really telling of a pure passion.
February 6, 2014
This is a fantastic book!
There is so much going on in this book, I don't even know where to start! This book mainly focuses on Faith O'Conner and Collin McGuire. I absolutely loved Faith's character. Her sweet nature and forgiving spirit is one I would gladly like to imitate. Her love for God is strong and true, and again something I would like to imitate in my own life. She exudes confidence, even as she is witnessing to someone. Collin McGuire is a rake. He is sweet and gentle, yet hard and cocky all at the same time. He is looking for love in all the wrong places, when the obvious answer for him is right in front of his eyes. How is it possible that I love him and hate him all at the same time?!
The conflict between Faith and her sister Charity is one I can relate to, just not to the same depth of hatred Charity apparently has for her sister. I have a sister; we fought many times, but I never would have done some of the things Charity did to Faith, ever. The plot was fast-moving, and at times heart-wrenching. I was weeping at certain points of the story, laughing out loud at others, and so mad at Collin or Faith or Charity I wanted to scream! I couldn't put it down! As a matter of fact, I read it through in one day!
The message of the story is two-fold. For Faith, it was learning to trust in God no matter the circumstances in your life. Relying on His peace and grace in the midst of the storm as well as in the good times of your life. For Collin, it was learning to place your trust in a higher power. Learning that God wasn't a cruel God or a mocking God. He is a God of love and he wants what's best for his children.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I loved the plot, the message, and the characters. I can't wait to read the next book in the Daughters of Boston series!
January 14, 2014
So I wrote a review for this book awhile ago but I waited to long after reading the book and I really don't like it! It in no way gave my full feelings for this book so after rereading it I'm going to give a second try!
Words cannot fully express my love for this book! Several times I would just stop reading to hug the book and give a happy sigh-yeah I'm a bit ridiculous! This book gives you the full spectrum of emotion. I laughed out loud several times and other times tears made it hard to read. Julie Lessman is one of those amazing authors that can make you happy to be sad and it is a true gift. And knowing what was coming didn't help any in lessening the emotions in fact since I read the prequel I think it was even harder!
Faith is an amazing heroine! Her relationship with God was so close and real; it was truly inspiring! I also was insanely impressed with how she kept God as her priority and refused to be with anyone who didn't love Him as much as she did!
Collin is not that admirable of a hero to begin with but as his love for Faith draws him closer to God he begins to turn into a man you really like. And when he finally gives his heart to God he becomes one of your favorite heroes!
Patrick and Marcy's relationship was made even more special after reading A Light in the Window which is the story of when they fell in love! I love how even after over twenty years their love has not dimmed but instead has grown!
In short I once again loved all the characters with the exception of Charity but knowing how much I ended up loving her in the other books made her much more bearable in this one! I love the O'Conner family dynamic and each of them endeared themselves to my heart. The other characters were pretty awesome as well from Mrs. Gerson to Mitch, and Faith's friends at both The Herald and the Irish Times.
So now that I've rambled for awhile I will end by saying I adored this book and it is truly one of my absolute favorite books!
January 13, 2014