This is an absolutely incredible book! I seriously couldn't believe how passionate, fun, and heart wrenching this book was! Once I got into it I couldn't stop reading until I was finished!!!! I loved that it is bigger than most books so it makes you feel as though you really get to know the characters. If you love romantic, historical fiction than you'll love this book!
In the first book of the Daughters of Boston series, Julie Lessman opens the story with a dramatic 'BANG'! And she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat with emotions that rival the ride of a roller coaster. I loved A Passion Most Pure because Julie shows the inner struggles that we as human beings go through at some point in our lives, including those of us who love God and want to please Him. She delights in taking her characters and putting them in situations that make them do some serious thinking, ultimately bringing them before the throne of Grace. And then she throws in a heaping of romance just for good measure.
The book is set in 1916 Boston during WW1. This is the story of Faith O'Conner, the oldest daughter in the O'Conner family. Faith loves God with all of her heart, but she also loves Collin McGuire, the cocky rogue who stood up for her when she was a little girl. The problem is, her father has forbidden her to have anything to do with him. Not to mention, she knows that he is secretly seeing her sister. But when things change, and Collin's interests are suddenly directed her way, will she be able to withstand the longing that she feels in her heart for Collin, or will she decide to follow God's leading? Or can she have both?
A passion most pure is a epic novel that spans several years including WWI. Set in the city of Boston, we are introduced the the O'Conner family. This book centers around the two older sisters, Faith and Charity. The older sister Faith is a strong christian woman who takes her faith in God very seriously. But when her sixteen year old sister Charity begins seeing the man that Faith has been secretly loved to for years, that faith in God is put the the ultimate test.
I really liked Faith, she was strong and spunky. In the beginning we find that she is a strong Catholic christian who knows what God wants for her life and is willing to risk rejection for those values. But her faith is sorely tested and like any other human being, she turns her back on God for a little while, while she runs through the gambit of human emotion. I could really relate to her and her relationship with God.
Collin I didn't like at all. When we first met him he's a drunk and a womanizer, and we find out that he's courting Charity just to get Faith out of his system. While does learn to trust God I really didn't find anything heroic about him.
The author did put a lot of God and redemption within the story, all the characters struggle to find it, which I thought was a great move on her part. In reality, we struggle through life and most things don't come easy.
The down side, I didn't need a description of Charity's naked body, I thought that that part was very inappropriate for a christian book. And there was a lot of discussion about Collin and his baser nature. I got it the first time, didn't need to have it discussed again and again. I believe the story would have stood very well without all this. There was nothing sexually explicit, but I can understand why some people would be upset. These are not things that you would expect to find within a book that is published under a christian publishing company.
If you have teenage girls, be cautious with this book, you will probably want to read it first.
Wow, what a book! I so enjoyed meeting and getting to love the O'Connor family. Patrick and Marcy are such wonderful parents and they run a home that is precisely how I pictured a loving family to be like. They are completely devoted to Christ, each other and their children. I was surprised how one man could come between two sisters so strongly, Faith and Charity, but because of petty jealousy on Charity's part there really is no real relationship between the two girls. Faith is older and is completely surrendered to God while Charity resents her and lives to persecute her. Patrick and Marcy become aware of how Charity feels and do everything they can to defuse the situation, but Charity refuses to cooperate and it leads to her do foolish things that are both harmful and destructive. I have never disliked a fictional character as much as I disliked Charity, but that only illustrates the talent Lessman has in creating such a character.
I didn't like how fickle the main characters are in deciding who they love and the constant triangles at work within this beloved family, but much of it stems from sibling rivalry which is realistic. It's also proof of what happens when unforgiveness exists in one family.
There are three things you are guaranteed when reading this book. One, you will NOT be able to predict how the story goes. More than once I was convinced I understood how each relationship would conclude and it never ended up that way. Two, you will grow to love the O'Connors as if they were a real family. You will laugh and cry with them. You will experience their heartaches and joys as if they were real people and you will root for them throughout their journey. Three, you will experience the love of God through their eyes and it will impact your heart in new ways.
Without a doubt, my favorite part of the story is how protective Patrick O'Connor is of his daughters. That really blessed me and stayed with me through this story; it was one of the most precious things for me to experience in the story (much more so than any romance). I also loved seeing how certain characters experience a change in their faith that makes them stronger and gives them new perspective. Some of these changes were so tangible they touched me deeply. Faith was diligent in her love for God until Â¾ of the story where her heart gets broken in betrayal and she decides to turn her back on God for a brief time. I also know how that feels, but loved seeing how God would not release her and she finds her way back to her Beloved. I also deeply enjoyed the Ireland setting in the story.
I won this book a while back and finally made time to read it. This author is very special to me and now I have fallen in love with her books as I knew I would.