A quick word of warning, if this is your first book by Julie Lessman, then you'd better be prepared to lose some sleep, shed some tears, scream and laugh and get frustrated at the people that become like a real family. The O'Connor family draws you in to their home and soon you won't ever want to leave. Sure there's heartbreak, hardships and trials, but all in all, they're people so full of life and love that their journey will become your journey and their tears your own as well.
All the characters in this book are weaved together beautifully and Julie writes with such passion that you can't put the book down. Faith goes through a lot, and you can't help but cheer for her throughout the book as she gets battered by the storms of life, and yet she stays strong.
This is not a story to be missed and I highly recommend these books to all lovers of Christian romance, although I wouldn't encourage young teens as Julie is a master of passion and desire.
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.