A Passion Most Pure, The Daughters of Boston Series #1
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Number of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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Series: Daughters of Boston
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Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page. Book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series.
As the title implies, a major theme of the book is how to handle sexual desires in a godly way. While I think Lessman could have toned down the frequency of this subject and still covered it effectively, I also feel that her conclusions were accurate. She tried to drive home the idea that we should give all our desires to God and strive for purity, both physical and emotional, and that substituting cheap, physical love for a deep, genuine, God-centered love will never satisfy, and is harmful.
The characters in the story are pretty realistic. I could easily visualize Charity jealously attacking Faith, both verbally and by flirting with Faiths beau. I totally empathized when Faith tried so hard to bite her tongue and failed. Also, I loved Mrs. Gerson, the blind, elderly neighbor, who is a spiritual mentor for Faith. She gives such a great example of how Christians should live, regardless of circumstances. Finally, Maisie, Faiths coworker, does a good job of bringing humor to the story.
Overall, I would say that A Passion Most Pure is a good book. It kept my interest the whole time, and I enjoyed reading about a heroine that was so focused on prayer and pleasing God. Im looking forward to book two. Melissa Hellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
JER8910Age: 25-34Gender: Female1 Stars Out Of 5Not so good!November 19, 2014JER8910Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleI did not enjoy this book, there was too much lust to be truly Christian. Rather cringing I thought!
RomanceReader5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Read!November 10, 2014RomanceReaderOnce I started this book, I could not put it down. I absolutely love the O'Connor family and recommend this book as well as all the others by Julie Lessman. This book is written with such feeling; passion for God and family and friends. Prepare to sit back and enjoy the read. I sure did!
I downloaded this book as a freebie (Thanks, Julie!), even though I have the three books in this trilogy. It is easier for my arthritic hands to hold an e-reader as these books are lengthy and heavy for me to hold.
It is still available as a free download.
I noticed some negative reviews. Don't pay any attention to them. Julie addresses issues that face real people and shows how solutions to problems and struggles within self and between family members and friends are found at the throne of God.
great romance5 Stars Out Of 5great romanceNovember 1, 2014great romancegreat romance
Kay1 Stars Out Of 5More than necessary....October 7, 2014KayQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I began my journey with Christian romance novels with the Alaska Bride series. It was not disappointing. Then I branched out to other Christian authors, with this being my next one. I was NOT impressed. The fact that the author chooses to use a lot of semi-erotic phrases borders on unacceptable to me. I am a middle-ages married woman and still feel like this was inappropriate. There is no real need to awaken those desires outside the marriage relationship. I felt like Ms. Lessman was trying to push the boundaries of what should be acceptable amongst Christian circles. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Daws1996VirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another great book by Julie LessmanAugust 26, 2014Daws1996VirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't tend to pick long books, and Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure definitely qualifies as long to me at 480 pages. But occasionally a story will so fill my mind that the length doesn't matter. It also helped that I bought this as an eBook, so I didn't know how long it was until I realized how slowly I was making progress through it.
While I loved the book, I realize that this is not a good fit for every Christian fiction book lover. I will start by saying the story was well written, and time was invested in several characters to really give them great substance. Several secondary issues were not finalized because this is the first book in a series, but the main story was tied up with an exciting bow.
One of the things I love about Julie Lessman is that her characters are so very real, and in a book of this length, she took great effort in letting us know their personal struggles--the discussion of which isn't always popular among Christian fiction readers.
Within this particular storyline, a devout Catholic family has several children, and, as is realistic, they are varied on the spectrum of spiritual maturity. Faith, the oldest daughter, strives to be all God wants her to be, but struggles with the passions evoked by a man she's known most of her life. Charity, the second oldest girl, is beautiful and manipulative. She is spiritually shallow, willing instead to sacrifice God in order to get what she wants. Charity is consumed by jealousy, thinking Faith gets to have everything her way, and sets out on multiple occasions to terrorize her. In one revealing scene, Charity admits that she's used her beauty and wit for so long, she didn't know if she could change--but I'm confident that's one of the main issues handled in the second book.
This book, consistent with other books by Julie Lessman, contains quite a bit of passion and multiple kisses. The author never crossed a line that made me uncomfortable, however I would not recommend these books to girls who are not yet ready to face these emotions. Additionally, one of the main characters repeatedly gets drunk, some characters seek sex as a replacement for love or comfort, and multiple characters chafe at Faith's convictions. The author handled all of these situations well, never crossing a line for me, but these are not necessarily topics everyone wants to read about.
The Bottom Line - 5 stars
If you enjoy historical romance, love realistic characters with tough family situations, and don't mind the situations I describe above, I highly recommend giving this book a try.
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