A Passion Redeemed, The Daughters of Boston Series #2
Great squel! 3 1/2 stars
I started this book not liking Charity OÃ¢ÂÂConnor at all. IÃ¢ÂÂve never read a book where I didnÃ¢ÂÂt care much for a main character. I usually just quit, but I liked A Passion Most Pure so much, that I had to find out what would happen with Charity and Mitch. I am happy to say, that I did end up enjoying this book a lot. Charity grew on me as the story progressed. Julie is an excellent storyteller and I was quickly drawn into the story.
If youÃ¢ÂÂve read a Passion Most Pure, then you know part of CharityÃ¢ÂÂs story. For some reason, unknown to even her, she is often cruel to those closest to her. She pushes her family away and will manipulate a situation to what she thinks is her advantage. She uses people and the only ones she seems to truly love are her great-grandmother, grandmother, and best friend Emma. We get the impression that something awful happened to her, but we donÃ¢ÂÂt find out what until later on. While Charity has several unfavorable traits, she has a sweet side too, which is what endeared her to me. We see that she has a kind spirit, but for some reason, she hides it.
I loved Mitch! He was great in FaithÃ¢ÂÂs book, so I was super excited to read his story. HeÃ¢ÂÂs a little rough around the edges and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt always react kindly. His faith has grown stronger and heÃ¢ÂÂs determined to live a life honoring God, but Charity makes it difficult. She gets under his skin like no one else, which leads to a lot of interesting arguments and altercations. We also see a kind side in him, as well. While gruff on the outside, inside he truly cares about those around him, sometimes against his better judgment. I loved how sweet he was with Charity, even when she was being a pain. HeÃ¢ÂÂs perfect for her, because he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt allow her to push him around or manipulate him like she does her other beaus.
My favorite part was the redemptive theme woven throughout the book. Mitch and Charity both must be redeemed by GodÃ¢ÂÂs love and love Him first. That is what He requires of each of us, that we love Him first and seek His will. Charity spends most of the book bucking His will and trying to go her own way. She is determined that she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt need Him, and my favorite part in the whole book is when she finally understands that she is His and she is redeemed. I almost cried with her. Mitch also learns that he cannot continue to allow himself to be defined by his past and cannot continue holding CharityÃ¢ÂÂs mistakes against her, either.
I love the faith in each book, because while entertaining, they also teach and remind. They teach us something new about ourselves and about God as we view our hearts and lives through this lens. They remind us who we are in Him and show us the kind of passion He has for us.
March 4, 2014
When I read this for the first time I was very wary. Charity was, to put it plainly, awful in A Passion Most Pure and I was a little scared that I would hate this book since she was the main character. But I shouldn't have been worried, this is after all a Julie Lessman novel and I ended up loving it!
Charity was still a little hard to like at the beginning but we were also given the chance to see what made her act the way she did. I loved watching as she grew into a wonderful heroine that you can't help falling love with! She goes from a snotty little brat to a woman of God and it was a beautiful thing to watch!
Mitch was once again amazing. His had been a hard road of rejection and my heart truly broke for him. But I loved how he let God change his life and lived as He would have wanted. I also loved how despite how he felt about Charity he didn't give in to her and instead helped draw her closer to God even if at first it was more to get him rather than truly let God transform her (that came later)! He was always trying his dead level best to do the right thing no matter how hard it was and that was what made him so great!
The other side characters were fantastic too! Mrs. Lynch with her mothering of Mitch and her no nonsense ways, and Charity's grandmother and great-grandmother with their love and guidance. I also loved Emma with her gentle ways, and her love for God and Charity. And Bridie and Kathleen from the Irish Times! Bridie with her teasing of Mitch and the way she would talk to him, and Kathleen with her sweet ways! Ooh and I can't forget John Brady! We got to see a little of him in APMP but we got a lot more in this one and he is awesome! I love how close his walk with God is! And of course I can't forget all the other O'Conners and the McGuires!
There were lots of hard times in this book where you wanted to either smack characters or give them a hug! And then there was the character that you wanted to strangle for all the evil things he did! I laughed, I almost cried, and all in all thoroughly enjoyed this second book!
January 15, 2014
Charity Redeems Herself!
A Passion Redeemed, by award-winning author, Julie Lessman, is the second book in The Daughters of Boston trilogy - about the O'Connor family. Those readers taking a dislike to selfish, vindictive, daughter, Charity, in the first book A Passion Most Pure, will be pleasantly surprised, and emotionally sympathetic, with her character in A Passion Redeemed.
Each of the elements for which Julie's books are known: passion, angst, unexpected twists and turns, redemption, life-like characters, tears, laughter, prayer, and making God central in one's life - are abundant in A Passion Redeemed. Each of her books I read, creates an even deeper love for the O'Connor family, and the writing style of it's author, and leaves a warm, cozy, feeling, a renewed appreciation for family, and a continued vow to live my life for God.
I, eagerly, anticipate reading each book written by Julie - I will be a life-long reader of her books, and read them over, and over, again. She never disappoints, and each book gets a 5 star rating from me!!
January 2, 2014
Couldn't Put It Down!
Wow. Julie knows how to keep her readers on the edges of their seats! IÃ¢ÂÂm about to start book three and am quite persuaded that the whole series is brilliant and I have NO idea how in the world Julie came up with so many fascinating twists and turns Ã¢ÂÂ itÃ¢ÂÂs stunning. My apologiesÃ¢ÂÂ¦this review is disorganized. So it goes. I feel like the family situation here is going to be super awkward, and wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt actually work in real life Ã¢ÂÂ Faith and Charity were both engaged to their sisterÃ¢ÂÂs future husbands at one point or another. Yeah. Awkward. Also, a word up Ã¢ÂÂ JulieÃ¢ÂÂs books are on the more passionate end of Christian fiction. Save for older readers. Finally, I donÃ¢ÂÂt always really agree with some of the decision and actions made by or done by the characters, even when the book makes them out to be fine Ã¢ÂÂ I feel like they are rather less conservative about some things than they should be. However, despite these few problems, I still managed to LOVE this book and come out giving it a 9.5! Obviously the main character is named Charity (SO COOL), and so this book has been on my to-read shelf for years Ã¢ÂÂ only now did I finally get to it! On page 466, I was persuaded that there was no way all the loose ends could be tied up by the end Ã¢ÂÂ but by page 477, ta-da! The book was finished and somehow, everything WAS resolved! The whole book was fascinating and impossible to put down. The drama is constant. And can I just sayÃ¢ÂÂ¦I love Patrick and MarcyÃ¢ÂÂs marriage (theyÃ¢ÂÂre Faith and CharityÃ¢ÂÂs parents) and I want my marriage to be like that when IÃ¢ÂÂve been married as many years as them. All in all? This book had a few things that I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt entirely on board with. But itÃ¢ÂÂs definitely worth my time and I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read book 3 later this week!
January 2, 2014