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!
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!
Wow. What a book. I had to sit and take a few deep breaths to get my thoughts in order for this review! :) First of all, it was really cool to have a Charity in a book as a main character. She actually stars in the next book (review coming soon), but she was pretty important in this one too. Albeit she wasn't a likable character here_but her name made up for it (my name is uncommon_finding someone who shares it is awesome). There were SO many intricacies in here that it was mind-boggling in a still understandable way. Faith, the main heroine, is absolutely lovely. And I love their parents, Patrick and Marcy. There were a couple passages in here that I especially identified with - for example, Patrick (the father) once says "Charity, your mother and I love you very much_and it's because we love you that we are so strict regarding, well, certain things." (pg 36) I'm pretty sure that's a direct quote from my parents, name and all! Faith and I are alike in some ways - we both bottle a lot of stuff up and don't confide easily or quickly in hardly anyone. I love having a heroine I can identify with. All in all, this was a great book, well-written - I love Julie Lessman! It is certainly passionate, more-so than much Christian fiction, so keep that in mind if you decide to read it. Other than that, all I can say is that it was amazing and very good!
I was in tears when I finished reading A Passion Most Pure - albeit, they were tears of joy, & satisfaction, for the ending. However, they weren't the first tears shed during the reading of this wonderful book! Julie Lessman keeps her readers "hanging" until the last few pages of her books; the passion, & unexpected twists, leave one breathless, & emotionally wrought. I became so emotionally invested in the characters of A Passion Most Pure, it was hard to put the book down, & I didn't want it to end.
A Passion Most Pure is the story of Faith O'Connor, & her quest to find the husband God has chosen for her. The Journey is, greatly, complicated by the jealousy of her sister, Charity. Faith & Charity are daughters of Marcy & Patrick O'Connor, whose romance is portrayed in A Light in the Window. Each member of the O'Connor family is featured in a separate book - A Passion Most Pure is followed by A Passion Redeemed, A Passion Denied, A Hope Undaunted, A Heart Revealed, & A Love Surrendered.
Overjoyed at starting the next book in the series - Julie's writing has stolen my heart, "hook, line, & sinker"!
I liked some parts of the novel and the writing style, but personally, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of sensual tension between the characters. I usually enjoy a mixed genre of historical, adventure and romance but this was definitely romance.
I understand it was the main story line and such but there were times when I was frustrated about the lack of restraint and how I felt there was nothing more to the story line. It almost felt like the story was circling or repeating and I was thinking here we go again. I struggled to finish the book.
I was wanting more depth to the characters other than their wanting of each other. They all seemed to be defined by their love interest (especially Faith and Charity with their suitors) and I would have enjoyed the book more if more time was taken to show us who these people are as individuals. We were only given glimpses and I wanted more.
There were scenes and moments of the novel that I really enjoyed how it was written. Since this was the first novel from Julie Lessman I have read I probably will try another of her novels with a different storyline.