Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review: A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

A Passion Most Pure
(Daughters of Boston, #1)
by Julie Lessman
Adult Historical Romantic Christian
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09
Release Date: January 1, 2008
Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company
Pages: 477

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

She's found the love of her life.
Unfortunately, he loves her sister.
As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O'Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire is brash, cocky, and from the wrong side of the tracks, not to mention forbidden by her father. And then there's the small matter that he is secretly courting her younger sister. But when Collin's affections shift, it threatens to tear her proper Boston family apart.
Book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Most Pure will carry your heart from the sophisticated streets of Boston to the green hills of Ireland as men go off to war and women long for their return. Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, it will captivate you from the first page.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Faith has always tried to put God first and to do His will. She even tries to love her sister Charity, even though for some unknown reason Charity hates her.

Charity is drop-dead gorgeous and everybody knows it. Including Collin McGuire, the man that Faith is in love with. But there are a few problems. One, her father dislikes Collin and thinks he comes from the wrong side of town. And two, he's in love with Charity, not her.

It makes sense Charity is beautiful and in comparison Faith falls short. But then why won't God remove her feelings for him. And when Collin begins to pay more and more attention to Charity, it might just tear this family apart.

Then the war hits and Collin goes off to war and Faith and Charity head toward their homeland in Ireland. When Faith meets Mitch, she feels like she might finally be getting over Collin. But Charity has other ideas and she knows she could break Mitch and Faith apart. One thing is for certain, Charity, Faith, Mitch, and Collin have made one tangled web. The only question is whether or not they will be able to untangle it. 

I loved this novel more than I can begin to express. There is a passion in Julie's writing that bleed into every page. I couldn't help but get sucked into the story and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster until I finally flipped the last page. And then I immediately went and read the sequel. 

Faith was a character that I could relate to so easily. She doubted herself and yet she didn't doubt God, at least for the most part that is. She faced real trials and had real struggles. Basically, Faith wasn't just a character, she felt like a real person.

I loved every single one of the characters, even Charity. In many books, they would have simply made Charity a villain; Julie made her a person with real flaws and real hopes and dreams. I loved that.

This book was simply beautiful. I absolutely adored it. I'm so glad I decided to buy this book. It was definitely worth it. Collin, Mitch, Faith, and Charity make for interesting story.

So why 5 stars? I shy away from giving books 5. I give a lot of 3s and 3.5s and I give several 4s, but 5's I don't give many of those. I gave this book a 4 originally and then I realized I was being stupid. This book is a 5 in my book. It was beautifully written and masterfully crafted. Her novel had deep underlying themes to it that several novels I read don't. 

In short, it is one of my favorite Christian fiction novels I've read so far. 

In Summary: Lessman's books are infused with passion and combine with compelling characters, gripping plots, realistic trials, and beautiful writing to make one incredible book. Readers will eat this one up and will be dying to read the sequel the second they turn the last page. 

Side-notes: Julie's books are passionate. She's talking about people who are very much in love, but she never crosses the line. I actually loved how passionate her books were because they were clean and talked about these matters in an appropriate way. Her book isn't edgy and her message about dealing with this passion is very appropriate and clean. 

The Wrap-up: I can't even being to describe how much I loved this one. Faith, Collin, Mitch, and Charity are characters who will stay with me long after this novel is over. I absolutely adored the book. 

I definitely recommend this series. This is staying on my keeper shelf and I know that I will be rereading this series. 


Danica Page

A Passion Redeemed (Daughters of Boston, #2) by Julie Lessman


  1. DANICA, WOW ... what a review, girl!!! Thank you SO very much for the 5 stars for APMP and APD and the 4 stars for APR ... a TOTAL blessing!! And I am SO thrilled you liked Charity -- she is one of my favorite characters throughout all six books because she is so real and SO funny!! By book 5, A Heart Revealed (book 2 in the Winds of Change series), she has me laughing in almost every scene, including the sad ones. I truly hope you will read all six books about the O'Connors and then finish it off with Marcy and Patrick's prequel, A Light in the Window.

    Thank you again for reading my books AND for posting reviews for the Daughters of Boston -- you are THE BEST!! I can't wait to see what you think of Katie's story (and Cluny McGee's) in A Hope Undaunted -- it's my fave of all the books I've written. PLEASE let me know, okay?

    Hugs and HAPPY READING!!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I always love when authors comment on my reviews.

      I have read all six books and have loved them all. I can't wait to read the prequel. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.


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