Readers - let me preface this by saying that my personal opinion of this book is that it is an absolute classic and we will be reading about the O'Connor family for many years. These are the kind of books that you will save on your shelf and pass on to your daughters and granddaughters. Legacy books this classic do not come along very often - at all... so don't pass up the opportunity to get to know the O'Connors.
I was drawn into this book in a way unlike most books I've read lately - and I read a lot (24 books in January alone). I can not wait for the next installment of the O'Connor family and strongly encourage you to start now by learning about Faith, Charity and Collin!
Julie Lessman is an AMAZING author! I can't believe that this is her debut novel! Let me tell you, it is a book that you will not want to put down - so make sure that you start it when you have enough time to finish it in one sitting!
Faith O'Connor is a woman who has a strong faith in the Lord. A faith that was forged by the many trials she had to face as a young child, such as her twin sister dying from Polio. Faith was stricken with the same disease and was near death, but she survived and the only thing that remains is her slight limp.
Colin McGuire is the man that Faith has had a crush on since she was young, but no one knew - least of all Colin. So when Colin began dating Faith's younger sister Charity, sparks flew - in more ways than one!
With sister set against sister and WWI fast approaching, will this family survive?
I fell in love with these characters almost immediately and, by the time I reached the end, I wanted to pick up the next book right away - unfortunately for me, I had to wait almost a year to do it! The twists and turns in this novel are fantastic! I highly recommend that you read 'A Passion Most Pure' and make sure that you have 'A Passion Redeemed' ready to pick up as soon as you finish it!
I love inspirational fiction, but this one was EXTRA good. It made me cry several times and I couldn't put it down! I am very interested to seeing what happens to Charity, Mitch and the rest of the O'Connor family!
Absolutely loved this book by Julie Lessman! I have a lot to look forward to with the rest of the books in this series! Highly recommended!
Julie Lessman does an excellent job in displaying how if you keep your heart set on God things will work out for you! A Passion Most Pure is a mix of Romantic Passion and A love for God that keeps you interested and emotionaly involved in this AMAZING book!
Wow, what a book! I so enjoyed meeting and getting to love the OConnor family. Patrick and Marcy are such wonderful parents and they run a home that is precisely how I pictured a loving family to be like. They are completely devoted to Christ, each other and their children. I was surprised how one man could come between two sisters so strongly, Faith and Charity, but because of petty jealousy on Charitys part there really is no real relationship between the two girls. Faith is older and is completely surrendered to God while Charity resents her and lives to persecute her. Patrick and Marcy become aware of how Charity feels and do everything they can to defuse the situation, but Charity refuses to cooperate and it leads to her do foolish things that are both harmful and destructive. I have never disliked a fictional character as much as I disliked Charity, but that only illustrates the talent Lessman has in creating such a character.
I didnt like how fickle the main characters are in deciding who they love and the constant triangles at work within this beloved family, but much of it stems from sibling rivalry which is realistic. Its also proof of what happens when unforgiveness exists in one family.
There are three things you are guaranteed when reading this book. One, you will NOT be able to predict how the story goes. More than once I was convinced I understood how each relationship would conclude and it never ended up that way. Two, you will grow to love the OConnors as if they were a real family. You will laugh and cry with them. You will experience their heartaches and joys as if they were real people and you will root for them throughout their journey. Three, you will experience the love of God through their eyes and it will impact your heart in new ways.
Without a doubt, my favorite part of the story is how protective Patrick OConnor is of his daughters. That really blessed me and stayed with me through this story; it was one of the most precious things for me to experience in the story (much more so than any romance). I also loved seeing how certain characters experience a change in their faith that makes them stronger and gives them new perspective. Some of these changes were so tangible they touched me deeply. Faith was diligent in her love for God until ¾ of the story where her heart gets broken in betrayal and she decides to turn her back on God for a brief time. I also know how that feels, but loved seeing how God would not release her and she finds her way back to her Beloved. I also deeply enjoyed the Ireland setting in the story.
I won this book a while back and finally made time to read it. This author is very special to me and now I have fallen in love with her books as I knew I would.
I'm so glad that I read this book! I read it in record time, due do the fact that I could not put it down! Julie Lessman has created wonderful characters and a magnificent storyline. She writes in such a way that keeps you turning pages into the wee hours of the morning.
If you love passion, romance, and God's Word you can't go wrong with this book! Make sure you have the second book in the series, because you'll want to get started on it right away.
"A Passion Most Pure" by Julie Lessman is the lastest book I received through the Paperback swap and finished this weekend. It is the 1st in The Daughters of Boston series and was a great read!
The story is set in the early 1900 in Boston and revolves around the O'Connor family, an Irish imigrant family. Patrick, the father/ husband works at the Times while Marcy, mother/ wife, is running the home. The sisters Faith and Charity are always at odds and often over the same man.
WWI disrupts the family with Patrick and others are drafted and sent to Europe. Marcy moves the rest of the family to Irland to care for her ill grandmother. Faith and Charity continue their rivalry over men and again it goes badly for Faith. In a rush of emotions she returns to Boston. She is able to resolve some issues and return to her faith in God.
The story has many twists and turns and it would be unfair for me to reveal the conclusion, but it is a real page turner. Can't wait for #2.
Disclaimer: I received this book through the paperback swap. All ideas expressed are my own.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I've seen mixed reviews on it, but it's one of my fave Summer Reads for 2009. The other 2 in the series are great as well.
Faith thought she knew her sister- until she finds her in the bushes with the man Faith loves. From page one the rift can only grow wider as these two sisters battle for the same man. The trials in this Irish American family only escalate as loving sisters turn on each other, their love for the same man bringing out the absolute worst in their relationship. Pushing all involved to the breaking point.
This was my first book by Julie Lessman and I was not disappointed. This book is long, 477 pages and I didnt know if she could hold the tension through the entire novel. I was never bored during one page during the story. There were times I felt I was eavesdropping on the characters, my heart breaking at times and others so mad I could have throttled one or two myself. There is something to be said of an author who draws forth a readers emotions, Julie knows how to wield that all too fine tool and does it masterfully. This book certainly does seep passion from nearly every page, albeit appropriate, nothing sensual, but she knows how to spark the imagination and captivate the reader into the story. Never was I sorrier to see a book come to its end. I am so glad there is a sequel!
Whats a girl to do when the man that ignites her passion is the one man that is completely off-limits? Follow the heart-palpitating story of Faith OConnor as she endeavors to live A Passion Most Pure. Debut author, Julie Lessman weaves a story of passion, faith, and true love that will curl your toes. With more twists and turns than any roller coaster, this in one book you will not be able to put down! A definite MUST READ!
Once 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could hardly put it down. The characters are well developed and realistic. I highly recommend it.
World War I is in full force on the other side of the Atlantic, while in Boston the O'Connor family is dealing with a war of their own. Oldest daughter Faith has just joined the typing pool of the Boston Herald where her father, Patrick O'Connor, is the assistant editor. For as long as Faith can remember she has loved Collin McGuire, but Collin loves her sister Charity. Charity will do whatever she has to in order to get what she wants and make Faith's life miserable at the same time. When America enters the Great War, everything changes and both Charity and Faith must leave their home and go back to family in Ireland.
This is a sweeping historical novel that explores family dynamics, faith, conviction, and the call God places on the lives of those who choose to follow him. It is not always easy to stay true to God and oneself and the characters of Faith and Charity are almost two sides of the same coin. Author Julie Lessman has created a family that one wishes to belong to, even with its faults and failings. Is any family truly without conflict?
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I love this book! What a great story! This is a historical romance, but so much more! It is my favorite kind of book, because it is a story of family, friendship and love. Spiritual themes are front and centerâintegral to the plot. I'm anxious to read the next book in the series.