I 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.
True passion–the kind that really satisfies–isn’t cheap. It doesn’t manipulate and coax for a moment’s pleasure. Believe it or not, it’s tied to really love … and it always has God’s blessing.
Book Description from Amazon
Refusing to settle for anything less than a romantic relationship that pleases God, Faith O’Connor steels her heart against her desire for the roguish Collin McGuire. But when Collin tries to win her sister Charity’s hand, Faith isn’t sure she can handle the jealousy she feels. To further complicate matters, Faith finds herself the object of Collin’s affections, even as he is courting her sister. The Great War is raging overseas, and a smaller war is brewing in the O’Connor household.
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.
What I Thought
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.
About the Author
Since the age of twelve, I’ve been in love with the idea of being “in love.” It happened the moment Scarlett seared Rhett with a look on the winding staircase of Twelve Oaks. Suddenly I was a goner, spellbound by the emotional ebb and flow of romantic relationships.
As an adult, I quickly learned that true romance is spiritual as well as physical and emotional. And one pass through the “Song of Solomon” in the Bible told me that God was the biggest romantic of them all, deeply passionate in His love for each of us. Through my love affair with Him, I have discovered that romance can transcend to another dimension where romantic passion and spiritual passion merge, creating a 3-D love story: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.
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