A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

I was recently visiting one of my favorite blogs and the blog that day was about an author that I had never read before. I checked out her books on Amazon.com and found that I had previously purchased two of her books.  Book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series (A Passion Most Pure) and book 1 of the Winds of Change series (A Hope Undaunted).  So, Julie, the author, challenged me to read her books and share a review if I liked her books and I took her up on it.

I sat down to read A Passion Most Pure and was immediately drawn in by the emotions and happenings in the book.  The series, Daughters of Boston, are about the daughters of Patrick and Marcy O'Connor, a very much in love Irish couple who have a houseful of children.

Faith O'Connor is the oldest of the O'Conner children and has been enamored with Collin McGuire since they were children, but she is determined to find a love that will please God and be in His will for her.  She sets her heart against Collin and the feelings she has for him, but her heart seems to have other ideas.

Collin McGuire is not the same chivalrous young man that he was before his father's death.  When his dad died, he changed and so did his relationship with God, his mother and women.  Instead of having a reason for living, he was just living it up however he could.  Women are drawn to him like moths to a flame, and he takes every advantage he can.  When he realizes that he is attracted to Faith O'Connor, everything changes, especially the relationship he has with Faith's younger, more attractive and loose sister, Charity.

In A Passion Most Pure, Faith, Collin and even Charity learn more about themselves than they every thought possible.  Will any of them find the love that God has for them?  Can they overcome the tragedies in their past to find the hope and love for their future?

I really enjoyed this book.  There were intense moments of passion and there were intense moments of spiritual significance.  Both are important in our lives.  I've heard some people don't love the amount of passions Lessman writes into her books, but I love it... because it is REAL!  If you would like to check out an excerpt of both the passion and spiritual moments, check out this link on her website: http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/.


(From her website):

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”
Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.