Wednesday, January 30, 2008

CFBA Presents A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman!

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Passion Most Pure

(Revell January 1, 2008)


Julie Lessman


Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure is her first novel.


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 suddenly shift her way, it threatens to tear Faith's proper Boston family apart.

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. Collin is trying to win her sister Charity's hand, and Faith isn't sure she can handle the jealousy she feels. Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure is Book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series.

MY THOUGHTS: Again, I'm not a huge historical novel fan. Yet, I must admit, lately I've read some top quality historical fiction, and, thanks to authors such as Julie Lessman, the genre is growing on me!

I can remember when historical fiction meant Janette Oke and that was pretty much it (for fiction period!). But debut authors such as Julie Lessman are re-writing the definition of the Christian historical novel, and the results are intriguing to say the least. With genuine characters and real life situations that today's modern woman can relate to, stories such as "A Passion Most Pure" appeal across generations and genres.

I'm also highly impressed with the marketing and the cover designs of these new historical novels! Have you ever seen anything more gorgeous than this one? I'm enjoying my time in Boston with Faith and look forward to the future volumes in the Daughters of Boston series.

Watch for my FULL review soon, along with an enticing giveaway! Until then, to purchase your own copy, click here.

Happy Reading!



Amy said...


I'm with you on the subject of historical fiction. Usually, I just sort of cringe inside at the thought of reading one. And when I was growing up, I loved Janette Oke books!

But sometimes there are some amazing ones. I think they have to be one of two things...
Character driven like Julie's book, with "modern" dilemmas and not too heavy on the historical details and descriptions or...
they have to make the time period "come to life" like Francine Rivers did in the Mark of the Lion books.

I've read that historical romances are hot in the marketplace right now. I guess that's why Love Inspired started the historical line?

Pamela J said...

I am SO EXCITED that you are doing a full review WITH a giveaway soon. I may not have to tell you I am CHOMPING at the bit to get my comment in to win! I have read some historical fictions that absolutely put me to sleep: fiction hasn't in the past been my most sought out type book. BUT! This one has me hooked already, just from what I have read ABOUT it, that I cannot hardly stay in my seat. Just so you know, I'm watching and waiting. Did I hear someone tell me "Patience"? OK. I am sitting down and my hands properly folded in my lap... So glad you are doing this, I think your site is a swell spot.
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