Friday, February 1, 2008

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman


I promised you a full review, and here it is! I can honestly say that, without a doubt, this is the most enjoyable and delightful historical novel I've ever read! Julie Lessman has the ability to write about another period in history with authenticity and detail, and yet place her characters in modern day dilemmas that today's Christian reader can relate to. That is talent, my dear friends!

Set during the time of World War I, the O'Connor family lives in Boston and is, for all intents and purposes, a family of faith and of love. But trouble arises when Faith O'Connor finds herself falling for the same man that is seemingly in love with her younger sister, Charity.

Problem is, Collin McGuire isn't the young man Faith first met in school. After the death of his father, Collin has become something of a rogue and a cad. His intentions toward Charity are anything but charitable, and the tension mounts when Patrick and Marcy O'Connor forbid Charity from seeing Collin.

Can the faith and the closeness of the O'Connor family withstand the storms between their oldest daughters? Can the marriage of Patrick and Marcy withstand the tension as they voice their strongly held opinions on how to cope?

With passion and a genuine voice, Julie Lessman has created a family that I have fallen in love with. Her message of purity transcends historical boundaries, and I loved her use of the Song of Solomon in the storyline. This debut novel is by far the best historical fiction to come along in quite awhile, and I'm looking forward to reading much more of the Daughters of Boston.

I'm giving "A Passion Most Pure" five out of five bookmarks, with a library card as a charm...and yes, you'll just have to read it to find out why! And when your teenager wants to go to the library...after reading this, you might think twice!!

Happy Reading!



Liz said...

There are two time periods I enjoy reading about - The Civil War period and the Victorian period in England.

Barbara H. said...

I have seen this title and wanted to check it out. I love historical fiction -- it would be hard to say what my favorite eras are. Probably Victorian times and the WWII era.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Pamela J said...

Someone gave me this site to check out for this drawing so I've found you!! Deena, you said, "Julie Lessman has the ability to write about another period in history with authenticity and detail". I'd like to zero in on the a & d words: authenticity and detail. If I find something authentic, I am more likely to go for it with all I have than if it seems fake and unreal. I absolutely LOVE detail. Drives my husband and others crazy at times because I am a detail person. This book is a MUST for me to read some day. Who knows? Maybe this is my day!! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Pamela J said...

Oops, I forgot to write my favorite time period... Well, I am having a hard time deciding. I love reading about the olden times when people had to struggle to make ends meet. Creativity was in full swing and I've lived there myself. But to read about the future, I guess they call that Sci-Fi? Is that a choice? I am amazed at what writers come up with there too. All the way in between interests me. Well, maybe I can't decide, that is one of my big problems is indecisiveness. Or maybe I just plain like them all. Anyway, please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

windycindy said...

I like various time periods. I like more American historical books,but I also enjoy Europeans historicals!
Please enter me in your book drawing. This book looks and sounds wonderful.Thanks, Cindi

Tidy Bowl said...

Oooo that's a tough choice. I just finished a book set during the Roman Empire which was fantastic. I also like ancient African and Asian civilizations - like the ancient Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Nubian, Persian, Carthenian, Sahelian, Kongo, or Egyptian. But the US has a good history too.

Sorry - I minored in history in college! I'm kind of a history fanatic! :-)


Pamela J said...

It seems bogus to come and enter another comment but I just HAD to come get out of bed tonight and finish my thoughts. It dawned on me why I had such a hard time figuring out what time period I enjoy most reading and it is because it is not the time period that makes the story great, it is the how the author presents the era in the story that makes it what it is. Thanks for "listening".
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

tetewa said...

I've heard alot about this one, so count me in!

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Jewelz said...

Hmmm... My favourite time period...
I guess probably the Victorian period in England
I'd love to be entered for this book
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Julie Lessman said...


WOW, I just now saw your review, and I am overjoyed!! Thank you for your incredibly kind words!! And thank you to everyone who has posted comments so far.

Favorite time period? Well, it used to be Civil War (because of Gone With the Wind), but I'm liking pre-WWI and the Roaring Twenties right about now! :) I suppose because I am getting ready to send Book 3 of the Daughters of Boston series to my editor in the next week or so, and it takes place in 1923. Fun (and wild!) era to write about, let me tell you.


ohAmanda said...

I love reading about the Civil War...being in Atlanta it seems so romantic and real! I also love WW2 b/c so many heroic things happened. Honestly, I like sad time periods--WW2 with the holocaust & Civil War with slavery. I love seeing the miracles and heroes during those times.

Maureen said...

There are so many but I enjoy the Civil War time period, colonial times, the Industrial revolution when everything was changing so quickly.

robynl said...

Victorian period for me. please enter me.