I have read so many really good books lately…books that I, without hesitation, rate at four or five stars because they are so well written and such beautiful stories. But, having just read A Passion Most Pure, I feel as if I need to add a few more stars on my rating system! I think I have to give it 8 stars…
I don’t do this to demean any of the other books I have been reading, because they are wonderful and many have pulled at my emotions and swept me away with their complex characters, romance and wonderful plots. I have heard for quite a while that A Passion Most Pure, well for that matter, the entire Daughters of Boston series was one that I needed to read. I thought it sounded great and have planned to read it for quite a while. But other books that I needed to read and review just kept getting put to the top. I finally bought this book and put it in line to read, letting nothing get in the way!
Well, this book (a good 477 pages in length) caught hold of my heart, dug in deep and took me on the most amazing romantic journey I have ever been on. I read it in two days flat!Julie Lessman knows how to write an amazing romance, that really is, in fact, even more than just a romance. It is a romance about an entire family.
The O’Connor family is a family that I would have wanted to be a part of. It is the family that Faith is a part of. It is not perfect. There is one sister who is particularly cruel to Faith and causes all kinds of heartache in this book. But Faith trusts in God and he sees her through.
Collin McGuire is the man that Faith is in love with. He is a man who is bitter and angry toward God. He desires to be a part of the O’Connor family and tries to do it his way, rather than God’s way. This causes plenty of heartache, too!
There is just so much more to this story, but I don’t want to give away anything more. If you have not read this book, I suggest you do! I have already downloaded the next two books and am going to be reading on them soon. I highly recommend them! (8 stars)…ok, ok (5 stars) but I really want to go higher! 😉
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.