What a joy to read about the beginnings of the O’Connor clan! This book is a prequel to the Daughters of Boston series. It could be read as an introduction to these books, and the two parents who have such a major role and influence in their children’s lives. I am glad, however, that I read it in the order that I did. I read all three Daughters of Boston books and then read the prequel.
It was just so fun to know that these two were going to get together, and even know some information about how their relationship developed through details learned in A Passion Denied. I loved seeing the change in Patrick from a rogue to a man truly in love with a wonderful girl and pursuing a relationship with God. Patrick’s rogue past is referred to many times in A Passion Most Pure, but it was sure fun to see the change in him happen right before my eyes in the pages of this book!
I also enjoyed Marcy. She had some definite judgments about the two rogues who were pursuing her in this book. However, she really seemed to have her blinders on in regards to what she chose to believe about one of them! One scene in particular just made me want to shout at her, “Open your eyes! Why are you letting yourself be deceived?”
And oh…swoon…I loved the epilogue ending. The author just nailed it. It is exactly the kind of ending I crave in books! The kind that surprises me and just takes my breath away! Loved it! I look very forward to reading her next series, the Winds of Change series, which is related to these books as well. (5 stars)
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.