A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston #1)
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...more
This was Julie Lessman's debut novel, and I'm blown away by it. It w...more
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. But when Collin tries to win her sister Charity's hand, Faith is not sure she can handle the jealousy she feels. To further complicate matters, Faith finds herself the object of Collin's affections, even as he is courting her sister. The Great War is raging overseas, and a smaller war is brewing in the O'Connor hou...more
When America joins World War 1, Collin is sent to battle along with Faith's father Patri...more
I loved this book! The passion was so realistic and the emotional drama between the characters, especially the sisters, was very genuine.
I read the third book in the Boston series awhile back, and I reviewed it here. I read it for a blog tour and I loved it so much that I went to Family Christian and purchased the first and second novels in the series. However, I suggest, if you’re interested in reading this series, that you read the books in order. I woul...more
This one is a hard one to rate. It was impossible to put down and since I'm sick as a dog and my sweet hubby was watching the kids, I didn't have to. :-)
I saw a friend say there was a lot of tention. I love me some tention in a good romance. However, I don't think this is my kind of tention filled story. There was way too much heartache. Semi Spoiler alert...I really didn't like Collin that much. I thought the way he played these Sisters off each other was inexcusable. I also did not like the fa...more
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...more
Let me start with saying that I stayed up until after 3:00AM to finish this book last night/this morning. I si...more
Faith O'Connor refuses to settle for anything less than a romantic relationship that pleases God. She arms her heart against her desire for Collin McGuire, a man with a rakish reputation and a magnetic appeal that keeps tugging at her. But when Collin tries to win her younger sister's hand, Faith isn't sure she can handle it. Tension escalates in the O'Connor household when Collin sets his sights upon Faith, while still courting her sister.
With the Great War raging overseas, new fears...more
The story continues with Colin persuing one of the sisters while bein...more
This was my first book by Julie Lessman and I was not disappointed. This book is long, 477 pages...more
The main plot is the growing desire that Faith and Collin share, though they both try to resist it. She tries to fight it because he is not saved, and she knows that since he doesn't have a passion for God, then his passion for her won't be pure. It is God's will for a husband and w...more
To be honest, I haven't read such an emotionally engaging book in quite some time. From the first chapter, I was engrossed in the relationships, drama, and life lessons embedded in the plot. As a testament to the book's powerful story, I cried (well, sobbed is more like it) about ha...more
Style of Writing: 4 (really liked it)
There is no doubt that Lessman has a way with words the book was very well written. She was definitely able to put you in the time the book was set (early 1900's).
Originality/Creativity: 2 (it was ok)
This story wasn't anything you hadn't heard before. I know "nothing is new" in literature but there were places in this book where she could have made this more original.
Character development: 1 (didn't like)
The characters developed little and suddenly...more
There is a bit of suspense in the book, in that you don't quite know just how the hero, Collin and heroine, Faith will come together, given the dynamics of the storyline (i.e, sister C...more
No woman has ever been able to hold Collin's heart. But never has a woman stirred him more than F...more
Faith O'Connor has had a childhood crush on Collin that has developed into a full blown infatuation. But her sister, Charity, only 16, wants Collin for herself. Faith is a...more
Too much passion. I couldn't stand it. Engaged people kissing people who weren't their fiancée. People struggling to stay pure while playing with fire. I could not understand Faith's obsession with putting herself into situations that guaranteed she'd be testing her resolve to remain pure until marriage. Ugh. I also could not understand the "let me get...more
World War I is in full force on the other side of the Atlantic, while in Boston the O'Connor family is dealing with a war of their own. Oldest daughter Faith has just joined the typing pool of the Boston Herald where her father, Patrick O'Connor, is the assistant editor. For as long as Faith can remember she has loved Collin McGuire, but Collin loves her sister Charity. Charity will do whatever she has to in order to get what she wants and make Faith's life miserable at the same time. When Ameri...more
The book I am currently reviewing, A Passion Most Pure, by Julie Lessman, is set in Boston, MA, as the US is preparing to enter World War I. A year ago, I began reading the Winds...more
Before his father died. And Collin’s dreams died as well. And Collin McGuire became . . . trouble.
When Faith catches him kissing her younger sister, Charity, the questions begin. Who will save Charity from Collin’s manipulations? And rescue Faith from her own heart?
And when he realizes he just might be kissing the wrong sister, who will rescue Collin?
From them both.
I loved this! A Passion Most...more
1) Charity - do I need to say more
2) The story had you wanting certain things to ha...more