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A Passion Most Pure

(The Daughters of Boston #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,452 ratings  ·  549 reviews
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
Paperback, 477 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Anne Hi Rebecca! I just read A Passion Most Pure not too long ago, and felt like you about Charity...I really didn't like her and wanted Mitch to end up wi…moreHi Rebecca! I just read A Passion Most Pure not too long ago, and felt like you about Charity...I really didn't like her and wanted Mitch to end up with Faith instead. But I decided to give book 2 a chance anyways, and I absolutely loved it!! Their story worked SO well and it was as captivating, if not more, as the first book. Charity is one of my top favourite characters now! Since then, I have been completely addicted to this series and devoured book 3 which was super awesome as well, and now I'm continuing with the Winds of Change series, which is the continuation of this series (Katie is the heroine of book 1). So yes...I strongly recommend reading A Passion Redeemed and A Passion Denied :) I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!(less)

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Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
These books were almost not purchased due to the "controversial" opinions about the "steamy sex" in a Christian book.

I ask..."Where was it?". The books were tastefully written, and frankly unless you are from a non-human species...romance and relationships are a part of the human race!!! (and may I add...sanctioned by "God" himself). The relationships were within a marriage, and outside of marriage...only kissing occurred! Good heavens people...get a grip on reality...and yes, I am very much a C
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
To be perfectly honest, I thought this book was mis-titled. It seemed to me there was an unrealistic amount of passion used as a plot device when the author could have used a little more imagination and purity. Growing up in a large family, I found the sibling rivalry overemphasized and unrealistic as well. There was a section in the middle of the book that was really good - passion and purity - but then it got all mixed up again and gave me a sick feeling. This was a debut novel and I'm sad to ...more
I can't remember the last time I felt that conflicted towards a book. I mean, really.

This novel is like a Taylor Swift song. Seriously. You know all those relationship ups and downs Taylor always nails in her songs? One minute she's daydreaming about her superstar, and the next she's seeing everything red? How she gives everything she has to the man of her dreams, then breaks down crying when he betrays her? You know what I'm talking about. No matter if you're a Taylor Swift fan or not, there's
This is a good book, I suppose. I mean, the story line kept my attention and I really did want to see how it would all work out. For the most part, I did enjoy her writing style. And a lot of the Christian messages of the book were great!


There were several things that I didn't like about this book. The thing that bothered me most is that I think it was too... sensual. Was there anything "wrong" or "inappropriate"? Most people probably wouldn't think so. But it seemed like the characters ju
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a roller coaster ride of emotions A Passion Most Pure takes the reader on! Not only are the romantic readers satisfied by the countless warm moments, but this book over bounds with lessons! Faith's personal relationship with the Lord was really sweet and watching her parents, Patrick and Marcy, relying on the Lord through every dark moment was inspiring. You can't read A Passion Most Pure and not learn something by the end!

This was Julie Lessman's debut novel, and I'm blown away by it. It w
Mar 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite this being faith fiction romance, I had high hopes for this book. I've had pretty good luck before with free Kindle downloads in this genre, mainly because for me the time periods are anything but the usual fare, and the stories are actually newish to me, and A Passion Most Pure started off looking like it might be another one of those.

The story takes place in Boston (and later Ireland), in the 1910s, which was a plus. Coupled with the great cover, it was very, very promising. I even lik
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Book Description:

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
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can never understand fanaticism!! This book was like a religious propaganda.

but here is the catch!

The main characters were all highly depraved ......

one sister is in love with her younger sister's boyfriend and keeps allowing him to kiss her. He is in love with the older sister but wants to marry the younger sister because he can control his feelings for her. The other one wants god in between their love but passionately returns every kiss. The younger sister, despite growing up in a Christi
Rachel Brand
I wrote a really long review and then my laptop died. It gave me absolutely no warning that the battery was low, so I'm a bit annoyed. I'll come back and write a full review later, but in short:

* Good initial setting descriptions in Boston
* Loved the O'Connor family, particularly Katie; looking forward to seeing what she's like as an adult
* Good insight into the relationship between Patrick and Marcy, particularly their parenting struggles

* Setting descriptions disappear after a while.
I had high hopes for this one. Most of Goodreads friends absolutely rave about Lessman's books, so perhaps the style of writing just isn't my cup of tea. That said, I did enjoy the book, and I found myself eager to keep the pages turning.

I definitely liked the O'Connor family. They were really fun to be around, and I loved how the marriage of Marcy & Patrick is passionate, realistic and filled with challenges-it felt very true to life & it was refreshing to see their perspective as parents. Less
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok

First off, this has got to be one of the most ridiculous book titles I've ever seen. I was so embarrassed to be seen reading this book with a title like that.

And then there was the plot. It's a deranged love square filled with lust, seduction, jealousy--you get the idea. Lots of scenes of a sister walking in on the person she loves kissing her sister. Every man is portrayed as weak and lust-driven, and what's with all these men forcing kisses at every turn? I'm sorry, but that'
Anne Osterlund
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Faith O’Connor has always been in love with Collin McGuire. Since the day he rescued her in high school.
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
Out of 5
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
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-copy
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First let me just say that I was completely wrong about this book. I admit it. After reading some reviews on Amazon about it being too "edgy" or "passionate" or something along those lines, I didn't really plan on reading it, but my sister and mother both loved the book so I thought I'd give it a try.

I really don't know what people were talking about. Yes, there were scenes with the mother and father and them talking about love, but the s
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Sep 01, 2013 added it
I found myself completely pulled in by this historical romance! It's a detailed saga that spans a good deal of time, a war, and two continents. I'm a sucker for novels that are deep, intricate, and twisting. This one was. From the start I found myself caring not just for the heroine, Faith, but for her entire family.

The O'Connors are a large and lovable Irish family living in Boston in 1916. Faith has set her heart on Collin, a man who has romantic plans toward her sister. Faith's parents, Marcy
Debra Ullrick
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. If you love romance, you'll love, A Passion Most Pure. The characters are amazing. In fact, I hated for the story to end, because I fell in love with all of the people in the story. This is a true romance. You don't have to wait for the last page to enjoy sweet kisses and yummy dreams.
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book! Julie Lessman has a gift for drawing the reader immediately into the story filled with passion, desire and forgiveness.
I thought I didn't like Historical Romance books...but apparently I was wrong, because I loved this book! The story was full of passion and romance, but also had many accounts of conflict and sorrow, which made me sigh out in frustration and come close to tears, but also made it hard to put down and didn't make the book seem it's 475 pages long.

I loved, loved, loved how the "passion" was tasteful and yet exciting enough to leave the characters (and me) a bit breathless. Also, the marriage betwe
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well, this is the second Lessman I have read, and though I still enjoyed the book, it lessened my opinion of her writing considerably. This was a carbon copy of A Hope Undaunted. Or I suppose the other way around, since this one was written first. But it had all the same types of characters: insanely handsome men who are good but rather driven by passion, women who end up engaged to two men or more over the course of the book, and all of it just way too over the top. The plot dragged on too long ...more
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
I wanted to like this book, but I honestly just didn't. I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the male protagonist, and I didn't like the way it ended. I felt like the book was dragged out alot by unnecessary dialogue. It also bugged me that every man in the book had one moment at least where they got carried away by their desires and cheated (or at least almost cheated) on their girlfriend/fiancé/wife. And I don't feel like the spiteful relationship between Faith and her sister was ever resolve ...more
Jeannette Garcia
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my goodness! This book is amazing. I don't think I've ever cried or laughed so much in any book. I was overtaken by so much emotion, I probably looked like a crazy person to bystanders. Julie Lessman is a very talented writer and might be among my favorites. I'm so excited to read the next book in this series... I'm just so excited that there's more to this story!!!!
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my first Christian romance and I loved it! So glad I have found this author who is willing to develop characters with spiritual, emotional and sexual issues to deal with. The author handles them all with a deft hand. I was able to relate to Faith's experiences and ultimately adored her character. Thank you Miss Lessman! I glad there are more books in this series to enjoy.
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans, historical romance fans
I had never heard of "edgy" Christian Fiction romance until the release of Julie Lessman's debut novel, A Passion Most Pure. I wasn't sure what that meant until I finally had an opportunity to read it. There has been quite a bit of controversy over her books. Personally, I don't understand why. In my opinion, it's refreshing to see an author who is brave enough to write a book (especially in the Christian Fiction realm) that covers some of the "delicate" issues. What's wrong with reading about t ...more
Jocelyn Green
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you can really sink your teeth into. It's long enough to allow for great character development for several characters, rather than just one or two main ones surrounded by a cast of cardboard cut-out extras.
The protagonist, Faith, is someone you will really care about. I can't stress how important this is. All of the books I didn't really get into can be traced back to one fatal flaw: I didn't care about the main character. If you don't care about her (or him), you don't care what
Gwendolyn Gage
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I picked up this novel because I read “A Light In the Window” a few years back, and enjoyed Marcy and Patrick enough to follow them into this series about their children. Marcy and Patrick’s part in this story was a plus. I was completely surprised at what happens to Patrick, and being so surprised and moved was one of the main things I enjoyed about the story, as it’s not often that an author can pull the wool over my eyes.

But I really struggled with Collin’s back and forth between the sisters
Amanda Casper
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was definitely all it was hyped up to be and more. (by "hyped" I mean by the only people who will read this... and you know who you are ;)) haha shout out to my girls! woot woot!! Anyway back to the book. Julie Lessman's writing in this book was superb. I mean I really felt like I was there. I love that the book doesn't start slow... it just gets down to it.. straight and to the point. I've never had so many conflicting emotions when reading a book... i.e. hating and yet rooting f ...more
I believe this is the best Christian based novel I have ever read! Ms. Lessman did an absolutely incredible job of weaving the faith and character of a young Christian women into a story that is both riveting and real. Faith (ok, the name is cheesy) is a young woman determined to keep her morals high while looking for true love. Unfortunately she finds herself desperately in love with a man who does not believe the same. Angered at what he sees as her rigidity, he decides to court her sister (wh ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found myself skimming through most of the book just to see who Faith would end up with. I mean, it's a romance; we should know for sure! but up to the end that's still in question!!! didn't work for me. She spends more time with secondary characters than with Collin. Secondary characters take more space in the book than Collin and Faith. Collin going back and forth between Faith and Charity... I also didn't like the extended sermons throughout the book: we get that the main characters are Chri ...more
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Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series

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