By Patti Lacy with a little commentary at the end from Gina Welborn because if anyone's gonna give a little commentary, well, Gina will do it. After all, she does have a pillow tastefully embroidered, "If I wanted to hear your opinion, I'd have quit talking by now."
A Passion Most Pure?
“You’ve got to read this book,” friends kept telling me.
“Why?” I asked, stubborn as usual.
A Christian book?
“It’ll keep you guessing.”
When about the twentieth person recommended Lessman’s book, I ordered it and found myself checking the mail, impatient to get in my hands the novel that kept the ACFW on-line book group buzzing for at least two weeks.
I started A Passion Most Pure Thursday, traveled Friday and Saturday, and still managed to finish the book tonight. Somehow I wedged in a Mother's Day celebration and put in a good day’s work.
This exciting new novel flows like an easy read but has twists and turns and multiple multiple points of view. So many traditional plots are combined that I lost count. Good girl loves bad boy. Bad boy goes good. Good girl goes bad. Father dies in war. Good girl reads Bible to nearly blind widow. Father—I don’t want to ruin the ending for you, so I’ll stop here.
In the backdrop of 1916 Boston, tensions escalate in a family as the father and older son prepare to go to war. But another conflict threatens to blow up the tranquil O’Connor home when the two beautiful eldest sisters, Faith and Charity, fall in love with the same handsome Irish rogue, Collin McGuire.
Biblical admonitions are sprinkled liberally and at apropos places in the text. This is a novel which can be used for teaching, for discussion on the proper role of sex in both marital and premarital relationships. Great job, Julie! Can’t wait for the next book in your “Daughters of Boston” series!
When I first heard about Julie's book, I almost immediately got off the computer, ran...umm, drove to Lifeway, and bought A PASSION MOST PURE and Camy's ONLY UNI because for weeks I'd been meaning to buy the latter. My hands were slightly shaking, my heart slightly racing when I gave the book to the cashier. Why? After hanging out for several months at the Seekerville blog and exchanging a few quips with Julie and having e-met Camy a good six months or so earlier, for the first time in my life, I felt like I was buying books from some ladies I knew. My friendly acquaintances. Writer almost-friends. Gals who knew my name, listened to my occasional absurd ramblings, and liked me still.
In honor of our living green theme, I thought reposting my review of A PASSION MOST PURE would be fitting. After all, Julie's characters are wonderful examples of living in the green valleys and compost heaps of Christian faith. Sadly, I can't find my blog post. Drat. However I did find where I wrote this:
"I pray that this book will tear up the best-seller lists so publishers will see that inspirational readers can handle realistic sexual tension in their romances as well as imperfect characters."
A PASSION MOST PURE has been awarded ACFW Debut Book of the Year, Holt Medallion Award of Merit Long Inspirational, and Holt Medallion Award of Merit Best First Book.
Impressive. Well deserved.
I think I can speak for Patti when I say, if you haven't read any of Julie Lessman's books, do so. One or all three would make a wonderful and uplifting Christmas gift for a girlfriend, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, or Inkie who likes to read books but not write book reviews. Julie's Daughters of Boston series is one of the best examples of Christian romances that has ever been published.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil. 4:8
Julie's books can be purchased at Amazon, Lifeway, Mardel,Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Target, and Walmart.
For more info on Julie, visit her website (http://www.julielessman.com/) or swim on over to Seekerville (http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/).