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Book Review: A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston, Book 1) by Julie Lessman

A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston, Book 1)

by Julie Lessman
Revell - a division of Baker Publishing Group
Copyright 2008
477 pages
ISBN: 9780800732110

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 the romantic relationship between a married couple, as long as it's tastefully written? I don't have a problem with it at all, in fact, I would like to see more authors join her. It's exciting to read something a little different from the "normal" Christian Fiction romance!

Faith and Charity may be sisters, but they've never really been friends. Charity has always been jealous of Faith's close relationship with their father, Patrick. Faith has always felt that Charity is "better" than her, i.e.: more beautiful, more sophisticated, more experienced at attracting attention from the opposite sex. As you will discover, Faith is actually correct in that last observation.

Collin McGuire has been Faith's secret crush ever since he rescued her from a bully back in the fifth-grade. Unfortunately, Charity now has her eye on him as well. This leads to much gut-wrenching turmoil and heartbreak not only for the sisters, but for the rest of the O'Connor family.

Julie has a gift for making her characters so life-like that you feel as though you share their feelings every step of the way. Be sure you have some tissues nearby.

A Passion Most Pure gets 5/5 stars in my book ~ I absolutely loved it!

For more about Julie, and the rest of her Daughter's of Boston series, visit her here.

The other books in her debut series are:

A Passion Redeemed (Book 2) - Charity's story
A Passion Denied (Book 3) - Lizzie's story

To order your very own copies of these 3 books ~ go to or


  1. YAY!!! Your first review! I'm sooo excited! It's great! As you know I love Julie's books too! Can't wait to read what you have to say next ;-)

  2. You're such a sweetheart!

    Thank you (for all of your help, too)! :)

    I'm ready for Julie's next series to be released ~ I want to find out what's going on with the O'Connor's.

  3. LORI!!!! Wow, girl, what a GREAT review, my friend -- I am blessed by your kind and beautifully crafted words. Thank you for giving me the honor of being one of your very first reviews -- AWESOME JOB!!

    And, Renee, I'm with you ... I can't wait to read what Lori has to say next ...


  4. HEY JULIE!! I'm soooo glad you came over! :)

    Thank you very much ~ I'm honored by your comment!

    You girls are making me blush ~ I'm very self-conscious, and I get embarrassed easily! I really appreciate your honesty though, it gives me the courage to try another review...soon.

  5. Very good review! :) I have this book sitting in my TBR pile...after reading your review I think I may have to read it soon. :)

  6. Yes, Angie, you should definitely move it to the top of your TBR pile! Don't be overwhelmed by the # of pages ~ I read it in one day ~ it's THAT GOOD! :)

    Thank you!

  7. Lori,

    Congrats on your first review!! I remember feeling so excited after I wrote my first one. :o)

    And wow, what a book to choose for your first review! This entire series is just awesome. I don't think I read each book in a day's time, but it was pretty close. They're such fast reads, too....before you know it, you've read a 100 pages, and the clock has barely moved! *grin*

    Can't wait to read more of your reviews down the road!!! :o)


  8. Hey Christy!

    Thank you so much! Does it get any easier? LOL I was so stressed out the whole time. It was really hard for me to decide what to say w/o spoiling it for others!

    I know ~ I thought it would take me days to read them all, but they actually went by very quickly...too quickly in fact. LOL

    I hope to review a couple more of my fave books later this week, or maybe next.

    Thank you for stopping by!
    ~ Lori