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A Passion Denied (Daughters of Boston Series #3)

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Another great book from Julie Lessman! After reading A Passion M

    Another great book from Julie Lessman!
    After reading A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed I was very excited to read this book! I loved Brady, from Collin and Faith’s book, and Beth (who now goes by Lizzie) was so sweet. It’s fun to see her all grown up and learning what it means to be an adult.
    Lizzie has loved Brady almost since she met him. For her teen years he was her spiritual mentor, someone she looked up to, and idolized. He was her “ideal” man and she fancied herself in love with him, especially after reading Jane Austen’s books about “true love.” The question is: what are you supposed to do when the man you love, won’t love you back? But Lizzie doesn’t let this hold her back, instead she does her best to change his mind.
    Brady is determined to remain a bachelor all his life and refuses to even consider a relationship with anyone, much less his “little sister” as he still sees Lizzie. He even still calls her “Beth,” which drives her crazy. He tries to continue mentoring her, but finds his affections changing and can’t allow that.
    I loved having Collin, Faith, Charity and Mitch back, continuing their stories, even as we read Lizzie’s. Collin’s point of view adds depth and understanding to Brady. We see him through the eyes of his best friend. I also love the new character added, Cluny. He was so cute!
    My only complaint is that it sometimes seemed a little repetitious at times. Brady and Lizzie seemed to have the same argument every couple chapters for the first little while. Then they would move on, but would occasionally revisit that disagreement, again.
    Watching Brady overcome his fear and guilt, may have been my favorite part. I was rooting for him all the way and kept wanting to slap him when he would backslide or push Lizzie away. He, like Charity and Mitch, had to learn what it means to be redeemed by God. Brady continued to punish himself, even though God had forgiven him. I wanted to jump and yell “yes!” when he finally got it! You know it’s a great book when the characters can bring out such strong emotions in you!
    I also really enjoyed watching Lizzie grow and come to understand what true love is. It’s loving someone no matter what. Her love for Brady had boundaries and when he disappointed her, she had to accept that he would hurt her sometimes. It wouldn’t be intentional, but he’s human. She had forgotten that God loves us endlessly and His forgiveness is infinite. He requires the same of us, that we love with His love and always forgive.
    The ending was great! I love how Julie brought it all together in the end!
    While this is the last book in the Daughters of Boston series, it is not the last of the O’Connors! If you loved these books, then you will also love Julie’s Winds of Change series, where we pick up the O’Connors story again.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    A good read!

    Although this book was not as good as the first two in the series, it didn't stop it from being a page turner. I like how Julie Lessman writes and I would recommend any of her books!

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    A passion denied

    I enjoyed this book catching up with old friends and meeting newer ones. It was good to see Lizzie grew up but Brady struggle with her growing up. I love books with realistic plots and this is one of them. Brady had issues and Julie dealt with them in a way that would happen no easy fix. I also enjoyed catching up with Collin and Faith, Charity and Mitch along with the other family members. This book as as good as the first 2 in the series and the more I read the more I wanted to read. I cant wait for the next book by Julie.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    3rd in Daughters of Boston series full of fire and faith

    A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman is the third book in her potent Daughters of Boston series. Lizzie O'Connor has been in love with James Brady since she first set eyes on him when she was just thirteen. In the five years since, he has been her spiritual mentor and what was initially infatuation has grown into a mighty passion for a man who loves God with all of his heart. But Brady has some secrets in his past, secrets that he feel are too dark to ever dare expose them to Lizzie. His denial of his love for her sets up a chain of events that will change the entire O'Connor family. Lessman has created a true bodice-ripper for Christian romance fans without ever crossing the bounds of propriety. I love the honest conversations between the married sisters about the marital bed and the troubles they each face there. Faith and Charity are back with their fiery personalities still in place. Lessman further mixes up the plot by throwing the marriage of Patrick and Marcy, the parents, into jeopardy. Too often, books show couples experiencing passion and desire before marriage and then after the honeymoon phase showing only dissolution and drama. All of the O'Connors are filled with passionate love that expresses itself, even after twenty-six years of marriage. I don't think that this book was as strong as the first two in the series. Patrick & Marcy's troubles could have carried its own book, and Lizzie's constant running back to Brady despite his frequent demolishing of her feelings made me want to give her a good shake. She bounced from man to man a bit too easily. I do love how Lessman portrays Faith's dilemma of working after marriage, as well as other social issues of the 1920s that set the scene perfectly. I do hope that Lessman continues the series with Katie, the last of the O'Connor daughters, as well as the two boys: Steven and Sean. This is a family I look forward to spending more time with soon!

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

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    True Love a Rare Find

    Hold onto your heart when you read this final installment to the Daughters of Boston series. The author has each of her books deal with a different sister in the O'Connor family up-close and personal. Elizabeth O'Connor (everyone calls her Lizzie) is a woman who loves the Lord with all her heart and has the most pure intentions when it comes to love and John Brady. Why can't he see her as a grown up now. Lizzie wants to be more than his best friend. Charity her sister, tries to teach her how to catch a man's heart. Oh, she tries some of Charity's tricks but they just don't seem right for Lizzie's life.

    John Brady tells Lizzie this," When He (God) is in the center of the love between a man and a woman, you can't imagine the rightness of it, the freedom, and the joy. No guilt, no shame. Just becoming one with your husband. And in the process, one with God."

    The author took me on an emotional roller coaster ride in this story. From dealing with the secrets of John Brady's past to how Lizzie is trying to discover the will of God for her life and everything in between. As hard as Lizzie tries she is confused about God's direction. Things go from bad to worse as she tries to do the right thing. She's not real happy with God or how things are unfolding. Maybe she should try some of Charity's trickery after all. Can true love survive betrayal and deceit?

    The bible says the truth will set you free. If only John Brady and Lizzie believed this statement. John tries to help Lizzie learn the difference between love and lust. He tells her, "Kisses are not the problem. It's the desire they ignite that can weaken our will to please God. Guard your affections and stay strong. Because when it comes to kisses, men are weak.and quite skilled at disarming women."

    The author is a romantic at heart and pulls out all the stops in this book. The two sisters and their husbands from the other books play apart in helping Lizzie with life and its struggles. Julie Lessman is a woman with a passion to pursue God's heart and do His will no matter how hard it is. Her world view and passion for God is woven into every page of this very gripping, heart felt tale, as her characters struggle to do the right thing. You won't want to miss the conclusion to this series and future books by Julie Lessman.

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