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A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

35 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

A Passion Most Pure ~ Pure Genius

I first saw this book on the shelf at my local Christian Book Store. I was quickly enticed by the wonderful cover and enthralled by the caption on the back cover: "She's found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister." I bought the book and was stoked to...
I first saw this book on the shelf at my local Christian Book Store. I was quickly enticed by the wonderful cover and enthralled by the caption on the back cover: "She's found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister." I bought the book and was stoked to crack it open.

I immediately fell in love with each unique character in this book! They were so whimsical and real. Julie Lessman's writing style is 'right at home.' It is neither too hard to read, or too easy and boring. She is a great writer, and I did not find any blatant errors in her copy (something I am notorious for). Once I got into the book, I couldn't stop reading it! I became obsessed with it! It is an amazing book. I read it in three days; I would lay on my bed for hours upon hours totally enthralled with the wonderful characters and plot.

This is the type of book that is perfect for cuddling up under a pile of blankets and reading on hours end! That is exactly what I did! The plot is interesting, keeping the reader focused and wondering what will happen next; the reader never wants to stop reading.

It is a romantic novel, but it does not go into any unnecessary details. It also has encouraging Bible verses generously strung across the pages. This book is both encouraging and thrilling. It perfectly combines romance with God's word and demonstrates God's passion and desire for everyone, no matter the circumstances He finds them in. It has great ideals and context.

This book also has no profanity in it (which i find very commendable). Instead, the author simply writes, "...he cursed under his breath" to get her point accross.

Like I have said, this book is a romantic novel. Yet, the author does not go into unneseccary 'details.' It is mentioned in the book, however, that the kisses are very passionate, there is some groping, it is obvious/hinted that her parents make love once or twice (says something like they went to their room together), and Charity mentions her cleavage as she looks at herself in the mirror.

A Passion Most Pure was definitely one of my favorites, and I will certainly read the next book in this wonderful series: A Passion Redeemed. I love how, with this series, the reader is allowed to fall in love with every character, and be able to continue the beloved characters' journey in the next books. It's like the adventure never ends!

Wonderful Novel! *****

posted by skmfuturevet on March 22, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

This is supposed to be a Christian romance, but has a very naïve

This is supposed to be a Christian romance, but has a very naïve view of Christianity...

The book is well-written, and characters varied and interesting. Main characters are not purely righteous, and the problems encountered in the book seem realistic.

However, this ...
This is supposed to be a Christian romance, but has a very naïve view of Christianity...

The book is well-written, and characters varied and interesting. Main characters are not purely righteous, and the problems encountered in the book seem realistic.

However, this is supposed to be a book about an Irish Catholic family in Boston in the early 1900's. No one in the family behaves like a Roman Catholic. Most of them behave like evangelical protestants of today, but that happens to be the market for the book...Oh, and apparently, if you have enough people praying for you, you won't die if you're fighting in a war...If you let God handle everything, you'll end up with the person you wanted all along...A very naïve view of Christianity. News for Ms. Lessman: Christians die, too, even if everyone in the world might be praying for them. Sometimes they die when they have family members who still "need" them. I was 14 when I learned this the hard way.

posted by MRR62 on November 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Well edited, 385 pages, extremely preachy, author seemed to have religions mixed up, this book took forever to read

    When I saw 385 pages, I was overjoyed. A perfect length for me, unfortunately it dragged on and on and on. It was the same thing page after page. I really enjoy a good, clean Christian read every once in awhile. This was not enjoyable. The author seems to have mixed up her religions. The sisters were very immature and always fighting. The men were all rougues, the women angels. Well, one sister was the devil incarnate, the other sister half angel, half demon. The book was well edited. The family in this book was ultra religious until itcame to something they wanted or wanted to do. The author shoved religion down the reader's throats with a bull dozer. This would have been a 150 page book without all the referances. If another 100 pages were taken out for the sisters fighting over men, this book would have been a lot more interesting and still a decent length read. It takes place in Boston and Ireland just before,during and after WWI. I was disappointed. The ending ....well it was very pat. The book was just too much of everything. There was an awful lot of talk about sex, but it all seemed as if God was part of a menge a trois which was rather freaky. For ages 16 and up.

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    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Super Christian oriented

    Thank God this was free. A well written book but felt very long. Lots of twists and turns to keep you reading but the praying to God each page was too much. Great read if you want or need a bible lesson. The slutty sister needed a solid slap to her face. Will not read anything else by this author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    A love not actually very pure at all

    I usually do not write a review for a novel I did not enjoy because id like to think about the pros rather than the cons of a book. I tried very hard to love this book , or even like it , sticking through till the end in hopes my viewpoint would change. It didn't. The main characters in this novel really ruined the book for me. The men forced themselves upon women , played with their emotions and feelings , and if the female had a will to defy him in the beginning it quickly diminished. I personally don't think it is in any way romantic for some one to force you to kiss them over and over and over again. You watch as two girls fall in love with the most unappealing , selfish brat of a man ever(forgive me its true) and pray to God they come to their senses . Not that the main girl character wasn't just as horrible . At first i Iiked her and thought her character endearing, but as you watch her faint , sob , go into chronic depression and have cat fights with her sister over the jerk that she is in love with you lost all respect for her. I understand that as a character he is supposed to be protrayed that way because at the end when he finds God it will be that much more of a miracle , I get it. I wanted him to come to Christ. But I also wanted the main character to become a nun so she would never , ever marry him. He had no common sense , no restraint in his feelings no matter how they hurt others , even after he turns to God. He was ridiculous . He'd delcare love to one girl here , kiss another girl there , get engaged , flirt on the side , and he looked handsome while doing it so I suppose its alright ( not unless u aspire to be a bath mat). And I understand people get tempted to commit adultry , I understand that people stray far from God and that we all mess up . But almost EVERY PERSON in this novel comitted that sin , and not only was it unrealistic , it was sad that all the romance fell under that category . And I got tired of hearing this line over and over : "do you love me ?" " I don't know " . This question was posed so many times I wanted to scream at the main characters , he doesn't love you ! And even only having a pet guinea pig is better than whatever this is you are subjecting yourself to ! I did read the beginning of another book by julie lessman and it wasn't terrible ;I'll give her that . It was actually kind of cute in some places . But this book ( and I say this for the authors benefit) had me skimming pages and getting a little miffed at the protrayal of what was supposed to be a healthy relationship , but wasn't . If I could ever get a julie lessman book for free , id read it to see if she has grown as an author , because some tiny parts like God being the thing to fufill us really touched me .I just think in this book she blurred the lines between love and lust , and for that , I can only give this book two stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Rollercoaster

    Got so tired of the fickle females. So unrealistic even for fiction!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    not for me

    I couldn't finish it. Did not keep my attention. I know that God was used a lot in that time but it was a little too much for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Good book

    It was a nice change to read a love story without sex. They were suppose to be Catholic but came across as evangelical.

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    Posted November 9, 2014

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