A Passion Denied (Daughters of Boston Series #3)

A Passion Denied (Daughters of Boston Series #3)

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by Julie Lessman
     
 

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Young Elizabeth O'Connor is the little sister John Brady always longed for. But she wants much more than that from her spiritual mentor. As she blossoms into a beautiful young woman intent on loving John, he must push back the very real attraction he feels for her. His past just won't let him go there. Unfortunately, Lizzie won't let him go anywhere else--until she

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Young Elizabeth O'Connor is the little sister John Brady always longed for. But she wants much more than that from her spiritual mentor. As she blossoms into a beautiful young woman intent on loving John, he must push back the very real attraction he feels for her. His past just won't let him go there. Unfortunately, Lizzie won't let him go anywhere else--until she discovers he is not all that he seems. Can true love survive such revelations?

Full of the romance and relationships Lessman readers have come to love, A Passion Denied is the final book in the popular Daughters of Boston series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800732134
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Daughters of Boston Series, #3
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
191,390
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Julie Lessman is the author of A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed. Even as a debut novelist, Lessman garnered writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She lives in High Ridge, Missouri.

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Passion Denied 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
LivvieReadsaLot More than 1 year ago
The saying goes "All good things must come to an end", and therefore Julie Lessman brings us the conclusion of her Christian romance series "Daughters of Boston" with "A Passion Denied". Which I have to say is AWESOME! It focuses on the third daughter in the O'Connor clan, Elizabeth (Known as Lizzie in the first two books; Beth in this book). You get swept up not only in Beth's romance with Brady, but continue with Faith and Charity and their husbands. You learn that submission isn't just bending over and doing what someone tells you to do, but having respect for your spouse - who will in turn respect and cherish you. It's simple in explaining it but at the same time most things in life ARE simple for great married life. And there is romance. Lots and lots of realistic romance between husbands and wives, and realistic and respectable sexual tension between those who aren't which makes this a great novel in my estimation because Christians are sexual beings and face the same temptations. So. pick this up. buy it. read it. love it :) Write on Julie, Write on :)
LisaD More than 1 year ago
Quiet Elizabeth O'Connor has always had a crush on John Brady, a family friend her brother in law Collin met in the war. John Brady has a strong relationship with God, which is part of the attraction for Lizzy. She tries to figure out how to get John to notice her as a women and think of her as more than a little sister. John has a past that no one really knows about and causes him to stay away from a relationship with Lizzy. When his part of his past shows up in town, it starts causing problems, but eventually leads John to some answers he has been questioning for a long time. There is a twist or two in this book, I did not see coming. Great book for keeping your interest. Although this is the last book in The Daughters of Boston series, you can read more about the beloved O'Connor family in the next series Winds of Change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since this is the third book in The Daughters of Boston series, we have seen "Lizzy" grow from an adolescent to a grown woman. Her love story is told in this book, again in the way of a wonderful story teller who writes so beautifully and passionately about love in family and other relationships. I am especially drawn to Julie's books because of the passionate way she writes about God. I highly recommend this book but read in the order written. CAG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! All Julie's books have interesting stories and well developed characters and settings. Yes, I'm a huge fan. :)
aromancereader More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series! I enjoyed this book as much as the other two in the trilogy. I am so happy to have found Julie Lessman's books. The O'Connors seem so real I hated to see this book end. Then I found out that there is a prequel to this series so I bought it to read on my tablet. I hope everyone enjoys these books as much as I have. But if not, I have enjoyed them enough for everyone. I've stayed up late to finish these wonderful books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this book. Lizzie is the best character yet. She shows Christian values and restraint that all young women should follow. This is such an inspiration even if I'm not a young woman anymore. I did learn a good lesson. Thanks for such a wonderfully written book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all 3 books in 'Boston' series. They are some of the best Christian romance books I have ever read. I have been maried almost 48 years, and my husand and I have always worked at keeping God a major part of our lives. With God " all things are possible". Looking forwad to reading more by this great author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in a series.  They are engaging, interesting romance sagas that are based on Christian teachings.  Actually, quite special!
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This series is wonderful. I couldn't quit reading.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
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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BonnieRoof More than 1 year ago
"A Passion Denied" is the story of Elizabeth O'Connor, and her quest for the love of John Brady, whose  secrets from a painful past threaten to destroy a friendship, keep him from loving her - and kept this reader on the edge of her seat!! "A Passion Denied" - set in 1922 Boston - is third in the Daughters of Boston trilogy, by award-winning  author Julie Lessman, and is followed by the Winds of Change trilogy - each book, a story of a member of the O'Connor family. Julie Lessman pulls "all her guns" out in this story of romance, family, true love, betrayal, guilt, deceit, forgiveness, and redemption. She is a master at unexpected "twists-and-turns", description, realistic characters with whom you hate to part, passion and angst, emotion that has you laughing one minute and crying the next, and happy endings. A love for God and following His will for one's life is a central theme in Julie's books. Each book I read becomes my "new" favorite, and leaves me with sadness that the book has ended, joyful anticipation for the next one, and a spiritual warmth. 
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
Ok I'm pretty sure this is my favorite book in this series! From the first time we met Elizabeth O'Conner in A Passion Most Pure I knew I was going to love her since I could identify with her shy quietness and her love of books. And I also loved Brady as soon as he came on the scene being Collin's friend and helping lead Him to God. So needless to say I could not wait to see how their story would play out! I think one of my favorite things about this book was the fact that both Brady and Lizzie had a passion for God from the beginning and they both strove to honor Him with all that they did. I loved how close Brady's relationship with God was, how he lived it out all the time, and how he seemed to be constantly drawing others to Him. Brady is just one of the very best heroes ever written and I actually cried when he thought he had done something awful when he was younger because he was just that close to God that the thought of his sin crushed him. Ok I better stop but I really could go on about Brady for quite awhile! Lizzie, she is so innocent, sweet, and kind that you really just can't help loving her. My heart broke for her as she dealt with rejection from Brady and then the pain of some truly awful discoveries. But through it all she still remained the Lizzie we knew and loved with a few moments of Irish temper thrown in.  Once again the secondary cast of characters was amazing! I loved Father Mac and his unique ability to mix being a priest and a friend. And Cluny McGee was such fun especially with knowing how he was going to grow up! And of course the O'Conners, McGuires, and Dennehys were fantastic! Like Julie Lessman books often do this book made me cry at some points and at others left me with a huge grin splitting my face! So in short it was simply amazing!
CCJones More than 1 year ago
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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Cake pots this was a good book
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Passion Denied, the final book in the Daughters of Boston trilogy, is full of angst, misunderstandings, passion, love, and so much more! The main story revolves around Beth, who now goes by Lizzie, and the man she has loved since she was thirteen, John Brady. Beth has built John up in her mind to be a prince charming. While it is true that John is a man devoted to God, he has been too scared and ashamed to tell anyone about his past. This hinders any possible relationship that he could develop with Lizzie and opens the door to his twin brother Michael and his attempts to woo Lizzie for himself. There is also an extremely interesting side story concerning Lizzie's parents, Marcy and Patrick. We learn some interesting details about their beginnings. Although painful truths are learned that have the ability to tear apart a long-standing marriage, I found myself intrigued with this storyline and felt it was very well done. I must admit that John and Lizzie's story frustrated me a bit, but I feel it was mostly because I was impatient to know the full truth of John's past. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the author wrapped this story up at the end of the book, as well. Another well-written story.
Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
Another 5-star outing by Lessman. But I wanted to wring the hero's neck by the end of the book. I think I could have done with 175 less pages of his pig-headedness. I'm just sayin'....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Passion Denied is a very emotional, wonderful book! I loved it! It was fun to get to know Lizzie all grown up! I have two sisters of my own so reading about the O'Connor sisters made me smile and laugh at how all sisters have similar ways of interacting! You will definitely want to read the first two books in "The Daughters of Boston" series before you read this book. You will LOVE every one of Julie Lessman's books if you love drama and romance!!!!
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
The third and final book in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Denied is the story of Elizabeth O'Conner. 'Lizzie', as she is known by her family, was always a shy, quiet girl with her nose in a book. Now she has grown into a beautiful young woman with thoughts of romance, particularly for the man who has been her friend since she was a gangly thirteen-year old. A man of God, John Brady has always thought of Lizzie as the little sister that he never had, sharing her love of books and her hunger for spiritual things. But when Lizzie's romantic feelings become apparent to John, his own feelings for her begin to change as well. But will dark secrets from his past stop a budding romance? In this story of love and turmoil, Julie shows that there is forgiveness through God...forgiveness for others and forgiveness for one's self.