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Has she fallen in love with a man who cannot love her back?
Elizabeth O'Connor has been like the little sister John Brady always wanted, sharing his love of literature and his thirst for God. But in the throes of the reckless Roaring Twenties, Lizzie has grown up. Suddenly she wants more from the man who has been her friend since she was a child. When this shy little bookworm blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving John, she discovers that his past won't let him ...
Has she fallen in love with a man who cannot love her back?
Elizabeth O'Connor has been like the little sister John Brady always wanted, sharing his love of literature and his thirst for God. But in the throes of the reckless Roaring Twenties, Lizzie has grown up. Suddenly she wants more from the man who has been her friend since she was a child. When this shy little bookworm blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving John, she discovers that his past won't let him return that love. But Lizzie refuses to give up—until his shocking secrets push her away.
Can true love survive the betrayal and deceitful of a painful past . . . or will it be shattered like the fairy-tale dreams of a girl in love?
Brimming with romance, longing, and redemption, A Passion Denied, will quicken your pulse and gladden your heart with a riveting story of the true power of love.
Julie Lessman is the author of A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed and is the recipient of ten Romance Writers of America awards. She resides in Missouri with her family.
Posted December 8, 2009
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 :)
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Posted April 23, 2013
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.
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Posted June 13, 2014
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 bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2014
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!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2014
This is the 2nd book in a series. They are engaging, interesting romance sagas that are based on Christian teachings. Actually, quite special!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2014
Posted March 4, 2014
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.
Posted January 23, 2014
"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.
Posted January 15, 2014
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!
Posted December 20, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2013
Posted October 31, 2013
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.
Posted September 9, 2013
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'....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2013
Posted May 31, 2013
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!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2013
My goodness, this beautiful author knows how to keep her readers wanting to see the happy conclusion with this beloved family in fiction! Denied is Elizabeth’s story of the O’Connor family and it’s hard to believe she’s gone from a child to a lady so quickly. That’s one of the best pleasures of this series, watching the characters grow up as they do. In this book we get to experience the wonderful relationship between Faith and Charity, the relationships with their husbands, and how these sisters encourage “Lizzy” in her desire to win John Brady’s heart once and for all. It was non stop amusement and touching moments seeing how these sisters banded together to see their baby sister happy.
Elizabeth “Beth” is now 17 (turns 18 before the story is over) and tired of John Brady not noticing her, everyone else knows her as “Lizzy.” One of the goals in this book is for Lizzy to kiss Brady, but will this endeavor cause their friendship to end? Faith is having a small marital issue with Collin; Charity is having the opposite marital issue with Mitch; Patrick is working long hours at the newspaper to keep up with all the work placing restraint on his marriage to Marcy (they have now been married for 26 years-WOW). Someone from Patrick and Marcy’s past shows up presenting another obstacle to overcome and more praying. I took great pleasure when Patrick throws this obstacle out of his house thinking the person was a friend. This is a letter I’d love to address to Patrick regarding the whole issue…
Dear Patrick O’Connor:
I’m currently reading about the problem you’re facing with Marcy and I have to say, you’re really misunderstanding your bride in this situation. She endured a crush on Sam for a time and then courted him briefly. She never realized the man he really was therefore even though she loved him, she couldn’t have understood unconditional love before you came along. Sam was never a real friend to you and he hasn’t changed. He only sees what he can’t have and because of that he lives in an unhappy existence. He is a jealous, selfish, inconsiderate, petty, and deceitful person that you need to stay away from and forgive as God gives you the strength to do so. He never loved Marcy and he will say anything to break up what he knows to be a powerful marriage you and Marcy enjoy. Please don’t give in to those lies, please believe that Marcy’s heart is forever yours, and place your trust back in God’s capable hands. Because when God ordains a marriage between two beautiful people like you and Marcy, let no man attempt to put that ordination asunder or that man will suffer consequences. It’s not worth it, Patrick, you are truly loved both by God and by Marcy. Looking forward to the part in this story when you receive this revelation.
Your faithful reader, Kara
PS. Thank you for being so protective of your daughters, that’s such a blessing to read about in your family! It has TRULY been a pleasure reading this series and watching this family overcome any obstacles that came their way. The O’Connors are flawed in various ways, but Lessman does a brilliant job of showing that God can get us through anything if we just surrender to Him and trust Him with our heart (this lesson is done without preaching). Forgiveness is also a HUGE theme throughout this series and sometimes the person wronged has to forgive multiple times before healing has been completed.
Posted April 5, 2013
I loved this story about the third sister of the O'Connor clan! Full of passion and romance Julie LEssman sets you right on the edge of spicy without going too far! Beatuiful story of God's Forgiveness and mercy toward his childrenWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2013
Posted March 28, 2013
You have to read A Light In The Window. It is the book that leads to this series. This is where Collin and Marceline begin.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2013
This book was wonderful. And has a good message to anyone who feels unworthy of love. Please read all three books!! Elizabeth O'Connor is young, shy and bookish at the start of the 1st book in the Daughters of Boston series. But in this book she is older and has fallen in love with her brother-in-laws best friend John Brady. John only sees her as a sister, and is to haunted by his past to give the relationship a go. Elizabeth is determined to change his mind but can John let the past go to find true happiness?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.