A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Sisters are so overrated, she decided. Not all of them, of course, only the beautiful ones who never let you forget it. Faith O'Connor stood on tiptoe behind the side porch, squinting through her mother's prized lilac bush. The sound of summer locusts vibrated in her ears as she gasped, inches from where her sister, Charity, stood in the arms of-- "Collin, someone might hear us," Charity whispered. "Not if we don't talk." Collin's index finger stroked the ...
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Overview

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Sisters are so overrated, she decided. Not all of them, of course, only the beautiful ones who never let you forget it. Faith O'Connor stood on tiptoe behind the side porch, squinting through her mother's prized lilac bush. The sound of summer locusts vibrated in her ears as she gasped, inches from where her sister, Charity, stood in the arms of-- "Collin, someone might hear us," Charity whispered. "Not if we don't talk." Collin's index finger stroked the cleft of her sister's chin. Faith's body went numb. The locusts crescendoed to a frenzy in her brain. She wanted to sink into the fresh-mown lawn, but her feet rooted to the ground as firmly as the bush that hid her from view. Three years had done nothing to diminish his effect on her. He was grinning, studying her sister through heavy lids, obviously relaxed as he leaned against the wall of their wraparound porch. His serge morning coat was draped casually over the railing. The rolled sleeves of his starched, white shirt displayed muscled arms snug around Charity's waist. Faith knew all too well his clear, gray eyes held a maddening twinkle, and she heard the low rumble of his laughter when he pulled her sister close.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441200945
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Daughters of Boston Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,106
  • File size: 883 KB

Meet the Author

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series The recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards, as well as many other accolades, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. You can contact Julie through her website at julielessman.com.
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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    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 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! *****

    27 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2013

    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 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.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    This is a book you'll want to read again and again!!

    Julie Lessman is an author with a passion for romance, and that passion shines brightly within each of her wonderful books. From the completed Daughters of Boston series, to The Winds of Change series with an upcoming installment, Lessman has a spectacular knack for capturing her readers. With heroines you¿ll adore, love interests you¿ll want to marry yourself, and a family that stays in your heart long after the end of the book, Lessman is an author who I hope to see writing for many years yet!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Good Book, but....

    I thought it was a great romance, full of twists and turns. I didn't like that the author practically shovels her religious beliefs down your throat. I don't have a problem with religion but it dominated most of the story and the author never mentions it in her discription of the story. It took me off guard and made the book a little hard to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    It has a good story and a good plot line but if you don't want t

    It has a good story and a good plot line but if you don't want to talk about God ALOT, and constantly read scripture
    passages this isn't the book for you.
    Also the younger sister is one an awful character, she's down right a horrible person.
    Otherwise, a long, good book but nothing special.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    the crying........

    Its like every 5 pages some sensitive female is bursting into tears. The story has its moments of interest but frankly it could have been chopped down to 200 pages or less. It repeatedly drags the same issues on and on until your tired of hearing about them entirely. I had to fight my way through to the end which tells me I wouldnt spend money on the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Highly recommend

    love this book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Loved every bit.

    This book has everyting i wanted in a book. It was funny, and moving. Complete chick flick and I will be reading the next book. I am so happy I stubbled on this book it was a great find. And now I have a new favorite author. It is in my opinion a must read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    I sat down to read A Passion Most Pure and was immediately drawn

    I sat down to read A Passion Most Pure and was immediately drawn in by the emotions and happenings in the book. The series, Daughters of Boston, are about the daughters of Patrick and Marcy O'Connor, a very much in love Irish couple who have a houseful of children.

    Faith O'Connor is the oldest of the O'Conner children and has been enamored with Collin McGuire since they were children, but she is determined to find a love that will please God and be in His will for her. She sets her heart against Collin and the feelings she has for him, but her heart seems to have other ideas.

    Collin McGuire is not the same chivalrous young man that he was before his father's death. When his dad died, he changed and so did his relationship with God, his mother and women. Instead of having a reason for living, he was just living it up however he could. Women are drawn to him like moths to a flame, and he takes every advantage he can. When he realizes that he is attracted to Faith O'Connor, everything changes, especially the relationship he has with Faith's younger, more attractive and loose sister, Charity.

    In A Passion Most Pure, Faith, Collin and even Charity learn more about themselves than they every thought possible. Will any of them find the love that God has for them? Can they overcome the tragedies in their past to find the hope and love for their future?

    I really enjoyed this book. There were intense moments of passion and there were intense moments of spiritual significance. Both are important in our lives. I've heard some people don't love the amount of passions Lessman writes into her books, but I love it... because it is REAL! If you would like to check out an excerpt of both the passion and spiritual moments, check out this link on her website: [...]
    Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Great book

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Wonderful read

    I enjoyed this book very much. A great Christian book with real life experiences. With much sister rivalry but Faith kept the faith. I will be looking for the next book in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    You really should read A Light In The Window first. It is the be

    You really should read A Light In The Window first. It is the beginning of this collection when Collin and Marceline began. How they got to where they are in this series. Very good book. A five star also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    This was possibly the most maddening book I have ever read. I ha

    This was possibly the most maddening book I have ever read. I hated Charity until near the end, and have never wanted to slap a character so badly. I didn't like Collin at first. I mean, he was a heart breaker and womanizer. I didn't like him until the middle of the book. I liked the father, Mr. O'Connor, for the most part. He was a very sturdy, lovable character. The mother, Mrs. O'Connor, was also a sturdy character, yet a bit emotional (NOTHING wrong with that. It fit her character very well, and was never overdone, like I have seen others do.). Faith was a sweet, yet feisty, character. She fit my thought of "Irish" perfectly. Lots of temper to go with the red hair. I loved (most of) the characters. And the plot! I have never screamed at a book like I have this one. It took me four days to read it, because I'd get mad and put it down, and then I'd start pacing, arguing with them in my head (Crazy, I know). I give this four stars. I genuinely loved the book DESPITE the absolutely frustrating characters! Now I need the second book! (I WILL get it soon.)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Good, but biased

    This is a story of a Boston Irish Catholic family in the year just prior to and all through WWI. It especially focuses the two oldest daughters, who are dating age and the parents, whose 20 year marriage is still full of passion, not only for each other but for God. To say that there is sibling rivalry between the girls is to put in mildly. However, in the end, everyone lives happily ever after--and much as I like happily ever after, given other things that happened in the book, this one was almost too happy--one of those 'trust God and everything will be great in the end' type of things. I really liked the overall message of the book--that it is by following the rules set down by God for romantic relationships that we will achieve the relationships that give us the love we seek, including the passion. Disobey those rules and we open ourselves up to using and being used by others. I enjoyed the story and had it been about a Protestant family, I'd say it was about what I expected--an enjoyable light read. The characters were a little one-dimensional (the good sister had few if any bad characteristics and the bad sister had little good in her). The problem is that the book is about a Catholic family, yet for the most part, they acted like the main market for this book--Evangelical Protestants. I hope that some of the problems with the book are due to the author's lack of familiarity with Catholicism especially as it was practiced at that time, rather than a deliberate choice to mis-represent it. She has a main character, one of the teeanged daughters of this devout Catholic family, going over to the house of the Protestant next door and reading the Protestant's Bible to her. That would not have happened. Catholics didn't read the King James Bible the teenaged girl would have known that and if she forgot, her parents would certainly have reminded her. On both Christmas and Easter the family went to mass at noon--after breakfast. At that time you had to fast from midnite to receive communion at mass, and its likely the family would have wanted to go to communion on Easter especially. It's not inpossible that they went to noon mass, just unlikely. At one point the oldest daughter, the religious one, has a date on Friday nite. They were in Ireland at the time. The author mentions they were eating chicken. My guess is that in Ireland at that time, no restaurant would have served chicken on Friday because no one would order it--Catholics didn't eat meat on Fridays. Good Friday and fasting is metioned, but attending Stations of the Cross or Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday was not. AT one point a daughter was reading from her prayer book--but the scripture quoted was from the KJV, not the Catholic Douay-Rhiems. There are other things that I wonder if were left out because they didn't agree with the author's religion, or the faith of the majority of the people for whom she is writing. At one point a character who is practicing his faith only to impress the family is told by the 'good' daughter that he should go to confession. He refuses, saying that just because he is acting this way to impress the family doesn't mean he is going to tell his sin to any priest. I don't have any problem with that, after all, why should someone who has no faith confess his sins, and repent of them? However, there are a couple of occassions where members of the family sin seriously and repent, but no mention is made of them going to confession. Any decent Catholic of that era was in the confessional regularly and would have certainly sought it out in the case of serious sin. We hear the family praying on many occassions, but they never make the sign of the cross. The family is told that a member of it died, and no one prays for him. I wouldn't say that A Passion Most Pure is critical of Catholicism but all the characters who are just going through the motions of religion are Catholic. The Protestants who are mentioned are people of faith w

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    A fan

    This is such a heartfelt book about God, family, and love!! Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Just a good read thoughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    I liked it

    It took a bit to get into and was a bit soap opera-y, but a good love story nonetheless. I can't wait to read more so i can find out about the other character.... :) that's all the information i'll divulge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    paints a beautiful story of faith, passion and family values. I

    paints a beautiful story of faith, passion and family values. I was moved by the realistic emotions of her characters and her vivid descriptions of their surroundings. Its obvious she spends a great deal of time researching her novels as well.

    One of my favorite aspects of the book was that the story came from many points of view - not only our central characters - Faith and Colin, but of her jealous sister and her loving parents. The portrayal of this crazy, loving Irish family drew me in! The beautiful and loving marriage of Faith's parents rivaled my interest in the main characters as I realized how rare that is in romance fiction - its all about the 20-somethings! Well Julie hit it out of the park with Marcy and Patrick! How encouraging to all of us who are way past 20-something but have been married for 20-something years!

    I'd also like to touch on the passion in A Passion Most Pure. I'm sure their will be some who find it too passionate but Julie's character's are real. I don't think Christians need to be afraid to read a brief scene that gets our pulse racing! She draws us in so we realize what's at stake, but falls far short of graphic descriptions, so we can relate! Her characters face real struggles and overcame through their deep abiding faith and the very real grace of God!

    Thank you, Julie, for a truly encouraging and entertaining read! You blessed my heart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    A good read.

    A really good, not great but good, book. Well written, interesting characters however the story line left a bit to be desired.

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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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