A Passion Denied (Daughters of Boston Series #3)

A Passion Denied (Daughters of Boston Series #3)

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 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
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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. 126 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 :)
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is amazing fiction. Rife with tension, sensual attraction, and faith. Interesting combination, yes? But it all fits. People are three dimentional, and this books shows it in a way that makes sense.
crittyjoy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lizzie O¿Connor is infatuated with John Brady. She knows it is love, but alas he thinks of her as a sister¿.or does he?Sigh. I am going to have to tell y¿all right off Julie knows how to tell a story. As I closed the book with tears streaming down my face I just smiled. To be honest I have been long waiting for the book. I have loved Elizabeth from book one, A Passion Most Pure. She reminds me so much of me! A believer in true love, fairy tales, and a lover of books. She is a dreamer. And with the introduction of John Brady in book two¿well I wanted to meet that fellow in real life :) He is handsome, and hardworking, and just a good guy.Not only do you get Elizabeth¿s story and John¿s story in A Passion Denied but you once again get to catch up with the O¿Connor clan. You get to see into the marriages of Faith and Collin, and Charity and Mitch. And you get to see the family dynamics between the sisters. And of course we get to learn more about Marcy and Patrick. One of my favorite things about the Daughter¿s of Boston series has been the characters. All of them! I am a series kind of girl. I love getting to know all of the family characters and enjoy getting the glimpses into their lives. Julie does a fabulous job of weaving together not only the main character¿s stories but the back story of the family. You get a real idea of family dynamics in the Daughter¿s of Boston series, you get to see how sibling rivalry can affect relationships, or what happens when there is tension between the parents or you get to see how sometimes marriage problems can lead to intimacy problems. Nothing is glossed over but it is dealt with, even if it may be painful. I loved the introduction of a new character, Cluny. His scenes in the book made me laugh and made me cry. He represents so many of us, looking and longing for love. If you cannot tell by now, A Passion Denied is my favorite book this year. :)In A Passion Denied we get to see how we can let our past destroy us, if we let it. John Brady has a past that most people would regret. In fact I cringed at times and my heart hurt thinking of how wounded he was. Julie does an amazing job of creating tension. Real life tension. As I was reading I realized how much I am so like the characters in the book. I know things in my head but often I don¿t transfer them to my heart. I know God forgives but sometimes I forget to forgive myself.The reason I connect with Julie¿s books so much is this simple fact, she creates a wonderful world of romance and passion with the powerful message of the goodness and grace of our God. My Friends this is why I recommend her to so many people. Well that and she is one of my most favorite people :)
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the way this author writes and weaves her story around all the characters in this series. The main story line is about younger sister, Beth (or Lizzie). She has always had feelings for John Brady, but John refuses to think of her as anything but a sister. You will soon feel the hidden passion in both their hearts for each other, but it takes a long time for both to admit it at the same time. Alot of twists and turns and I loved it. Be prepared to stay up late and read until you have finished!
southernsassygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the greatest series in Christian fiction right now, then look no further than the Daughters of Boston series by Julie Lessman. I put off reading these books for months (why, I have no idea), but they were so well worth the wait. Never have I read such an edgy series that just sucked me in so much that I couldn¿t seem to read fast enough.I have to admit that this third book, A Passion Denied, was probably my favorite of the Daughters of Boston series. While the first two are wonderful (and you definitely should read them in order), book three brought a little bit more ¿real life¿ to the whole picture. Faith and Charity are now married, and thus, have to deal with the joys and challenges that married life brings. Also, Marcy and Patrick¿s relationship has a wrench thrown into it that just adds more depth to the story. I felt that Julie did a great job of giving insight to both the good and the bad with each couple, all while giving advice through her characters on how certain situations should be handled. Scattered throughout the book are numerous snippets of Scripture that help prove the points Julie¿s trying to get across, and not once does it come across as preachy.So, with all that said, don¿t even think about starting this series if you¿re not willing to stay up `til at least midnight or later! Every single book in this series has been nothing short of fantastic, and I cannot wait for more!
smilingsally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my first Julie Lessman novel, and I'm certain it will not be my last. Delicately written, the novel contains sex scenes without graphic details. Therefore, this Christian romance is not pablum; real life situations are portrayed, but in an inoffensive style.Set in the 1920s, it's fun to read about the tug-of-war women faced then and still continue to face. Should I work or stay at home? When is the correct time to begin a family? The characters in this Irish Catholic family clearly love God as well as each other. By writing in third person narrative, the reader easily understands how everyone thinks and feels. Interesting twists and turns are aplenty, in addition to a good-sized surprise toward the end.For historical romance fans, here's a good one. Although this is a series, it is a stand-alone novel and can be enjoyed without having read the two preceding books. No doubt the next volume in this series will be about Katie, the spunky baby of the O'Connor family.
Ibreathe2read on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Be prepared to stay up till 5:00 am reading:~)Elizabeth(lizzie) O'Connor is a woman on a mission. To get John Brady to see her as just that, a woman . But John Brady isn't ready to let little Beth to grow up. While trying to ignore the advances from Lizzie, Brady's past is dredged up and an ugly secret is revealed. Passion, desire and longing all wrapped up with the Word of God. My faith was challenged with the truths that Mrs. Lessman brought to the foreground. You can tell from page 1 that God is first in A Passion Denied and all of Julie's books. I love that Mrs. Lessman brought Faith and Charity into the story. A Passion Denied finishes The Daughter of Boston series out on the right note. You will not regret reading it. :~)
love2readnovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie Lessman has done it again! Book 3 in the Daughters of Boston series was Elizabeth's (now called Lizzie) and John Brady's story.Elizabeth has known Brady since she was 13 and now she's almost 18 and loved him most of that time. To Brady "Beth" was like a little sister to him. They shared a love of books, scripture and just had an easy friendship.Now that Lizzie is grown up she has her sights set on John. He loves her but won't act on it because of hidden secrets in his past. Her sisters Charity and Faith give her advice on how to turn Brady's head but nothing seems to work. Then to complicate matters Brady's twin brother, Michael shows up. He sets his sight on Lizzie. Will Lizzie take Michael because he looks like Brady or will she wait for God's direction on what she should do?I loved this story. The romantic tension between ALL the characters was fabulous. We continue to see in the lives of Collin and Faith, Mitch and Charity and of course, Patrick and Marcy. They really all play equal rolls in the book...which I love!!! I think this was my favorite of the 3 books.I am looking forward to the next 3 books. Great job Julie!
CaseyMiranda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A spectacular ending to a thrilling series!I don¿t know how Julie Lessman does it, but every time I pick up one of her 470 page books, I am swept away and not released until I have set the book down. Not much gets done when I have a Lessman book in my hands!The twists and turns this novel takes kept me riveted to the spot. The drama doesn¿t end with just Lizzie and Brady, but spreads to all three married couples and expounds with each page turned. I cheered and moaned for each character, but primarily for Lizzie as she struggled to show Brady just how much she loved him. I felt I have become a part of the O¿Connor family and if it weren¿t for the fact that Katy¿s story is coming up, I would probably sit right down and cry.The love expressed in the book made my heart race and my blood warm, but it was the spiritual message that I adore so much about Julie Lessman¿s fiction. Her words speak to my heart and lift me up, they are the message I need to hear right then. Only through God could that be possible.All I can say in closing it what I said at the beginning¿ A spectacular ending to a thrilling series. Really that is all that needs to be said!
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much I love Julie as a friend and an author. Her writing is incredible and touching and it gets under your skin and into your heart. I cannot highly recommend her books strongly enoughWhen I first had the opportunity to read the first book in this series "A Passion Most Pure", I was in love with the writing and the story life of the characters that became quickly so dear to me. Upon reading the second book, "A Passion Redeemed", I was enamored. It was shocking how characters that were so real, so flawed, and so human, were capable of getting so deep into my heart and emotions. Now, after having finished reading the third book in this series, "A Passion Denied", it is unrealistic for me to tell you that I am excited about the next series that will have three more books continuing the lives of these fictional characters that are as real to me as if I were a neighbor or friend down the street. Overall, this book could, I say lightly, could be read alone, but I strongly suggest reading the prequels in order to really understand the personalities and intimacy of the characters. "A Passion Denied" appears to be a title that is understood right off the bat if you have read the back cover or know the characters. It is not until you actually read the story that you can comprehend just what that title means and so much more than you would have assumed. Previously, Beth was just a young teen with her nose stuck in romance novels, as she becomes a young woman in the 1920's you realize there is so much more to her and heart than that. This is a journey to follow along with her to see where it is her heart really should belong. Full of romance, and of course passion, a thirst for understanding, and a hunger for the will of God to be fulfilled. This book is completely packed with page turn after turn of heart wrenching, palpitation forming emotion and action. As for recommendations of reading, I would definitely state this book and series for the young woman and older, not a teen really, but the young woman who is learning in her faith daily and not afraid to see what God will show her in the power of words. If you have heard anything about these books, you know that they are not your typical inspirational romance, but they contain some heated moments. Passion is a powerful thing and even more so when put in the right place with the right center.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
It’s been a joy to travel the journey of reading The Daughters of Boston series. This final novel is quite a roller coaster ride. There are so many twists and turns, and ups and downs. There are no lulls in this novel. I love that these books aren’t only about a featured sister of the family, but each book is about the whole O’Connor Family. The family is so warm and inviting, it made me wish they were next-door friends. If you enjoy stories about love, forgiveness and redemption, you will enjoy A Passion Denied. I’m looking forward to reading The Best Gift of All: An O’Connor Christmas Novella, which has been added to the series.
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.