Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman: a review

A Passion Denied (Daughters of Boston, Book 3) A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman

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.

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 enough

When 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.

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Click here, to go back and read my review of book #1, A Passion Most Pure.
Click here, to go back and read my review of book #2, A Passion Redeemed.

8 comments and creative thoughts:

Sheila Deeth said...

Sounds a nice series, though it always takes more to get me to commit to a series. I'll look at your other reviews too.

Holly said...

I loved this series. I appreciated Julie's treatment of the subject matter so much. Great review.

Amee said...

Wow, great review. I've only ever heard good things about this series and author. I can't wait to get my hands on copies!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Thanks for the compliments ladies! Yes, Holly it is something that needs to be "discussed" and her verse infused manner is a great one.

Amee, I hope you like it!

Jennifer said...

That's so neat that she's continuing with another series. Her writing just pulls you in. I read the first one in a day and a half and they are long books! This one looks good too. I'll have to get them since I'm dying to know what happens in the last two books.

Alli said...

Oh my goodness!!! I love this book!! It is AMAZING!!! There are so many twists and turns - and so much romance and passion - and the HUMOR!! - OH MY GOODNESS!!! You will laugh, cry (or bawl in my case), grieve, love, and just basically LIVE LIFE with these characters!!! Julie Lessman is my new all-time favorite author, and all 3 of her books in the Daughters of Boston series are MUST HAVE'S for any Christian fiction lover's shelf!! I will definitely be reading them over and over!!! Trust me!!! You will not be disappointed!!! And a side note – I am also BLOWN AWAY by Julie herself!! She not only an author who takes the time to actually READ her fan emails – but she actually RESPONDS to them…usually right away (like in the same day – sometimes the same hour!!) She GENUINELY CARES and LOVES her readers!!!! She is truly a cut above the rest!!!!!

Gabriella said...

oh i love this book probably the most out of them all!! it was just great! i bought it for my mom for christmas! it is sure to bless you be sure to buy it!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Gabe you make me smile.

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