Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Quick Look at an Oldy: A Passion Most Pure

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman falls into what I call “make sure you have a Saturday off” read. This book is too hard to put down. It’s filled with engaging, complex characters that have real emotions and challenges that the average Christian woman can identify with.
Set around WWI, Faith is a common Boston girl, who loves God, family and a quick escape to her local park. But she has one Achilles hill - Collin McGuire, the too hot for his own good bad boy seeking love in any young lady willing to give it. He is the perfect contrast to Faith’s good girl nature. Faith’s been in love with him for a while but her feelings blossom beyond control when Collin affections turn from his snotty girlfriend (Faith’s younger sister) to her.
Faith must learn to master her feelings and find a way to maintain God’s command for purity and to avoid being unequally yoke to a non believer.
This book is hot, but not steamy. Meaning your heart will burn every time Collin demands Faith love him and drags her into his passionately kissing her- lips trailing down her neck. But you won’t start thinking about putting the kids to bed early for some hubby time.
My favorite scene is when Collin comes to Faith’s home after he has been drinking to see her sister. Faith tries to sober him up, lead him to the Lord, but somehow finds herself lost in kisses she is unwilling to return. The intense dialogue in the scene brings the readers into the scene and leaves them panting for air when Faith sister’s show up.
Theology wise, I would say the novel is very solid. The characters obviously believe in Salvation by faith, Faith’s father is the head of the household, but his wife is his partner not servant. That’s pretty much it.
A Passion Most Pure is a must have to any woman’s bookshelf.

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Josette Downey  is the christian romance author of A Time to Say Goodbye and Bonds of Tradition. She has master’s degree in English From East Carolina University, and currently works for a premier test scoring company. She is the mother of a precocious six-year-old girl, who enjoys bugs, snakes and superman.  She enjoys southern cooking, reading and exploring emerging technology, but is best defined by her devotion to her faith and the empowerment of women in the modern world.

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  1. Josie, thank you SO much for the lovely review! I especially like the line, "This book is hot, but not steamy." LOL ... tell that to the one-star reviewers! ;)

    Really appreciate you taking the time to read and review APMP, and to thank you, I'm entering you in my contest to have a character named after you in my next book, so good luck!

    Have a great week and HAPPY READING!


    1. This review has sold me on the book. Real life passions that Christians deal with in a non-preachy fashion. Just my kind of book. Thajnks for that review, Josie. This book is going on my TBR list.

  2. Hey Julie
    Your welcome for the review. But thanks for writing the book. I would tell you how many times I've read the book, but I lost count. :) If my name wins a character drawing, you should have the character love the novel Dracula because I was named after a woman in love with a vampire (Dark Shadows). You readers in their 50s will love the reference.
    Catherine, make sure you don't start the book during a busy week or you will get nothing done.

  3. Thanks for your review of "A Passion Most Pure", Josie!! Just last month, I finished reading all 10 of Julie's novels back-to-back!! The most wonderful novels I've ever read and she is just as sweet and wonderful as her novels!! I don't know who inspires the most, Julie or her novels!!