About the book:
Refusing to settle for anything less than a romantic relationship that pleases God, Faith O'Connor steels her heart against her desire for the roguish Collin McGuire. But when Collin tries to win her sister Charity's hand, Faith isn't sure she can handle the jealousy she feels. To further complicate matters, Faith finds herself the object of Collin's affections, even as he is courting her sister. The Great War is raging overseas, and a smaller war is brewing in the O'Connor household. Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page.
The first book in the Daughters of Boston series. Faith O'Connor fell in love with Collin McGuire as a young girl. Collin is a bold, brash rogue who lacks Faith's devout faith in God. When Collin begins secretly courting Faith's younger sister, Charity, she isn't sure her heart can handle it. After circumstances bring them together a couple of times, Collin begins to realize he has feelings for Faith as well.
When America joins World War 1, Collin is sent to battle along with Faith's father Patrick and her brother Sean. Her mother returns to Ireland with the rest of her children to wait out the war. In Ireland, Faith meets Mitch and, thinking that Collin is lost to her forever, lets herself fall in love. When Charity's conniving nature comes between Faith and Mitch, Faith returns to America.
I enjoyed this terrific book about family, loyalty and love. Julie Lessman has crafted a delightful story about real people: Christians who are human and struggle with the human desires of passion and anger and hate. Faith is determined to keep herself pure and worthy of a strong God-blessed marriage like her parents have. She struggles against her attraction to Collin, especially when Collin takes advantage of some solitary situations, and Faith must fight her passions.
A bit long, the story covers a lot of ground in Boston as well as in Ireland. The tension was such that you really don't know who is going to win Faith's heart until the very end. I liked Faith, I liked Collin. I loved her parents, Marcy and Patrick. I hated Charity and given that the second book in the series is about Charity, I hope she redeems herself.
There is preaching as well as multiple scripture references, which are understandable, given the subject matter. An easy, compelling read. I didn't want to put it down.
I read my own copy, but you can purchase one of your own here.
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