My Review of A Passion Redeemed

About the Book:
Depth of beauty … shallow of heart, Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. She sets her sights on a man who wants nothing to do with her, and although the sparks are there, he refuses to fan the coals of a potential relationship with a woman who ruined his life. Charity burned him once, destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants—one way or another.

My Thoughts:
I started to read A Passion Redeemed the day it came in the mail, a Saturday, and closed the book on Sunday afternoon with a heartfelt sigh and an impatient heart as I have to wait until May of 2009 for the next book in The Daughters of Boston series.

So here are my thoughts on Julie Lessman’s A Passion Redeemed.

So I have made it known my love for the book, A Passion Most Pure. In fact you can go here to read my review.

I must admit at the end of A Passion Most Pure I was not a fan of Charity, she was selfish and manipulative, but underneath it all there was a shimmering of hurt. So I waited anxiously for A Passion Redeemed to come out so I could find out what made Charity tick…and Julie Lessman does a fantastic job of making Charity obnoxious in this book too…but as you read and learn more about Charity you start to understand why she is the way she is and while she gets her chance at redemption (more than once) she still goes back to the same selfishness and manipulation. I found it interesting that while I disliked Charity I also loved her. She was real, intense, and emotional, she is a woman with a conflicted heart. I must admit my heart ached for Charity (even though I did not like her!) through out this book, as a counselor that works with teens I saw some of the girls I work with in Charity and her actions. A Passion Redeemed deals with some tough issues that young women face and Julie does a wonderful job of showing how Christ can overcome even the worst hurts we have. One of my favorite things about A Passion Redeemed is that we see redemption is not easy, every thing is not neat and tidy, we see Charity try and fail more than once at being a “good” girl. Julie’s characters are flawed just as we are and have a hard time getting things right just as we do. I guess that is why these books strike such a strong chord with me, the emotions of the characters are so real to me, how they feel are how I would feel in the same situations. As you read the book you become involved with the characters, in their lives and in their hearts. I cannot begin to tell you how my heart would beat faster during some of the more romantic scenes or how my heart would drop when I read some of the reasons why Charity is the way she is.

Of course, once again, we see wonderful character development in A Passion Redeemed as we did in A Passion Most Pure…I fell even more in love with the O’Connor family! I adore the fact that we get to learn more about the O’Connor family and love the scenes of them as a family doing the simple things of life, like eating dinner. I call Julie’s O’Connor family dynamics “strikingly real” because they truly are, you can see your family in the O’Connor family. I enjoyed getting to know Bridget and Mima as well as the other interesting characters (including some fascinating fellows!) that make this book so wonderful. And of course there is plenty of romance to go along with the unlikable but loveable Charity. Oh and that edginess that so many loved in the first book is back in fine form in this book.

Once again, as with A Passion Most Pure, this is not a light read. At 477 pages (coincidentally the same number as A Passion Most Pure!) this is not a light romance read but an emotionally driven, tear inducing, heart wrenching and heart smiling book. You are taken from the heart pounding romantic high to the heart breaking low several times but at the end of the book I think you will find your self satisfied and smiling. And of course until the very end you are not exactly sure what is going to happen with Charity and her fellow(s) but I must admit my heart skipped a beat or two reading those last few pages…

Is Charity Redeemed? I think I will let you find out for yourself :o)

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you would like a chance to win both of Julie’s books in The Daughter’s of Boston series.

And come back tomorrow to read the first chapter of A Passion Redeemed.

10 Responses to “My Review of A Passion Redeemed”

  1. 1 Sandra September 9, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Great review Christy. I have been waiting anxiously for A Passion Redeemed after reading A Passion Most Pure. Your review just whets my appetite and impatience more. smile I’m like you, in that I know I won’t like having to wait until May for the next one.

  2. 2 Alycia September 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    That’s cool how both books have the same amount of pages. I love reading books that are set in places such as Ireland.

  3. 3 Amydeanne September 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    lol i had to look 2x to whose blog i was on! i love the new look Christy!

  4. 4 Keli Gwyn September 9, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I’m eager to read this story and see how Julie works things out for Charity.

    Please enter my name in the drawing. Thx.

  5. 5 Deb Burton September 9, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I really appreciate an author who’s able to make her characters real, not some two dimensional pieces of cardboard. i want to be able to relate to them! Looking forward to reading the excerpt tomorrow.

  6. 6 Deborah September 9, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you for posting a review for A Passion Redeemed. Charity sounds like an intriguing character. I’m eager to learn more about her story. You’ve really sparked my interest for this book!

  7. 7 Margie September 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Great review, Christy! A Passion Redeemed sounds like an intensely emotional book with real-life characters who learn and grow throughout the book. An author who can make the reader laugh and cry and actually feel what the characters are feeling has quite a unique talent. I am eagerly looking forward to experiencing Charity’s highs and lows in A Passion Redeemed.

  8. 8 Becky September 10, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I love reading books that give you the feeling that you just can’t wait to read more. I just read a great book that I want more of… “Pinch Hitter,” written by Dean Whitney. The book is about a man who finally fulfills his dream of making it big in a baseball league. As he becomes visible in the public eye, drama happens and a huge family secret is revealed. I laughed, I cried- very inspirational. I am not sure if a sequel book will be written, but I certainly hope so.

  9. 9 Julie Lessman September 10, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Sandra, so glad you dropped by — and just for the record, I don’t like having to wait until May for the next one, either!! :) The O’Connors are like family to me, so I am chomping at the bit for A Passion Denied to be released too … especially knowing what a heart-pounding, dramatic story is in store for Marcy and Patrick in that book …

    Alycia, yeah, I was shocked, too, that both A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed ended up having the same # of pages. Redeemed was actually a longer manuscript, so not sure how that happened. Good catch, Christy!

    Amy and Keli, thanks for taking the time to leave comments — MUCH appreciated!!

    Deb Burton — thanks so much for your kind comment. And, grin, there’s definitely nothing “cardboard” about our Charity … she goes way down deep … :)

    Deborah, so glad Christy has sparked your interest … now let’s see if I can hold it … :)

    WOW, Margie, thanks for the great compliment — hope I can live up to it when you read my books. And, yeah, “intensely emotional” would definitely qualify as an apt description of my books … mmmm, wonder why??? :)

    Oh, Becky, me too!!! Books that have you wanting to read more are such a gift, aren’t they? I hope my books do that for you, and Pinch Hitter sounds like one I need to check out myself …


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