Review & Giveaway: A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

She’s found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister …
As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire is brash, cocky, and from the wrong side of the tracks, not to mention forbidden by her father. And then there’s the small matter that he is secretly courting her younger sister. But when Collin’s affections suddenly shift her way, it threatens to tear Faith’s proper Boston family apart.

I loved, loved, loved this book. This is not your typical Christian romance. In fact, it has been called “edgy” by CBA standards. But that is one of the things I love about it. There is real and honest physical attraction portrayed in this book that you don’t see elsewhere, at least not in a Christian bookstore. It’s all just kissing, but (sigh) it is all the emotions and turmoil amid the romantic scenes that causes your heart to skip a beat. Julie takes you through the moral journey of passion and purity. And what a lovely journey it is!

I love how Julie allows her secondary characters to take a major role in the book. She draws you into their heads and are drawn into the drama of their lives. Julie does an amazing job in developing these characters to where you feel you really know them. They come alive on the page!

I cannot say enough good things about this book, A Passion Most Pure. I first heard about it on The Seekers blog where Julie was blogging about romantic tension (passion) in writing. I felt like I had hit the jackpot.
You see, I had read romance novels since I was a teen. Now, I admit that not all of these were books I should have been reading at that young age, but I read them anyway and was swept away by romance. I love a good heart skipping, sigh-producing romance.
Once my faith grew, I tried to find these kinds of novels in the Christian book store, but never could quite find what I was looking for. Granted, these were clean reads from a Christian worldview, but lacked the kind of romance I felt all women want and experience in real life.

So, after reading about Julie, and reading her thoughts and her heart come through her interviews, I knew I had to get my hands on her book. I checked the library and there were tons of holds on the books, so…I cyber-stalked her! I entered every giveaway I could and low and behold, I won 5 books!!! Yes, it’s embarrassing. I won the first one and read it, then won all three in another contest. Then, I won another one…but I put it back for a redraw.

Since I now own TWO copies of A Passion Most Pure, I am giving away a copy to a lucky commenter. You have until Sunday night to post a comment for a chance at a random draw for this wonderful book! Remember to leave your email address like this: sherrinda[at]gmail[dot]com, so I can contact you if you win. I will draw a winner Sunday, June 7.

63 responses to “Review & Giveaway: A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman”

  1. Sounds like a great read – thanks!
    1bmore @ gmail . com


  2. Love to have this.




  3. MARY … grin, if the first line of the jacket blurb hooked you, you're in trouble, my friend!! 🙂 Sounds like your kind of book, so good luck in the contest. And if you don't win here, check my website calendar at for more book giveaways.

    BELINDA … thanks SO much for stopping by to leave a comment, and I wish you luck in the contest.

    CHRISTINA … uh, I'd “love” you to have it too!! Let's just see what we can do about that … 🙂



  4. Mary, I am crossing my fingers with you, girl! This book is such a treat and you will love it. Like Julie said, check out her site for more opportunities to win…I cyber stalked her and won all 3 books!!!!

    Belinda, you will love this book! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

    Christina, I'm putting your name in the hat and crossing my fingers for you! Thanks for stopping by!


  5. I've read the second one and am also stalking Julie to win the third one. *grin* But if I don't win it, I'll definitely buy it because I've really been looking forward to it. 🙂


  6. Yea Jessica! Stalking definitely works!!! Good luck!


  7. JESSICA … Thanks SO much for your confidence in me!! I hope you love book 3 as much as I do! And Sherrinda is SO right … cyberstalking is such a great way to win great books. I know, because I do it all the time too! 🙂 Good luck!



  8. I really want to read this book

    jdmimi at gmail dot com


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  10. if I'd win this book it would be my first by Julie Lessman; I haven't even heard of her until now so am exicted to see the kind of writing she does. Thanks for the chance.



  11. Jdmimi, I am sure you would absolutely LOVE to read this book! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the draw!

    Robyn, you will become a great fan of Julie's work! I am crossing my fingers for you! Thanks for stopping by!


  12. I also want this book, I am a semi-disabled as I can't stand for long so I stay around the house most of the time. I am 66 so I don't have anything to do except read or play on the computer trying to find contest I can enter, MAy God bless all.



  13. I am sooo sorry Edna, but I had the drawing last night for Julie's book! I know she has a list of blogs and sites that are giving away copies of her books on her website.

    Check out her site and leave comments for a chance at her books! They are worth the chase!


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