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.
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