Monday, May 11, 2009
A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman
Here's a great summer read for you! If you've read the first two books of this series, I don't have to tell you that the third book is out--you were counting the days! But for everyone else, here's my review of the marvelous last book, and I hope it inspires you to get the first one, A Passion Most Pure.
Beth O’Connor is now all grown up, with a modern, roaring ‘20’s haircut and a new name—she now wants to be called Lizzie. But one thing hasn’t changed. She’s still in love with her spiritual mentor, John Brady. But what’s eating John Brady?
Brady has always held Beth—or Lizzie, as he still avoids calling her—at arm’s length, even though he knows she’s had a crush on him for four years. At the same time, he loves being with her and can’t imagine life without her. When Beth’s sisters, Faith and Charity, cook up a plan to test Brady’s resistance, things really heat up. And when Brady’s twin brother shows up, life gets even more interesting. I can’t tell you much more than that, because I don’t want to ruin all the surprises. But if you’re looking for an entertaining read, you won’t be disappointed!
This story is full of twists and turns. We also get to continue to follow the love stories of Beth’s older sisters, Faith and Charity and their husbands, Collin and Mitch, as well as Patrick and Marcy, the parents. This story also addresses the difficulty most, if not all, young Christians face: How to deal with the very real feelings of passion and desire that can fill a person with shame and regret. What does God want us to do with those feelings? How are we to deal with them outside of marriage? This book, I believe, will really minister to young people who naturally deal with these thoughts. And it also gives married people an interesting look at what a “real” marriage looks like—at least in the case of the passionately loving O’Connor family! I loved this whole Daughters of Boston series and I highly recommend it.