by Julie Lessman
Faith O'Connor refuses to settle for anything less than a romantic relationship that pleases God. She arms her heart against her desire for Collin McGuire, a man with a rakish reputation and a magnetic appeal that keeps tugging at her. But when Collin tries to win her younger sister's hand, Faith isn't sure she can handle it. Tension escalates in the O'Connor household when Collin sets his sights upon Faith, while still courting her sister.
With the Great War raging overseas, new fears arise as America initiates the draft and the story is carried to Ireland. Filled with passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure is a captivating saga that will grip readers from the beginning and not let go until the last page.
I loved this book! Many books I have read in Christian fiction are so careful to keep the romance on a surface level that you hardly see the relationship developing, until the end when they suddenly declare their love for each other. At the end of a book like this I'm left wondering, when did that happen? But not with A Passion Most Pure. This book shows Faith's simultaneous attraction to Collin while she wrestles with the choice to reject him. It doesn't hide temptation, but shows how a Christian must sacrifice certain desires for the sake of our Lord's blessing.
Through this story God's faithfulness to his servants in granting them the desires of their hearts is so vivid as Collin develops a sincere relationship with God. Collin isn't only converted to Christianity, but the book shows his faith walk as he too must make decisions and choose new paths different from what he once took.
Since this is Julie Lessman's debut novel, I'm very excited to see what the rest of her books in this series will hold. A Passion Most Pure is appropriately titled, as the passion is definitely present on so many levels--both romantically and spiritually. This is one of those satisfying stories that will move you to the same emotional level that the characters are experiencing. And when you finish reading it, you're sorry it's over.