Series: Daughters of Boston #3
Author: Julie Lessman
Publication Date: 2009
My rating: 4.5-5/5
I thoroughly enjoyed A Passion Denied, although I still think that A Passion Most Pure is my absolute favorite. I'm a big fan of World War I & II novels and I enjoyed the historical aspects of A Passion Most Pure the most. I haven't read many books about the Roaring 20s and The Great Depression, so I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on Julie's Winds of Change Series.
Character wise I think Lizzie and Brady are my favorite characters so far. Like Lizzie, I have a passion for books and the Bible. My husband and I love to read aloud together and share our insights on the Bible. I always enjoy finding characters in literature I can relate to.
I loved that Lizzie and Brady were both characters of integrity. This book deals with forgiveness of others and even ourselves, which is something I know God is constantly working on in my life. Today I was reading a post about "preaching" in fiction. I think Julie has a particular talent when it comes to seemlessly keeping faith as a part of the character's day-to-day lives without sermonizing.
I love the way repentance is shown as a lifestyle in Julie's books. In some of the older Christian fiction books it seemed as though the character became a Christian and suddenly became perfect. I love the way Julie's characters are flawed, but being transformed into His image. From the beginning to the end of the book, the reader sees transformation but its not instantaneous.
When Brady's twin appeared I was surprised as I was not expecting it. Julie keeps the reader guessing throughout the novel as she introduces one plot twist after another.
I have enjoyed The Daughters of Boston series and am excited to have the opportunity to read A Hope Undaunted. Cluny was one of my favorite characters in this book and I have loved watching Katie grow up as the spunky youngest daughter in the O'Connor family.