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A Passion Redeemed
By Julie Lessman
Review by Roseanna White

All her life, Charity O’Connor has been beautiful, able to turn every male head her way. All her life, she has used that to manipulate and occasionally even deceive. It’s the only way she knows—but when Mitch Dennehy insists desire isn’t enough, Charity has to devise a new plan. She’s loved Mitch ever since she broke up him and her sister. But does she love him enough to turn to his God?

Mitch is determined to steer clear of Charity, and not just because her deceptive wiles seduced him into a situation that ended his engagement. He can’t trust her, and what’s more, he can’t trust himself around her. But when she begins seeing Rigan Gallagher, Mitch has to step in. Gallagher has already ruined one woman in Mitch’s life—he isn’t going to stand by while he ruins another.

From Dublin to Boston and back again, A Passion Redeemed sweeps us away into an era gone by with amazing characters that speak to our hearts today. I absolutely love it when an author takes a character I wouldn’t normally like and pulls me so deep into her heart and mind that I can’t help but root for her. That’s exactly what Lessman does with Charity O’Connor. The bad girl in the first book in the series, A Passion Most Pure, Charity was not high on my list of “characters to like.” But in this book we see a side of her never developed in the first, one that shows her kind heart and deep love. Through Charity’s eyes, her treatment of her sister and father is perfectly understandable and as her story unfolds I came to first comprehend, then pity, and finally love this girl too beautiful for her own good.

I fully expected this to be yet another treatment of passion that at once presented its reality and the need for a higher passion for the Lord. I wasn’t disappointed. Though a very different story from the first book in the Daughters of Boston Series, and one fully capable of being read apart from it, A Passion Redeemed delves deep into the dangers of seduction and the wages for that particular sin.

I can’t recommend this book enough! It will challenge your heart, fill your mind, and make you take a look at the depth of your own faith. You’re not going to want to put this one down—and trust me, you shouldn’t! Not until the very last page is the complex story concluded, and even then we’ve seen enough twists to be chomping at the bit for the final installment in the series.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: September 2008
ISBN: 9780800732127
Price: $13.99
Genre: Historical Romance

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