A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman (The Daughters of Boston, Book 2) (Revell Books, 2008 ), 480 pages
I picked this up because I needed something easy, predictable. The only count against this one, for the situation, was its length. About mid-way through the first chapter, I was groaning internally. I could already tell where this was headed. What kind of book this was.
It got better, though. Lots better. Lessman removed it from that stereotyped track.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read Christian historical fiction. This used to be a standby genre for me. This book, though? I might classify it more as Christian romance, rather than historical fiction. Sure, it’s set in 1918-1919, but really, the time period seems to influence the story very little.
The book follows Charity O’Connor as she attempts to woo her sister’s former fiance (Charity’s the reason they aren’t together) Mitch Dennehy in Dublin. Meanwhile, at home in Boston, Charity’s sister Faith is planning her wedding to Charity’s former fiance, Collin McGuire.
I didn’t really feel uninformed by reading this second book in the series first, although I’d certainly recommend they be read in order. The third book in this Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Denied, is due out in early May 2009.
I think I’ll seek out more books by Lessman, starting with the first book in this series, A Passion Most Pure, which my library has (along with this one).
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