Northern California is not the first place one thinks of when considering the presence and influence of the Irish in America. However, northern California is home to the United Irish Cultural Center, the Irish Network of the Bay Area, and those of Irish descent can join the Irish Cultural Centre of California. Those living in northern California who would like to know more about the Irish in America, and specifically northern California, can visit any of these websites. No, northern California is not the first place one thinks of when considering Irish Americans. That distinction belongs to Boston and that is where the first title in The Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Most Pure, is set.
Title: A Passion Most Pure
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Revell (2008)
List Price: $14.99
World War I is in full force on the other side of the Atlantic, while in Boston the O’Connor family is dealing with a war of their own. Oldest daughter Faith has just joined the typing pool of the Boston Herald where her father, Patrick O’Connor, is the assistant editor. For as long as Faith can remember she has loved Collin McGuire, but Collin loves her sister Charity. Charity will do whatever she has to in order to get what she wants and make Faith’s life miserable at the same time. When America enters the Great War, everything changes and both Charity and Faith must leave their home and go back to family in Ireland.
This is a sweeping historical novel that explores family dynamics, faith, conviction, and the call God places on the lives of those who choose to follow him. It is not always easy to stay true to God and oneself and the characters of Faith and Charity are almost two sides of the same coin. Author Julie Lessman has created a family that one wishes to belong to, even with its faults and failings. Is any family truly without conflict?
Many times the “romance” of a novel gets in the way of the story, not so with this book. While there are plenty of scenes that will keep the romance reader satisfied, Lessman tempers it with sound biblical doctrine and historical accuracy that move the story along. Romance fans need not worry, however, that the morality overpowers the romantic dealings of the characters. It is all presented in a satisfying mix. Consequences are handled realistically, though, and the sadness and joy that comes from decisions ill made and correctly made are both explored.
While A Passion Most Pure deals mostly with Faith and her romantic situations, the next title in the series A Passion Redeemed, deals with Charity and the decisions she makes. The final title in the Daughters of Boston series is A Passion Denied and deals with younger sister Elizabeth as she reaches adulthood.
All of these titles by Julie Lessman can be purchased online from Amazon, Revell, and Biblio. They can also be purchased from bookstores like these located in northern California.
Western Christian Books & Cafe
1618 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612-2806
Serendipity Bible House
760 Madison St
Fairfield, CA 94533-5730
Beardsley’s Book & Bible Store
1700 McHenry Ave # D-59
Modesto, CA 95350
The Examiner received a complimentary autographed copy from the author. The opinions given here are 100% those of the Examiner unless stated otherwise.