Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Julie Lessman's A Passion Redeemed ~ Reviewed
A Passion Redeemed
By Julie Lessman
Published by Revell
No man can resist her charms. Or so she thought. Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. Her stunning beauty and flirtatious ways have always succeeded with men. Until Mitch Dennehy, that is. Brilliant and dangerously handsome, Mitch is a no-nonsense newspaperman who wants nothing to do with her. Charity burned him once; destroying his engagement to the only woman he ever truly loved. He won’t play with matches again. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat, hoping to ignite the heart of the man she loves. And she always gets what she wants – one way or another.
Or does she? Will her best-laid schemes win his love? Or will her seductive ways drive him away forever?
I liked this story of faith, discovery and love. I enjoyed the sense of family Julie Lessman creates in her books. There is a wide array of fun-loving characters inside Charity’s family unit, and Julie makes you feel a part of their interaction.
Mitch is a man Charity has set out to get, but he tells her, “This is exactly why it won’t work between us. I have no room in my life for a stubborn, calculating woman who I can’t trust. Not to mention one with questionable moral values.” Mitch would rather die lonely than to marry a women who doesn’t have a personal relationship with God and he didn’t trust. No matter how beautiful Charity was or how she made him feel, nothing could ever happen between them. He would wait for a woman of faith no matter how long it took!
Charity is on a mission and has this to say about a higher power. “God has never done anything for me. He’s only taken—first the life of my favorite sister, then my father’s love, and now the beauty and joy of my best friend.” Charity thought if Mitch could just get in touch with how she made him feel, it would prove his love for her, and the fact that they were meant to be together.
I love how Julie delves into “What’s love?—true love! What does love look like?” Love is not based on feelings alone. Lust isn’t love. Charity has to learn the hard way that some of her tricks to manipulate love are costly. Mitch also, has some issues he needs to clear up in his own life before looking at loving again. They both had to deal with the consequences of past choices. Some decisions they’ve made changed their hearts and souls forever.
Charity was not one of my favorite characters in the first book. She got on my nerves and she does the same in this book, but the twist is I really got to know Charity, in A Passion Redeemed, book two in the Daughters of Boston Series. I learned about the woman behind the manipulative games, the white lies, and what made her tick. I can’t wait to read the third and final book in the series A Passion Denied. You’ll want to read the third book too.
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader