A Passion RedeemedJulie Lessman
Graced with physical beauty, though shallow of heart, Charity O'Connor is a woman who knows what she wants. She sets her sights on the cantankerous Mitch Dennehy, editor at the Irish Times, who has unwittingly stolen her heart. And although the sparks are there, Mitch refuse... Read More
Full of intense passion, betrayal, and forgiveness, A Passion Redeemed will delight Lessman's fans and draw new ones.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Sep 1, 2008
- UPC: 9780800732127
- Height: 1
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.5
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 479
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2008
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 080073212X
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- SO amazingly good! by gatorade635 on 1/20/2014
When I read this for the first time I was very wary. Charity was, to put it plainly, awful in A Passion Most Pure and I was a little scared that I would hate this book since she was the main character. But I shouldn't have been worried, this is after all a Julie Lessman novel and I ended up loving it!
Charity was still a little hard to like at the beginning but we were also given the chance to see what made her act the way she did. I loved watching as she grew into a wonderful heroine that you can't help falling love with! She goes from a snotty little brat to a woman of God and it was a beautiful thing to watch!
Mitch was once again amazing. His had been a hard road of rejection and my heart truly broke for him. But I loved how he let God change his life and lived as He would have wanted. I also loved how despite how he felt about Charity he didn't give in to her and instead helped draw her closer to God even if at first it was more to get him rather than truly let God transform her (that came later)! He was always trying his dead level best to do the right thing no matter how hard it was and that was what made him so great!
The other side characters were fantastic too! Mrs. Lynch with her mothering of Mitch and her no nonsense ways, and Charity's grandmother and great-grandmother with their love and guidance. I also loved Emma with her gentle ways, and her love for God and Charity. And Bridie and Kathleen from the Irish Times! Bridie with her teasing of Mitch and the way she would talk to him, and Kathleen with her sweet ways! Ooh and I can't forget John Brady! We got to see a little of him in APMP but we got a lot more in this one and he is awesome! I love how close his walk with God is! And of course I can't forget all the other O'Conners and the McGuires!
There were lots of hard times in this book where you wanted to either smack characters or give them a hug! And then there was the character that you wanted to strangle for all the evil things he did! I laughed, I almost cried, and all in all thoroughly enjoyed this second book!
- A Passion For Redemption! by AngiOakley on 4/23/2013
The second book in the Daughters of Boston series, Julie Lessman brings the story of Charity O'Conner in A Passioned Redeemed. Charity grew up knowing that she was a pretty girl. Now a woman, she uses her beauty to get what she wants, including the attentions of men, sometimes playing one against another. Unlike her sister, Faith, who puts her trust in God, Charity puts her trust in the fact that she can lure those around her with her charms, except for the one man that she truly loves, Mitch Dennehy...and he wants nothing to do with her. She hurt him once and he vows it will never happen again. Will Charity seek for God's approval in her life instead of the approving look given her by men? And will Mitch give her another chance?
Julie writes the story of redemption and forgiveness. The renewal of a faith once forgotten and a love rekindled.
- Charity's Story and Her Moment of True Redemption by Wman4JC on 4/10/2013
I soooo enjoyed how the book starts out with the O’Connor family together again with Collin and Faith properly engaged and life is looking good for this beloved family. However, Redeemed is Charity’s story and she was a challenging character for me to like.
Most of the story is in Ireland where Charity has made a life for herself with her grandmother and great grandmother. She has plans to own a shop and somehow get Mitch to propose to her. Charity GENUINELY loves Mitch, but the ways she goes about trying to capture his heart in return were both foolish and unthinkable for me to read about. *shaking my head* There’s one scene where Charity goes to meet the family of her suitor and the whole atmosphere was creepy! This family used their dysfunctionality as every day common manners and despite Charity’s worldly ways, even she was utterly uncomfortable about how she would fit into such a family.
Issues that are dealt with in this story are: physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape, infidelity, deception and forgiveness (both for others and for self). Nothing is detailed within the book, but discussed in conversations, implied, or prayed about. Lessman does a stand up job developing characters that are impacted by each of these issues. Despite this book NOT being a light read, it successfully tackles what many Christians face within their own families or in their loved ones and how they can be overcome with God’s love and devotion.
The real enjoyment of this story is seeing how Charity FINALLY submits to God, allows her family to FINALLY love her as she heals, and once and for all learning to forgive HERSELF and the breakthrough that follows these revelations. I had trouble throughout the story liking this girl, but my heart broke for her more than once as she trusts the wrong man to help her, she believes lies from the enemy that tell her she’s worthless without her seductive ways and looks, she doesn’t realize how LOVED she is from her family and God until almost the end of the book, and she constantly looks to men to ease her loneliness. I was deeply touched by the O’Connors love and support of Charity and it was wonderful to see her blossom and grow up even though she does so the hard way.
I couldn’t stand how she constantly deceives Mitch and her family to get her own way, but Charity is such a good example of what not to do. And for anyone who can relate to Charity directly or indirectly, her journey is a wonderful lesson of hope. This story deeply illustrates how God works relentlessly to win over those who struggle with lonely and insecure hearts going to the wrong people/places to fill that empty void. Even though Redeemed is not my favorite book in this series, it is a necessary and profound lesson of how love in Christ conquers all. I’m also grateful for the men in this story who have self-control and seek God in their weak moments. One of my favorite parts of the story is when Charity is healing and she seeks out her parents one night as she has trouble falling asleep.
This is their response to her: “Charity smiled. How in the world had she been blessed with such parents? ‘Yes.’ ‘Good. Then we’ll do that. But first, I want you to know something. Never in one breath of your life have we ever been ashamed of you, Charity O’Connor. Befuddled, perhaps, sometimes angry, and occasionally frustrated, but never—I repeat never—have you brought shame to your father’s heart or mine. You have been a joy to our souls, and I don’t think that deep down you ever really knew that. Know it now, daughter, and know it well. God isn’t the only one who loves you with a depth beyond your apprehension.’ Charity clutched her mother in a joyous sob. She felt Marcy’s gentle stroking while her father’s strong hand kneaded her back.” That part of the story was healing for my soul.
I’m looking forward to reading the last book in this series and I’m so grateful to see how the O’Connors have endured.
- Good Message That Everyone Needs To Hear!! by DarlaMM on 3/27/2013
This book was wonderful. And has a good message to anyone who feels unworthy of love. Please read all three books!! Elizabeth O'Connor is young, shy and bookish at the start of the 1st book in the Daughters of Boston series. But in this book she is older and has fallen in love with her brother-in-laws best friend John Brady. John only sees her as a sister, and is to haunted by his past to give the relationship a go. Elizabeth is determined to change his mind but can John let the past go to find true happiness?
- Charity is Redeemed by Darla on 3/27/2013
This book was very good. The heroine Charity O'Connor is determined to hook the very Dashing Mitch Dennehy. Mitch plays hard to get but that doesn't hinder Charity at all. She knows what she wants and is just about the best at getting what she sets her heart on. The only problem is what does God want for? Does He even care for her? She thought He had stopped caring about her a long time ago but Mitch insists that all she needs is God. Can she truly give her heart over to God to mend or will she try to get Mitch her own way. Sometimes it is the letting go of what we want most that helps us see our greatest desires come true. This is a very touching story. Some tough subject matter, but Mrs. Lessman handles it with care. I would recommend it to Everyone!