Wednesday, August 27, 2008

CFBA Presents - A PASSION REDEEMED by Julie Lessman

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Passion Redeemed
(Revell - September 1, 2008)
Julie Lessman


Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure was her first novel.


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? Book 2 in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Redeemed will captivate your heart and stir your soul with a story of faith and redemption rising from the ashes of temptation, desire, and shame.

Praise for the first book in the series:

"Full of romance, humor, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page." --Historical Novels Review

"Superb! Incredible! I loved Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure from the second I picked it up until the very last moment I stopped reading." --Armchair Interviews

"I devoured this book and loved every single page. . . . This is a thick, juicy read, and one I would pick up again in a heartbeat."

If you would like to read an excerpt from A Passion Redeemed, go HERE.


You've heard of the "sophmore slump" - the dreaded nemesis of an artist who has turned out such a remarkable first offering that people wonder if the next can even compare. Well, let me assure you, Julie Lessman has successfully avoided the slump and turned out a captivating second novel.

We first met Charity O'Connor in A Passion Most Pure, and she was not a nice person. Self-absorbed and more than a little aware of her powers over men, Charity steals not one, but two of her sister's boyfriends. How do you redeem a character like that? Quite simply, by showing us what made her the way she is. Lessman skillfully reveals the tragic events in Charity's past that make her so desperate for love, and in so doing, draws us over to Charity's side, rooting for her happiness.

But things aren't easy for Charity. Even after she realizes why she acts the way she does and starts looking to God for help, she's got a long way to go. And she finds that even though she's turned from her old manipulative ways, she hasn't escaped the consequences.

If you're looking for a book full of passion, redemption, faith and hope, A Passion Redeemed is for you. But one disclaimer: You really have to read book one, A Passion Most Pure first in order to fully enjoy it. Both books are terrific and will leave you chomping at the bit for the release of book three, A Passion Denied in May 2009. Bravo to Julie Lessman for creating this great series!

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