Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Passionate Historical Romance from Julie Lessman

A Passion Denied, the third installment in The Daughters of Boston series, is the story of Elizabeth O’Connor. In her desire to be a thoroughly modern woman of the Roaring Twenties, she goes by the name Lizzie, bobs her hair, and confesses her love to the man of her dreams, John Brady. But Brady, as most people call him, has secrets he’s not sharing with her. The demons of his past hold him back and make him feel incapable and unworthy of loving a woman like Elizabeth.

While this novel centers on Lizzie and Brady, it’s not theirs alone. All the couples we’ve loved in Ms. Lessman’s previous books are back: Faith and Collin, Charity and Mitch, and Patrick and Marcy. Each one has issues of their own to deal with. That Ms. Lessman is able to deftly juggle so many characters and different storylines is a testament to her talent as a storyteller. If you haven’t read the first two books of the series, I suggest you do so before reading this one. You will enjoy the experience so much more!

Julie Lessman is one of those rare female writers who really gets how to show things from the male perspective. This isn’t to say the women in her stories aren’t great, because they are. But I’m constantly amazed at the life she is able to breathe into her passionate, flawed men. Ladies, I dare you not to develop just a little bit of a crush on at least one of them.

A Passion Denied is a tender love story wrapped around the mystery of one man’s past. It will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye, and make you think. The characters are so real, you may just find yourself thinking about them long after you read the last word. In short, it’s everything a good book should be.

(the following is straight off Julie's website)

I’m Julie Lessman, an Inspirational Romance author with a passion for God and a passion for romance. Since the age of twelve, I’ve been in love with the idea of being “in love.” It happened the moment Scarlett seared Rhett with a look on the winding staircase of Twelve Oaks. Suddenly I was a goner, spellbound by the emotional ebb and flow of romantic relationships.

As an adult, I quickly learned that true romance is spiritual as well as physical and emotional. And one pass through the “Song of Solomon” in the Bible told me that God was the biggest romantic of them all, deeply passionate in His love for each of us. Through my love affair with Him, I have discovered that romance can transcend to another dimension where romantic passion and spiritual passion merge, creating a 3-D love story: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together. I hope you enjoy my stories ... and may they bring you closer to the Father’s heart.



To find out more about Julie and her books, visit her blog, Julie Lessman: Passion With A Purpose.


Amy said...

Great review, I love these books!

Jennifer AlLee said...

Aren't they great? And Julie is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.

Be blessed, Amy!