What’s not to love, right?
Bad boys turned GREAT! Definitely a gift of Julie Lessman’s.
“A romance born out of friendship is the most endearing type of love.” – From The Thornbearer by me.
That’s what happens with Lizzie O’Connor and John Brady. One catch of a breath changes everything. Add to that a little bit of infatuation on Lizzie’s part and a whole lot of self-denial on Brady’s part – and you get the makings of a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness and forgiveness – and one young woman’s determination.
So….here’s my review of A Passion Denied from 2009.
Now, being a romantic at heart, there were times when I wanted to stop reading the book because I didn’t know if my heart could take it anymore. The emotional ‘valleys’ in the book are intense, but thankfully, Julie put me out of my misery by the end so I didn’t have to mentally slap any of the characters.
Sweet, innocent, Lizzie O’Connor has loved John Brady since her childhood. His faith, commitment, and personal integrity are everything she’s longed for in all of her ‘fairytale’ dreams. As Lizzie grows up and begins to see the world through a woman’s eyes, a future romance with her best friend seems highly unlikely. Despite their mutual growing affections, Brady will not give in to his love for Lizzie. Secrets from his past, wounds that seem irreversible, hold him back from making a commitment with his heart to anyone but God.
When Lizzie learns the truth about Brady’s past, will her love remain constant or will another man draw her away from a love that is pure? Will Brady accept God’s complete forgiveness for his past so he is free to love in his future?
I highly recommend this third and brilliant installment to The Daughters of Boston series and look forward to reading more of Julie Lessman’s work.
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