Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Review: A Passion Redeemed

Y'all know how much I loved A Passion Most Pure...that made me more than a little leery as I picked up A Passion Redeemed. Could Julie do it again? Pull me into a plot brimming with romance? And could she redeem Charity, the character most of us loved to hate in A Passion Most Pure? The answer to each question is yes!

Depth of beauty … shallow of heart, Charity O’Connor is a woman who gets what she wants. She sets her sights on a man who wants nothing to do with her. Although the sparks are there, he refuses to fan the coals of a potential relationship with a woman who ruined his life. 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.

I really like Mitch in the first book, and really didn't care that much for Charity. Yet picked up this book knowing they would be together. Charity's story is one filled with trying to get everything she wants her way. The refreshing...and sad...part of this book is that she actually bears the consequences. This book is jam packed with romance...and passion -- like you'd expect. But it also has a strong spiritual thread. And as that unfolds the reader gains insight into Charity. How she became the person she is. Why we should love her anyway. And why we root so hard for her.

There's one point in the story, where I'm convinced Julie is setting up book three, then it looks like that will end book two -- and I started to feel a bit.. um cheated. Then a few pages later, I realize that's not where the book was headed. I guess you could say she kept me guessing. So even though this is a romance...twists and turns fill the road from the first word to the end.

I enjoyed this book -- and can't wait to see what she does with book three.

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