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A Passion Redeemed
by Julie Lessman

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...deftly holds the readers interest as Charity gets herself into one mess after another."

Why is it the only man the Charity wants is the one who seems immune to her charms?

Charity O’Connor has one goal in life—marry Mitch Dennehy, the man who stole her heart. The only problem is, he wants more in a marriage than heated romance. He wants a woman who can be his friend and share his belief in God. Charity believes in God, she just doesn’t have much use for Him, and she’s not above scheming and conniving to seduce Mitch into a relationship.

It worked once, when Charity stole him away from his fiancée, her sister Faith. Why not again? She weaves her web and works hard to ensnare Mitch. But having been burnt once, he doesn’t succumb to her charms as easily this time. Charity decides to use another man’s affections to taunt Mitch, and her plan seems to work when he warns her to stay far away from Rigan Gallagher.

When Charity is attacked in Ireland, her grandmother sends her back home to Boston with Mitch as her chaperone. Charity has one last chance to win his affections, but playing sweet and innocent isn’t working. Will she resort to her old ways? Or will her scheming and lying drive Mitch into the arms of another woman?

A Passion Redeemed, Book Two in the Daughters of Boston series, is the saga of a determined young woman who can’t seem to get what she wants. Charity knows Mitch cares for her and uses all her wiles to try to get him to marry her, but Mitch has given his heart to God and is not the same man who succumbed to her temptations before. Her battle for his heart takes her down many paths, and one finally leads her to knowing God for herself. But old habits are hard to break.

I wondered how author Julie Lessman would redeem Charity after setting her up as a scheming woman with few morals. Charity has always wanted what her sister Faith had, even if it means stealing her fiancé, which she did in Book One. Charity does change in this book, though it takes a while. I was a bit disappointed that her conversion to Christ came mostly off-scene but was glad that it finally happened. And Charity doesn’t change immediately, but has to take some hard knocks before she’s willing to totally yield control of her life to God. This story illustrates that no matter how conniving a person might be, they are never beyond the reach of God’s redemption. A Passion Redeemed is quite a long book, but it deftly holds the readers interest as Charity gets herself into one mess after another.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.