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A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
Daughters of Boston, Book 2
Revell, 01 September 2008

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 way 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?

I said when I finished reviewing A Passion Most Pure, that the next book in the series – A Passion Redeemed – would have to wait until Speedbo finished.

Well, turns out the allurement of the O’Connor saga was too strong!  I couldn’t resist picking it up to find out where Charity’s scheming was going to take her.

A Passion Redeemed is the second installment of the Daughters of Boston series.  This is Charity’s story – the second O’Connor daughter.  It pretty much picks up straight off from where A Passion Most Pure left off.

Charity continues her scheming and plotting in the hopes of snaring Mitch Dennehey. She won’t take no for an answer.  She plays a dangerous game – and it has serious consequences.

Julie deals with some hard hitting issues in this book. Most of it happens off the page, and it is dealt with as neatly as possible so it doesn’t become too emotionally difficult to read – which I was thankful for.  I do wonder though if in reality Charity might have struggled a tad more to come to terms with what happens.

I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as A Passion Most Pure – I think I identify more with Faith than with Charity.  But I got to hand it to Julie for her imagination and ability to bring to life a scheming, manipulative – yet ultimately insecure young lady.

Mitch is a great character – though I’m wondering what Mitch Dennehey ever did to Julie Lessman – the heartbreak she put this man through!

Another powerful and passionate read from Julie Lessman.