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Have You Read Julie Lessman’s Books?

The O’Connor family might be fictional characters but once you’ve read the first in Julie’s series, The Daughters of Boston “A PASSION MOST PURE”, you will feel you’ve been at the windows looking in and hearing each unique voice.

This series of stories set in the early 1900’s has touched my heart and life unlike any  other Historical Romance series ever has. Her second series, Winds of Change carries on where the first series leaves off with “A HOPE UNDAUNTED”.

This last week I found myself literally flat on my back due to muscle spasms – painful ones – throughout my entire torso. (Corsets being tightened too tight couldn’t have been worse than these) I was able to be up about ten to fifteen minutes out of every three hours or so from late Sunday afternoon through Thursday afternoon when my physical therapist showed up at my door.

I’d purchased Julie Lessman’s five books about the O’Connor family at one of her book signings about two weeks ago so I got the bag, put it beside my mat on the floor and began reading the first book. I COULD NOT put it down. I have never been grateful for pain before (except when the doctors feared I’d be paralyzed for life – another story for another time) but being forced to lie still gave me ample opportunity to read each of the five books in print so far. I believe Steven’s story is about to be told this year – can’t wait.

      The Spiritual message is not preachy but so true to the lives of each one – the depth of the characters’ personalities and temperaments and the back stories that made them the people they’d become – the sense of humor – those traits differing in each character, giving them a uniqueness unrivaled in any book I’ve read thus far – the quality of writing that makes one feel they’re living along side this family, invited to the picnics and the family dinners, hurting when one of them is hurting and the passion as told by Julie isn’t anything to cringe over, or feel ashamed for reading. It’s a very real but well-told part of the lives of these amazing characters, from the parents through the son’s and daughter’s biographical portraits, without being graphic or unseemly – each aspect of Julie’s story-telling is amazingly life-like and gave me such a sense of these people I cried when they cried (I NEVER cry over a book) I laughed aloud and had my hubby giving me quizzical looks, especially when I was laughing on the tail of tears streaming down my face. 

Unless you’ve read Julie’s masterpieces, you’ve yet to read a GREAT Christian Fiction Historical Romance series that doesn’t seem like fiction.









I can honestly say, these books should become classic Christian literature or someone needs their head examined!

Julie, my heart and soul have been blessed by reading your books. I’ve grown Spiritually through the messages woven throughout the books, I’ve grown emotionally and even as a writer by reading your thought-provoking, wonderful, happy-ever-afters. How these amazing people got to those endings just amazes me yet.

These characters Julie has fashioned will live with you long after you read the books.

May God richly bless you, Julie and may your stories be examples used to teach new writers!

Be sure to read:
A Passion Most Pure –    (Faith’s story)
A Passion Redeemed –   (Charity’s story)                    
A Passion Denied      –    (Elizabeth’s story)
 
         A Hope Undaunted – (Katie’s story)                      
 
              A Heart   Revealed  – (Sean’s story)           
 
Coming 10/01/12
            A  Love  Surrendered  – (Steven’s story)    

In the Works           –       (Patrick and Marcy’s story – the Prequel)

You won’t be the same once you’ve read these books – I promise. 


Learn more about Julie and her books – visit http://www.julielessman.com
Become a fan on facebook – Julie Lessman

and/or

 follow Julie on Twitter      – julielessman

Thank you, Julie, for the blessing you’ve become to me as a person as well as that you’ve been through your brilliant story-telling gift. 
Hugs-a-plenty,
Joy 

115 thoughts on “Have You Read Julie Lessman’s Books?”

  1. Late to party….been in another town to see hub's heart doctor…good report but very expensive drugs! Seriously, Joy, I don't mean to be a copy cat…but I was mostly on the couch on my back due to sciatica pain and read both AHU and AHR!! Helped me forget the pain! Love Julie's books…so passionate, inspirational, and wonderful! I can't wait to read A Love Surrendered and would choose that one IF I win this drawing! I hope I won't be ill then; but if so, worth it to read her book! Thanks!!!jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  2. Hey, RENEE, SO good to see you here, girl!! Masterpieces?? Well, I'm not sure about that, but they are full of drama, angst and passion, I'll give it that! Thanks for coming by, sweetie. JOY!!! Sooo glad you are on the mend, girlfriend, and back at writing!! You go, girl!!JACKIE … YAY on the good report, boo on the expensive drugs!! And, LOL … you were sick, too, reading my books??? Okay, now I really AM getting a complex. 😉 But I'm glad you could forget about your pain by focusing on the pain I put the O'Connors through! 🙂 Good luck in the contest, my friend!Hugs,Julie

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  3. What a great review of a wonderful book and author! I have read several of Julie's books and love every one of them. As soon as I finish one I go looking for another. In my opinion she can't write fast enough!Lynne Younglynne(dot)young(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I run the library for my church an the \”Daughters of Boston\” are very popular. Just purchased the first two in the new series, cant wait for the third, im sure it will be as popular!Librarybooks at religious dot com

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  5. First time visitor here, Mrs. Melville, but you have a lovely blog! So sorry to hear that you were in so much pain, but I'm glad you were able to read Ms. Julie's books –I agree with every word you wrote– they're wonderful! I've got to try a marathon read-through of the series someday … maybe this summer.Thanks so much for the chance to win! jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]eduBTW – I just read Ms. Julie's Journal Jots and \”A Love Surrendered\” pre-order price of $7.72??? I'm in! =D

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  6. Great review! Makes one want to run right out and buy up all of Julie's books! I definitely will be adding to my list of books to read! I would love to win…but don't we all?!Blessings and Happy Easter! Our LORD IS RISEN!judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I also wasn't sick when I first read Julie's books. But I might as well have been. I didn't get anything done until I finished all of them. My opinion is there the best Christian romance out there. I can't wait to read Love Surrendered.

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  8. I LOVE Julie's books!Every one of them I have read in one or two days!I get so caught up in them I feel like I am right there with the O'Connors.I cant wait to read Steven's story.His is the only one I haven't read yet.dymesich[at]juno[dot]com

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  9. LYNNE, LOL!!! In my opinion, I can't write fast enough, either!! Which is why my new series will be about a 100 to 150 pages shorter per book than my O'Connor series … so I can get them out every nine months instead of every twelve. 🙂 Thanks for reading my books, Lynne, and for your sweet comment — GOOD LUCK!!RELUVBE … some of my FAVORITE people … LIBRARIANS!!! Although I don't think I'm ALL that popular with some church librarians. I had one show up at a book signing to yell at me and another gave each of my books a 1-star review on Amazon, stating she had to remove them from the church library due to complaints about the content. Sigh. I sure hope she left some other romantically passionate books there, though, like the Song of Solomon??? 😉 Anyway, Reluvbe, thank you SO much for your kind words AND your support! That blesses the socks off of me. :)LDK, YES!!! I can hardly believe ALS is only &7.72 on pre-order, so go for it, girl, because I have NO idea how long it will be half price, but I can't imagine it will be too awfully long, you know?Hugs,Julie

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  10. PEGG, YES!!! Please do, sweetie, but if you do, PLEASE start with book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series as these are two series (and one BIG family saga) best read in order due to a number of big surprises in book 1. And APMP won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year for 2009, so it's a very good one to start with. Good luck in the contest, and if you win, I will be happy to send you APMP.JUDY, thank you SO much for adding my books to your TBR list — MUCH appreciated. But as I told Pegg above, PLEASE start with book 1 of the Daughters of Boston series as these are two series (and one BIG family saga) best read in order due to a number of big surprises in book 1. Good luck in the contest, and if you win, I will be happy to send you APMP. LOL, TAMERA!!! Soooo glad to hear you weren't sick when you read my books, but that is too cute about you may as well been. And, WOW, the \”best Christian romance out there??\” Honey, I just KNEW I loved you!! Thanks, Tamera — you are THE BEST!!LEAH … \”One or two days\”??? WOW, girl, you are a speed reader for sure. Kinda makes me wish I were a speed writer, you know??? Thanks for coming by, my friend, and good luck in the contest!!Hugs,Julie

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  11. I love your Winds of Change series but need to read The Daughters of Boston Series to keep up with O'Connor family. I agree with Joy that Julie's books are awesome.Thanks for the giveaway.misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I've only read one of Julie's books and I am hooked!! I can't wait for this one to come out. With Julie's books, you can't read just one! They are that good!Blessings…..Joyibjoy1953{at}yahoo.com

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  13. Joy…what an inspirational story…and posting.Julie…always a pleasure to visit w/ you in this blogosphere…can you believe that i still NEED to read stephen & emma's story! Love you :)karenkkmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. You certainly have a following, Julie! I have read the frist two in your O'Connor family series and love them! Will your new series have any connections to them? Hope so. rose crmcc at setel dot com

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  15. KATHLEEN!!! LOVE that review, my friend, because like you, I love ALL things Irish, and you certainly fit that criteria!! Here's to a win, girl, with the very last book in this Irish family saga!!JULIA … Soooo nice to \”see\” you again, girlfriend. That must mean you have a little more free time on your hands lately, which is good. Always nice to take a breather, right?BRENDA, YES!!! You DO need to read the Daughters of Boston to see how it all started. I guarantee you there are enough thrills, chills and angst to keep you from getting bored despite the fact you already know how some things end. Reserve them at the library if you must, but READ them, okay?? And maybe you will win here to kick that series off, eh?JOY … GOTTA get you another one of these books, girl. I hope it was A Passion Most Pure you read — I can't remember!! But if you didn't hate Charity too much in THAT book, then you could be in for a treat with her story because Mitch is SO hubba-hubba, and Charity is absolutely one of my faves to write about, so I hope you enjoy it. That story, A Passion Redeemed, is my fave of the DOB series, then A Hope Undaunted is my overall fave. Good luck, sweetie.KAREN!!! Wouldn't be the same without you here, girl, so thanks for coming by and Sean and Emma are WAITING for you, my friend, so let's put it on hold at the library or beg, borrow or steal, okay? It was on sale on Kindle a few weeks ago for about $2.99, and you do NOT need a Kindle to read it. You can download it to ANYTHING pert near, even a PC. Of course, that's a bit tough to read in bed, unless it's a laptop, you know??? 😉 Good luck, my friend.Hugs,Julie

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  16. Hey, ROSE, if I seem to have a \”following,\” it's only because my reader friends appear to be as \”passionate\” about romance as I am!!So you have read A Passion Most Pure and A Passion Redeemed?? A lot of people have told me that the final book in that series, A Passion Denied, is the best of the three. All I know is that it's the only one of my five books that has a full five starred rating on Amazon. And there is a sub plot in there for Marcy and Patrick that rips my heart out because it's actually based on something in my marriage, so it's a powerful story. And that's just THEIR subplot. Brady and Lizzie's story is probably my most favorite spiritually, so all in all, APD is a good bet.No, my next series, Heart of San Francisco series, is about a wealthy political Irish family called the McClares in 1902 San Francisco. There are no married couples in this one, so the passion is toned done as a result. BUT … the romantic tension between the widowed matriarch and her brother-in-law (the man she was to marry before he cheated on her 25 years ago when she married his brother instead) is VERY intense, so they are like the Marcy/Patrick counterpart in this story. Anyway, it's a bit different type of story, but still LOTS of drama, passion and angst or they couldn't put my name on it, right??? ;)Hugs,Julie

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  17. This has been so fun – never saw so many JOY'S in one place – have you, Julie?I love that I was able to bring you all together over at journeystojoy – be sure to tell your friends about this party we're having with Julie.Hugs-a-mighty for sharing your hearts with me this week!

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  18. My daughter is an avid fan of Julie's and historical romances. I would love to win Julie's newest book for her! Thanks for the great review and the opportunity to win the drawing.seventysevensusieq[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  19. Julie, I already have A Passion Denied and it is moving up in my TBR pile after your recommendation! Your new series sounds great, too! Keep em coming! I just need more time to read! Now that I am writing too, the reading time is limited, but I know I need to read great books to write great books!

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  20. JOY … no, I haven't!! Lots of Joys spreading the \”joy,\” eh?? Thanks again, Joy, for such a great promo!!SUSIEQ … Now here's a mom for you!! Surfing the web for giveaways for her daughter — you ROCK, Suz!!! And may I assume you are either not a reader or not a romance reader?? If so, I have a sister-in-law who reads NOTHING but blood and guts and only read my first book to be nice. Turns out she LOVED it and now devours each one when they come out. Says I'm the ONLY romance author she reads because it's so much more than just a romance. A family saga brimming with LOTS of drama, angst and … ahem … PASSION, both romantically and spiritually. If you ever get me a try, let me know, okay?LOL, ROSE!!! So the sales pitch worked, did it??? 😉 You gotta watch me, I can be a smooth talker. 🙂 Actually, I am realllly excited to hear what you think of APD, so THANK YOU for moving it up in your TBR. Hope you're not sorry …Hugs,Julie

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  21. OH how I could have used a Julie Lessman book today – had an attack unlike any I've had in many years – had to cancel a dr appointment – AND – a much-sought-after research resource appointment.Not sure what bothered me more – not having one of Julie's books to read, the attack itself – OR – missing out on that resource I'd been trying forever to reach. YupJulie's October release – I SURE WISH I'D HAD THAT TODAY!

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  22. Julie's books have been on my wish list. There are several books that I find that I like to read at once and this is one batch that I do.BlessingsJoladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. I LOVE all of Julie's books, and LOVE Julie just as much!! I canNOT wait for Stephen's story to come out!!! That's the one I'd want if I win – to complete my set of course!! 😀 Love you, Julie! -Alli

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  24. JOY! I am SO sorry to hear you had an attack today — hope things are better now, my friend. You have to wait till October to get sick again, you hear? Because that's when the next book comes out … ;)SHERRI … thank you SO much for putting my books on your TBR!! Hopefully you will win the first one here … If you do read my books, however, PLEASE start with A Passion Most Pure, book 1 in the Daughters of Boston series because this is really a family saga best read in order due to a number of big surprises in book 1. APMP won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year, so hopefully you will like it too. Good luck in the contest! :)Hugs,Julie

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  25. JO!!! Did you ever read the copy of A Passion Most Pure you won, because your comment above sounds like you might not have read any of my books before, but I know I sent you that one. If you haven't read it, make sure you do before you get your copy of A Love Surrendered, which is the book that will have your name in it as a subordinate character. ALS is the sixth book in this family saga, so it's really best to read them in order, but if you read APMP, you should be okay because that lays groundwork for the series PLUS has two big surprises in it that would be ruined if read out of order, okay? Good luck!!ALLI!!!!! Girlfriend, long time no, see or hear or whatever!! Hope things are going well for you and your family and I hope you like Steven's story as much as I do!! Good luck, my friend and HAPPY EASTER!!Hugs,Julie

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  26. Julie – if it makes you feel ANY better – I tried reading Sean and Emma's story when I was sort of bedridden but I was on hydrocodone and needed lighter fare… had to wait till I was healthy again to read it ;).Love you, dear friend! Can't wait for Steven's story – OR Patrick and Marcy's!

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  27. LOL, CAROL, YES, actually it does because when you read my books, I don't want you on any drugs — I want you to FEEL the angst and drama to the point of tears or laughter!!AHR is pretty heavy fare, although I have to admit that I think Charity has never been funnier or offered more comic relief as she did in this book, so hopefully that helps. :)Glad you are back in the pink, my friend. :)Hugs,Julie

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  28. Awesome! I still haven't read any of Julie's books, but I'm really looking forward to reading them… they look great!lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Julie's books look amazing! I've heard such great things about them, so I look forward to reading them somewhere down the road. Thanks for the giveaway!jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Julie, you are the best. I just love your books and love you as a person. Enthusiasm and graciousness all in the same package. Love the cover of A Love Surrendered. Joy, so glad you had Julie visit here.Have a blessed, Easter!Jill

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  31. I'm just about to start reading the first one in the serious! Can't wait!!! I'd love to have the second one, so I don't have to wait for it!! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm so excited!Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Please enter me into the drawing! Never read any of Julie's books, but I've been meaning to start the first one for some time now. Everyone says they're so good!Dreilly316(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I very much agree with you Joy! These books should be read by everyone!! Some of the best books I've ever read. :)marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. John – no need to feel odd – there is so much of the male view point in Julie's books you'll soon feel right at home.Thanks for checking out the review – and if you haven't begun the series – be sure to start with A PASSION MOST PURE and move on from there.Welcome to Journey's To JoyHappy Birthday, Kate!NEW followers – get that extra point toward the drawing – don't forget! ';D

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  35. Jillian Kent – you sweetie – welcome back to my blog.ISN'T JULIE THE GREATEST? Her books have inspired me as a person and a writer.BTW:When do I get to review another Ravensmoore Chronicle?Come back soon!

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  36. I'm going to join the \”not reading the books until you're sick ongoing joke\” as I've got pneumonia and about all I can do right now is read.Seriously, I've not read this author and would really like to.Carolynauthorboyles at swbell.net

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  37. ELYSSA!!! Oh, honey, you are JUST the type of person I'm looking for, girl — somebody who hasn't met the O'Connors!! I would LOVE to introduce you, so good luck in this contest. If you love LOTS of passion — both spiritual and romantic — you're gonna like my books!! (I hope! :|)JENNY … I am THRILLED you have heard \”great\” things about my books, but that could be because I have absolutely some of the most PASSIONATE readers that I (AND my publisher!!) have ever seen, which is good because I am VERY passionate about God and romance, so buckle up, girl, and GOOD LUCK!!IRA!!! You are TOO CUTE!!! I am guessing your are the dad?? If so, I commend you for taking the time to try and bless your daughter with books that are HUGE on the practical side of purity and how following God's precepts in a very tempting world reaps blessings. Good luck and thanks for coming by. :)Hugs,Julie

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  38. CarolynI suggest you have tissues near at hand – be prepared to laugh your lungs clear AND by all means have your robe on – cause you're in for ONE WILD RIDE! EnJOY – these are incomparable!

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  39. JILL — one of my favorite people and authors!!! Thanks for coming by to encourage, my friend, and I cannot WAIT for the public to get a chance to read your next book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles because it is AWESOME!! HAPPY EASTER to you, too, girl. :)EMILY!!!! I am SOOO excited for you to meet the O'Connors! I hope you fall in love with them like so many of my readers have. PLEASE let me know if you like book 1, A Passion Most Pure, which I assume is the one you are going to read first since it is book 1 in the Daughters of Boston series. And if you don't like it??? Uh, well, no need to contact me … 😐 DEBBIE!!! Listen to them, girl!! All those people who are telling you they are good — they sound trustworthy to me!! 🙂 Seriously, check out some of the reviews on Amazon — they are PRETTY passionate, which is because passionate readers like passionate reading, which is what I am all about — both in my passion for God AND romance. So, good luck in this contest!!Hugs,Julie

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  40. LOL, JOHN!!! So your wife strong-armed you, did she, to enter??? That is SO adorable, both you and her, so I hope it nets you a win. And, yes, you ARE the odd man here, although Ira above did enter for his daughter, that is, assuming Ira is a dad. :)KATE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! What an absolutely FABULOUS day to be born, although I know it's not always Easter on your birthday. 🙂 Here's to a win, my friend — GOOD LUCK!!MARISSA!!! One of my favorite reader friends!! Thanks for coming by, and you are going to LOVE Steven's story, my sweet friend, so get ready to cry …. :)Hugs,Julie

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  41. JOY, you are going to love, love, LOVE Jill's next book — it is WONDERFUL!!CINDY, LOL!!! Nooooooo, we do NOT want you laid up, not even to read my books, sweetie, but would rather have you hale and hearty so you laugh and cry in good health. :)HAPPY EASTER, ALL!! I'm have 25 people over, so I may be scarce tomorrow, but I WILL be back … :)Hugs,Julie

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