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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Serials and Scenarios - A Passion Most Pure

My Review:

Julie Lessman has written a novel that smacks of history but could almost occur in modern times. In it are the classic elements of love- unrequited and shared, betrayal, lust, sibling rivalry, loss, war, sorrow and elation.

Even though I guessed correctly at the way a few scenarios played out, I didn't find out if I was right until the last few pages. This is a long novel and it covers stretches of time. I found myself liking a character and then developing issues with said character and not liking him/her so much after all, only to come back around to understanding and accepting the character's issues. Which is a really good indicator that Lessman's characters are complex enough to suck you into their world.
Passion is a little steamier than a lot of Christian romances, so I wouldn't classify it as a romance. The historical crowd will likely have issues with the modern speech. However, some who won't read historical because of the more stilted style may jump on Passion and devour it.


Pamela J said...

The long novel part doesn't sway me from being anxious to read and I am all the more ready to dive into it since I know my emotions about different characters are going to be pulled this way and that. GREAT, that we don't actually find out a solution till the end. I'm forever guessing what about this and that too so can identify with that thought process. Thanks for your review, it just makes me more 'hungry' to eat up the book, one page at a time.
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Kelly Klepfer said...

I'm glad my thoughts make you more eager. Some spots I couldn't put the book down, and a few others made me want to throw it across the room or throttle a character. And then there were the "oh my" blushing moments. I don't think you'll be disappointed if you pick up a copy, especially if other reviews make you more interested, Pam. Thanks for dropping by.

Julie Lessman said...

Kelly said: Passion is a little steamier than a lot of Christian romances, so I wouldn't classify it as a romance.

Thanks, Kel, for reviewing the book -- I really appreciate it. But you DO have me a wee bit curious. What WOULD you classify it as, if not a romance???


Kelly Klepfer said...

Hi Julie,

I agree there is a ton of romance but I think Faith's journey was the thing that struck me most. I'd classify it as women's fiction.

But we all know how SUBJECTIVE reading and reviewing it. : )