Work Title: A Passion Most Pure: Daughters of Boston
Work Author(s): Julie Lessman
480 pages, Softcover $13.99
Reviewer: Carol Lynn Stewart
Young Faith O'Connor, survivor of an early twentieth-century polio epidemic, carries two passions in her heart. One is a secret yearning for a handsome rogue, and the other is a love of God. The second passion is actually the first, and overshadows everything else, including her other desire for Colin McGuire. In fact, if it weren't for the rivalry between Faith and her sister Charity, life would be perfect, despite the clouds of conflict on the horizon. Charity is a beauty with a canny knowledge of how to use her loveliness. If Charity hadn't set her sights on Colin McGuire, the sisters' rivalry would no doubt fade. But Faith's heart belongs to Colin. He championed Faith when she arrived in school bearing a pronounced limp from the bout with polio that had killed her twin sister. "Helplessly she had hung, the crippled runt of the fifth grade class," until Colin McGuire appeared and ordered the bully to release her. "Never again would her little girl heart beat the same again." Hero worship and romantic love blended with something deeper in Faith's soul, and she only shared her secrets with Mrs. Gerson, a blind neighbor to whom Faith read the Bible every Saturday. Expressing confusion over the carnal nature of her feelings, Mrs...