It took awhile for Charity to grow on me. As Julie revealed her backstory, I found myself caring and wanting her to grow into a woman of quality. At times she horrified me, but I also saw the hurt little girl wanting the love of those around her.
While a strong romance, the story promotes God's values in all relationships. Forgiveness, accountability, and God's love run like a golden thread through this book.
Julie's series holds great promise. I look forward to a long reading relationship with the O'Connor clan.
It's so funny how characters are subjective. Charity amused me. But maybe I started out with a soft spot for her because I've had friends like her.
This was a great story too! Thanks for the review. :-)
Good Morning, Jess -
Characters are like regular people when they're done well. It's a tribute to Julie that she can evoke both negative and positive emotions in the reader. It means her characters are true to life.
How each of us react to a character depends on our own personalities, experiences, etc. I think she did a great job with the story. The title says it all, "A Passion Redeemed."
Susan, thank you SO much for your wonderful review!
And your statement that "It's a tribute to Julie that she can evoke both negative and positive emotions in the reader ... How each of us react to a character depends on our own personalities, experiences, etc." really blessed me because I've never really thought about that before. There is a wide range of diversity in readers' reactions to this Scarlett O'Hara-type character, and since I just LOVE Charity, I never understood why others didn't, especially by end of book. Thanks for your insight!
Hi Julie -
Thanks for popping in and for your comments. Charity makes me think of people, who get under my skin. Some of the things they do aggravate me, but I can't help but love them. :)
Have a blessed day!
You're getting me really excited about reading Julie's series! Sounds great!
Hi Jody -
I'm glad! I started book 3, A Passion Denied, a couple of days ago. Beth is the heroine of this volume.
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