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A Passion Denied

By Julie Lessman


A Love So True, a Memory So False … and a Passion Denied

Elizabeth O’Connor has been the little sister John Brady always longed for, sharing his love of literature and his thirst for God. But in the throes of the reckless “Roaring Twenties, “Lizzie” suddenly wants more from the man who has mentored her since she was thirteen. When this shy, little bookworm blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving him, she discovers John’s past won’t let him go there. Unfortunately, Lizzie won’t let him go anywhere else—until his dark and shocking secrets push her away.

Can true love survive the betrayal and deceit of a painful past … or will it be shattered like the fairy-tale dreams of a young girl in love?

Brimming with romance, longing and betrayal, Book 3 in the Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Denied, will quicken your pulse and gladden your heart with a riveting story of redemption and forgiveness.

Book Takeaway:

The MOST important thing I pray readers take away from this book is the reality of how natural and fulfilling an intimate relationship with God can and SHOULD be. Like breathing. This book may be fiction, but this is NOT a fairy tale here. It is possible to have a living, breathing relationship with the God of the Universe. He’s crazy about us, and if most people really understood that, their lives would turn on a dime and blessings would overtake them. Believe me, I KNOW this firsthand—I used to be a hard, cynical, coarse human being before God pulled me up by the scruff of the neck and said, “Yo, Julie! Get a clue. You’re the apple of my eye!”  He’s been the love of my life ever since.

Why the author wrote this book:

I am an Inspirational Romance author with a passion for God and a passion for romance. Since the age of twelve, I’ve been in love with the idea of being “in love.” It happened the moment Scarlett seared Rhett with a look on the winding staircase of Twelve Oaks. Suddenly I was a goner, spellbound by the emotional ebb and flow of romantic relationships.

As an adult, I quickly learned that true romance is spiritual as well as physical and emotional. And one pass through the “Song of Solomon” in the Bible told me that God was the biggest romantic of them all, deeply passionate in His love for each of us. Through my love affair with Him, I have discovered that romance can transcend to another dimension where romantic passion and spiritual passion merge, creating a 3-D love story: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together. I hope you enjoy my stories ... and may they bring you closer to the Father’s heart.


"3rd in the Daughters of Boston trilogy on the O'Connor family, Lizzie O'Connor's story. One of betrayal, guilt, deceit, forgiveness and redemption - a 5-star roller coaster ride that warmed my heart!!"
- Bonnie on December 27, 2015

"It's simply amazing how well Julie can get inside such differing high emotions, deep desires and wounded hearts of each and every one of her characters, male and female."
- Dawn on December 01, 2011

"A fabulous ending to a wonderful series! I really related to the heroine!"
- Ashley on October 23, 2011

"A stunning conclusion to an awesome series, all there of these books should be on your favorite shelf, it sure is on mine!"
- Casey on September 21, 2010

"If you enjoy a tastefully written love story with strong, godly characters who aren’t afraid to express their passion, you’ll enjoy Julie Lessman’s novels."
- Myra on July 03, 2010

"A Passion Denied is vintage Julie Lessman ~ passion and faith in equal measure."
- Rel on December 03, 2009

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