Review & Giveaway of A PASSION DENIED by Julie Lessman

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Description:

Has she fallen in love with a man who cannot love her back?

Elizabeth O'Connor has been like the little sister John Brady always wanted, sharing his love of literature and his thirst for God. But in the throes of the reckless Roaring Twenties, Lizzie has grown up. Suddenly she wants more from the man who has been her friend since she was a child. When this shy little bookworm blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving John, she discovers that his past won't let him return that love. But Lizzie refuses to give up--until his shocking secrets push her away.

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

My Review: In a book that is over 400 pages long you'd think that there would be a chance to catch your breath or even blink. Not so in a book written by Julie Lessman. The Passion is so intense that you don't want to for fear that you're going to miss something. I'm not talking about that kind of Passion, although that is in there, only in the way God intended it to be, between a man and a woman when they are married. With each turn of the page the character a long with the reader is going through the emotional rollercoaster that Julie has created. While this book is Lizzie's story it is also every woman's story. We all have read fairytales growing up, dreamed of the "knight in shinning armor" that is going to sweep us off our feet, we'd get married and live happily ever after. That's just not real life and it's also not what God has for us either. Once again Julie takes Lizzie's story and by weaving God's word into it makes it for all of us. I give this book a lighthouse and shine a light on it for pointing a path to God.

GIVEAWAY: I have an extra copy of this book to giveaway. Just leave a comment with your email address, name and where your from so I can get a hold of you and I will draw a winner on May 29th.


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Hi, I am excited. I found your site from Book Blogs. I have blogged it.


gahome2mom at gmail dot com

Hey, I got your site from the author's web page. Please enter me for the giveaway. Thanks.


this sounds great.


ANDI ... thank you SO much for featuring me on your blog and doing a giveaway -- you are a doll, my friend!

GAHOME2MOM ... Glad you found Andi's blog and me! Good luck in the contest.

ADGE ... Thanks for stopping by and for your interest in the contest.

MJ ... grin, short and sweet. Good luck!


Hi Julie! Another chance to win book three! Thanks so much! There's been so much going on, and so many people are so excited for you! I am so happy that I've been able to communicate with you (I know I keep saying this, but it's true). Thanks again!


I would love to enter!



janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm from Canada, is it okay for me to enter? I understand completely if it's not. :)

Looks like I'm going to have to drive to Jackson(the nearest "big" town) and try to find this book! Or maybe I can win it. :0)


Another chance to win one of Julie's books! These blog tours are introducing Julie to so many who wouldn't know about her books otherwise. Thank you another giveaway!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Hey, AMBER, you're making the rounds, girl -- good job!! :)

JANETFAYE ... thanks for your interest and good luck!

CAROLYNN ... thanks for stopping by again, sweetie ... you're gonna win a book that way for sure!

COURTNEY, with the price of gas, I sure hope you win on one of my blogs instead!! :) Be sure to check my website calendar out regularly because I add blog giveaways all the time!

Boy, CAROLE, you definitely need to win a book with all the blogs you're hitting, girl!! Thanks for your support.


I am so excited to be able to enter a contest to win Julie Lessman's book. A beautiful romance in view of God's eyes. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

CARMEN ... thanks for stopping by and good luck! For more chances to win, be sure to check out my website calendar (, then click on Julie's Calendar) for other blog giveaways going on right now -- there are a TON of signed books I am giving away and a writer's critique.


Yeah! I've read all the books, but had to borrow the first 2 from a friend. I'd love to build my collection!

rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

I saw the advert on the Seeker's blog and had to try! I am getting the first one in the mail next week and can't wait to start this series! (waving excitedly) Hey Julie! Me AGAIN! You sure have some awesome fans who love your stuff! God bless!

Forgot to leave my email....

A passion Denied sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

REBORNBUTTERFLY ... now that's what I want to hear, girl, someone who wants to "build" their own collection of my books! :) Thank you for your support, and we'll see what we can do about finishing off your collection.

SHERRINDA ... I happen to have it on good authority you are starting book 1 tonight, so I am hoping and praying you like it and maybe lose a little bit of sleep (not much, just a little ... :)).

EMMA, thank you SO much for stopping by ... good luck in the contest! But a word of warning ... this series is one that needs to be read in order due to a number of HUGE surprises in book 1, so be sure to start with A Passion Most Pure, okay?


sounds interesting and with God in their lives they do win eventually. I'd like this book/story and please enter me. With God as the centre who can fail!!!

yourstrulee at sasktel dot net from Canada. Robyn

Hi- I found your blog on Seekerville. Please enter me in the giveaway

Thank you

Ruth Dell

ROBYN L ... Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment ... here's to a win for your diligence!

RUTH, so glad Seekerville led you year, my friend. Trust me, your odds are very good for winning a free signed book, so thank you for your participation.


Please enter me in the drawing. I look forward to reading the series.

CYNTHIA ... grin, not as much as I look forward to you reading the series ... :) Thanks for entering the contest -- good luck!


Please count me in for the giveaway.


CHICKI ... thanks SO much for your interest in the giveaway ... and good luck!


Hello again Julie!

I was just at the Seekerville blog. :)

I'm trying to follow your advice and comment on each blog to try and win A Passion Denied, so you'll be seeing me again soon. *grin*

Thank you for sharing!


LORI!!! Good for you, girl, that's what this is ALL about! Just ask Sherrinda -- she "cyber-stalked" (her word, not mine!) my blog giveaways and won FIVE (yes, FIVE) of my signed books in the last two weeks. I'm mailing three of them tonight, as a matter of fact, so you go, girl, and good luck!

Keep checking my website calendar because I just posted another giveaway today ...


Yes, Lori, cyber-stalking is definitely the way to go!! Julie doesn't seem to mind and I've been so stinkin' lucky, I feel like I should buy a lotter ticket to see if my luck will hold! lol...
Now, in my defense, I am not hogging all five books! I turned down one for a redraw and I am going to give away A Passion Most Pure on my blog next week! "Share the love...share the passion"! Keep trying!!!

Julie and Sherrinda,

Thank you both for your encouraging comments! :)


Hi Lori, glad to see you're trying to get these books...they're terrific! DEFINITELY keep stalking, I won twice as well so I know it works!

SHERRINDA ... I mailed all three of your books on Friday, so I'm thinking you'll get them mid-week or end of week. Heck I think I know your address by heart now ... :)

LORI, you're not "cyber-stalking," you're just plain smart. I do this all the time, too, when I want to win a book ... and I've won a ton, believe me!

RENEE ... you only won twice??? :) Could have sworn it was more ... Bet it will be before you're through, Steeler Girl.


Yeah I think it was only twice, on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog (Denied) and My Friend Amy's blog (Most Pure)...unless I won on some other blog I don't know about! I hope not because (including the books I won from the blogs above) I now will own the whole series and don't want to deny someone else the chance to read the books!

Julie, I can't wait to get them!!! We are taking a very impromptu, short vacation next weekend, so if I get them before...well, it will be the most perfect vacation ever! :)

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