A Heart Revealed
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: April 7th, 2015
Paperback: 336 pages
FTC FYI: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?
But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?
First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. It is already getting rave reviews, and I now that I am finished I can see why! Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and so on and so on, all agree it is a fabulous book. Way to go, Josi!!
This book was beautiful. The writing was flawless and the characters were strong and developed well. I loved how the author took her time in helping the reader learn to like Amber, because I admit, I didn't like her at first. I LOVED Suzanne. She was so wonderful. I loved how she was with Amber and how she didn't take any guff from her, and was brave enough to tell her. I loved how their relationship grew into a treasured friendship. I also loved when Amber was sent to Yorkshire, her friendship/relationship with Thomas took time and I appreciated the fact that Thomas knew some things about her that Amber didn't know and how they learned to love each other. One of my favorite things happened at the end of the story with Amber's sister Darra, I was in tears. As the story progressed, my heart broke for Amber, not knowing what was happening to her and learning her new life in her tiny cottage. I loved how she learned to take care of herself and appreciated her friendship and need for Suzanne. I honestly could go on and on, but you will need to read it for yourself, and love it as much as I did.
5 ouf 5 stars! Josi is also the author of the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, another favorite of mine. Plus many other novels and novellas. She is amazing, and I am a huge fan of her writing and Josi herself.