Friday, April 10, 2015

A Heart Revealed 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?

My Review:

5 out of 5 stars!

This was an amazing book! I have loved most of the A Proper Romance stories, and all of Josi Kilpack’s novels, so I was super excited when I heard she was writing a regency romance. No disappointment here. Kilpack tackles the tale of a spoiled debutante’s personal journey of self-discovery expertly. Amber Marie Sterlington is not the typical heroine of a regency era book, which, I felt, breathed a fresh dose of reality into this genre. This bratty girl doesn't steal your heart from the first page, but she wins you over by the powerful ending.

Amber’s spoiled, catty behavior makes it hard to feel sorry for her when she discovers a secret that will change her entire life. But, despite her selfishness, I started to hurt for her when she found herself abandoned to a harsh reality she was ill equipped to face. Only Suzanne, a person well beneath Amber’s notice, is willing to stick by her. I love the development of their relationship. Suzanne’s ability to stand up for herself and deliver some brutal, but needed, honesty helps Amber come to face the reality of who she has let herself become for the sake of winning the approval of a society that rejected her. It was great to see Amber a person of depth and strength through her difficult journey.

The romance was sweet, if a bit understated. I’ll admit I would have loved it to be a bigger part of the novel but also see where it could have overshadowed the importance of Amber’s character arc if it had been more prevalent. Thomas was such a solid, lovable guy, I just wanted to see more of him. The way their lives eventually intertwine was beautiful in its simplicity. Just magnificent! I can't wait to see what Kilpack has in store for us next.


*I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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