Friday, January 25, 2013

Book Review: A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

A Heart Revealed
(Winds of Change, #2)
Adult Christian Historical Romance
by Julie Lessman
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Published by: Felming H. Revell Company
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.29
Pages: 503

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity's handsome and charming brother, Sean O'Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she's ever known? 

Filled with intense passion and longing, deception and revelation, "A Heart Revealed" will hold readers in its grip until the very last page.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Relevant Information: I received the third book in this series for review and loved it so much that I went back and read the rest in the series. The first three books come from the Daughters of Boston series and then they are followed up with the Winds of Change series.

Overview of Novel: Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston ten years ago with her best friend Charity. She left behind an abusive husband, Rory. He left her face permanently scarred, but she's much more scarred on the inside.

Emma is happy with her life. She has a good job, she has good friends who treat her like family, and she has God. She's determined she'll remain faithful to her vows even if her husband won't. And she has remained faithful for ten years. 

Sean O'Connor has always been known as the clam one, the one who doesn't have a temper. But he's let his temper get the best of him twice in his life and both times the consequence was disastrous. Sean rarely looses it, but when he does, he does so in dramatic fashion. 

So when Sean lets his temper get the best of him and hurts Emma's feelings, he is devastated. Then due to the depression, he loses his job. Emma offers him a job and since he feels like Emma needs the help, he agrees to work with them. But working with Emma every single day makes him realize he has feelings for Emma that go way past the bounds of friendship, but Emma is married. Neither of them can forget that. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved this book. Emma and Faith's stories were my favorite books in the series. I loved the faith that both of these individuals had. Emma had a lot in her past that she needed to overcome. She had to overcome an abusive husband and then the trials that come with trying to stay faithful to her vows.

Sean also had a lot  to overcome. He's been labeled as the good brother and for the most part he is. But he messed up once and now he's living his life in regret. Love is so not in the cards for him. 

I loved watching Sean and Emma interact. These two characters were incredible to watch develop throughout the novel.

Julie Lessman's writing was incredible like usual. I've loved watching these characters develop throughout both of the series. Lessman managed to keep track of 14 very different characters and keep track of them throughout the series. I loved that she kept developing all of her characters, not just the ones starring in the current novel.

This series was complex and beautifully written. I definitely recommend it. 

So why 5 stars? Because I loved the characters. I knew Sean and Emma were going to get together in the end, but I just didn't see how it was going to end up happening. This book was full of intrigue and such depth that it had me reeling. 

In Summary: A wonderfully written, and beautifully complex book that I absolutely loved. 

The Wrap-up: This series is incredible. I loved becoming acquainted with this author's works. One of my good friends said and "another Lessman fan has been born" and she was right. 


Danica Page

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