Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack
Published: April 7, 2015
Paperback, 336 pages
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
It's been awhile since I read a good Regency Romance and I was looking forward to digging into this one. It was even better than I had anticipated! So far, all the novels in the Proper Romance division sent to me by Shadow Mountain have been great.
This story is so much more than a romance. It is about a young self-absorbed debutante discovering and becoming her true self when faced with adversity and a rare medical condition. Amber is a beautiful woman of high social status who has her pick of men who have a title and fortune, but all of that is threatened when she suffers a public humiliation. Her future looks bleak and she wonders if she will be alone for the rest of her life.
Well-written and with a somewhat daring plot, this character-driven novel kept me happily entertained in the evenings. It was different from the usual romances, and the way the author brings about the romance between the main characters was unusual and so good. I have to applaud the author for taking on a subject not usually portrayed in romance novels and developing such a good story from it.
Amber was a good character because she grew as the story progressed. The author explores several themes throughout this novel: how the social statuses between classes can change, choosing to work rather than following the path of gentlemen who live off their fortunes, how certain medical conditions are viewed and dealt with among the gentry, and how unlikely friendships can be formed because of circumstance.
Lovers of Jane Austen's works would appreciate this story with its strong characters and unusual plotline. I was fully immersed in it and was sad when it ended. I now wish to read more of Kilpack's novels and will look for her past works. If you like clean Regency novels with a solid story, don't miss this one. It's really good.
Note: This book is rated G,
Disclosure: Thanks to Michelle at Shadow Mountain for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.