Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman (Review)



  • Paperback: 505 pages



  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)



  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734169


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    From the Back Cover

    Her heart is tied to a youthful vow . . . but can true love set it free?
    Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston, running for her life. Her emotional wounds have finally faded, and her life is now 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 you in its grip until the very last page.


    "In a powerful and skillfully written novel, Lessman exposes raw human emotions, proving once again that it's through our greatest pain that God can lead us to our true heart, revealed and restored. Thoroughly enthralling!"--Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series

    "Julie Lessman brings all her passion for romance rooted in her passion for God to A Heart Revealed. Emma Malloy is her finest heroine yet. These characters, with their own personal struggles and the ignited flame of an impossible love, fill the pages of this powerful, passionate, fast-paced romance."--Mary Connealy, author of the Lassoed in Texas and the Montana Marriages series

    "What an interesting mix of characters. Rather than a single boy-meets-girl romance, Julie Lessman's latest novel takes readers on an emotional roller coaster with several couples--some married, some yearning to be married--as they seek to embrace love, honor the Lord, and uncover a dark truth that's been hidden for a decade. Readers who long for passion in their love stories will find it in abundance here!"--Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorn in My Heart

    Guest Review by Mimi (my grandmother):
    It was a very complicated book but good. The characters were well developed. I read it over a few days and was able to keep up. There were a lot of side stories with other characters. Emma had a hard life to overcome and I am happy with the ending but I do not want to share too many details and give it away. I will read another book by this author.
    Julie Lessman is the popular author of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied, as well as A Hope Undaunted, which was one of 2010's Booklist Top Ten Inspirational Fiction winners. Lessman has garnered several writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She lives in Missouri. You can contact Julie through her website at http://www.julielessman.com/.
    Available September 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell books, a division of Baker Group Publishing.
    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

    2 comments:

    Karen said...

    This sounds like a good story. Fall is a great time of the year for a long story with subplots. The fact that the main character travels from Ireland to Boston makes it even more intriguing for me. . . love Ireland and I've always wanted to visit Boston.

    Alli said...

    I just wanted to add that if you've never read any of Julie Lessman's other books - YOU NEED TO!!! She is HANDS DOWN my favorite author, and she once again has written a book chock full of love, humor, passion, and story, story, story!!

    This is the 5th book sharing the lives of the very Irish O'Connor family (The Daughters of Boston series is the 1st three, and the Winds of Change series continues where the Daughters of Boston left off), and I just absolutely LOVE how Julie incorporates SO MUCH the lives of the characters we have grown to love from her previous books! So by the time you get to this book - A Heart Revealed - you already know and LOVE Sean and Emma before even starting the book!

    This one is a bit different than all of Julie's other books - because Emma is married, there isn't the heated romantic passion right off the bat and then all throughout the book (which is kinda Julie's "thing" in all of her other books.) Sean and Emma's story shows their love blooming through friendship, but don't worry - she still gives us plenty of her trademark passion and drama through Luke and Katie and Mitch and Charity!! And don't worry - things will definitely heat up for Sean and Emma too, so don't lose heart!! :-)

    The book is also full of the regular "Julie Lessman" roller coaster-like ups and downs and then of course back up again...with of course a surprise or two thrown in!! I promise - this one will be one for the KEEPER shelf - along with ALL of her other ones!! A definite must read!