A Heart Revealed

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Title: A Heart Revealed
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Revell
Series: Winds of Change
Book: 2
Pages: 512
Released: September 1, 2011

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Eleven years ago Emma Malloy fled with Charity O’Connor to Boston from her abusive husband after he poured hot grease onto her face, causing her face to become disfigured. Now Emma runs Charity and Mitch’s store, Dennehy’s, while being surrounded by friends who love her like family, resigned to living her life alone.
Sean O’Connor is determined to live the life of a bachelor forever due to a past that’s certainly not a shade of white. But when Sean finds himself working side by side Emma, he finds a growing attraction for her he never knew possible. If only she weren’t married. Will their love be able to grow or will they have to kill it in order to keep their love pure?
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Julie Lessman has been a favorite of mine since her very first book, A Passion Most Pure. I fell in love with the O’Connor family and the love that just surrounds them. After a long nine months, Julie again rekindled my love for one of my favorite fictional families and left me craving more.
Julie’s writing has become better and better with each book. The first series was fantastic and this series is no different, but you see Julie differ slightly from her first books in one area, passion. Passion is what Julie is known for and it seems that Julie is testing different amounts of passion with these new books. The first, A Hope Undaunted, focused more on the couple than the attraction, while this book has more passionate scenes it still doesn’t have as many as the first series. Which isn’t all together unpleasant, in fact this story, versus the first in this series, thrives on less passion between the main couple, whereas A Hope Undaunted it was missed greatly.
Besides passion and physical attraction, this book also has a great plot with small side stories that you look forward to instead of dread. Though, the plot is a little predictable, there are some plot twists, but what else can you expect from a romance? You pick up the book knowing exactly how it’s going to end. But I think for a lot of people it’s not the ending, but the journey to get there that intrigues us. And Julie Lessman can certainly take you on a journey.
Throughout the course of seeing Sean and Emma’s relationship grow, there were really two things that that I kept asking myself: How was Emma going to get out of her marriage with Rory?, and Who was Steven going to fall in love with? Though I can’t tell you Rory and I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell Steven, I’ll tell you this, the Rory problem is solved very shockingly and whoever you think is going to fall in love with Steven probably isn’t right.
The twists and turns and emotions within this massive book keep me entertained for days. And is this a massive book, at 512 pages who pick it up and wonder why there are so many pages and whether or not every page is needed. Let me assure you, they are. Julie Lessman utilizes every page of this story and this book would suffer without all 512 pages of this incredible and incredibly massive novel.
Like I said above, I’ve been a fan of Julie Lessman since the beginning and if this book is any indication, that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Her talent is a gift from God that she uses to weave tales that touch people’s lives and I can only pray that she is writing for years to come.
An extraordinary book, I would recommend this to any romance lover that likes their romances a little bit closer to the line of inappropriate for Christian fiction than is normal. I also have to give this book a five out of five for being so beautifully written.

I was given this book for free by Revell in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

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