Heart of Glass

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Title: Heart Of Glass
Series: Irish Angel
Author: Jill Marie Landis
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: April 5, 2012
Pages: 320

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Kate Keene’s childhood memories consisted of Amelie, her best friend, and her family, the Delany’s, as well as their house Belle Fleuve. When the Civil War strikes, her life and her friends’s lives forever. With Belle Fleuve in shambles, Kate feels impelled to restore it to its former glory, whether the owner and her former crush likes it or not. And unfortunately, he doesn’t like it.

Colin Delany is trying to recover from a wound incurred by war and isn’t interested in anything or anyone, especially an opinionated woman here to invade his life and his home and isn’t taking no for an answer. He has to give her credit for her determination and her outlook even allows him to get back up on his feet and start moving on from his past, but a promise from his sister changes his and Kate’s future forever.

As they start to fall in love ad care for each other, life comes up to try and tear them apart. Secrets and lies threaten to tear them apart and make them regret their decisions. When Colin is humiliated in front of a large group of people due to a secret kept from him by Kate, he’s naturally livid, but his pride threatens to ruin everything that they have grown between them and Kate doesn’t know what to do.

Will Kate finally have a life with her childhood crush or will she spend the rest of her life wondering what it would’ve been like? Will Colin’s pride keep him from the woman he loves or will he realize that pride shouldn’t be the thing that tears them apart? Will happiness come from loss or will more pain come from a forced situation? How will love grow between these two?
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I’ve been a fan of Jill Marie Landis’s ever since the first book in this series and have done almost anything to get my hands on the rest of the series. Having read the others, and enjoyed them, I fully expected to enjoy this one as well, but what I didn’t expect was how much I would enjoy this book. This book is by far the best out of the series and I was surprised how much it grabbed my heart strings and didn’t let go.

The romance in this book is somewhat similar to typical Christian romances but is unique in execution and topic. The author added a bit more passion than is typical and I loved that the author added that detail, it made the romance much more realistic and made the struggles they went through more dramatic. This romance also touched a chord with me because of the crush aspect. I mean who hasn’t dreamed of falling in love with their childhood crush? The author definitely has a home run with this romance.

The drama in this book is realistic, though a bit exaggerated. I can understand the issues that Colin went through, but being a female, I felt it was a bit over the top, however, the reaction seemed realistic and consistent to how I know other men would react to that situation. I liked how the issue was resolved and loved how the author continued the story from the first two books but in such a way that you could easily read them in any order. This book had a nice little drama that wasn’t too overpowering to the storyline.

The storyline of this book was perfect and so was the execution. I actually can’t think of a better way that this book could’ve been written. The story flowed really well and it never really lagged. It engaged the reader and made them feel for the pains and joys of the characters. It’s a really good book that can bring years to my eyes and this book was it. It also takes a good book for my sister to even pick it up and like, let alone cry and this book did both. This author definitely made a book that I will remember for a very long time.

I love this author’s work and this book solidified my love for her work. I fully intend to read as much of her work as I can and I really hope that she is able to make the last sister’s story in this series, Sarah’s story. I really want to read that one. I highly recommend this book and any other in this series and I guarantee that you will enjoy it if not love it too.

Overall, a great emotionally engaging book that draws the reader into the story. I works great as a stand alone or as a series and I highly recommend it. I recommend this for adults that love a romance that’s a tad bit different. Probably not best for a teen or younger though. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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