26 November 2015

Review: A Heart Revealed (A Proper Romance #1) by Josi S. Kilpack

A Heart Revealed (A Proper Romance #1)
by Josi S. Kilpack.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Regency Romance, Clean Read.
Source: Purchased
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Shadow Mountain.
Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?

But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?

Reviewed by Kelly.

Exceptional writing! An exceptional book! An exceptional story!

Sometimes a story just hits you and just stays with you. I am forever a fan of Ms. Kilpack! If I didn’t have other obligations, I would skip work tomorrow and reread it all over again!

Society hasn’t really changed all that much from this time period book. We still judge people, still see their flaws and even one’s own family will abandon you. But there is hope and we get to see those that don’t judge and are pure at heart and truly love you for who you are.

I didn’t like Amber Sterlington in the beginning. She was rude, conniving and self absorbed even to the point of upping her sister. Yet Thomas Richards still cared for her. She was beautiful. But only on the outside. Funny how one thing can change the course of one’s life and change your whole outlook on life and people. That is when Amber really became beautiful.

Thomas Richards doesn’t care about the ton or society and your station in life. He wants to make his own way. He cares about people and their character. He tries to forget Amber when she publicly humiliates him and he sees other things about her that show her true character. But he can’t seem to forget her.

When Amber is exiled with only her maid to attend to her in a small cottage, she learns to care for herself and for her maid. She also lives near where Mr. Richards home is and when he realizes that she is living there and not in the condition her social status would dictate to and that she is caring for herself, he sees the changes in her and begins to hope that maybe she would consider him.

Amber however doesn’t realize who he is. She is afraid of the public to see her. But she is not rude like she used to be.

I love seeing Amber’s transformation. I loved Thomas from the beginning. He is a good man and has a big heart. He didn’t judge. For Amber has a very visual condition and she doesn’t want people to see her. She begins to see that her maid’s family cares for her yet Amber’s own family doesn’t seem to care for Amber. She begins to see the world around her in a different light and I loved every minute reading all about it. I cried for her as she transformed and for Thomas too as he is such a good man.

Ugh, it is one of the best books I have read. I love to read about people who learn to overcome and who change with a real intent and for those good people to find true happiness.

It’s now several days since I’ve finished this book. I am reading another book. But I just can’t get this one out of my head. Would I be as accepting of someone who had a major flaw? I know if it was my children, I would. But, I don't know how I would be otherwise. It's terrible to see and makes me think very hard.

I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series and "A Heart Revealed," a Regency Romance novel.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.

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