Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A Heart Revealed
Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally 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 readers in its grip until the very last page.
My Take: I'm a huge fan of Julie Lessman and pre-ordered this book months ago. In some ways I thought this was one of her best novels so far.
Emma and Sean's story is one of the sweetest and most heart-wrenching love stories I've read in a long while. I think the fact that they were such good friends for so long made the pull between them that much stronger. It was a palpable element in the story. I just wish we had been able to spend more time with them.
There is a lot more than their story in this book. Charity and Mitch have issues, the newlyweds Luke and Katie are already facing their own problems, and then you have the rambunctious foster child Gabe thrown in the mix. I can't wait to read what happens next -- to all of them. :o)