Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

I enjoy Julie Lessman’s writing. I’ve read all her books and couldn’t pass up the chance to read the latest in her Winds of Change series, A Heart Revealed

Let’s begin with the back cover copy:

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.

And now, my review:

How fun to revisit characters Julie’s readers have gotten to know over the past several books. She includes everyone, and it’s a great compilation of love stories, from the singles to the marrieds. Julie’s main writing message is “Passion with a purpose.” And in A Heart Revealed, she often includes passionate interactions between her characters, but she also points to the passion God has for His people, to His love. I adore that about her fiction.

The hero in A Heart Revealed was magnificently well-drawn. He is the sensitive type, but with deep zeal for what he believes in, and a fiery passion to protect those he loves. Our heroine, Emma, was a beautifully drawn servant of God. Scarred by life, she’s a victim of shame and fear. But Julie brings hope to the toughest situations.

Julie is unafraid to tackle deeply emotional issues. She dove into deeply painful areas, but she also offered plenty of triumphant moments—similar to life. 

I’m looking forward to the next book in the Winds of Changes series by this master of the craft of romance writing.

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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