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An Honest Heart: A Great Exhibition Novel
     

An Honest Heart: A Great Exhibition Novel

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by Kaye Dacus
 

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Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between

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Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.

Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433677212
Publisher:
B&H Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Series:
A Great Exhibition Novel
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,373,644
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Kaye Dacus earned a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and received a Christy Award nomination for her first published novel Stand-In Groom. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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An Honest Heart: A Great Exhibition Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Kaye Dacus in her new book, “An Honest Heart” Book Two in The Great Exhibition series published by B&H Books introduces us to Cadence “Caddy” Bainbridge. From the back cover:  Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart? Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age. Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her. Kaye Dacus really knows how to write a wonderful story.  Once again Ms. Dacus has filled the pages of “An Honest Heart” with high drama, wonderful romance and fascinating characters.  Two worlds:  the Upper Class and The Middle Class; Two suitors:  One secretive, one sinister, an ill mother and a successful dressmaker shop these are just some of the ingredients in this fascinating adventure.  And, of course, there are the moments that you laugh out loud.  “An Honest Heart” is a lot of fun and I recommend this book highly.  I am greatly looking forward to Ms. Dacus’ next book. If you missed the interview for “A Case For Love”, a different series from Kaye Dacus, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Fans of Regency fiction will enjoy this story set near Oxford, England in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition. The focus is on Cadence Bainbridge, a sought after dressmaker for both the middle class and gentry. She's an independent business woman with a sickly mother and a busy shop to run, with no time for love, but through various circumstances is forced to choose between two men: one secretive, and one sinister. Honesty is very important to Cadence, however, and seeks the truth from both. The author does a wonderful job describing the scenes of shop, town and manor home, along with the beautiful clothes of the period. You could almost hear the rustle of the silk and feel the scratchy wool. This is more of a romance though than an historical fiction account of the Great Exhibition. Issues of prejudice, gossip, justice and mercy are explored. I loved the character of Dr. Neal and how gently he dealt with people, especially Cadence's mother and "the least of these". The book could easily have been much longer, with all the many story threads running through it. Sometimes it felt a bit shallow for that reason, but overall, it was well written and a satisfying read. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. [Thank you to the author for the complimentary book! This review is my honest, unsolicited opinion.]
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
Caddy is a seamstress with a successful shop at the edge of town, making dresses for the elite as well as the lower class. She teaches sewing to the less fortunate and also cares for her elderly mother. She meets handsome Oliver while visiting one of her clients, he is immediately attracted to her and determines to get to know her.  Neal is the local doctor and meets Caddy when he brings her mother to the shop after a fainting spell. He finds Caddy very attractive and though he had told himself he wouldn't get involved with anyone here he is drawn to her. Caddy's mother sees Neal as a perfect husband for her daughter and plots to help them see their need for each other.  A wonderfully written novel with amazing characters and very interesting twists. There's another story in the book that's just as fun. Edith Buchanan is an upstanding woman looking for a husband of wealth and importance. Edith must get the man her sister is interested in to fall in love with herself because she and Oliver had agreed if neither are married by the end of the Great Exhibition they will marry each other and Edith (nor Oliver) want that. An entertaining story that left me wanting to read more of this author's books.  I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.