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Posted October 17, 2011
A Heart Revealed continues the story of the O'Connor family of Boston.
Charity's friend from Dublin, Emma Malloy is running a department store during the Depression. She lives alone, separated from her abusive husband. Most of the time she's at peace with herself and her life. Then Charity's brother Sean comes to work for her and they fall in love - an impossible situation. My heart ached for this couple.
Not since Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars books have I enjoyed a series so much. Every one of Julie Lessman's novels is like a family reunion. It's great to check in on Marcy and Patrick, Faith and Collin, Lizzie and Brady. Katie and Luke battle over her entry into law school and starting a family. The best fun of all is Charity and Mitch's marriage. Charity continues her outrageous ways of parenting wild Henry, manipulating her brother, and dealing with the possibility of her husband's infidelity. This heroine does the things we all wish we were brave enough to do.
This series is especially recommended for young women, to help them understand the role of desire in relationships. It's also a blessing for us "old marrieds" to remember those feelings and stoke the fires.
I can't wait for A Trust Restored!
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Posted August 3, 2011
A Heart Revealed is another must read from Julie Lessman! In the book, Julie uses her God-given talents to weave a beautiful, breath-taking story. If you're looking for a good read, choose this book!
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Posted January 4, 2012
A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman c2011 An Irish gal would like this book!! As a battered wife, Emma Malloy flees the only home she has known, Dublin, Ireland, to relocate in the Irish district of Boston, Massachusetts, in the New World with new opportunities and safety. This is a second book in the series Winds of Change. I have not read the first book, A Hope Undaunted. The cover drew me as I constantly saw it displayed. I knew I would like Emma by the tilt of her head and the yellow roses she holds in her hands. My favorite, yellow roses. I really liked this book, especially when I got to page 58 and read, "Casey Miranda Herringshaw!" Emma folded her arms in the pretense of shocked disapproval, doing her best to bite back a smile. "What would your mother say?" So many wonderful Irish names: Patrick, Sean, Rose, Kathleen, Collin, Clare; what's not to like? I felt right at home among them. My favorite character was Sean, the proclaimed bachelor son babied by his sisters and mother and teased by his brothers-in-law. He was the hero, the protected, unaware guy that made you wonder how he got through life on his own. The only thing missing was soda bread and a recipe. It was fun to live life with this family and their adopted friend Emma. Enjoy reading A Heart Revealed. I especially liked the last page, but don't turn there first! Enjoy the whole story as it progresses. You'll be glad you waited. Winds of Change Series book 2 ~*~ can be read as a stand-alone novel
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Posted October 13, 2011
I thought that the story of Emma Maloy was very endearing, her soft spoken nature, strong work ethic, and call for leadership when things got hard, resonated with me. I love a good love story, with a little history, but this book was also a great faith builder for me. It was an amazing reminder of the passionate love God has for us. A quote from the book that ministered so much to me was, "I found a God whose arms were open wide and whose heart leapt with joy when I called his name. As protective as a mother and as jealous as a lover, this was a God who wanted me for his very own. Me...To touch, to bless, to fill with his pleasure...until I overflow, spilling his love on all those around me-treasured possessions of a passionate God." (a Heart Revealed, Julie Lessman)
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Posted July 6, 2014
Posted February 13, 2014
"A Heart Revealed" is the story of Sean O'Connor, oldest son of the O'Connor family - from Julie
Lessman's Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series. The book opens in 1931 Boston at the
wedding of Sean's youngest sister Katie, in which sister Charity's best friend Emma Malloy is a
Emma had fled Dublin ten years prior, running for her life and leaving behind a painful past. When
Emma and Sean become more than family friends, violent and abusive secretive pasts and prior vows
threaten to destroy the life of each, and the only true love Emma has ever known. Other O'Connor
family personal struggles and tragedies add additional drama, deception, passion, revelations, and
human emotions - to an already powerful story of people embracing love and seeking to honor
"A Heart Revealed" is another passion-filled masterpiece from the writing genius of the "Queen of
Romance" - one of her finest and most suspenseful, yet interspersed with the obstinate and sweet
charms of children that will make you laugh and steal your heart. Once again, Julie Lessman uses the
fear, shame, pain, and guilt, of the characters - two of her most gentle and kind - to show the restorative
power that only a loving God can provide!!
Posted January 18, 2014
Even though I adore all of the O'Conner's stories this book is probably my favorite! I just love it so much that it's almost impossible to put it into words but that's not going to stop me from trying!
I love Sean so much! He is such an amazing hero and in the words of Emma “He's the peacemaker, the buffer, the Rock of Gibraltar everyone relies on.” That really is the perfect description of Sean. He is constantly trying to do things to help others without thinking about himself. And he has that calm strength that makes him the perfect person to lean on when things go wrong. My heart broke for him as he realized he was in love with a woman he could never have but I admired how he stood strong determined to be her friend no matter what. And when we finally found out what had happened to him during the war I wanted to cry.
And Emma...where to begin! I loved her from the very start! She was such a good friend to Charity and the perfect balance for her as well. I loved her quiet strength, her kindness, and her giving heart. I hated all the things her husband had done to her. That someone would do such things to anyone let alone someone like Emma baffled me and I honestly wanted to deck him! It was amazing how she could go through all that she did and come out the sweetest person you'd ever meet. Definitely a testament to the difference it can make when you give your heart to God rather than to bitterness!
It was painfully sweet to watch their journey, two people who deserved love the most being robbed of it but not letting it destroy them. Sadly this review is sounding a bit depressing so let me assure you that there is a happy ending! I won't spoil it but suffice it to say I ended the book with a smile on my face!
And again all of the “secondary” cast was absolutely fantastic except for those few that you were supposed to not like, and didn't! I loved Bert whose grumpiness hid a soft side, and Alli with her heart of gold, and Mrs. Peep with her mothering. Then there are the characters from the previous books, Patrick and Marcy, Collin and Faith, Mitch and Charity, Brady and Lizzie, Luke and Katie, Steven, Gabe, Father Mac, and all the grand-kids, all of whom I once again thoroughly loved!
So yeah I think this is my favorite O'Conner story mainly because I love Sean and Emma so much and I loved watching them find the happiness they so richly deserved!
Posted December 10, 2013
Posted September 9, 2013
Taut with romantic tension and the impossibility of the characters' situation, the story flies by. I appreciated how they made good moral choices and stood by them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2013
I loved reading about Emma and getting to finally know her better. This story shows that no matter what our past God can redeem anyone's life! This book is full of fun moments with the O'Connor family around the dinner table. I enjoyed the romantic setting in an old fashioned department store in Boston. Julie Lessman is an amazing author and you'll want to read every one of her books in this series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2013
Julie Lessman never ceases to amaze me with her God-given ability to create a story that touches and inspires. And this story is no different.
A Heart Revealed, book two in the Winds of Change series, is the story of Emma Malloy, a battered woman, who has left her native Ireland to flee the abuses of her husband. Taken under the wing by her best friend, Charity O'Conner, Emma quickly becomes like one of the O'Conner family. In her heart, she knows that she will never be able to love another man because she is still legally married to the husband she left behind in Ireland. But then, she inadvertantly begins to fall in love with Charity's older brother, Sean. And the feelings become mutual between them. In this story of ever-changing emotions, Emma must now choose between her love for God and His precepts and her love for Sean.
Julie is a master at twists and turns in her books, and everytime I think I've got it figured out, she puts a spin on the story that leaves me reeling. She put a twist on this one that I never saw coming. And if you want to know what happens...you'll just have to read the book for yourself. Great job, Julie!
Posted April 5, 2013
LOVED this book on Steven and Emma! Made me laugh and cry and Julie LEssman keeps all the characters alive and exciting. Once aagian a powerful story of God's forgivesness adn unfailing love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2013
Posted March 17, 2013
Tough story lines but very touching in the end!
This Book was a little harder for me than the others in this series. Mrs. Lessman does not shy away form hard topics. She paints real pictures of life, with all its imperfections.
Emma is a character you meet 1st in the Daughters Of Boston series and their is a hint of something between her and Sean O'Connor. She has been through a lot in her short life and she feels unworthy to find love again. Can Sean show her how or will she keep punishing herself for the mistakes of the past. Don't miss this one!
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Posted February 25, 2013
Posted April 30, 2012
Posted April 13, 2012
Julie Lessman’s Saga Continues With The Best Book Yet – “A Heart Revealed” – 5 Stars!
With Passion, Love, History, Family, and Church - "The Winds of Change" -- Unveils the Most Heartwarming Love Story to Date!
"A Heart Revealed" provides the perfect fusion of an abiding faith and romantic passion. The heroine, Emma Malloy, is a most sympathetic and lovable heroine. The reader may even come to think that Emma is 'too good to be true'...but she's not. She's real. She's worthy. She's someone a man could love without reservations. Yet, she's all too human.
"A Heart Revealed" tells a heartwarming love story which is central focus of this romance novel. Yet, "A Heart Revealed", is much more than a love story. It's a family history. It's a small slice of American history. And while it may rightly be called Christian Fiction, it could just as well be classified as historical fiction about an Irish Catholic family in Boston at the turn of the century and beyond.
I must say, that this series of books, "The Daughters of Boston" and "The Winds of Change", is very personal to me. I come from an Irish Catholic family that lived in the area during the years covered in this O'Connor family saga. A lot of my family still lives in the Boston area. Everything in the book is so real to me. The Catholic Church, the priests, the beliefs, practices and attitudes are all vividly real to me. I knew priests like Father Mack. I looked up to good men like the heroes in this saga. I don't think I've enjoyed a family series any more than I have this one by Julie Lessman. There's love and respect for her work found on every page. This whole Lessman series has the imprimatur of a life work.
Over 60 Reviews & Counting
As of today, "A Heart Revealed" , has been reviewed 60 times on B&N alone. So I won't say too much about the story itself except that it's really four stories in one.
There is Luke & Katie's story. There's Mitch & Charity's story. (Charity is more 'Charity' than ever before!) There's Sean & Emma's story. (We get to see the real Emma at last). There's Patrick & Marcy's story. (Complete with Gabe's story). As expected, all these threads are woven together into a narrative that is greater than the sum of its parts. The reading enjoyment begins on the first page and continues right up to the dramatic conclusion.
The fifth O'Connor to face love and marriage, Sean O'Connor, is the hero in this story. Emma Malloy is the heroine. She is married but estranged from her husband who lives back in Ireland. He abused her often and finally when he scared her face with hot oil, she left him. Emma is a saint to all who know her but she is much more than meets the eye. Even the people who know her best don't really know her. This is a very complicated story which surprised me again and again. I loved it pure and simple.
I believe that each book read in this "O'Connor Family" series leverages the reading enjoyment gained from reading the next book. I highly recommend reading the books in order; however, "A Heart Revealed" stands on its own and will provide a wonderful reading experience. I also think it would be enjoyable to read "A Heart Revealed" first and then go back and read the rest of the books in order. I often do this when I have not read the early books in a series.
To make it easy to learn about and find the other books in the series, I am listing them below.
Book One: "A Passion Most Pure"
Book Two: "A Passion Redeemed"
Book Three: "A Passion Denied"
Book Four: "A Heart Undaunted"
Book Five: "A Heart Revealed"
"A Heart Revealed" - The Best Book Yet00&N
Posted February 18, 2012
Emma Malloy is a survivor. She wears her wedding ring like a talisman to protect her against men, having been abused by the man who put the ring there. He even scarred her face during a drunken rage. She doesn’t trust a man who can’t control his temper. But her deep shame has finally caught up with her when her young friend falls in love with a man as bad as Rory Malloy had been.
Sean has demons of his own. He loves Emma, but she keeps him at arm’s length. And another young woman, his boss’s daughter, won’t leave him alone. When she corners him in his office, he ends up losing his job.
A son in the O’Connor family, Sean is guilty over failing to protect his sister from their uncle’s abuse when they were young. A veteran of WWI, he lost a love and a child. He doesn’t want to be hurt again. But God’s plan is different than Sean’s.
Bibliotherapy: We have: results of physical abuse, sexual abuse (back story - implied, not on the page), commitment to vows, shame, alcoholism, trauma, scarring, ability to control anger, overcoming the past, and even mental instability brought on by repression of the truth.
I can think of MANY people who would benefit from this wonderful and deep story about God’s restorative power in the hearts of two traumatized individuals who love and respect one another, a bottom line basis for every marriage.
Posted January 30, 2012
The emotional wounds Emma fled from in Dublin came with physical scars from her abusive husband. And just when she feels she is finally content to revel in the love of God and good friends, she falls in love with her best friend's brother.
But Emma isn't the only one with a past keeping her in bondage and limiting her future. Sean, the man she has fallen in love with, has his own demons to face. And if he doesn't win the battle over his dark (and secret) tendency, he could ruin the rest of his own life, as well.
As if that isn't enough drama for one novel, we also get to see into the lives of two other married couples, which I so appreciate in a romance novel. The honeymoon is over, and conflicting desires emerge, bringing couples head to head with each other. Suspicion, jealousy, and resentment all rear their ugly heads in these realistic tales. The power of forgiveness is demonstrated over and over again.
What I love most about Julie Lessman's books is that her passion for a good romance story is matched by her passion for God. She skillfully shows what a difference He makes in her characters' lives as they journey from the first page to the last. No character is flat, no character is unchanged by the time you reach "The End." It makes you wonder what difference God could make in your own life, if you truly let Him in.
Once again, Lessman's tagline of "Passion with a Purpose" is beautifully demonstrated.
Posted January 18, 2012
NO! Not her book. I'll make my review short and sweet. If you want a short one to the point here it is! A HEART REVEALED is Julie Lessman at her best! What an awesome read. If you love a book that keeps you turning the pages from beginning to end, one you hate to put it down to feed the family or let the dog out, this is the one for you. As always Julie will not disappoint you. So if you want a book that will have you thinking about the characters weeks after you've finished it I highly recommend that you buy this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.