Secrets of the Heart

Secrets of the Heart

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by Jillian Kent
     
 

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Madeline Whittington, daughter of the deceased Earl of Richfield, emerges from English society’s prescribed period of mourning in the winter of 1815. Madeline believes that she no longer belongs in a world of gossip and gowns; instead she wants to help the orphans living within the walls of Ashcroft Insane Asylum. Once there, she discovers a dark secret

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Madeline Whittington, daughter of the deceased Earl of Richfield, emerges from English society’s prescribed period of mourning in the winter of 1815. Madeline believes that she no longer belongs in a world of gossip and gowns; instead she wants to help the orphans living within the walls of Ashcroft Insane Asylum. Once there, she discovers a dark secret within the asylum walls.

Because of his elder brother’s unexpected death, Devlin Greyson becomes Earl of Ravensmoore and struggles between two worlds: one of affluence and privilege and one of poverty and disease. Torn between his desire to become a doctor and the numerous responsibilities of his title, he wrestles with God’s will for his future. Will he be able to honor this God-given gift and win the woman he falls in love with in a society that does not value gentlemen who work? And will Lady Madeline Whittington be able to honor her father’s memory when she is attracted to the one man who could destroy the promise she made to her father?

 

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ISBN-13:
9781616384364
Publisher:
Charisma Media
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Ravensmoore Chronicles , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
450 KB

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Meet the Author

Jillian has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers for several years. She has also been a member of Romance Writers of America for 20 years and a member of The Beau Monde, Kiss of Death, and Faith, Hope, and Love specialty chapters of RWA. With a master’s degree in social work, Jillian is employed as a counselor for nursing students, which reflects within the pages of her first novel, Secrets of the Heart, which won the 2009 Inspiration for Writers contest, previously finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, the Noble Theme, and Faith, Hope, and Love’s Touched by Love contests.

 

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Secrets of the Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
fictionalromance More than 1 year ago
I'm going to tell on myself here but the book just arrived in the mail yesterday. After everyone settled into bed, I plopped down onto my big comfy chair and opened it to read one chapter (that's what I told myself). It was 11 p.m. when I began the book and before I knew what happened I read the whole thing. Sad part about it - 6.30 a.m. (today) came way too early. This tale has a little bit of everything. It's an inspirational romance with suspense / mystery / medical drama - set back in the early 1800's. It's the suspense / mystery that kept me flipping page after page wanting to know all the deep dark secrets the villains had. The roadblock in between Libby and the earl (Devlin) kept my gut tightened in knots while I waited for the road to crumble and their love for one another to bind them together adding to the rising suspense in this book. I truly loved both of their characters. The overall plot, the romance, the problems, the details, the secondary characters, primary charters, settings, and medical issues Jillian Kent, the author, has crafted far surpassed my expectations. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Madeline Whittington is still mourning the death of her father, even though the prescribed period of mourning has passed. She meets the Earl of Ravensmoore by chance, and recognizes him as one of the doctors responsible for her father's death. He tried to tell her how it happened, but she will not hear him. Still, their friendship grows. Madeline's mother remarries Lord Vale, a man Madeline does not trust. Madeline goes to Ravensmoore for assistance, which leads them both into great danger. If you love romance stories in the Regency era, you'll love this one. Kent pens a group of wonderfully complex characters and a plot so surprising and eerie that I couldn't put the book down. I loved Ravensmoore's character, and his desire to be a doctor despite his having the title of "earl." I can't wait to read whatever Jillian Kent writes next. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was like two different books. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book, before Maddie was sent to the asylum. The pace was slightly slow but the characters were developed and interesting. But in the last half, it was like the author realized she wasn't going to get everything in the book if she kept at that pace and sped things up, cramming in everything else she had in the story. It also bothered me that although God was mentioned in the first part of the book, the last part turned super religious. It was like they turned on a switch from just a casual relationship with God to one where they were super reliant on Him. It seemed very fake. Overall, the good outweighed the bad. It was an enjoyable read and like one of the previous reviews said, it sucks you in and you have to keep reading!
Wyn More than 1 year ago
I found this book an interesting and quick read. The Regency time period was depicted in a believable and detailed manner. I was impressed with the author's representation of just exactly who was sent to the 'mad houses" and the asylum's physical conditions and manner of management. I was impressed that Ms Kent made Ravensmoore a doctor and surgeon, that was most unusual for a nobleman of that period. Madeline's utter and total dislike of doctors was so understandable, especially considering the medicine of the times. The horrifying experiences she encountered simply because she was a woman without a male guardian reminded me how fortunate we are in this day and age in North America to have the knowledge and protection that the law and our society affords us. The mystery and intrigue kept me reading. I am looking forward to the next book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles. ***Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House | Charisma Media for sending me a review copy.***
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Great! Inspiring and exciting.
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A very heart warming uplifting story
Nell13 More than 1 year ago
A great read will keep your attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet and easy read.. I enjoyed it very much and really would like to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jillian Kent did an excellent job at writing about asylums in the early part of regency England. She brought her characters to life, so real that I was encaptured and could not put the book down. the plot was excellent and drew in the readers. I felt I was there and was experiencing the life of horror in the retched asylum, as well as life in the warmth of a home such as Devlin's Ravensmoore! Great read and would recommend to anyone who loves history and romance! And a little mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading more than one book... i love series in which get to a point where im invested in the charachters. Well done. Uplifting, and enlightening, without being overly preachy, or denominational.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maddie is she insane or can she truely be that subborn? Devlin is he insane or just trying to follow the will of God in his life? Can these two ever come together or will darker forces keep them apart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. It read like a movie great characters i really enjoyed this read looking forward to read the next book. And it was free to boot! Check this book out you wont be disapointed
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Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Secrets of the Heart¿ combines historical romance with the danger, intrigue, and suspense, of an action filled mystery novel. Conflicted with the traditional expectations of the mores of the aristocracy of British upper curst e during the Regency era in 18l7 Madeline Whittington is faced with the personal challenge of exchanging the unfulfilled life of her role as Lady Whittington for a more meaningful life of purpose and a passion for helping others. She also finds herself as she finds herself romantically attracted to the man she holds responsible for her father¿s death. The story has a good flow, engaging characters, with page turning danger and adventure. Award winning author Jillian Kent introduces the demons of depression, doubt, and anxiety, the result of mistreatment and misunderstanding from the darker side of life. She shows amazing insights into the grieving process and a sensitive look at mental illness, ¿Secrets of the Heart¿ the first in the trilogy ¿Ravens Moore Chronicles¿ has all the ingredients for establishing Jillian Kent a growing base of readers who enjoy Christian fiction, historical romance, as well as readers of the suspense and adventure novel. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Reviw.
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snidbits More than 1 year ago
Overall I liked this book. There were times when I felt a little lost or it seemed slow but for the most part, I enjoyed it. At times the story was heavy when focusing on those with mental illness. The description of the asylum and those in it was heartbreaking. I liked the twists Kent threw in, especially when some of the patients in the asylum assisted Devlin in finding Madeline. The way she refused to listen to Devlin annoyed me at times because it required him to have to rescue her but overall a good read.