A Heart Revealed

A Heart Revealed

by Josi S. Kilpack

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Overview


Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?
 
But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609079901
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: A Proper Romance Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,249,651
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author


Josi S. Kilpack is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the twelve-volume Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. 

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CHAPTER ONE
April 1817
Thomas knew the moment Amber Sterlington entered Almack's ballroom. Not because he was watching the door, or because someone spoke her name. No. The reason The Honourable Thomas Richards knew when Miss Sterlington entered the room was because every gentleman straightened his bearing and turned his head in her direction. Simultaneously, the women in the room either narrowed their eyes or raised their chin a fraction of an inch in the feminine version of the same response. Amber Sterlington was the rage of the season, after all, and in the space of a glance and a breath, the room was changed by her arrival.

Thomas cared little for the attention society gave to her, but the truth was that Amber Sterlington was quite simply the most attractive woman he had ever seen and, like everyone else, he reacted to her arrival by standing a bit taller in case she looked his way.

In the month he'd been in London, this being his third Wednesday night ball at Almack's, he'd seen Miss Sterlington nearly a dozen times at a variety of events, and his reaction to her had been equally profound each time. When his notice passed, he berated himself for it, wanting to believe himself a man apart from such fancy. She would marry for title or money or both-everyone knew it-and as a younger son of a modest Baron, Thomas offered neither, which made his attraction toward her that much more vexing.

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A Heart Revealed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A well crafted Regency England Romance. A compelling, entertaining and haunting tale. Simply mesmerizing to me. The characters were realistic, flawed with realistic struggles and challenges. A vivid account of the Regency-era- England. The heroine in this story is egoistic, not very nice, manipulative,vain, greedy, untruth worthy, and emotionless, but to understand her, you must understand her story. The hero is a nice guy, but again flawed. I felt deeply for the heroine, she has an inner beauty, but in order to find that, she must find herself. While, the storyline felt a bit rush at times, this is a satisfying read. It does has it slow moments as well, but not enough to stop a reader from continuing with the story. Not your run of the mill Historical Romance. If you are looking for a passion filled tale, is can’t it. But if you are looking for a story with flawed characters, struggles, challenges, faith, and an inner strength, than this is a story for your reading pleasure. A unique tale, with a satisfying ending. An enjoyable read! *Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley* ***Will cross-post on My Book Addiction and More dot com*** Rating: 4 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilR,courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Alice_M_Batzel More than 1 year ago
“BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN and WELL-DESERVING OF APPLAUSE.” MY REVIEW: 4.5 Stars out of 5 This novel is the first published Regency Romance for Author Josi S. Kilpack, and the world she creates in this setting thoroughly captivates the reader. Authenticity is evident with period and geographically influenced language and cadence of speech, societal class restrictions, and family expectations. Clashes abound therein when adding personal desires into the mix along with opportunity or the lack thereof. The preeminent task at hand for the protagonist, Amber Sterlington, is acquiring an acceptable match in marriage. Likewise, is the same goal for Thomas Richards, though these two individuals are "worlds apart" in their respective social and financial circumstance. Regardless of his intense attraction to Amber, his existence isn’t remotely memorable to her in spite of being in his presence on numerous occasions. The author brilliantly orchestrated the moment of Amber Sterlington's public humiliation, and I found the scene to be very entertaining yet tragic. That event and its aftermath result in her parents mandating that she be sent to a remote location with only the companionship of her maid, hoping to minimize the poor reflection upon their family and provide time for Amber to heal from her condition. She and her maid have to endure harsh living conditions in stark contrast to the prior life of privilege to which Amber’s family is accustomed. The character of the maid, Suzanne, is expertly crafted, and it is through her empathy and life skills that the women can survive and thrive in their circumstance. The greater journey, however, is how Suzanne helps Amber regain her confidence, accept her condition, hope for possibilities, eventually see value in purpose and contentment in spite of her condition, and be able to desire for another person’s happiness. Parallel to what Amber experiences in exile is Thomas Richard’s plight to temper his unrequited feelings for her, and his extensive work to resolve several matters about his family’s estate of land holdings. In his effort to resolve the land issues, he finds that he must carefully tread upon the mysteries of his cottage neighbors and their curious identity. This journey, and what becomes of it, is quite intriguing for the reader. I will leave the bulk of the story’s journey and the very satisfying conclusion for the reader to savor. However, I would like to identify three inspirational points gleaned from reading this novel. The first is through Suzanne's words to Amber, "there are people in every society who would prefer the heart you have grown, to the beauty you left behind to find it.” Second, is the presence of a belief in God's hand directing one's life. Third, is the resolve that it’s courageous not to let the will or opinion of others determine one’s fate or shape one’s life. In conclusion, I feel this novel deserves much well-deserved applause, as does the author. The story is emotionally rich, enjoyable to read, impressive in its composition, and it’s a triumph of the human spirit. For these reasons, the novel is deserving of recognition, praise, and recommendation. Reviewed by: ALICE M. BATZEL Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This a Regency- era romance. The character of Amber is all the rage of London ton. but she is spoiled and not so nice. She has something happen to her that makes her a outcast. She slowly changes and my opinion kept changing with her changes. This is full of drama, hardships, and is hard to put down. You want Amber and Thomas to find out the secrets of each other. I wanted to yell at other characters. I can understand how Amber just wanted to hide away from everybody. The longer she did the harder it would be to reach out. I really liked Suzanne's character. She really was a special person. She suffered lots of loss because she could see she was needed. Thomas fell in love with Amber. He made some good life choices. I really liked how he played with his niece. He was a hard worker. This is a clean read. The first part of the book is London. The season of the Ton. The rest of the book is more of the England countryside. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Shadow Mountain Publishing. In return I agreed to give a honest review of A Heart Revealed and be part of it's blog tour.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
London Amber Sterlington, 19, has been dubbed the “Rage of the Season.”  Her parents are quite wealthy people and have prepared their daughter well for her debut to society.  Unfortunately, her privileged upbringing has resulted in her being a selfish and somewhat arrogant young woman. Amber has a younger sister, Darra, poised for her debut in a year’s time.  They also have three younger brothers and spend more of their time at their main home, Hampton Grove. Amber has her eye on the “prize” who is Lord Norwin whose ailing father is the Earl of Lanketer.  He is quite rich and when he inherits from his father, he will be ready to join the House of Lords.  The problem is that Amber finds him somewhat boring. The Honourable Thomas Richards is the younger son of a Baron from Yorkshire.  When he first sees Amber at a ball, he is quite taken with her beauty.  However, he realizes that he does not have a title or wealthy background that would appeal to her. When Amber begins to experience a cosmetic/medical issue, she is soon out of the limelight.  To look at her would be quite shocking.  Saying that she has become ill, her parents banish her to their very small property in Romanby, North Riding County of York along with her faithful maid, Suzanne.  Upon arrival, she is shocked to find that the home is nothing more than a few rooms in a very rustic house with just the basics and they will need to forge for themselves.  Quickly, Amber realizes that her relationship with Suzanne will be more of a friendship as she has given up so much of her own life to remain with Amber.  Refusing to go out and be seen by anyone, Amber becomes a recluse and adopts the name of Mrs. Chandler.  When trips to town are necessary, Suzanne is the one to do it.   Not far away is the home of Thomas Richards, Peakview Manor, which is nearby Romanby where Amber is living.  He lives with his older brother and heir, Albert, and his family along with their widowed mother who resides at the dower house.  Thomas is working hard to improve his land which necessitates that he join right in with the hard work himself.  As he learns of the mysterious lady living with her maid, he becomes intrigued.  After awhile, he realizes that she must be Amber as the time she was banished coincides with the time the mysterious lady moved into the old home. Little by little we find Amber realizing that her medical problem will not cure itself and she will always be this way.  Knowing this, gives her a downfall from her previous arrogant ways and she slowly becomes a more humble and less self-centered young woman. Will Thomas be able to approach this woman with whom he fell in love?  Will Amber allow herself to be open to a friendship instead of continuing to lead the life of a recluse? This is a very deep story of many emotions and beautifully created characters.  It will certainly tug at the heartstrings of readers.  I loved it and hope others will read it too.  It is not to be missed.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) I love this Proper Romance line--really, I love a clean, fun romance and this one was definitely unique. I've read a lot of books by this author, if not all of them. This one was unlike anything she's done before and she totally nailed it. It's safe to say that Amber is a snob, completely self-centered, and completely unlikable. She thinks of no one, save herself, and her desire to have a title and money. When a condition and situation out of her control causes her to be banished from society, a real and deep introspection occurs and I absolutely loved the results. Watching the transformation, acceptance, and humbling that happened was very sweet and I completely changed my opinions. Thomas is a man who wishes to marry, but is one who doesn't enjoy the fickle London society. He really stands out because he's so different from the norm and I adored that trait. He couldn't care less about what is proper--he's kind, fair, and accepting of all. He's also an extremely patient man and I really admired him and liked him. I really enjoyed the way an unknown and little talked about condition was used in the story and felt that the reactions were accurate for the times. This element was definitely unique. The characters were well written--there were several whom I loved and a few that I hated and just couldn't understand why they behaved the way they did. Of course, I would have loved just a little more romance, but this is a great start to what promises to be a fun, clean series. Content: mild romance (kissing, over the top flirting with mild innuendo); very mild religious elements (mention of one character attending church, but nothing preachy); no language or violence. Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I don't normally enjoy reading stories where the main character is so flawed that she is unlikeable, but in this case the author did such a fabulous job with Amber's character arc. Amber's vulnerabilities and motivations for her attitudes and behavior are revealed as we get to know her and her family situation. As a sister to three, I could even relate to some of her sibling rivalry and frustrations. I don't want to give anything away, but the trial that sends Amber to the far north country and outcast from her family and society is one that is truly humbling. I loved Suzanne, her lady's maid who unwillingly accompanies her and learns to find the good in their situation and the good in Amber. They lean on each other and become sisters of a sort as they fend for themselves in a meager cottage without the amenities they are used to. Thomas is presented as something of an anomaly in England's high society- a man who would rather work his own farm than rely on an annual income from his brother. A man who values the character of a person over their standing in society. His own quality of character becomes apparent to Amber as she forms a friendship of sorts with him during her exile and gives her the hope than she can be accepted for the improved individual she has become despite her outward appearance. (Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)