A Constant Heart

A Constant Heart

by Siri Mitchell
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A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell

Born with the face of an angel, Marget Barnardsen is blessed. Her father is a knight, and now she is to be married to the Earl of Lytham. her destiny is guaranteed...at least, it would seem so. But when her introduction to court goes awry and Queen Elizabeth despises her, Marget fears she's lost her husband forever. Desperate to win him back, she'll do whatever it takes to discover how she failed and capture again the love of a man bound to the queen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764204319
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Siri Mitchell has written five novels, two of which (Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door) were named Christy Award Finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.

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Constant Heart 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** The beginning of this story was intriguing. It had the Other Boleyn Girl mixed with Pride and Prejudice versus Anna Karenina thing going on, then all of the sudden just started really being depressing. Her losing so many babies, the flood, the queen, the effects of the "painting" with mercury & lead, and of course the diseases and epidemic breakouts. I questioned why Marget was doing all of this for Lytham and not even asking him about if what she was doing would help or hinder his ...moreThe beginning of this story was intriguing. It had the Other Boleyn Girl mixed with Pride and Prejudice versus Anna Karenina thing going on, then all of the sudden just started really being depressing. Her losing so many babies, the flood, the queen, the effects of the "painting" with mercury & lead, and of course the diseases and epidemic breakouts. I questioned why Marget was doing all of this for Lytham and not even asking him about if what she was doing would help or hinder his career as a courtier. One would have thought that might have been the first thing to do. I like Mitchells writing style, it was the content that I had issues with. She seems to be consistent and knowledgeable about this time period, and that I appreciate to the point that you really felt like you were there. She did her homework. But I have never heard of people only allowed to be in love with the queen and cannot have an actual relationship other than child producing for a marriage. What a sad world to be a part of. None of them had jobs, they sat around knitting, gossiping, eating, drinking, dancing and the like. God was not a part of these peoples worlds, He was mentioned in a passing sort of way. Not having a personal relationship with Him. He was treated as a genie or Santa Clause type. The details about Lytham's child with Elnior was also not finished. Was this the heir that was to be? Or were Marget and Lytham going to have their own child? As I didn't feel that we ever really knew if this was a child produced by the affairs that de Winter "made" Elinor have. Like I said, the beginning was so good, I just really wanted this to get better and it just keeps getting worse! I don't think I would recommend this to anyone, unless you need some more misery in your life. I read to get away from my life, not read about it! The only thing I would like to do is have someone just read it, me not tainting their view and corrupting their feelings. Really glad I got from the library and not wasted my money on purchasing. As I don't think I would ever read it again, it was just that miserable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mitchell's book was a different sort of read for me. I like historical fiction, but usually they have more of a romantic theme in them. Mitchell's book to me was just historical fiction with a bit of romance. A Constant Heart was about the courtier's during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Marget is a beautiful woman in a world where beauty is not allowed. She marries a courtier, Lytham, who thinks that beauty is a curse not a blessing and despises his wife for her looks. Marget encouraged by her faithful friend Joan, tries hard to fit in and make her husband love her. When she sees that the queen dislikes her she does what she can to change her appearance and gains some affections from her husband. Love is not allowed in the Queen's Court, as the courtiers are only suppose to be in love with the Queen. How can Marget keep a constant heart, her virtue, her love for her husband in a world where friendship, trust, virtue is bought and sold every day you are at court. Mitchell does a good job of weaving a great story into a historical setting. I will admit that I wasn't sure about this book at first, but I like a challenge when it comes to reading. I love giving all books a try. I love this era in history and I found it very interesting to learn about, I believe this would have been a hard era to live in and Siri Mitchell really made great characters that you felt for as time when by. By the time I was almost done I was really curious about how it was going to end and that is what kept me going.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love historical romance with attention to detail on the inner workings of palace life with all its intrigue and deceit, you will love A CONSTANT HEART. Follow the heroine and hero as they mature in their love and in their outlook on what is important in life. See first hand the shallowness of court life and the little value given to human life especially the rights of women. The quick shifts in POV were a little disconcerting, but not too distracting. Over all, A CONSTANT HEART, will keep you 'constantly' turning the pages right to the end.
Mixandmatch More than 1 year ago
This is a very strange outlook from the Queen Elisabeth days. The story details how everyone suffered at the hands of the Queen and life at court. A man dares to love his wife more than he loves the Queen which puts their lives in danger. If that weren't enough, the plague adds to the depression and overall grime outlook in this strange novel. I am not sure if I liked it or not but it was definitely interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay. It was like the same things happened over and over in it....little disappointed, but still pretty good! Would NOT recommend for younger people! But overall pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure why so many people disliked the book. I loved it. Mitchell's attention to detail made this book exceptional. Don't read this if you're looking for a brainless romantic story; you won't find it. Instead, read this if you're interested in historical fiction with exciting story lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book first caught my attention because of its gorgeous cover. Then I started reading and I couldnt put it down! Very interesting read, and you learn a lot about the time period because it feels like you are living with the characters throughout the book. I love everything Siri Mitchell writes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the last decade of the sixteenth century, the Earl of Lytham trusts no woman especially a beautiful aristocrat. His heart was burned to an ashy crisp by the betrayal of his first wife. He obtained an annulment that ended the sham called marriage. He will remarry only to gain favor with the Queen who prefers her lords married.--------------- Lytham¿s second wife Marget Barnardsen has been told she is a beauty, but to her chagrin her husband loathes her because of her looks. He coldly informs his wife her only role is to assist him in gaining her Highness¿ support. Marget in turn wants him to return her love, but her efforts to warm his heart fail as Queen Elizabeth is irate at her seemingly because of her looks that she tried to somewhat disguise. Now a desperate Marget fears the man she loves will annul their marriage as she only obtained the wrath of the Queen.----------------- This is a terific Elizabethan romance with a deep message of ¿to thine own self be true¿ as everyone is in God¿s image. The story line shines a deep light on the aristocracy¿s efforts to gain favor with the somewhat fickle but powerful aging ruler some go so far as changing their essence as Marget does. Known for her exciting contemporary Christian Lit, Siri Mitchell goes historical Christian Lit showing she is a writer for all seasons.----------- Harriet Klausner
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Good read
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The author was very knowledgeable in her history, and I thought the story was compelling. There was an accurate representation of the thoughts in that time period, and the depiction of fear was very accurate. I think most people would agree that they would do just about anything to avoid a beheading! I disagree with some of the reviewers that the story lacks character development, because there is character development just in a very slow pace (think Pride and Prejudice). Yes, there are unanswered questions and some things weren't fully explained, but I assumed that was to let the author possibly revisit this story and these individuals.
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DaleDL More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I always enjoy historical novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This look at the Elizabethan era gave a look at the culture that I did not know. I was however constantly repulsed by what I read. The plot wasn't very interesting and I never cared for the characters. I got this free so I'm glad I didn't pay for it.
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Going to give this one two stars. Takes reader into the days of queen and her court and allows reader to experience just how silly yet dangerous and cutthroat it was. Would read more by this author.
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