A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change Series #2)

A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change Series #2)

by Julie Lessman


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Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity's handsome and charming brother, Sean O'Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she's ever known?

Filled with intense passion and longing, deception and revelation, A Heart Revealed will hold readers in its grip until the very last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800734169
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Julie Lessman's Winds of Change Series , #2
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Julie Lessman is the popular author of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied, as well as A Hope Undaunted, which was one of 2010's Booklist Top Ten Inspirational Fiction winners. Lessman has garnered several writing awards, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She lives in Missouri.

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Heart Revealed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
believerCR More than 1 year ago
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!
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
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
stylishest More than 1 year ago
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)
ElizabethDuncan More than 1 year ago
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!
Sneezybee23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite the fact that Emma Malloy's husband is an abusive drunk who lives in another country, she is determined to remain faithful to her marriage vows and live a life pleasing to God. In the years since she left Dublin, the pain of her past has faded and she has experienced the fulfillment of becoming who God wants her to be. When her best friend's brother, Sean O'Connor, begins working under Emma's management, camraderie and attraction threaten her resolve to remain unattached to any man. Will God use these feelings to open her heart to something more? Or is any relationship with Sean O'Connor doomed to fail?Julie Lessman could not have chosen a more appropriate title for this story than A Heart Revealed. Lessman's writing was excellent and I loved how she weaved the stories of so many different characters together to create a beautiful story. Inside the authentic characters and engaging plot, a stirring theme reminiscient of Isaiah 61 is embedded. As the story progresses we see mending of the brokenhearted, freedom for those bound by the past, comfort for those who mourn, the exchange of beauty for ashes, joy in place of mourning, and the garment of praise substituted for the spirit of heaviness.As the second book in the Winds of Change series, A Heart Revealed had plenty of background information and I didn't feel that I was missing anything vital. The few unexplained tidbits were actually an effective teaser that made me want to read the other books. Personally, I loved the story, but I want to give fair warning: there are some spicy (but not erotic) romance scenes and the characters subscribe to Catholicism. A Heart Revealed was not only entertaining, but also uplifting. I recommend it to all fans of Christian romance. Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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."
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay. Let me take just one moment to reflect on this book. *Reflecting* Okay. That's better. WOW. I don't even know where to begin. There is so much to say about this novel. Let me start off by saying if you've never read a Julie Lessman novel, stop what you are doing right now, and grab a copy. You won't be sorry. The first novel I read by her was last September, entitled A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in this Winds Of Change series. I couldn't believe how much I fell in love with her work! I was then lucky enough to win all three novels in her first series, The Daughters of Boston. Though they are still sitting on my shelf to be read, they are definitely calling my name and I can't wait to go back and read them.Now, on to the rest. In the first book in this series, I fell in love with Luke McGee. In this novel, I think I love Sean O'Connor even more. I really enjoy Snickers bars, so see, Julie? You could send SEAN my way, and I'd be forever blissfully happy. I LOVED his character. He was great in his role in A Hope Undaunted , but reading his story with the focus on him, was absolutely amazing. His past wasn't perfect, and there were times when he went wild with anger, but he overcame that. There was one thing from his past that he holds inside though. No one, not even his nosy sisters, know. That is until, he finds himself drawn to his best friend Emma in a way that he couldn't imagine. He opens up to her....with everything.Emma Malloy. Bless her soul. She was a wonderful character, flawed and sweet, and wanting everyone close to her to be happy. Including Sean. When she finds her self falling in love with him, when she's still married to the man who beat her 11 years ago, she's determined to push him off on Rose Kelly...the woman who loves him. Trouble is, something happened to Sean and he won't try with Rose.Oh, I so want to go on and on....but I'm SO close to giving away the plot! I DO NOT want to do that! I want you to devour the book like I did and take the time to reflect on the wonderfulness of this novel. It's stunning. It's breath taking. It's a roller coaster of emotions, from happiness, to sadness, to anger, to pride, to passion. It has a WHOPPER of a twist and an ending that will leave you smiling and tears running down your face. Not to mention I LOVED Casey Herringshaw and Michelle Tuller's characters ;-) *grins*! I highly suggest that you grab a copy of this novel NOW. It's 5 Books worthy, two thumbs up, hats off, a home run, a winner, a best seller......what ever you want to call it's that. Julie Lessman really has a way to make ME feel a part of the heart of the story. She speaks to me through the words of her characters, and really brings me closer to God each time. She is by far my absolute FAVORITE Christian novelist and I will NEVER part with her books. They are forever on myself for me to read and reread, and reflect on each time. I am looking forward to book three in this series, Steven O'Connor's story. Sweet angels in Heaven, though, Julie, do you have to make us wait a whole YEAR!?!? *Sigh* Oh well. All the more for me to savor that one upon it's release.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, each of Julie's books is so compelling, but all for different reasons. The title of this story fit the content perfectly... because each person's true heart was revealed through the conflicts they faced. I love how these stories all tie together, both the last series and this one. I'm delighted that I don't have to say goodbye to the O'Connors even though they are a fictional family. I adore them. As I read this current installment in the series I felt like I was watching a whole season of One Life to Live--but a Christian version. At the same time there was no sappy drama in this novel like you'd find in typical soap operas. The conflict felt like real-life issues to me; issues that couples face every day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sean O'Connor is a favorite character of mine in this series of books about the O'Connor family written by Julie Lessman. While Emma Malloy is not a family member, she exhibits what a true friend should be. I enjoyed very much reading this love story so beautifully and passionately written. I highly recommend this book and all of the others written by Julie Lessman. In order to get the flow of the entire story, it helps to read first The Daughters of Boston in order followed by Winds of Change. Here is yet another great read from one of my favorite authors, Julie Lessman. CAG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story that I recommend.
aromancereader More than 1 year ago
I just loved this second book in the Winds of Change trilogy by Julie Lessman. This book tells the story of Sean O'Connor and also keeps up with the rest of the O'Connor family as well. I am eager to read the next book. I can't seem to put these books down once I start reading them. Thankful to be retired so I can devote time to my love of reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give this book a try. It serves as a reminder of why God has made us to love and to forgive. Simply amazing!
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BonnieRoof More than 1 year ago
"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 bridesmaid. 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 God. "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!!         
gatorade635 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If U like a good romance, this is one I enjoyed.
Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bertie43 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this whole series! It was heart breaking, at times, but real.
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