Hearts Restored

Hearts Restored

by Prue Phillipson


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Hearts Restored by Prue Phillipson

What can a young man of fifteen do when he is told by his mother that the three cousins he is about to meet all want to marry him? Daniel Wilson Horden has arrived in London with his parents from their home in Northumberland on the very day of King Charles II's triumphant return to his capital. Receiving his own personal wave from the king, Daniel longs only to serve him, but first he must keep at bay the threat of marriage. His two French cousins are adamant in their pursuit of him, but Daniel is intrigued by his English cousin, Eunice, whose Puritan father snatches her away from the reunion celebrations. Unaware that his gallant attempt to save her has endeared him to her, Daniel only just escapes the marriage trap which his younger French cousin lays for him and is sent off to study at Cambridge University. Once she returns to her father's home, Eunice is condemned to a life of austerity. Heart-sick, she is assured by her grandmother that Daniel will come for her when he graduates from university. But, unaware of his cousin's feelings for him, Daniel goes off to join the navy only to find that fighting in the king's service is not as glorious as he had imagined. While the navy suffers at sea, London passes through plague and fire. Will Eunice survive the hardship? And will Daniel return to fulfil the promise in his eyes on that fateful day in London?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908483133
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Series: The Hordens of Horden Hall Series
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Prue was born and reared in Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. Prue enjoyed writing historical novels from an early age. She trained as a teacher, taught full time for four years and was a freelance writer during this time. She took a correspondence course in creative writing and honed her craft. She is married and has reared five children. Her current occupation is writing articles, short stories and novels.

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Hearts Restored 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JessicaKnauss More than 1 year ago
It's not often I've seen a book of popular fiction set during the Restoration (England in the 1660's), although I know it was another amazing time of world-changing events, so I was curious to read Hearts Restored by Prue Phillipson. Historical events become important in the lives of the characters in this book, but they aren't dragged along by them. They make decisions with free will, appropriate to the context, and I was happy to bear witness. The book is structured much like a romantic comedy movie. We meet a cast of very likable characters who, although they are all related in some distant way, come from diverse backgrounds. Meek Eunice has been raised in a harsh Puritan household, the French cousins defend their Catholicism against the onslaught of English varieties of worship, and Daniel comes from a welcoming, harmonious family in the North of England I couldn't help but wish was mine. I especially enjoyed the atmosphere created by Daniel's mother. The frank and open love she bears for her husband and son make her memorably sympathetic. Daniel narrowly escapes marriage to one of the French cousins, attends Cambridge, and witnesses the horrors of war when he enlists in the royal navy. Eunice must pass through her own life-threatening situations, which I found the most interesting in the book, before reuniting with Daniel. The end of the book is heartfelt and well deserved. While I was reading, I did not realize that this is the second book in a series, it stands alone so well. It's exciting to know there is already another book with some of these characters and at least one more to come. Overall, Hearts Restored is an enjoyable, light read, especially recommended for readers who want clean romance and to pick up a little history of the 1600's.
purplerose75 More than 1 year ago
I'm assuming Prue Phillipson is a woman's name, but I have to wonder if it's really a pseudonym for a male author, because I'm pretty sure that the person who wrote this book hates women. The story itself is fine, for the most part. Daniel and Eunice are cousins, but meet for the first time around the age of 15. It's not love at first sight, but each is a little interested in the other, and story follows them through the next few years of their lives as London is ravaged by the Plague, fire, and war. At no point, did I consider putting the book down. It's a good story. My problem is that every woman in the story is whiny, selfish, and manipulative. With the exception of Eunice, and she's *this close* to crossing the line between humble and annoying. And the book is full of women: Daniel's mother, both of his grandmothers, his maternal aunt, his two French cousins, and Eunice's grandmother. Not one of them is likable or sympathetic. I wanted to throw them all into the Thames and be done with them. It's hard for me to give a historical novel anything but a glowing review, but the annoying characters were a distraction from a good story idea. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. I don't really like books from the male perspective, especially romance novels, but this one was ok. I didn't really find any of the characters overally appealing, but I didn't hate them either. Basically, this just wasn't the book for me.
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
To say Hearts Restored is a historical romance is not accurate. I would say this is more of a historical drama with a spritz of romance thrown in at the end as garnishing. Is there unrequited love? Yes, for most of the novel, but the dramatic elements of the story heavily outweighed any potential love-sickness ... and thank goodness for that! At the beginning we meet Daniel and his parents, Nathaniel and Arabella, who have decided to set out and travel to London to see their cousins. Arabella's mother and two French cousins are also coming to be there the same time they are. The adults hope to make a marriage between Daniel and one of his cousins. Daniel, being a mere fifteen, is not interested in marriage ... or even girls, for that matter. The boy, who thinks of himself as a man, would much rather be serving his king than thinking of marriage or the University. Daniel does become intrigued by Eunice, his London cousin, because she barely speaks, dresses plain and has a Puritan tyrant as a father ... who happened to be his mother's suitor before she met Nathaniel. For all of his intrigue, though, Daniel does not fancy himself in love. He would dare say he doesn't know what love is or what it feels like. Does Daniel go to University as his father wishes? Does he serve his king, which seems to be his heart's desire? Will he agree for the adults to make a marriage match between him and one of his cousins? With the use of historical events such as the plague, London fires and the battle between the English and the Dutch, Ms. Phillipson creates a most dramatic story the encompasses the lives of Daniel, Eunice and both their families. Although an extensive novel, this was an easy read that kept me turning pages until the end. There was enough action in it to make it interesting, but not so much to make it seem unbelievable. Ms. Phillipson is adept at spinning a dramatic tale that keeps you thinking about the story and characters long after you've finished reading about them ... Brava!
s-cat More than 1 year ago
Set at the start of the Restoration of Charles II, Hearts Restored follows Daniel Wilson Horden, the only male of his generation of the Horden family. On the day Charles II returns to London, Daniel and his parents meet up with some relations, where he is thrust into the path of three female cousins of marriageable age. Less than eager to be trapped into a marriage so soon, Daniel puts off his dream of joining the navy by following his father's wishes to enter the university. As a secondary story line, we follow Daniel's cousin Eunice who is raised by her widowed, Puritan father. Having a glimpse at the extravagant lifestyle of some of her Horden cousins, it clashes with the austere teachings of her father. Within five years, the characters are caught up in the war with the Dutch, the Great Plague, and the Great Fire raging through London. I've always enjoyed stories set in the Napoleonic Wars and other military engagements around the time of the Regency, so the naval aspect of Hearts Restored. However, I was a little disappointed that There was not more of Daniel's live in the Navy. There was only a few chapters dedicated to it, and one major battle, but oh what a dramatic story in Daniel's life that battle creates. It was an interesting juxtaposition between Eunice's life in a Puritan household, to Daniel's more (monetarily) comfortable life, and that of the wealthy Horden cousins. Most of my experience learning about the Puritans in history deals with those who immigrated to the American colonies. The information about Puritan England I found informative, and I thought Phillipson did a good job instilling some of the fear and horror over the plague and the Great Fire into her novel. Hearts Restored has the romantic plottings one might expect in a novel set in the Romantic Era, but in this case the older women tend to focus more of their attentions on Daniel. They tease him, and try to force his opinions or attentions towards one of his cousins, and I found it unusual that these attentions were given so openly to a man. To be sure, they treat the young ladies in the same way, but for some they seem to have nothing better to do than tease Daniel about their schemings as well. The relationship between Eunice and Daniel is sweet, but rather predictable, although that did not detract from the story for me. If anyone is looking for a clean read, this will work well for you, with exception of the naval battle. Overall, I would have liked a little something more for this to be a solid four star read for me. Aside from Eunice's father, all of the characters are of a fairly easy going temperment, so a little more of a fiesty or quarrelsome behavior could have lent a little more contrast to the characters. 3.5-4 stars. I recieved a copy from the publisher for review.
Naj More than 1 year ago
If I could describe this book in just one word it would be brilliant. Never in my life have I ever read a book that had so much happening in a few pages. It was like someone’s entire life all in a span of 300 – 400 pages. Okay, maybe it was about someone’s entire life. Make that two someone’s. The synopsis of this book was sort of misleading. As a historical romance, I remember it saying something about how Daniel (the protagonist) visits his family and immediately after he captures the attention of his 3 female cousins who are all after his attention and courtship. But that was just in the beginning, after awhile it was barely about that point. It went around other characters point of views, which got me confused at first until I got used to it. As much as I’d like to mention all the characters, the only one that truly stood out was Eunice. She was the youngest of the cousins who fell in love with Daniel instantly but denied herself the ‘sin’ of thinking about him. This was mostly in her fathers favor, who was a clergyman who deliveries a sermon for everything even a household chore. I didn’t like him at all but he was a needed thorn in the rose bush. Nat and Bell were the ideal couple in the story and Daniels parents. Despite the fact that they were old, their love for each other always surfaced as they did everything together. I didn’t have a hard time going through the book as I thought I would after the first hundred pages. The entire book kept me on my toes. There was so much happening that I simply couldn’t keep up. It was a mix of every calamity that befell London during the time of Napoleons escapades (so to speak). Watching both Eunice and Daniel grow and fight through life’s battles was an added pleasure that kept me reading. Overall, the book was written so smoothly (though my kindle killed the formatting a bit) that you can’t help but notice the perfect flow of events from one chapter to the other. It was the perfect combination of mild-romance, calamities, self-growth and independence rolled into one book. I felt like I was reading a classic, or a soon to be one. An unputdownable book from Prue Phillipson.