Illuminations of the Heart

Illuminations of the Heart

by Joyce DiPastena


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Siri de Calendri was trained in the art of illumination in her brother's workshop in 12th century Venice, but when her brother dies his will sends her far from home. Siri travels to the faraway county of Poitou in France, where she enters the guardianship of her brother's friend, Triston de Brielle. Once settled, she hopes to find employment in an illuminator's shop- until Triston unexpectedly snatches her heart away with a kiss.

Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but the guilt he carries for the death of his wife, Clothilde, has left him numb and hesitant to love again. Worse yet, Siri bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love. Or does she? Her merry laughter and twinkling eyes are very different from his late wife's shy smiles and quiet ways. Yet when he gazes into Siri's face, all he sees is Clothilde.

Then Triston's past returns to threaten them both. Trapped between the rivalry of the king's sons on the one hand and a neighbor out for vengeance on the other, Triston realizes it would be safer to send Siri away. Siri is determined not to be cast off and not to live in another woman's shadow. She has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston's soul and make his heart beat for her alone?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989241960
Publisher: Sable Tyger Books
Publication date: 06/23/2014
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel...set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his "Angevin Empire" in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty's Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she's not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Email her at, read more about her books on her website at, see what she's working on now at, and follow along as she researches her books at

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Illuminations of the Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
booksaresanity More than 1 year ago
An awesome clean medieval romance with a lot of action! Illuminations of the Heart has been on my to-read list since I found out that Joyce DiPastena had written more novels! I fell in love with her first book, Loyalty's Web and just knew I had to read her others. I want to thank Joyce for her generosity in giving me this book to read and review! Illuminations of the Heart is great medieval romance novel, but it goes deeper than that! Ms. DiPastena delves deep into the culture of the medieval times. Her novel is well-written and the story is much more than a surface level romance. There are feuds, knights, fights, love....and so much more! I found myself being drawn to the story and trying to solve all of the mysteries. I love how much I learned about the medieval times from the book! The characters are well-developed and I became drawn into their lives and their world. I loved it and cannot wait to read her newest novel, Dangerous Favor. Five stars!
JRallison More than 1 year ago
Joyce does a beautiful job of recreating the time period with a likable heroine and an interesting situation. It was a sweet romance with enough action to keep you turning pages.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After the deaths of her husband and brother, Siriol de Calendri is directed by her brother's will to travel to France and live under the guardianship of her brother's friend, Sir Triston de Brielle. Unfortunately, Siri is nearly identical to Triston's late wife, Clothilde, and to make matters worse, her brother's will requested that Triston find a husband for Siri. Siri wants to put her training in illumination to good use and earn her living in an illuminator's shop, and besides, she has no desire to marry anyone else; she's in love with Triston. But can he get past her resemblance to his first wife and learn to love her for herself? Using some of the characters introduced in LOYALTY'S WEB, DiPastena paints a tale of sweet romance in twelfth century France. In the classic romance format, the characters lives are entwined and twisted together with difficulties at every turn until the reader isn't sure they'll be unraveled in the end. It was my pleasure to be drawn in by ILLUMINATIONS OF THE HEART and once I started Siri's journey, I couldn't put it down until I reached the last page . . . and then I still wanted more. While this is an adult title, I believe it's appropriate for teens, as well.
writingmom More than 1 year ago's a new one from <a href=" ">Joyce DiPastena</a>. If you caught her first book, <span style="font-style:italic;">Loyalty's Web</span>, then you were looking forward to this next installment of the characters she introduced. While this isn't a series dependent on each other for the reader, I'm sure it reads better, since you're already familiar with them, but for me, <span style="font-style:italic;">Illuminations of the Heart</span> was a stand alone novel. Joyce has a way of bringing the locations to life with her descriptions and deep research. Historical novels are difficult to write and time consuming, but she didn't take very long between <span style="font-style:italic;">Loyalty's Web</span> and this one. I was really impressed with the plot outline she came up with and the research she did. But beside all that, the characters draw you into the story and make you want to read to the end so that you can figure out how everyone gets out of this impossible situation. grin. I don't want to give it all away...but you got to read it. Especially if historical romance is your cup of tea. Really!
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had quite a bit of fun reading this novel. It was easy to get caught up in the story and like the characters. It is set in France during the Middle Ages. It was an area of France that I don't remember reading about. I enjoyed that she picked an area that is not the typical romance setting.This book begins with a mistaken identity scenario. The only problem is the person that Siri is mistaken for is deceased. She tries help Tristan understand that she is not his deceased wife, she yearns to be noticed for herself.There is revenge, angst, treachery, and of course kissing. I was very happy that I picked this book up. I follow Joyce's blog and realized the amount of research that she puts into her books. I will definitely be reading more of her work in the future.It's a clean romance book. It helped me to remember how much I adore the Historical romance genre.
donnahatch29 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Illuminations of the Heart by Joyce DiPastena is one of the best medieval romances I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago