The Heart of a Vicar

The Heart of a Vicar

by Sarah M. Eden

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Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired—until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried—but is it too late for second chances?

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ISBN-13: 9781524408633
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 30,922
File size: 2 MB

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The Heart of a Vicar 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Emflynn 9 hours ago
Another beautiful experience with the Jonquil's. I love the depth of these characters and the inclusions of previous characters that I have grown to love. There is definitely more to Harold than meets the eye and this book is almost the sequel that Drops of Gold needed with pieces of that story continued here. I loved to see the continuation of Philip and Sorrel's story here as well. I laughed, I cried. I am definitely going to have to read this story and the rest again and again. I love the world that Sarah M. Eden has created in this Regency area. Her characters are rich and well developed. Each book could be a stand alone, but you will miss so much if you don't delve fully into her world. I love the Jonquils and Harold's story has not left me disappointed. I look forward to her new releases like a kid looks forward to Christmas.
sandralb 9 hours ago
How could I have forgotten how much I love this author? Sarah has a special way of picking me up, from were ever I am, and setting me down in the middle of her story. Recently I've been flat on my back from surgery, so it was extra refreshing revisiting the Jonquils again. I just adore this mom and her brood. Like her other books Sarah makes me laugh but often brings me to tears. This time there was a lot of that, but some were happy tears. This is the type of book I want to share, but I also want to hold on to it. I will be reading it again. I want to thank Covenant Communication for a copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
TimelessNovels 12 days ago
In true Sarah M. Eden fashion, we have complex characters that we really care about (how could we not love the Jonquils!) and beautiful moments as well as funny ones. This book has everything you could ask for. Sarah Sarvol has left America and returned with her brother Scott to England. Having spent time in the area as a child, she is returning to her uncle’s house so her brother can learn his duties as the heir. Her uncle has no use for females and considers her a poor relation. She is forced to live in the governess quarters and not socialize with others. Even through her trials, Sarah believes you make your own happiness and is a very outgoing and optimistic person. Harold Jonquil has spent his life knowing that he would be a vicar, and he has been ridiculed by his brothers for it. They love calling him “Holy Harry” and using the term pious as an insult. Harold has always looked up to his father and considered him exemplary. His goal is to emulate him and follow his advice. “Act well your part; there all the honor lies.” He believes that this means he must always be serious and hide all of his “strange” tendencies like climbing things like a monkey and singing songs about drinking. Harold and Sarah were once sweet on each other until something happened that left them both heartbroken; and Harold soaking wet. Years later they are reunited and drawn together by a challenge. I have been looking forward to reading Harold’s story. I knew there had to be a reason for him being so serious and proper all the time. This was not the story I expected. While the reasons behind Harold’s mask were similar to what I anticipated, I never expected the real Harold hiding underneath! He has some unusual and really fun quirks, and I loved seeing his relationship with Sarah. There is such a sweet tenderness with those two that is like calm in all the chaos. Harold is so lonely and vulnerable. He is an introvert and has problems socializing with others. His belief of how the perfect vicar is to behave causes him to be even further separated from people, and he keeps his true self hidden. He is such a fun person when he is in personal settings and allowed to be himself. I loved his relationship with his housekeeper. None of the Jonquil relationships are easy. They deeply love each other and grow closer together as they go through emotional and even heartbreaking times. The Heart of a Vicar is the sixth book in the The Jonquil Brothers Series. So many beloved characters from previous books come back and even play large roles in the story. Philip and Sorrel have been such a special couple to me since the first book, and it is heartbreaking to see what they have to go through. Layton, another one of my favorite characters from a previous book, is still going through a lot of emotional turmoil as is his daughter. Just as in real life, things do not always wrap up easily. While this book can be read as a standalone, I love how many story-lines continue with previous characters. This book makes me want to binge read this entire series again.
SarahM-M 15 days ago
Harold Jonquil is the second youngest of seven brothers. Since a young age, everyone determined that he was destined to be a vicar. But Harold is a man of masks. He feels uncomfortable and unsure of himself in his role in life. He's always worried that he's not living up to his idea of what he should be. He doesn't know how to organically connect with people, so he hides behind scripture or preconceived notions of how he should behave. As a result he finds himself disappointing people or being a source of ridule when he intereacts socially. Plus he's exhausted by always pretending to be someone he is not. Unexpectedly his closest childhood friend and crush returns to the neighborhood. She calls him out on how he has changed, that he is not the man that she thought he would become. She challenges him in a ridiculous and amusing way and as a result, we get to meet more and more of the real Harold. He begins to realize that he doesn't need to hide behind masks and scripture to fulfill a role,  that he can fill the role simply by being himself. By being the man he used to be and by being happy and comfortable in his own skin. The romance between Sarah and Harold was very sweet. They had a falling out years ago and both their hearts were broken. They were then seperated for several years when Sarah left for America with her mother and brother. In this book, they find their way gradually back to one another. I was really invested in their story. I loved this book so much. I wasn't really sure what direction this book was going to take when I began reading and I didn't feel endeared to Harold at all, but as the book progressed we got some insights on where his insecurities were coming from and he really grew on me. Honestly the whole of the family did. I started reading The Heart of a Vicar without being familiar with any of the previous books from the series. Each book of this series can serve as a stand alone. I was not confused in the least, meeting all the many members of this family without any prior knowledge of them from the previous books. Anything that I needed to know for my understanding of this book was explained in the text. I will definitely be going back to read the other books in this series. I loved this one so much, that I really want to read the individual stories of the other brothers. I will also be looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance or historical fiction. Such a great and well written book. This is a clean romance. Many thanks to Covenant Communications and NetGalley who shared a copy of this book with me for reviewing purposes. This is my honest review.
AE2 16 days ago
Harold Jonquil is trying to be the best vicar he can be--and yet, despite his efforts to suppress any un-vicar-like tendencies (like singing drinking songs!), Harold seems to be failing. He isn't connecting with his congregation as well as he would like, and his brothers constantly remind him of his shortcomings. When Sarah Sarvol, the girl he fell in love with years before but couldn't pursue a relationship with, returns to the area to live, she quickly points out his shortcomings and even tells him she'd make a better vicar than him...and Harold soon sees that she has a way of connecting with people that he lacks. Has he been wrong to dedicate his life to being a vicar? When Sarah and her brother Scott return to England so Scott can assume his responsibilities as their cankerous and cruel uncle's heir, Sarah is determined to be happy--even if it means seeing Harold Jonquil, the man who broke her heart. She's shocked by the changes in him, none of which seem to be for the better, and trying, to break through the hollow and indifferent exterior he projects to see if there is more below his surface, she challenges him to a contest to see who can be a better vicar. As Harold starts to show signs of his old self, though, Sarah finds that her old feelings for him start to resurface, but having been hurt by him once, does she dare trust him with her heart again? Oh my goodness! I've heard Sarah M. Eden say a couple of times that she can't wait to introduce us to the real Harold Jonquil, and now I see what she meant.. We've seen quite a bit of Harold in the other books in the series, but always through his brothers' eyes, and he was definitely my least favorite Jonquil, based on what I saw through his brothers--he had a holier-than-thou attitude and seemed entirely lacking in real feelings. Well, by the end of the first chapter of this book, I was ready to punch his idiotic (but lovable) brothers in their noses and slap myself upside the head for ever believing anything they said about him! The author did a terrific job of showing his true character--with tons of feelings and vulnerabilities and insecurities. He was just a wonderful character, and I loved getting to see who he really is and seeing how Sarah helped him be more willing to show his family and his parishioners who he really was. I also loved seeing Sarah's bright personality and how she was determined to be happy in spite of difficult circumstances. And while I was put out with the other Jonquil brothers for their shabby treatment of Harold, I loved seeing what was going on in their lives and seeing how they did come through for Harold when he needed them, and I especially loved seeing Harold find his place among them and his community. This was just a beautiful book, and I adored everything about it. This is an easy 5 stars and one of my picks for the best books of 2019. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Nottinghamshire, England - 1816 Harold (Harry) Jonquil is a vicar but it doesn't come naturally to him. He doesn’t have the self-confidence he wishes he had. Harry wants to be the typical vicar but he feels rather awkward and doesn’t always know what to say to people. His housekeeper, keeps reminding him that he is a good man and can anything he wants. She is a good support for him. Harry's brother, Philip, is an Earl, married to Sorrel, and their home is nearby Lampton Park. Philip informs him that Sarah Sarvol is coming to town. At one time, Harry and Sarah had been very close and she is the only woman he has ever loved. Sarah and her brother Scott, have just arrived back in England after a lengthy voyage from America. They are Americans but have visited in England in the past. Their uncle is dying and Scott will be taking over his estate in Nottinghamshire. The last time Sarah was there many years ago, she had fallen in love with Harry who told her they could have no relationship as he was then off for his clerical studies. That had broken her heart. Sarah realizes that Harry needs to loosen up and be more open to his parishioners. So, she tells him that she can do a better job than he can and the “race is on” to win the parishioners over. Readers are introduced to all of the 7 Jonquil sons, their spouses and their children. Their beloved father has passed away but their Mater is still alive, very much loved, and a part of their lives. They are close and love to tease one another. We see happiness and heartbreak, but it’s all shared because they are family. I have only read 2 of the 6 Jonquil brothers books but I think readers should read them all for these characters and family events to make sense. Thus, it took be awhile to get into the story, but it was still a good read. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
TheCompulsiveReader7 18 days ago
Another classic Sarah Eden story in the Jonquil line. As always I especially loved the large, affectionate family aspect of it. The camaraderie, the teasing & joking, that they had each other's backs, doing what's right & fighting for what's right. It's a bit of a rough start though. I felt so sorry for poor, introverted Harold. He was grieving & lost. He got no support except from his mother & his housekeeper. And then his old love returns & begins undermining what little bit of confidence he has. I was not liking Sarah for her arrogance & insensitivity. Thankfully her compassion for Harold kicks in, and things take a more positive turn. Harold's story reminded me of St John Bosco who would perform tricks & entertaining feats of balance & climbing for the street urchins, but only if they would have catechism lessons with him first. What surprised me was how little prayer was involved in a vicar's story, no real talk of praying for discernment, & Harold's discussion of faith with Phillip was more generic fuzzies than anything. We don't need to read all the prayers said, but we do want to know that the man of God is attempting to stay in communication with God & during all this. The ending is all that you could want in a happily-ever-after. Now... who's next? Scott? Charlie? Clean romance level: sweet kisses
WishEnd 20 days ago
4.5 Stars THE HEART OF THE VICAR is a story highly anticipated from fans of the series, but can be read on its own as well. It's a story of second chances with a hero who is still trying to fit the role life has given him while also following his heart, and the woman who won his heart and is trying to find her own place. Their story is sweet, full of family and heart, and romantic to the end. How I adore these characters from the Jonquil family, and Harold and Sarah specifically who are the main focus of this story. Harold is very reserved and full of self-doubt that stems from his childhood, but is such a good man with his own quirks and dreams. Sarah comes back at the perfect time to prod and push him to be better. She's forward, lovely, and full of sunshine even amidst difficult circumstances. I loved seeing how they both bloomed and came into their own, as well as how their friendship is renewed and romance grows between them. There are some emotional parts, especially in regards to Sarah when she pours her heart out to Mater and with Sorrel. I have a soft spot for Sorrel and Philip as their story is still one of my favorites from the series. I love seeing these brothers together with all their banter, and I particularly loved the part when they do some rescuing together during one part of the story. The ending was beautiful. In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! Sweet romance readers will find favorite characters and a sweet romance full of heart. Definitely recommended! I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series with Charlie. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
Heidi_Reads 21 days ago
Oh my heart! I have a new favorite Jonquil brother! Harry has been portrayed as rather sanctimonious in the previous books in the series, so it was a revelation to see his true character, why he had acted that way (it was just an act) and what his hidden vulnerabilities and struggles are. The author made him so likeable and brought him to life with the fun and supportive relationship he has with his housekeeper, his need for his mother's affection, and his secret pastime that keeps him in better shape than most of his brothers. I absolutely loved reading about his transformation thanks to Sarah's reappearance in his life and her challenge that has him examining what the role of a vicar really is. Sarah is American (though she considers England home) and has an informality about her that is endearing and brings out the best in Harry. I appreciated that she didn't hold on to the bitterness of rejection, but rather rekindled the genuine friendship that brought her and Harry together in the first place. The Jonquils face their share of trials and it was a joy to experience more with Phillip, Sorrel, Layton, Stanley, and the others. The author skillfully wove their lives together with the plot of Harry finding his footing as a brother and compassionate spiritual leader in the family and community. Highly recommend!!! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)