Book Review

‘A Heart Revealed’ by Josi S. Kilpack

ahr jskSTORY: Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?

But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?

REVIEW: London

Amber Sterlington, 19, has been dubbed the “Rage of the Season.”  Her parents are quite wealthy people and have prepared their daughter well for her debut to society. Unfortunately, her privileged upbringing has resulted in her being a selfish and somewhat arrogant young woman. Amber has a younger sister, Darra, poised for her debut in a year’s time.  They also have three younger brothers and spend more of their time at their main home, Hampton Grove.
Amber has her eye on the “prize” who is Lord Norwin whose ailing father is the Earl of Lanketer.  He is quite rich and when he inherits from his father, he will be ready to join the House of Lords.  The problem is that Amber finds him somewhat boring.
The Honourable Thomas Richards is the younger son of a Baron from Yorkshire.  When he first sees Amber at a ball, he is quite taken with her beauty.  However, he realizes that he does not have a title or wealthy background that would appeal to her.
When Amber begins to experience a cosmetic/medical issue, she is soon out of the limelight.  To look at her would be quite shocking.  Saying that she has become ill, her parents banish her to their very small property in Romanby, North Riding County of York along with her faithful maid, Suzanne.  Upon arrival, she is shocked to find that the home is nothing more than a few rooms in a very rustic house with just the basics and they will need to forge for themselves.  Quickly, Amber realizes that her relationship with Suzanne will be more of a friendship as she has given up so much of her own life to remain with Amber.  Refusing to go out and be seen by anyone, Amber becomes a recluse and adopts the name of Mrs. Chandler.  When trips to town are necessary, Suzanne is the one to do it.
Not far away is the home of Thomas Richards, Peakview Manor, which is nearby Romanby where Amber is living.  He lives with his older brother and heir, Albert, and his family along with their widowed mother who resides at the dower house.  Thomas is working hard to improve his land which necessitates that he join right in with the hard work himself.  As he learns of the mysterious lady living with her maid, he becomes intrigued.  After awhile, he realizes that she must be Amber as the time she was banished coincides with the time the mysterious lady moved into the old home.
Little by little we find Amber realizing that her medical problem will not cure itself and she will always be this way.  Knowing this, gives her a downfall from her previous arrogant ways and she slowly becomes a more humble and less self-centered young woman.
Will Thomas be able to approach this woman with whom he fell in love?  Will Amber allow herself to be open to a friendship instead of continuing to lead the life of a recluse?
This is a very deep story of many emotions and beautifully created characters.  It will certainly tug at the heartstrings of readers.  I loved it and hope others will read it too.  It is not to be missed.
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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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