cover image A Heart Revealed

A Heart Revealed

Josi S. Kilpack. Shadow Mountain, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-60907-990-1

In this haunting and mesmerizing novel, Kilpack (the Culinary Mystery series) weaves an emotional tale of fleeting fame in Regency-era London. At 19, Amber Sterlington nearly has it all. Her stunning beauty and lyric voice enchant all the men around her, including Thomas Richards, a kind and intelligent man without a fortune who is besotted with Amber despite his dislike for her snobbish personality. As far as she’s concerned, the ideal suitor has wealth and a high rank. But when a strange medical phenomenon slowly overwhelms Amber and threatens her family’s position in society, her hard-hearted parents banish her to the country, where she must take a close look at the selfish and cruel woman she’s become and decide who she wishes to be. Amber’s struggle with her new life, her despair, and her hope for a happy future are stirring and real. Kilpack paints an extremely vivid picture of Amber’s suffering and reawakening, as well as her initial frivolity and callousness. Exceptionally moving and full of rich period details, this delicate romance is a real winner. (Apr.)