Friday, March 5, 2010

Book Review: Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis

Book Description:
She had the darkest of pasts. And he had everything to lose by loving her. Laura Foster, free from the bondage of an unspeakable childhood, has struggled to make a new life for herself. Now the owner of an elegant boardinghouse in Glory, Texas, she is known as a wealthy, respectable widow. But Laura never forgets that she is always just one step ahead of her past. When Reverend Brand McCormick comes calling, Laura does all she can to discourage him as a suitor. She knows that if her past were discovered, Brand’s reputation would be ruined. But it’s not only Laura’s past that threatens to bring Brand down—it’s also his own. When a stranger in town threatens to reveal too many secrets, Laura is faced with a heartbreaking choice: Should she leave Glory forever and save Brand’s future? Or is it worth risking his name—and her heart—by telling him the truth?

My thoughts:
Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis is the first book in the Irish Angels series. I was captivated from the first chapter. I really enjoyed the character of Laura and Brand. She overcomes so much after experiencing so much sadness in her life and Brand faces his challenges head on. There were a couple of unexpected twists in the story that I wasn't expecting and that had me madly reading to find out what was going to happen.

I did have a slight problem with two of the side characters, Hank and Amelia Larson When they were introduced all the information given made me feel like I was supposed to already know about them. When I went to the author's website I found that there is a book about them, The Accidental Lawman. This was only a slight irritation and I was able to over my it quickly. So, if you love historical inspirational romance, then Heart of Stone is definitely a book to check out.

To read an excerpt go here.

Thanks to Anne from Authors On The Web for providing Heart of Stone for review.

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