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 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


10 thoughts on “A Heart Revealed

  1. Katie W Katie W says:

    4.5 Stars I love this Proper Romance line really, I love a clean, fun romance and this one was definitely unique I ve read a lot of books by this author, if not all of them This one was unlike anything she s done before and she totally nailed it.It s safe to say that Amber is a snob, completely self centered, and completely unlikable She thinks of no one, save herself, and her desire to have a title and money When a condition and situation out of her control causes her to be banished from 4.5 Stars I love this Proper Romance line really, I love a clean, fun romance and this one was definitely unique I ve read a lot of books by this author, if not all of them This one was unlike anything she s done before and she totally nailed it.It s safe to say that Amber is a snob, completely self centered, and completely unlikable She thinks of no one, save herself, and her desire to have a title and money When a condition and situation out of her control causes her to be banished from society, a real and deep introspection occurs and I absolutely loved the results Watching the transformation, acceptance, and humbling that happened was very sweet and I completely changed my opinions.Thomas is a man who wishes to marry, but is one who doesn t enjoy the fickle London society He really stands out because he s so different from the norm and I adored that trait He couldn t care less about what is proper he s kind, fair, and accepting of all He s also an extremely patient man and I really admired him and liked him.I really enjoyed the way an unknown and little talked about condition was used in the story and felt that the reactions were accurate for the times This element was definitely unique The characters were well written there were several whom I loved and a few that I hated and just couldn t understand why they behaved the way they did Of course, I would have loved just a littleromance, but this is a great start to what promises to be a fun, clean series.Content mild romance kissing, over the top flirting with mild innuendo very mild religious elements mention of one character attending church, but nothing preachy no language or violence Clean I received a copy in exchange for an honest review


  2. Rachel McMillan Rachel McMillan says:

    One of the absolute best historical romances I have ever read The game changing kind In any other writer s hands, this might fall short but a competent pen, a wonderfully assured narrative voice and a keen eye for the nuances of the human condition are masterfully rendered here.I read this book on recommendation in one breathless sitting It was delightful I sunk into its world and meandered about and found my heart constricting at the treatise on how humans can change, can be tested, can fi One of the absolute best historical romances I have ever read The game changing kind In any other writer s hands, this might fall short but a competent pen, a wonderfully assured narrative voice and a keen eye for the nuances of the human condition are masterfully rendered here.I read this book on recommendation in one breathless sitting It was delightful I sunk into its world and meandered about and found my heart constricting at the treatise on how humans can change, can be tested, can find opportunities to let the steadfast qualities that are lying dormant underneath expected facade slowly and surely rise to view This is suffused with a unique type of seemingly restrictive tragedy that opens up a world for authentic acceptance and grace.A perfect character driven piece, it springboarded me into die hard and immediate Kilpack fandom I immediately bought up her backlist.Intelligent, sublimely rendered and achingly beautiful, I will return to this intelligent yes, intelligent, I might never be able to read Shakespeare s Henrys or Taming of the Shrew the same again , wistful, enlightening treasure of a book that will make you feel better about yourself Any supposed limitations, the side you hide from the world are paraded in proxy by this anthem on true value.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  3. Linda Linda says:

    What if I told you about a story that was driven by the MCs perception Expectation Acceptance And, before now, a subject that I have never seen touched upon in a fictional story What if I recommended that you start it afresh Read the book editorial and maybe several of your trusted GR friends valued opinions What if I suggested you find a partner and mentioned that A Heart Revealed would be best read as a buddy read You are going to want to talk to someone and discuss the story s ups What if I told you about a story that was driven by the MCs perception Expectation Acceptance And, before now, a subject that I have never seen touched upon in a fictional story What if I recommended that you start it afresh Read the book editorial and maybe several of your trusted GR friends valued opinions What if I suggested you find a partner and mentioned that A Heart Revealed would be best read as a buddy read You are going to want to talk to someone and discuss the story s ups and downs And, if you please, invite me to your exchange because there are so many thoughts bursting from my mind Thank you, Mela and Anneceleste, for this slow moving but scrumptious find.That said, I will finish my review


  4. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    Once I abandoned my expectations based on romance as a genre, I sank into this book with gratification Amber is tough to take in the first half of the book She s beautiful and calculating and ruthless and she can be mean, even heartless Her treatment of the hero, Thomas, is dismissive and he takes that understandably poorly There are hints that she s not a complete loss as a human being, but for that first half, she kind of is.Thomas, on the other hand, is delightful from the start He s s Once I abandoned my expectations based on romance as a genre, I sank into this book with gratification Amber is tough to take in the first half of the book She s beautiful and calculating and ruthless and she can be mean, even heartless Her treatment of the hero, Thomas, is dismissive and he takes that understandably poorly There are hints that she s not a complete loss as a human being, but for that first half, she kind of is.Thomas, on the other hand, is delightful from the start He s serious and honorable and doing his best And when he fails at his own principles, he doesn t whine or indulge self recriminations He picks himself up and tries to do better next time And his friendship with Lord Fenton was an outstanding addition to the story and a huge draw.Kilpack is a talented enough author to keep my interest despite the off putting Amber And that s saying something, frankly Some of that is how well Thomas offsets her And the understanding from genre and cover copy that he ll end up happy with Amber helped me with my patience with her Also, Amber s affliction that precipitates her change was one that drew my sympathy and its effect on her and those around her was engaging, as well Once the second half kicks in, however, I could hardly put the story down Amber s humanization through the sacrifice of her maid, Suzanne, was as heartwarming as her previous behavior was off putting And again, Kilpack s talent with characterization and description is a huge part of that turn around I believed in her alteration, even as she clung desperately to her fear and isolation.The bigger drawback to the story as a romance is that Thomas and Amber spend hardly any time together pretty much through the entirety of the novel both parts Thomas declares himself in love but I don t see how he s had time to fall for her His experience with her has been surface and he can have no real insight into her actual heart or feelings Her attachment to him makes muchsense because it s based on actual observation and understanding of his good qualities But I didn t feel that he actually knew her well enough to be able to declare himself in love.Given how little they interact and the difficulty I have buying Thomas actually falling for Amber I m going to call this a solid four stars Kilpack is an outstanding author and I look forward to readingof her work.A note about the Publisher Shadow Mountain is one of those publishers who believes that ebooks should be 11 I seriously do not get this as that seems crazy over priced I was originally thinking I d buy the book, but at that price, I turned to my library instead I may be the only sale they lost, but I can t believe that is true Not at that price.A note about Chaste Most of this story takes place with the protagonists apart They share a single kiss in the end, though it s an outstanding one So this is an entirely chaste read


  5. Mela Mela says:

    A surprising book It isn t what I call Regency romance It isn t witty and amusing in a way those romances are This book is of an own kind I have enjoyed it very much, there were even moments when I thought it was amazing.What I love the most is a transformation which Amber underwent, although she wasn t the only one which changed Her changes were very realistic They weren t sudden They needed time to evolve The second thing I like the most is a story of relationship between sisters and b A surprising book It isn t what I call Regency romance It isn t witty and amusing in a way those romances are This book is of an own kind I have enjoyed it very much, there were even moments when I thought it was amazing.What I love the most is a transformation which Amber underwent, although she wasn t the only one which changed Her changes were very realistic They weren t sudden They needed time to evolve The second thing I like the most is a story of relationship between sisters and between a daughter and a mother It was priceless Yes, it was a little sad but it was so true and I am afraid it reflected many such kind relationships not only in those timesAs for a love story it is charming and sweet For me there were two novels a clean romance and a wise psychological book about self acceptance and finding an own path and meaning of own life And I likethe latter PS I would like to readabout Fenton and Darra I would like to know and understand them better Edit I forgot to add my favorite quotes Perhaps that is what everyone does, she thought We pass our discomfort to someone else so as not to carry so much of it ourselves She had never before imagined that one aspect of a person could have such power as to change every detail of their existenceNo one can expect approval from every other person in the world even the young woman you were in London did not expect such a thing but I believe all of us can expect those few who matter to us to see past our limitations


  6. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    Thomas Richards is a less than exalted member of the elite In London for the Season, he will be lucky to find a wife willing to move to the north country He has no business falling for raging beauty, Amber Sterlington.As she confirms for him, sternly, when he dares to ask her to dance.Amber is in London to secure her position To make the most advantageous match possible, even if it means squashing a few hearts and her sister s hopes along the way Everything Amber has done, her entire life, h Thomas Richards is a less than exalted member of the elite In London for the Season, he will be lucky to find a wife willing to move to the north country He has no business falling for raging beauty, Amber Sterlington.As she confirms for him, sternly, when he dares to ask her to dance.Amber is in London to secure her position To make the most advantageous match possible, even if it means squashing a few hearts and her sister s hopes along the way Everything Amber has done, her entire life, has trained her for this opportunity.And then, to her horror, a mysterious condition threatens to alter everything To strip away her greatest asset her beauty And with it, all the tethers that have always held Amber s world together.Hmmm Very good A very unlikely heroine A courtship different from any I have ever read And a beautiful study of what makes us truly beautiful I am loving the A Proper Romance series It has been a long time since I enjoyed a historical fiction series with a variety of authors, but I have loved every book I have read in this one The editing is terrific The authors are all well chosen And the subject area goes beyond the predictable to something much deeper


  7. Lyuda Lyuda says:

    2.5 stars Thank you, Linda for your beautiful review and a challenge Even though, the story didn t work for me, our discussion was so much fun Loved it If I think of an overall message of the story, it is this 1 Physical work and the wholesome virtuous thoughts is a guide for the correct path in life.2 Working class will provide the above guidance to their betters.I have no problem with the first one as the story fits Inspirational Christian Fiction genre of the book but it s a preachiness o 2.5 stars Thank you, Linda for your beautiful review and a challenge Even though, the story didn t work for me, our discussion was so much fun Loved it If I think of an overall message of the story, it is this 1 Physical work and the wholesome virtuous thoughts is a guide for the correct path in life.2 Working class will provide the above guidance to their betters.I have no problem with the first one as the story fits Inspirational Christian Fiction genre of the book but it s a preachiness of the second that rubbed me the wrong way I don t read the genre, so not sure if this is typical of it or not But it s not even this My biggest problem with this character study light romance read is the characterization of the main heroine, Amber oh, the name, the not so historical name, it bugs me and, for this, I would use spoilers view spoiler Amber is beautiful and nasty at the beginning of the story She is an epitome of narcissistic and spoiled rich mean girl In cases like this, I would expect to encounter an indulgent, quickly forgiving parent s This is clearly not the case here Moreover, we left to believe that she is constantly looking for approval of her distant and truly despicable parents Her goal is to make them proud of her I can t see narcissistic, self indulgent person capable of doing this She is also smart and calculating This could fit nicely with her initial portrayal But, when her circumstances change, she seems to lose her brain and capability to use critical thinking She still wants to marry and not just anybody but the biggest title to boot Why can t just leave and live quietly in one of the numerous father s estates A father who is a viscount And that where I came to the turn of the story that stretches credibility for me in a big way A daughter of a viscount is sent to live in a rundown cottage with only one maid not very reliable in terms of staying or going and not even a chaperone Nope, would never happen Her parents didn t disown her The only thing I could think of is that this turn is there to drive an overall moral message of the story see above And since the message must be driven, the narrative also needs to show how this smart, calculating, spoiled rich girl just meekly accepts her circumstances and let her maid guide her through I think when I read about Amber churning butter, milking cows, carrying for chickens, baking bread and making all manner of roasted vegetables and soups I thought to be done with the book This is a light romance story so let s talk about the hero He s reallyof a secondary character He s virtuous, humble, righteous and very boring At the begging, he lusts after the heroine for her looks, latter distances himself because of her nastiness And then, over the course of a handful of meetings, only two of which where he actually sees her, they fall in love Not sure I can buy this hide spoiler hide spoiler


  8. Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) says:

    4.5 stars Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances for a person to change for the better Amber Sterlington is the bell of the London Season She turns all heads when she walks into the room Men flock to her She knows she is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage The unthinkable happens and she is disgraced, sent into exile, and humbled.Thomas Richards is an exceptional man He is pulled to Amber whenever he hears the sound of her voice He tries to stay away, even when she p 4.5 stars Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances for a person to change for the better Amber Sterlington is the bell of the London Season She turns all heads when she walks into the room Men flock to her She knows she is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage The unthinkable happens and she is disgraced, sent into exile, and humbled.Thomas Richards is an exceptional man He is pulled to Amber whenever he hears the sound of her voice He tries to stay away, even when she publicly embarrasses him In her time of greatest trial, he is the only one who extends kindness.This book is not a typical regency romance Balls and the antics of the ton are found at the beginning of the book, but then it takes a huge turn The book takes a closer look at the condition of the human heart It looks at how a person can change and see their faults.The book follows both Amber and Thomas Most of the book they are not in the same room Instead the book looks at societies emphasis on the outward appearance of a person and social expectations It also looks at family ties Amber learns that to be wealthy doesn t bring happiness I really enjoyed this book If you read it, don t expect for the romance to be typical regency Expect something a little


  9. Peach Peach says:

    Got to read an ARC from Deseret Book It s a cute story, and I absolutely loved the author s writing style I loved all the literary references in the latter half of the book, and I almost thought the author was going to do a play Believe me if all these endearing young charms I loved that the conflict was different, that it was not a one conniving woman or evil man that kept Amber from being accepted in society, but it was herself I also appreciated that though she was beautiful in the begi Got to read an ARC from Deseret Book It s a cute story, and I absolutely loved the author s writing style I loved all the literary references in the latter half of the book, and I almost thought the author was going to do a play Believe me if all these endearing young charms I loved that the conflict was different, that it was not a one conniving woman or evil man that kept Amber from being accepted in society, but it was herself I also appreciated that though she was beautiful in the beginning, she was not in the end, and it was her inner beauty that attracted Thomas The one fault I find with the book is that the characters weredeveloped separately than they were together, so the romance happens suddenly and kindof unbelievably at the end I like the characters individually and the way the story developed, I just think that as a romance, that could have been played up


  10. QNPoohBear QNPoohBear says:

    3.5 3.75 stars I liked it but a little less than REALLY liked it.Amber Sterlington, the daughter of Viscount Merchant, is the reigning belle of the ton So what if her sister was supposed to come out with her her sister can take a back seat for all Amber cares She aims to have a good time and carefully choose her husband based on who has the highest title and most money NOW When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is d 3.5 3.75 stars I liked it but a little less than REALLY liked it.Amber Sterlington, the daughter of Viscount Merchant, is the reigning belle of the ton So what if her sister was supposed to come out with her her sister can take a back seat for all Amber cares She aims to have a good time and carefully choose her husband based on who has the highest title and most money NOW When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is dismayed After a retreating from the public temporarily to work out her problem, Amber emerges only to find her sister has taken her place and her suitor A jealous moment leads to public humiliation and Amber is banished to the wilds of Yorkshire with only Suzanne for company How will Amber ever survive Thomas Richards, third son of a Baron and gentleman farmer has come to town from his farm in Yorkshire to seek a wife He wants his wife to be intelligent and desirable is that too much to ask He sets his sights on the beautiful Amber Sterling, but she doesn t even know he exists How can he get her out of his mind This story is sort of a fairy tale similar to Beauty and the Beast in reverse In this story it s the female character who is vain, spoiled and selfish It is she who turns into the beast character and has to learn a lesson while the hero becomes the selfless person who would do anything to help his loved ones Despite a few historical inaccuracies and the almost fairy tale nature of the story, I enjoyed it I had a really hard time putting it down The hero and heroine don t really meet until 2 3 of the way through the story and the romance is pretty rushed after that but it s sweet and lovely The hero is missing from a large chunk of the novel but when he reappears some of the story is told from his point of view, which is nice It seemed like this might end up a Christian novel but it isn t The characters attend church and Thomas believes in God s will and that s it except for a message of love and acceptance that will appeal to any reader The characters in this novel are well drawn and realistic At first Amber is spoiled, selfish, vain and a completely horrid, unlikable person I hated to admit that I probably would have reacted the same way in her situation with Suzanne at that age It takes time to grow up and Amber s character growth is excellent My only major problem is that women commonly did wear hairpieces Hair extensions are nothing new and due to poor diets people probably needed those false hair pieces but once the story got going and Amber s condition worsens, the story getsbelievable It takes a little too long to get there though Amber s relationship with Suzanne reflects Amber s feelings about herself and shows how her character is growing, rather than telling the reader which I really liked The same can be said with Suzanne Suzanne is a bit too impertinent to be realistic but her relationship with Amber shows her true character and how she is also changed by Amber and their situation Thomas is a perfect gentleman He s almost too good to be true He doesn t exhibit the same kind of growth that Amber does He s a kind and loving brother, uncle and caring friend He loves poetry and Shakespeare, wants to work his own land and own his own land to pass down to future generations what s not to love Well, he s the third son and though his eldest brother is deceased, his second brother has an infant son, making Thomas unlikely to inherit therefore, he is unworthy of Amber s attention He s way too good for her I wish the relationship hadn t been quite so rushed The author could have cut out a lot of repetitive domestic scenes with Thomas to further the relationshipOverall, I enjoyed the book though and I think traditional sweet Regency lovers will enjoy this one too Young Adults should read this book as well It has just enough period detail to set the scene but not enough to throw off first time Regency readers and the message is important The romance is squeaky clean too