Saturday, September 17, 2016

Heart of Stone (Irish Angel Series) 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?

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My Thoughts:

Although this book, set in the 1870's, was described as Christian Historical Fiction, it was not filled with scripture nor did it play out as most of the Christian novels I have read.  It was a romance novel without the sex.  And a very good romance novel I must add!  This is the first book in the Irish Angel series, but definitely won't be the last one for me.

The story line was excellent, starting with Lovie Lane's childhood in New Orleans where she and her sisters were sent to live with their uncle and his wife after Lovie's parents died. The uncle sends the two younger girls to an orphanage and sells the two older girls, Lovie and her sister Megan, to a brothel.  Somehow Lovie endures her years in forced prostitution and manages to become very wealthy.  She moves to a small town in Texas, changes her name to Laura Foster and becomes known as a respectable wealthy widow, a member in good standing with society, and owner of a boarding house.  Then she meets Brand McCormick, the town's new minister.  Life gets complicated.

This book was well-written, enduring and inspirational.  I loved it and look forward to the next book in this series.

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