Back Cover: "Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity's handsome and charming brother, Sean O'Connor, fear and shame threaten to destroy her. Could Sean and Emma ever have a future together? Or is Emma doomed to live out the rest of her life denying the only true love she's ever known?"
A Heart Revealed, book # 2 in Julie Lessman's Winds of Change series brings us to Emma and Sean's story. Having gotten to know the characters through Lessman's Daughters of Boston series and the new Winds of Change series, I was thrilled to read their story finally. The story takes place in the early 1930's during the great depression and continues the saga of the the whole O'Connor family beginning with Katie and Luke's wedding. Sean and Emma take center stage, however we also get to see the struggles between Katie and Luke, Mitch and Charity, and Marcy and Patrick. The ladies get quite emotional in this chapter of their lives and the men end up sleeping on the couch quite a bit.
Sean struggles with his attraction to Emma. She never divorced her abusive husband and she keeps trying to push Sean into the arms of another woman because she wants him to be happy. There are some interesting twists to their story which keeps you guessing whether they'll end up together or not. Lessman has written an excellent, emotional charged story without preachiness or sermons while portraying the passion of true love. I highly recommend it. While A Heart Revealed can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend starting with the Daughters of Boston. You'll probably grow to love the O'Connor family as much as I have.
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Thank to Donna and The Baker Publishing Group for providing me with a courtesy copy of the book. It in no way influenced my review.
Released: September 1, 2011