Monday, November 14, 2011
Review: A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman
A Heart Revealed shifts gears as Katie and Luke are happily married, and the couple are dealing with Katie’s independence and Luke’s role as a husband. Katie is headstrong and doesn’t reveal to Luke that she still plans to attend law school until after the rings are placed on their fingers. When Katie’s secret is revealed, Luke is hurt and angry, Katie has everything already planned out and he was the last to know- the honeymoon period is short lived and Luke begins to sleep on the couch. Tensions are high, and Katie wonders what her future will hold. At the heart of the story is Emma Malloy, an innocent woman who has been left by her abusive husband. Her husband Rory has done the unthinkable scaring her face for life when he threw a pan of grease at her. Since the incident he’s ran off with another woman and Emma had fled Ireland for the States and the O’Connor family are among the first people she meets. It has been ten years, and her wounds emotional and physical wounds are healing. Emma manages the department store and proves to be a reliable, responsible and caring person. While she has started her life over, Emma remains married and intends to uphold her marriage vows. Katie’s brother Sean has declared that he will never marry, and when he loses his job- Sean and Emma begin working together. Emma is encouraged to leave Rory by many, but her own personal convictions leave her confused, and guilty.
Julie Lessman is without a doubt a fantastic storyteller. This book is the second book in the Wind of Change series, the first being “A Hope Undaunted.” The setting takes place during the depression and times are tough. I fell in love with the first book and it will remain one of my favorite books. I had very high expectations for this book because I loved the first one so much. I was a little disappointed but I greatly enjoyed this one as well. My issue is that my favorite characters were no longer front-row center anymore. While Katie and Luke do remain with the book, Emma and Sean take precedence. I kept holding out for more details of Katie and Luke. There were many subplots and characters in this book, and it was a little hard to keep them all organized. I think this one could be read as a standalone, but it would be best to read the first book. The overall theme of the book is forgiveness, and faith. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. When a series focus’ on different characters but the same characters reappear, I tend to like book 1 and 3. I think I have more time to adjust to the change of characters and move on from those I left behind. I think Julie Lessman is a great writer, and I look forward to her upcoming reads.