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The Divided Hearts (Sweet Deception Regency Book 7) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Glades Publishing (April 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5RVCEO
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karla Darcy is a fiction writer as well as a professional researcher who has always adored Jane Austen and all things Regency. Raised in Chicago she always hoped she'd be hired to work for the Encyclopedia Britannica or at the very least get a job writing clues for Jeopardy. After college, she ended up at an advertising agency. She didn't get to do much research but luckily got to write the slightly salacious entertainment for the Christmas party and other events where the agency's ads were parodied. Her favorite time period was England during the Regency period so it was a no brainer when she decided to write romantic fiction. It came as an unfortunate circumstance that a history researcher didn't have a clue how to write a book. Thanks to the advice of her favorite bookseller she found and joined a chapter of Romance Writers of America. These generous women were eager to help her learn the craft of writing and it wasn't long before she got the hang of weaving elegant stories of love in the Regency era.

Five Things you might like to know from an interview with Karla:

1. I can count to ten in five languages.
My father loved to learn funny sayings in other languages but the only thing I can remember is how to count.

2. I can recite all of the presidents in order from memory.
My family had a friend who took a Dale Carnegie memory course. One night at dinner he taught us how to memorize the presidents. I got an A in high school History class when the teacher challenged the class to recite them in order.

3. My secret guilty pleasure is watching the Ninja Warrior TV show.
Not the American version but the Japanese version. Even though it has English subtitles, the constant screaming by the Japanese announcer just adds to the whole experience. When you talk about real men, doing impossible feats of strength and not being muscle bound, it doesn't get any better than this. I'd prefer if a few more of them ran the course shirtless.

4. If I couldn't be a writer I'd want to be a radio announcer.
I worked in an advertising agency for years and did a couple of voice over commercials and really got a kick out of it. I have a raspy deep voice that sounds great on the radio and in the dark.

5. I am the world's worst procrastinator especially when I'm on deadline.
Unfortunately I do my best work when I'm up against a really short deadline. Adrenaline kicks in and somehow I get it done because I have a built in barometer that tells me just how much time I need to get something done.
Stay connected with her online: http://www.KarlaDarcy.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karla Brandenburg on June 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Lady Judith is leaving England to visit her father in colonial America, sent by Nate's grandmother with the task of finding out where the loyalties of Nate Bellingham lie.

Caught up in the intrigues of the struggles after the war of Independence, Nate affects the mannerisms of a "fop" to set people off his purpose. Will he return to assume his English title? Or will he remain in America?

A mysterious rider champions America's independence from England, newly gained and difficult to maintain. Judith must decide where her loyalties lie, with her mother country, or with the home of her father.

I have to admit that when I took this book in exchange for an honest review, I thought I was getting a historical romance. It is that, but it is heavy on the history and light on the romance. There were places I found the historical aspects almost intrusive to the story, and that will account for my not liking it as well as I might have. It is also written in an omniscent point of view, which I have to say I'm not a fan of. I will say that Ms. Darcy's descriptions are vivid and her characters charming. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Darcy's novelette, the Five Kisses, but this book is in stark contrast to that (which is set in England). I suppose that also accounts for some of my disappointment in the story that, again, wasn't what I expected.

The story moves along at a good pace, and as advertised, if you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you'll likely enjoy this romp through colonial America. For me, I have a "divided heart."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Green on July 4, 2013
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After the recent death of her mother, Lady Judith Hallowell has been invited to visit America and stay with her father Simon. He is an American living in Rhode Island who married the proper Englishwoman. While they loved each other, they could not live on the same continent. Judith only saw her father on his infrequent visits to London. In addition, her Aunt Letty has asked her to spy on her grandson Nathanael Bellingham. She wants to know if his allegiance is still with England.

Judith meets Aunt Letty's grandson Nate and thinks him a dandy. He is nothing like her aunt described. Yet she sees something underneath his foppish ways. Spending time with him on a picnic makes her see Nate in a new light until he goes all aristocratic on poor little Patrick. War is coming between England and America - people will have to choose sides. Will Judith stay for the outcome or return home to England?

Things to ponder: Who is Palatine? Which country holds Nate's allegiance? Why does Judith think there is more to Nate than just being a dandy?

This book makes the perfect summer read. It is a page turner and a very fast read. It is just the thing for the beach. The book is filled with humor, intrigue and lots of romance. Karla Darcy is a born storyteller and I enjoyed this book very much. There are plenty of characters to keep the storyline moving. I can't wait to read more of Karla Darcy's book.

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by Story Cartel in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LisaM on July 26, 2013
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I received a copy of 'Divided Hearts' in return for an honest review.

I enjoyed this Regency romance mostly because of the setting. The story looked at life across the Atlantic and how people in Regency America differed from their English counterparts in pastimes and preoccupations, so it's not your run-of-the-mill Regency.

It's a light-hearted and good-humoured romp and well worth the read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By livinginloserville on July 5, 2013
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I liked the beginning but lost interest in all the details after a while. The characters are feisty and colorful but some of the description gets in the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mabel Rodriguez on July 6, 2013
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It was a fun read. Not too complicated. Perfect for summer reading. The ending wasn't a surprise very predictable but it doesn't take away from the historical story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Kanan on August 14, 2013
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Karla Darcy draws parallels to another Darcy (Fitzwilliam of Pride and Prejudice notariety) in this delightful Regency novel, The Divided Heart. While I do not usually read romances, I was offered a copy of this text from Story Cartel as long as I wrote an honest review. So glad I read it! The author captures the language and manners consistent with early 1800s America (and England) in a well-written, multi-textured tale starring a heroine who is a little Elizabeth Bennett and a little Scarlet O'Hara! While the writing evokes the time period very well, I was reminded throughout the book of the strange coalescence of Jane Austen and Gone With the Wind--with perhaps the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (in terms of the hero's contrasting roles) thrown in. There's intrigue, deception, witty repartee, disguise, suspense, indecision, and surprise accompanying the evolution of latent love. The characters and the language are the best part, for me. The plot may be predictable, but reaching the denouement involves the reader in a series of pleasurable adventures and entertaining personalities. On to more Karla Darcy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Brandt on September 13, 2013
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Divided Hearts is a Regency era romance set in the newly formed United States on the eve of what we know as the War of 1812, or America's second war for independence. Props to the author for that, but that's where the praise ends.

The female protagonist, Lady Judith Hallowell travels to America to visit her father. There she meets Nathaniel Bellingham, a friend of her fathers and the grandson of a family friend. The story follows her introduction to America where she develops new perspectives on personal freedom which contrasts to the constraints she feels as a society dame in London. In a very superficial way the author also touches on the role of women and even more superficially on the issue of slavery in the new country.

My problem with this novel is that I got whiplash from Judith's frequent back and forth rejection followed by heart-felt pining for Nathaniel. She likes him, she hates him, he's a foppish dandy, then he's a dashing horse breeder, then she loves him, but is he a hero or traitor? Frankly her vacillating emotions made me weary. When this soapy tome finally drew to a close in the most trite, unimaginative way possible, I closed it and vowed to be much more selective in my choices of Regency romances.
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