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Heart of Lies: A Novel (Irish Angel Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Marie Landis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Raised in a tribe of street urchins, Maddie Grande was taught to be a thief and beggar on the streets of New Orleans. But Maddie doesn't know her real name or where she came from.Raised by Dexter Grande, Maddie and her twin 'brothers' have recently left New Orleans and moved to the bayou. The twins are rarely there, but Maddie has come to love the swamp. She has learned to fish and trap and sell pelts at the local mercantile.Maddie longs to change her life but knows that her brothers will never give up their lawless ways. When they kidnap the daughter of a wealthy carpetbagger, the twins force Maddie to hide the precocious eight-year-old while they return to New Orleans to wait for notice of a reward. Pinkerton agent Tom Abbott is assigned to the kidnapping case in which Maddie has become an accomplice. In a journey that takes them to Baton Rouge, a mutual attraction becomes evident, but Tom and Maddie cannot trust each other. Will Maddie ever discover who she is? Will her real family ever find her? Will Maddie and Tom listen to their hearts? Or will they choose honor over love?

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From the Author

Heart of Lies is the second book in the Irish Angels Series written for Zondevan as an inspirational historical romance. Louisiana is one of my favorite settings so it was a joy to write this book about a young woman who was raised in a tribe of urchins by a man much like Dickens' Fagan. I hope you enjoy Maddie's adventure as she finds herself and love along the way.

About the Author

Jill Marie Landis has written over 27 novels which have earned awards and placed on such national bestseller lists as the USA Today Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in both Single Title Historical and Contemporary romance, as well as a Golden Heart and RITA award winner.

Jill Marie has written historical and contemporary romance as well as inspirational historical romance including the Irish Angels series. She is now penning The Tiki Goddess Mystery Series which began with the hilarious Mai Tai One On, a Kindle bestseller. Two To Mango, the second book in the series will be published in June 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1856 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008NXOKLG
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4UTCM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Lies March 3, 2011
'Maddie Grande kept having the terrifying dream night after night. The dream involved her, as a child, running with a greasy dark-haired man and a faceless blonde girl, a couple of years older than herself. But she can not remember who they are! She now lives in a bare cabin in the swamp of New Orleans with "the twins". But she grew up as a tribe member who had to steal and beg to stay alive.

One day "the twins" brought home an eight year old year girl they had kidnapped for the reward money. They left the girl for Maddie to care for until they got their money. Maddie's heart was broken for the girl's mother but didn't know what to do. Then the girl ran away!

Tom Abbott's job is to find the kidnapped girl. He is a man of honor, the opposite of the life Maddie has lived. So why is he attracted to Maddie when his job to find the girl leads to Maddie's cabin? And why would a woman like Maddie even dream of having a man like Tom love to her?

You must read this book to find out if the kidnapped girl was returned to her family and if Maddie's reoccurring nightmares were resolved. Don't you want to find out what happened to Maddie and Tom?

[...] I enjoyed reading this suspenseful romantic novel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, fast paced March 7, 2011
Such a good read. This was a book I stayed up past my bedtime to attempt to finish. The writing was refreshing, and the feelings of inadequacy expressed by Maddie were so natural and true. Plus, the adventure she leads the detective on was so fun! I enjoyed the depths of each of the characters, and their varied and interesting backgrounds. Now that I've found out that this is the second book in the Irish Angel Series series, I will go back to read the first book, Heart of Stone.

Reviewed for Arms of a Sister blog. I received a review copy to facilitate this review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bummer. March 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am so sad. I loved the first book in the series Heart of Stone. I hd read that book as a freebie Kindle bok. I liked it so much that I emmediately purchased Heart of Lies. The story is so predictable. Whatever you guess is going to happen in the first to chapters, is the outcome of the book. The idea for this series is so creative and interesting, but the individual stories of the sister are so predictable.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second installment of this series of American History where an Irish family of 4 girls are separated after their parents die in New Orleans. As I said in my previous review on the first book, Heart of Stone, I had NO idea that children were sold in the prostitution and slavery back then. This one takes place shortly after the Civil War and the eldest sister has hired a private detective to find one of the 3 sisters, Megan. The detective hones in on Megan (or Maddie, as she as been renamed), the missing sister pretty quickly after she inadvertently leads him to the whereabouts of a kidnapped rich girl. Not much plot development there, that's for sure. And, of course, the typical romance ensues between Maddie, who is a thief, and the private detective pursuer.

Although not nearly as enthralling as Heart of Stone, this book continues to educate us in how life was back in the post-Civil War South - how children were often stolen from their parents and taught to live and thrive by stealing, living in old warehouses, all serving their master by whom they've been brainwashed into thinking he cares for them as if he was actually their father. Yes, you've guessed it - it is a real life version of Oliver Twist, but here in America instead of London.

I'm not really sure what to make of this one honestly. Landis is a New York Times bestselling author, but this one appears to read as if she really wasn't quite sure where to go with the story. It really isn't all that interesting reading how adept this gal was at surviving in the streets of New Orleans, how well she could pelt a rodent, or row down the river. Ho hummm. I must say, however, that the snippet for the third rendition was included in this book and it looks to be a bit more interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, Interesting Historical Perspective July 23, 2012
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Maddie Grande is a woman with a criminal past, developed out of a young life surrounded by thieves and liars. While she works to be as good as a person can be, given the circumstances, a young girl is foisted upon her in a situation that doesn't allow for legal participation. As Maddie deals with the girl, a reoccurring nightmare of herself as a young girl causes her to wonder about the other people in the dream, and she wonders what significance it plays in her life. As she hunts muskrats among the alligators, she is sought by a Pinkerton agent seeking to solve two cases by finding the young girl that was kidnapped by Maddie's brothers and by finding a woman slightly older than Maddie appears, but whom Maddie may have known as a child in the tribe of orphans and refugee children. Believing her past is something not to be tolerated by a respectable Pinkerton agent, and needing to figure out how to deal with the young girl, Maddie's encounter with Tom, the Pinkerton agent, soon begin to influence her thoughts and encourages her to do right when all her training has taught her that sometimes the only way to get where you're going is illicitly.

Decent writing with a basic plot often found in such stories, the story would be rather ordinary except for the obvious historical research the author reflects in her knowledge of the less-well-known culture in the bayou during the latter half of the 1800s. With good knowledge of poling, pirogues and propriety of the time, the author has created a story that holds your interest by describing a way of life that seems to be a cross between Dickensonian, gypsies and homeless riffraff. This is a good book to be read at leisure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I liked this book.!
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid tale!
I absolutely enjoyed this second story in the trilogy! It might be a fairy tale, but what fun it was to lose myself in it. Whole hearted recommendation!
Published 3 months ago by ROBERT KINGSLEY
4.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of historical ...
I was anxious to read this book after reading the first in the series. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of historical novels.
Published 3 months ago by Joyce J
4.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, but slow in the beginning
I'm learning with this author that the first half of the book is a little slow, almost to the point of dragging; The second half is where everything happens. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teresa E. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read. It kept attention throughout regullarly until the...
A really good read. It kept attention throughout regullarly until the final page.
Published 5 months ago by sondra borek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series and this book was mint. Will buy every one in the series.
Published 6 months ago by Ruth Menhel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I really enjoyed this book.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Lies is a treasure to read
I liked this book because it is a sweet story that is fast to read and the characters are so human. Incidents in their lives cause the same kind of personal responses... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alice Shay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent novel. If you like good clean reading this is for you. Enjoyed the story line. Ms Landis has a winning series.
Published 8 months ago by Dorothy Buttrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I would recommend this book to any person that enjoys stories of older days and the courage one had just to live. characters are written well and are intriguing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marie Lamkey
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More About the Author

JILL MARIE LANDIS'S nearly thirty novels have earned distinguished awards and slots on such national bestseller lists as the USA TODAY Top 50 and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in both Single Title and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

Her works include historical romances, contemporary single title romance with a hint of suspense, inspirational historical romances, and most recently the new Tiki Goddess Mystery series that launched with the successful Book #1 Mai Tai One On.

Jill Marie resides in Hawaii with her husband where she's working on her latest project. When she's not writing or sitting on the beach reading, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, raising orchids, working in her garden, plunking on the ukulele, dancing the hula and quilting, but not all at once.

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