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Heart of Stone: A Novel (Irish Angel Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Marie Landis
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the first book of the Irish Angels series, we meet Laura Foster, a woman with the darkest of pasts, and Reverend Brand McCormick, a man with everything to lose by loving her. Having escaped a life she never chose, Laura Foster is finally living her dream. But even after four years of posing as a respectable widow in Glory, Texas, she is always afraid someone from her past might reveal her true identity.

Believing no man could love her if he knew the truth, Laura tries to resist Brand’s courtship. His reputation would be shattered if Laura’s former life is discovered. But it’s not only Laura’s past that threatens to bring him down—it’s also his own. As they open their hearts to love and faith, will Laura and Brand find the depth and power of forgiveness from their community?


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Landis, inspirational fiction author of more than 20 novels, offers readers who value gentle love stories this first title in the Irish Angels series. Laura Foster (aka Lovie Lane), wealthy widowed owner of a refined boardinghouse in Glory, Tex., is running from her tainted past and ruined childhood in a tale set in the 1870s. Laura does everything in her power to overcome the odds and create a life free of shame and abuse. Partly succeeding, she is thrown off-kilter when handsome Rev. Brand McCormick, a widower, takes a romantic interest in her. Laura knows with dead certainty that Brand would never come calling if he knew the truth of her past, so she rebuffs his attention at every turn. But the good reverend just won't be put off. Both characters have much to reveal that will test their love, faith, and loyalty to one another. Landis's writing is crisp and neatly presented; however, much of the story is too formulaic for discerning genre readers. (Mar.)
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Landis, inspirational fiction author of more than 20 novels, offers readers who value gentle love stories this first title in the Irish Angels series. Laura Foster (aka Lovie Lane), wealthy widowed owner of a refined boardinghouse in Glory, Tex., is running from her tainted past and ruined childhood in a tale set in the 1870s. Laura does everything in her power to overcome the odds and create a life free of shame and abuse. Partly succeeding, she is thrown off-kilter when handsome Rev. Brand McCormick, a widower, takes a romantic interest in her. Laura knows with dead certainty that Brand would never come calling if he knew the truth of her past, so she rebuffs his attention at every turn. But the good reverend just won't be put off. Both characters have much to reveal that will test their love, faith, and loyalty to one another. Landis's writing is crisp and neatly presented; however, much of the story is too formulaic for discerning genre readers. (Mar.) -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 310293693
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003774XJM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One amazing book! March 2, 2010
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All I can say about this one is, WOW! This is a Christian historical novel, set in America right after the Civil War. What goes on after that is quite shocking, I had NO idea that child prostitution was going on during that time, and that many of our immigrants had children sold into that mess. This is set in New Orleans, which probably gives you a good idea of what was going on then. Anyway, without spoiling everything in the story, this girl from an Irish immigrant family, rises to the occasion and finds a way out of the prostitution ring. What happens in her life afterwards is nothing short of amazing. A family of 4 girls were separated by their drunk uncle after their parents died, and this is the story of what happened to one of them. The sequels appear to be addressed to what happens to the other 3.

Honestly, more books like this one NEED to be written to remind us of how many of our ancestors sacrificed so much so that we can now be stuck into our Iphones and all other electronic gadgets. This author is a New York Times bestselling author and believe me, you'll understand why when you read this book. It is the first in a series, and a small introduction to the next book is included in the end. Can't wait for that!

Don't grab this book if you're looking for some light reading - this isn't that kind of book. However, you'll definitely learn quite a bit about America's South after the Civil War, along with what these poor folks had to endure to remain free. My only complaint with this book is that I think the author could have done a better job of showing that although the heroine's life was about as bad as it gets, that God was there all along, with a plan for her life, which is summarized in the end.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Christian Novel March 9, 2010
By Rebecca
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When I was 18 years old, I read a book called "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers, and ever since then, I have been looking for a Christian novel that could hold a candle to that book. I honestly never thought I would find it. Until now.

The character of Laura Foster, from the beginning, reminded me of Rivers' Angel. Similar childhood stories, similar adult responses. But different enough that I no longer think of them as similar. What I appreciated so much about Laura Foster was the realness of her heart. She reacted to the life she had been given in a way that I believed and that I could resonate with. That's unusual in romance novels, for me. Typically, the heroine seems like a charicature of what novelists think readers want to read. But Laura Foster felt like a real person to me. She had a life that seemed so unbelievable, and yet I believed her. She was courageous and deeply compassionate. She felt tied to her past, and ashamed of who she had been, and frozen by the life she'd led.

And Brand McCormick was exactly the kind of man she needed. From the first time you meet him in these pages, you know that he's the kind of man we all need to meet someday. Not just attractive, not just loyal, but genuinely good. Genuinely compassionate and deep. He loves completely, and doesn't hold any part of himself back. He is the kind of man who would die for you. I seem to have read something about a Man like that before...

When I was offered a copy of this book for review, I was skeptical, as I always am, of Christian novels. I'm occasionally surprised in a pleasant way, but not often. I just can't say enough about this book. Does it have its flaws? Of course. Every book does. And I'm sure there will be plenty of people who can't get past the flaws.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pastor meets Harlot-turned-Businesswoman March 20, 2010
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We all have skeletons in our closets that we'd rather not share with the world. Irish immigrant, Laura, is no different. She comes from a harsh past that includes her parents dying, surviving the abuse of her aunt & uncle before being sold into a brothel with her young sister as a child - further saddened by her becoming a partner of said brothel for the better part of 18 years. Having earned enough money in the prostitution business, Laura sells her share in the business and heads west to make a new life for herself. She succeeds in starting a first class boarding home. 4 years pass with her constantly looking over her shoulder and trying to lay low lest she see a character from her past who can expose her for her ugly truths.

Enter a young widower pastor who can't get enough of beautiful and quiet Laura. He tries his hardest to court her, but she remains aloof - having shut off her feelings to survive her life as a child prostitute. You get the impression that a storm lays just below the surface as she squashes whatever feelings might be floating up to the surface for this young pastor. When a person from her past arrives in town, the truth is exposed about Laura's history and she is forced to shine a light on her past.

Once Laura goes through the fire, so to speak, she comes out ready to find her three sisters. One, as mentioned before, was sold into a brothel while the other two were taken to orphanages. To obtain the goal of finding her sisters, she hires a Pinkerton Agent. You will find the beginnings of her sister's story at the end of the book. Although, I noticed that some mention of her was here and there throughout Laura's story. I would assume it was done to build interest in the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time as described
Published 1 day ago by oleg
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An enjoyable read
Published 1 month ago by jean miles
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series!
This first book in the Irish Angel series kept my interest from the first page to the last. I immediately purchased book two so I could find out what happened to the sister we... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joyce J
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really liked this book!
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca J. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars There is a prior book ... this may be the first in the "series" but...
I can't imagine every thing that Laura endured as a child. How would you survive something like that much less survive? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Teresa E. Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars great book series
I loved all the books in this series. I could not put them down. As I read each one, I could hardly wait to get the next one.
Published 4 months ago by Phillip Ginn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a great book!!!! I could not put it down.
Published 5 months ago by Betty L. Dumas
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so good!
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would because it grabbed my attention from the first and kept my attention all the way to the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Debi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I really don't like having to write out my reasons for liking a book in order to have the review posted. It was an excellent book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christie Pollard
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
The book is well written., has a medium level of suspense, but builds to a climax with a happy ending.
Published 8 months ago by Janet Saylor
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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.

She enjoys hearing from readers at www.jillmarielandis.com
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