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About the Author

Jillian has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers for several years. She has also been a member of Romance Writers of America for 20 years and a member of The Beau Monde, Kiss of Death, and Faith, Hope, and Love specialty chapters of RWA. With a master’s degree in social work, Jillian is employed as a counselor for nursing students, which reflects within the pages of her first novel, Secrets of the Heart, which won the 2009 Inspiration for Writers contest, previously finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, the Noble Theme, and Faith, Hope, and Love’s Touched by Love contests.

 

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Product Details

  • Series: The Ravensmoore Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161638185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616381851
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,316,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jillian Kent has completed three novels set during England's Regency era that are full of romance, mystery, and suspense. These books can be read as stand alone novels.

Secrets of the Heart won the Wisconsin's RWA Write Touch Contest in 2012.

Chameleon was nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award in Inspirational Romantic Mystery/Suspense in 2013. If you read CHAMELEON;PLEASE don't give away the ending so that others can enjoy the journey the whole way through to its conclusion.

"Mystery of the Heart is a deliciously credible and moving account of a nineteenth-century woman pursuing her dream to become a doctor. From the elegant world of English royalty to the frightening venues of an insane asylum, author Jillian Kent presents a meticulously researched novel filled with suspense, mystery, and romance. I couldn't put this one down!"
- Sue Harrison, Author of international best seller Mother Earth Father Sky

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The author managed to work surprises and depth of character into the story very well.
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This was a very good book it kept me interested until the very end.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susan Snodgrass on July 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because the synopsis grabbed my attention. I'm so glad I did. This book was absolutely wonderful! Madeline Whittington is still mourning her father after he dies in a hospital and she blames all doctors for his death, one in particular. She has forgotten God and doesn't call His name anymore because she believes He has forgotten her as well.
Devlin is an earl but trained as a physician, to the dismay of all his social class. He feels God has called him to help others through his skills as a doctor. He tends to Maddie when she falls from her horse and she remembers him as the doctor who let her father bleed to death. (She thinks.)
I will not go into details further so as not to spoil it for other readers who have not purchased the book.
This debut novel from Jillian Kent is a wonderful read and I definitely look forward to more from her. By the way, she includes a nice little sample of the next book in the series and it promises to be as good as the first. This one is for my 'keeper' shelf!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Erin MacPherson on June 7, 2011
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I just had a new baby and when I found myself HOPING the baby would wake up in the middle of the night so that I could read more of this novel, I knew I was hooked. Jillian Kent does a fabulous job of creating a story around characters that feel like friends and of bringing up historical and social issues in a way that makes you want to know more. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie VINE VOICE on May 18, 2011
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I remember seeing an old black and white movie years and years ago, but I can't remember its name. (I'll have to ask my mom...maybe she remembers?) I vividly recall a woman in a dark, gloomy insane asylum, seemingly lost, surrounded by laughing, crying, screaming, swaying people. I believe she was put there under false accusations, but was so `out of it' that she couldn't say she wasn't supposed to be there.

(Thanks to a reader of my review, the mystery is solved: The Snake Pit, starring Olivia de Havilland! The Snake Pit Thanks, Susan!!!)

I imagined this movie scene over and over again while reading Secrets of the Heart.

Jillian brings to light the misunderstandings and mistreatment of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders suffered by people in the Regency era. It was sad and yet fascinating at the same time.

Several times in the first few chapters, I thought the writing was disjointed a bit. I even flipped back pages to see if I'd missed something. I hadn't, so I just shook my head and continued.

As the story progressed, however, the writing flowed smoother, and the plot kept me engrossed. Secrets of the Heart gives readers an ample amount of suspense and mystery delivered with Regency flair.

I liked it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Secrets of the Heart" combines historical romance with the danger, intrigue, and suspense, of an action filled mystery novel.

Conflicted with the traditional expectations of the mores of the aristocracy of British upper curst e during the Regency era in 18l7 Madeline Whittington is faced with the personal challenge of exchanging the unfulfilled life of her role as Lady Whittington for a more meaningful life of purpose and a passion for helping others. She also finds herself as she finds herself romantically attracted to the man she holds responsible for her father's death.

The story has a good flow, engaging characters, with page turning danger and adventure.

Award winning author Jillian Kent introduces the demons of depression, doubt, and anxiety, the result of mistreatment and misunderstanding from the darker side of life. She shows amazing insights into the grieving process and a sensitive look at mental illness,

"Secrets of the Heart" the first in the trilogy "Ravens Moore Chronicles" has all the ingredients for establishing Jillian Kent a growing base of readers who enjoy Christian fiction, historical romance, as well as readers of the suspense and adventure novel.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Are Pilots Wife on July 22, 2011
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I received Secrets of the Heart a while back but am just getting to reviewing it. I've seen it on my shelf for the longest time -- it was nice to finally sit back and enjoy Jillian Kent's debut novel. :)

I am always excited to read a debut novel. While I've read so many first timers that just didn't have what it took to be an enjoyable read for me, there are those few that whisk me away and send me on a journey I won't forget. And that's exactly what Secrets of the Heart did for me.

Entering Madeline's life was a fun adventure that I immensly enjoyed. While it did take me a few chapters to really get into and begin liking, by the end of the book I was eager to read Kent's next novel. I loved the uniqueness of it's setting and story. I was carried through defeat and triumph, love and hate, and sadness and joy with the characters, feeling each hardship along with them as I soared through this novel.
Each character was well thought out, intereresting, and easy to cherish. I found myself really enjoying not only the main character's lives, but also the look into their friends, servants, and family's lives.

Kent's writing style was easy to read and comprhend. I did find that she could have done a bit better at showing what the character's were feeling/thinking rather than telling on occasion, but other than that I was completely happy. :)

The content was very minimal. All I have to mention is the retelling of a story where a woman finds her husband in their bed with another woman and a brief kiss at the end.
All in all, this was a great debut novel that is sure to please historical romance lovers acoss the globe.
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