"like a really dark Eloisa James,"Megan Mulry
"elegant historical romance," Sarah Wendell, Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
A selection of comments from Amazon reviewers:
"The book felt incredibly fresh."
"If you're looking for something new and different from the usual romances set in Regency-land, I highly recommend this."
"I strongly recommend THE SECRET HEART to people who love historical romances but prefer less sugar coating, more historical accuracy, and more gritty reality."
"The dark aspects of the story are balanced with moments of real joy and beautifully depicted positive relationships, not just between the hero and heroine, but also with other characters, from close family to servants. The people in this story have rich, multi-dimensional inner lives, with strengths to match their weaknesses."
"The characters all have so much passion it's unbelievable. I couldn't put it down."
"The best of both worlds: a satisfying romance story with the more complex characters and better writing of a literary novel or the best of historical fiction."
"Ms. Satie writes with a gentle, lyric voice yet her prose is sharp with insight. The Secret Heart is thoughtful and frequently poetic as it tells the story of a moving & unforgettable romance. I did not feel for a moment that any of the people in this book were characters. They were living, breathing people braving their way through a complex muddle of love and survival and passion."