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Secrets of the Heart (The Ravensmoore Chronicles) Paperback – May 3, 2011
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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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Devlin, on the other hand, is determined to sacrifice any social elevation to become a servant instead of remaining royalty status only. When his affection for- and future with-Madeline is challenged by her disregard for his vocation, he leaves medical school to contemplate what he really wants in his future.
More than a love story, Secrets of the Heart exposes the raw emotions of those hurting, and asks the reader to look for a deeper meaning to the seemingly obvious physical or emotional state of others. Bitterness is not a superficial emotion that can be conquered using mind over matter intellect. In the same manner, we all grieve differently. Where it looks as if one has moved on too quickly, it may appear another wallows in the darkness of loss. Yet, how can one truly minister on an individual level if we categorize each other and demand everyone act and react in virtually the same manner? On a much deeper level of conscience lies the decision to disregard those mentally ill. But one has to determine what true mental illness is and what is depression, oppression, grief, or some other misunderstood but natural human emotion. Thankfully, we see in our generation a stronger compassion for those battling issues with the mind, and a greater understanding will breed healing without having to take the extreme measure of committing a loved one. How can loneliness or abuse ever help bring restoration?
Written with compassion and great sympathy for the subject matter, Kent has written a novel to savor. I could have finished much quicker than the few days it took, but I just couldn't bear seeing the end coming. It is very rare that I find a book that I try to make last, like one would a box of fine chocolate. Kent used the Regency prose perfectly. For those that think this type of writing happens naturally, only in cases like Secrets of the Heart. Too many times, I closed a novel prematurely because it was overwhelming with the intentions of being regent and Jane Austin-like, and the author couldn't pull it off. Kent delivers an authentic tale of ladies and gentlemen, love and war, good and bad, and God's mercy in a beautifully packaged novel.
Some readers will indulge and have the novel read in a day. It is that good. If you can restrain, you can make the experience last and savor it in many sittings. It all depends on how well you can refrain. Otherwise, you will have to wait until 2012 when Book Two, Chameleon, is released.
I really enjoyed this, Jillian Kent's first novel, and look forward to her future books.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
New author for me Jillian Kent and series Ravensmoore chronicles, book #1...Read more