A Heart Revealed

by Josi S. Kilpack

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Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?

But when Amber's social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she find herself exiled to Yorkshire. alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?

Book on CD: unabridged, 9 discs, approx. 10.9 hours, performed by Cassandra Campbell

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PublishedShadow Mountain (April 7, 2015)
Pages336
Audiobook NarratorCassandra Campbell
RuntimeUnabridged 10 Hr. 49 Min.

About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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Tender love story full of depth and rich character development
By , Submitted on 2017-03-01

Wow, I felt like this book had so much more depth to it than any other Regency novel I've read and I really liked that! I love the different, deeper perspective this novel gives to the customs of the time. There was so much great character development in Amber in a way that I found plausible. Although this is considered a romance, the majority of the story is focused on her character arc. I actually thought that was great because it showed how we must all be strong and self accepting on our own before we can truly be strong with someone else and accept them. The romantic parts were spot on though! I loved Thomas as he was a kind, strong, hard working regular guy who knew what was important in life. And I loved Suzanne and her relationship with Amber. Even though most people would not go through something like Amber, I think there were lessons from it that we all could learn. Josi Kilpack remains on the top of my authors to always read list as I have now read so many wonderful books by her and in so many genres- women's fiction, culinary mysteries, and now regency romance! Can't wait to see what else she comes up with!

Very Enjoyable!
By , Submitted on 2016-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The plot and character development were interesting and believable. I appreciated seeing Amber's gradual transformation and how her relationships with others deepened as she learned to care about someone besides herself.

My favorite of the regency by Josi
By , Submitted on 2016-01-21

The underlying story in this book is surprising. I found myself wondering what I would have done in the same circumstances and appreciated, again, the day and age I live in. I consider this novel to be a classic that I intend to keep in my personal library.

A true romance
By , Submitted on 2015-05-25

This book starts out slow but is worth it. Amber Sterlington is a spoiled debutainte who thinks about no one but herself. She looks down on those who are beneath her and is very unkind. When she starts losing her hair and is exile to a small cottage in the middle of nowhere, her perspective starts to change. She realizes with the help of her maid that what really matters in life is people and love and having a purpose to your days. Amber loses her hair but gains true depth of character. I loved reading about her growth. Thomas is a forward thinking gentlemen. He prefers to work to secure his future and not rely on others. He wants a wife who will be a partner and someone he can share his life with. He wants a wife who he can share his interests with. He has always felt drawn towards Amber and fights it because he does not like the spoiled debutainte that she is. When he encounters her in exile, he sees her change and falls in love with her. Amber is convinced that she will be rejected by society. Can her maid Suzzanne or Thomas convince her that is not so?

Loved it!!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-17

Amber Sterlington is beautiful and knows it. She's a snob and extremely unlikable. She's shallow and has men lining up for her attention. Thomas Richards doesn't have title or a fortune. He's kind and likable and isn't too serious about finding a wife. He feels drawn to Ms. Sterlington but she is rude to him and he decides to avoid her. Suzanne is Amber's new maid. She's not treated well but needs the job.

Early on, we get a taste of what the "scandal" will involve and I was interested to see how it would play out. I liked that it was different from the typical scandal with regency romances--and it certainly would have been easy enough for Ms. Kilpack to go in that other direction. It builds to one humiliating incident at which point Amber is exiled. When that happens, Suzanne goes with her but doesn't plan to stay for long.

I enjoyed the character development of Amber, Suzanne and Thomas. Amber had a lot of changes to make and they didn't happen overnight. It still took her a while to understand the sacrifices Suzanne made to stay with her and help her. She was put in a situation she wasn't at all prepared for and Suzanne's compassion showed as she made unselfish, yet quiet, choices. It took a while for Amber and Thomas to meet back up again. Thomas showed his patience during this time as he was trying to put the pieces together yet didn't want to scare her off. The romance unfolded slowly, but in the end, it was completely satisfying.

I wasn't crazy about the way Amber's family treated her, especially when Amber learns something significant towards the end. There was a lot to this book and I enjoyed it all! If you enjoy regency romance, this is one you'll want to pick up!

If you love regency romances, make sure to check this one out!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-14

Oh. My. Goodness. If you love regency romances then you are in for a treat with this new addition to the Proper Romance line by Shadow Mountain Publishing! I loved everything about this book. I loved Amber, well...after she learned a little bit about herself and grew up. At the beginning she was very conceited because she was the "Rage of the Season." I found it kind of interesting to see the relationship between her and her younger sister, Darra. Darra is jealous of Amber and Amber is domineering to Darra. I liked Thomas too, I liked that he wasn't willing to play the games of the London season simply to secure a wife for himself.

The plot of this one was great too. I liked the way that Amber had something big that she had to deal with that ultimately banished her from the season, her family and society. In doing so, it forces her to grow up and deal with the situation. I loved that she was eventually able to see outside of herself and show some compassion for others who had problems too. And the ending is perfect for this book. I love books about the regency era and this one is great! You won't want to miss it!

A Heart Revealed
By , Submitted on 2015-04-13

I enjoyed this book. It was cute and a little sappy, which is what you want in a romance, right? It was written well and the character development was good. Maybe it was a little too good at the beginning because I didn't like Amber at the beginning of the book. At all. She was rude, arrogant, mean, and selfish. I loved the growth that occurred in her over the course of the book, though. I loved Suzanne. She was my favorite character. I liked how she stood up for herself and gently guided Amber. I hated the Merchants. Seriously. Who treats their daughter like that? Ugh. There were some very good lessons in this book: unconditional love, selflessness, a good work ethic, and treating others with kindness were just a few. I thought it was a little predictable, but I kept reading so it didn't deter me. I loved that it was clean. There is some kissing and one slight allusion, but there was no profanity, no violence, and no "intimacy." (Yay!) You may read my full review on my book blog: the-readathon.blogspot.com.


By , Submitted on 2015-04-12

This was a great story. Good job to Josi S. Kilpack on her first published Regency novel.

It was different from others I've read in several ways. Early on I had extreme dislike for one of the main characters. She was so awful. Her interactions with others were all to boost herself higher in society. Her experience in the story was unusual-I've definitely never read anything like it before in a Regency novel, but I thought it was great. Amber's parents were quite disappointing.

Thomas was a great character. He was genuine and didn't care about what society thought. He was a good person and I liked his interaction with the other characters.

The outcome was somewhat predictable but there were many surprises along the way that kept the story entertaining.

I'm excited that Josi has started writing about this era. If you are looking to read a clean, Regency novel, check out A Heart Revealed.

A Heart Revealed
By , Submitted on 2015-04-09

(4.5 Stars) I love this Proper Romance line--really, I love a clean, fun romance and this one was definitely unique. I've read a lot of books by this author, if not all of them. This one was unlike anything she's done before and she totally nailed it.

It's safe to say that Amber is a snob, completely self-centered, and completely unlikable. She thinks of no one, save herself, and her desire to have a title and money. When a condition and situation out of her control causes her to be banished from society, a real and deep introspection occurs and I absolutely loved the results. Watching the transformation, acceptance, and humbling that happened was very sweet and I completely changed my opinions.

Thomas is a man who wishes to marry, but is one who doesn't enjoy the fickle London society. He really stands out because he's so different from the norm and I adored that trait. He couldn't care less about what is proper--he's kind, fair, and accepting of all. He's also an extremely patient man and I really admired him and liked him.

I really enjoyed the way an unknown and little talked about condition was used in the story and felt that the reactions were accurate for the times. This element was definitely unique. The characters were well written--there were several whom I loved and a few that I hated and just couldn't understand why they behaved the way they did. Of course, I would have loved just a little more romance, but this is a great start to what promises to be a fun, clean series.

Content: mild romance (kissing, over the top flirting with mild innuendo); very mild religious elements (mention of one character attending church, but nothing preachy); no language or violence. Clean!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Couldn't put it down!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-08

Amber Sterlington is the rage of the season with her beautiful auburn hair. She's snobby and manipulative and all she cares about is finding a husband who is wealthy and will raise her own rank in society. However, you soon find out that she has a rare disease. At first I thought this was a strange thing to talk about during a regency era novel. But it allowed for a lot of character development.

It was interesting to see how she reacted, her family reacted, and society reacted to her condition. Throughout the novel you are able to see kindness and judgement through different characters. It also allows you to see a great transformation in Amber Sterlington's character as she is exiled until she heals.

She still dreams of getting married, although the type of man changes. It is a sweet love story where fate and chance intermingle. The book also lets you in on what often the relationships of the upper class verses the lower class were like. Both among their own class and when they intermingled with the other class.

Overall, I loved the story as it developed. As with all these types of novels, I couldn't put it down! It's a fairly quick read and ends with a happy ending (Which I always prefer. I need closure!).

Beautiful Character Journey!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-08

This was an amazing book! I have loved most of the A Proper Romance stories, and all of Josi Kilpack’s novels, so I was super excited when I heard she was writing a regency romance. No disappointment here. Kilpack tackles the tale of a spoiled debutante’s personal journey of self-discovery expertly. Amber Marie Sterlington is not the typical heroine of a regency era book, which, I felt, breathed a fresh dose of reality into this genre. This bratty girl doesn’t steal your heart from the first page, but she wins you over by the powerful ending.
Amber’s spoiled, catty behavior makes it hard to feel sorry for her when she discovers a secret that will change her entire life. But, despite her selfishness, I started to hurt for her when she found herself abandoned to a harsh reality she was ill equipped to face. Only Suzanne, a person well beneath Amber’s notice, is willing to stick by her. I love the development of their relationship. Suzanne’s ability to stand up for herself and deliver some brutal, but needed, honesty helps Amber come to face the reality of who she has let herself become for the sake of winning the approval of a society that rejected her. It was great to see Amber a person of depth and strength through her difficult journey.
The romance was sweet, if a bit understated. I’ll admit I would have loved it to be a bigger part of the novel but also see where it could have overshadowed the importance of Amber’s character arc if it had been more prevalent. Thomas was such a solid, lovable guy, I just wanted to see more of him. The way their lives eventually intertwine was beautiful in its simplicity. Just magnificent!

Another must read from Josi Kilpack
By , Submitted on 2015-04-08

First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. It is already getting rave reviews, and I now that I am finished I can see why! Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and so on and so on, all agree it is a fabulous book. Way to go, Josi!!

This book was beautiful. The writing was flawless and the characters were strong and developed well. I loved how the author took her time in helping the reader learn to like Amber, because I admit, I didn't like her at first. I LOVED Suzanne. She was so wonderful. I loved how she was with Amber and how she didn't take any guff from her, and was brave enough to tell her. I loved how their relationship grew into a treasured friendship. I also loved when Amber was sent to Yorkshire, her friendship/relationship with Thomas took time and I appreciated the fact that Thomas knew some things about her that Amber didn't know and how they learned to love each other. One of my favorite things happened at the end of the story with Amber's sister Darra, I was in tears. As the story progressed, my heart broke for Amber, not knowing what was happening to her and learning her new life in her tiny cottage. I loved how she learned to take care of herself and appreciated her friendship and need for Suzanne. I honestly could go on and on, but you will need to read it for yourself, and love it as much as I did.

5 ouf 5 stars! Josi is also the author of the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series, another favorite of mine. Plus many other novels and novellas. She is amazing, and I am a huge fan of her writing and Josi herself.

Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

More than a Romance
By , Submitted on 2015-04-07

Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances for a person to change for the better.

Amber Sterlington is the bell of the London Season. She turns all heads when she walks into the room. Men flock to her. She knows she is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage.

The unthinkable happens and she is disgraced, sent into exile, and humbled.

Thomas Richards is an exceptional man. He is pulled to Amber whenever he hears the sound of her voice. He tries to stay away, even when she publicly embarrasses him. In her time of greatest trial, he is the only one who extends kindness.

This book is not a typical regency romance. Balls and the antics of the ton are found at the beginning of the book, but then it takes a huge turn. The book takes a closer look at the condition of the human heart. It looks at how a person can change and see their faults.

The book follows both Amber and Thomas. Most of the book they are not in the same room. Instead the book looks at societies emphasis on the outward appearance of a person and social expectations. It also looks at family ties. Amber learns that to be wealthy doesn't bring happiness.

I really enjoyed this book. If you read it, don't expect for the romance to be typical regency. Expect something a little more.

A HEART REVEALED by Josi S. Kilpack...
By , Submitted on 2015-04-07

A well crafted Regency England Romance. A compelling, entertaining and haunting tale. Simply mesmerizing to me. The characters were realistic, flawed with realistic struggles and challenges. A vivid account of the Regency-era- England. The heroine in this story is egoistic, not very nice, manipulative,vain, greedy, untruth worthy, and emotionless, but to understand her, you must understand her story. The hero is a nice guy, but again flawed. I felt deeply for the heroine, she has an inner beauty, but in order to find that, she must find herself. While, the storyline felt a bit rush at times, this is a satisfying read. It does has it slow moments as well, but not enough to stop a reader from continuing with the story. Not your run of the mill Historical Romance. If you are looking for a passion filled tale, is can’t it. But if you are looking for a story with flawed characters, struggles, challenges, faith, and an inner strength, than this is a story for your reading pleasure. A unique tale, with a satisfying ending. An enjoyable read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley*

***Will cross-post on My Book Addiction and More dot com***

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Sweet
Reviewed by: AprilR,courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

Loved this new regency romance!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-07

Oh. My. Goodness. If you love regency romances then you are in for a treat with this new addition to the Proper Romance line by Shadow Mountain Publishing! I loved everything about this book. I loved Amber, well...after she learned a little bit about herself and grew up. At the beginning she was very conceited because she was the "Rage of the Season." I found it kind of interesting to see the relationship between her and her younger sister, Darra. Darra is jealous of Amber and Amber is domineering to Darra. I liked Thomas too, I liked that he wasn't willing to play the games of the London season simply to secure a wife for himself.

The plot of this one was great too. I liked the way that Amber had something big that she had to deal with that ultimately banished her from the season, her family and society. In doing so, it forces her to grow up and deal with the situation. I loved that she was eventually able to see outside of herself and show some compassion for others who had problems too. And the ending is perfect for this book. I love books about the regency era and this one is great! You won't want to miss it!

Great characters!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-07

I love Shadow Mountain's A Proper Romance line of clean romance novels. All of them have been wonderful and A Heart Revealed is no different. What I especially liked about this one is the depth that the characters develop and the nature of the challenges that Thomas and Amber face. I've read many regency novels (clean ones anyway) and I love the genre (I'm not sure why because I wouldn't want to have lived then), but I haven't read any quite like this one.

Thomas I liked from the beginning, he's a decent man in search of a wife at his mother's bidding. But after trading part of his inheritance for land, he's invested his future in hard work. Amber on the other hand is very unlikable for the first part of the book because she's so self-centered. Sadly for her everything changes when she is struck by a strange malady that leads to great humiliation. It was interesting to watch Amber face the changes that came her way especially since she basically has to do it on her own because her own family rejects her. The contrast between her way of life at the beginning of the story and later is acute, but it teachers her a lot of things that she had never noticed before, including the value of love in marriage.

One of the things that I found intriguing about this story was the realistic details that the author includes about the period both upper and lower class. The strength of this story lies in the character development, especially Amber's as she faces a life that she had never imagined would be her's. The story is very believable and full of heart as Thomas and Amber grow to know each other and adapt to their changing circumstances.

An Emotional Jouney
By , Submitted on 2015-04-07

I love the “Proper Romance” series by Shadow Mountain publisher. These books are fall exactly in my sweet spot for reading. I know exactly what I’m going to get when I pick one of these books up.

This book was a bit of romance, but mostly it was a journey of self- discovery for Miss Amber Sterlington. At the height of her season in London, Amber encounters a most distressing and devastating turn of events. Everything she has known changes. She cast away, discarded, humiliated and scared. I knew from the beginning that I would be taking an emotional journey with Amber. Right from the start Amber is a character that I did not love. I didn’t even like her. She is selfish, catty and uncaring. But, since she is the main character of the book, I figured by the end I would have no choice but to like her so I knew the author had quite the journey in store for Amber and me too.

Thank goodness that Amber has one person in her life that doesn’t give up on her even when she probably deserved to be left completely alone. That one steady influence (that stood her ground) forced Amber to make changes and look at things differently. Amber begins to see the value of work and honesty and real friendship.

The romance is slow coming but sweet and perfect for this story. I really loved it. The best part for me was the emotional journey. The place I started in the book was completely different from where I ended and that was the best part for me. I think it was the best part for Amber too.

Love this book. Love this “Proper Romance” brand. Love to see Josi Kilpack writing a regency romance! (so different from her culinary mysteries!) There’s a lot of love going on here.

I loved it!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-05

Ok, I shout for joy every time a new book comes out in this favored Proper Romance series! I have LOVED every single one I've read and I'm always ecstatic when I get to read another one. This book, written by popular author Josi S. Kilpatrick is called A Heart Revealed and it features Amber Sterlington, belle of the season. Amber is beautiful and could have her pick of men and she is out to get just the right husband. She wants one with a title and a fortune. Love? Nonsense. But, as we read in the teaser her "social standing is threatened" when something dreadful begins to happen to her. I am NOT going to tell you what it is because it would really spoil the book for you. She is forced into exile and realizes that love was NOT nonsense and she should've grabbed for it while she had the chance. Doomed to a life of loneliness she is surprised by the attention of Thomas Richards and wonders if maybe, just maybe, she might not be forced to live a life of loneliness after all. This book is good. It is really good. Every Proper Romance I read just gets better and better. This "dreadful thing" is unlike anything I've ever, ever, ever read in a historical romance before. You know another thing I like about this book? It's tasteful. Proper Romances always are.

Wonderful story with depth and great character development!
By , Submitted on 2015-04-03

Wow, I felt like this book had so much more depth to it than any other Regency novel I've read and I really liked that! I love the different, deeper perspective this novel gives to the customs of the time. There was so much great character development in Amber in a way that I found plausible. Although this is considered a romance, the majority of the story is focused on her character arc. I actually thought that was great because it showed how we must all be strong and self accepting on our own before we can truly be strong with someone else and accept them. The romantic parts were spot on though! I loved Thomas as he was a kind, strong, hard working regular guy who knew what was important in life. And I loved Suzanne and her relationship with Amber. Even though most people would not go through something like Amber, I think there were lessons from it that we all could learn. Josi Kilpack remains on the top of my authors to always read list as I have now read so many wonderful books by her and in so many genres- women's fiction, culinary mysteries, and now regency romance! Can't wait to see what else she comes up with!

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