Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis

Angie's Take:
I'm intentionally returning to historicals. I haven't read them in a long time as a pleasure read. Reading Heart of Stone reminds me why I feel as if I'm coming home. Jill's writing is warm and welcoming. She slips right into the story in a very poignant place. The opening burrowed into my heart and immediately I wanted this girl to win. Such a lovely handling of very sensitive matters and the horrific circumstances little girls find themselves pushed into by others. I love that we get to travel with the main character through her sense of shame and into the beauty of who she really is. Very enjoyable historical book with excellent characterizations and setting details. Thank you, Jill, for taking the time to write a book about the past that can help women deal with their shame today.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Heart Of Stone
Zondervan (March 1, 2010)


Jill Marie Landis

Jill Marie Landis is the bestselling author of over twenty novels. She has won numerous awards for her sweeping emotional romances, such as Summer Moon and Magnolia Creek. In recent years, as market demands turned to tales of vampires, erotica, and hotter, sexier historical romances, Jill turned to writing Inspirational Western Romances for Steeple Hill Books. She truly feels back in the saddle again, working on stories that are a joy to write. With her toes in the sand and head in the clouds, Jill now lives in Hawaii with her husband, Steve.

Laura Foster, free from the bondage of an unspeakable childhood has struggled to make a new life for herself. Now the owner of an elegant boardinghouse in Glory, Texas, she is known as a wealthy, respectable widow. But Laura never forgets that she is always just one step ahead of her past.

When Reverend Brand McCormick comes calling, Laura does all she can to discourage him as a suitor. She knows that if her past were discovered, Brand’s reputation would be ruined. But it’d not only Laura’s past that threatens to bring Brand down─it’s also his own.

When a stranger in town threatens to reveal too many secrets, Laura is faced with a heartbreaking choice: Should she leave Glory forever and save Brand’s future? Or is it worth risking his name─and her heart─by telling him the truth?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Heart Of Stone, go HERE
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