Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Heart of Stone - 1st in the Irish Angel series
Author: Jill Marie Landis
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1874/Glory Texas
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Negligible/Implied
Violent Content Rating: None
Jill Marie's Website/Blog: www.jillmarielandis.com
After being sold into prostitution as a child by her uncle, Laura Foster had enough of men. She'd made it on her own by grit and hard work and left the only life she ever knew. Laura is finally living a "respectable" life as a wealthy "widow". The last thing she needed was a man, she'd made it on her own so far, and she would continue to make it alone.
Reverend Brand McCormick has noticed the attractive widow. Brand has been a widower himself for several years with two children. It was time Brand found himself a wife. A wife to stand by him in his work, become a mother to his children. Brand is recognizing the Lord's nudging and calls on the pretty widow, Mrs. Forster.
Lauraís loneliness seems to be magnified lately but she can't and won't accept the Reverend's request to come calling. Yes, he's handsome, a prized catch for any woman, but a prostitute and a reverend, they just didn't go together. Laura didn't even believe in God; she only went to church to keep up her "respectable widow" appearances.
It wasn't long before Laura and Brand's feelings began to grow, though Laura was resisting. How could she have an honest relationship after what she had been? Soon circumstances brought up Brandís past that had the town reeling. Laura knew what it was like to have a past and was not about to turn her back on Brand because of his but could he forgive hers? Lauraís circumstances also changed and she had no choice, she had to tell Brand the truth. But how could a former prostitute become a Reverendís wife?
Now God had his hands full with Laura, Brand and the town of Glory. Would Laura be able to seek the Lord's forgiveness and accept it; accept the love both Brand and God had to offer? Who in the town of Glory would cast the first stone?
Heart of Stone is a tender story of love, forgiveness and heart. No stone was left unturned in developing the characters of Glory. Heart-breaking as Laura's past was, she fought to rise above it. Ms Landis has a way of creating her characters with heart, though cold in the beginning, it was obvious that Laura had a generous, giving soul, wanting to do the right thing. Brand's heart was going to see that she did it. The pictures painted in this story had me turning the pages fast and furious. Though the inspiration was strong, itís blended nicely throughout the story.
I've read Jill Marie Landis in the past and I have to say that I'm glad to have the opportunity to read her again. Heart of Stone is everything I enjoy in a good story. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Irish Angel Series.
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