I love when a book grabs hold of my heart real tight…and doesn’t let go. A Guarded heart by Heidi Kimball did that for me. Here’s the teaser:
Three years after a shocking scandal destroyed her family and forced her into isolation, Eleanor Hayward finally has an opportunity to put her painful history and dashed hopes behind her. But reentering society is no simple task. In her cousin’s glittering ballroom, Eleanor is stunned when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart those years before.
Edmund Fletcher thought he had laid the past to rest until he unexpectedly encounters the woman who so nearly became his wife. Soon to be engaged to another, Edmund knows he must let go of the complicated feelings he harbors for Eleanor. However, when the Hayward scandal resurfaces and the truth behind their parting is revealed, Eleanor and Edmund are left reeling. Tormented by thoughts of what could have been, they realize it is impossible to rewrite history. But is there a future in which they might both find happiness—and true love?
This was a literary feast–5 stars all the way across the board. This Regency romance was divine. I really loved the characters, Edmund Fletcher and Eleanor Hayward. Three years ago, these two met, and grew in love during a month long party at their friends’ house. But something happened, something that sent Edmund running that last night they were together…and Eleanor has never figured out what she did wrong to earn his spite.
When they meet again, Edmund is irritated that Eleanor still fascinates him. She broke his heart all those years ago, and he will never be taken in by her again. And Eleanor is guarding her heart more than ever after all she has suffered for the past three years. She doesn’t yet know what she ever did to Mr. Fletcher, but she won’t let him crush her again. Yet, time and time again, they are thrown together, as the past weaves into the present, and the misunderstanding comes to light eventually.
This book had the perfect amount of romantic suspense. Once I started it, I could hardly put it down. The angst, the heart-tugging, the suspense. It was all done so, so well. This is truly a decadent read that will satisfy your romance sweet tooth completely. It has a simple plot written magnificently so that it came to life as I read it and became the most important story to me in the world until I figured out what had happened to these two broken souls, and how in the heck the author was going to get them back together again and give me my happily-ever-after I crave. I believe this is Heidi Kimball’s debut book, and all I have to say is—Write more!!! Please!!!
About the Author
At a young age Heidi perfected the art of hiding out so she could read instead of doing chores. One husband and four children later, not much has changed. She has an abiding love for peanut butter M&Ms, all things fall, and any book that can make her forget she is supposed to be keeping her children alive.
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If you need a book that pulls you in and gives you one of those awesome heart-squeezes, check this one out. You won’t regret it.