The Heart of a Vicar

Heart of VicarHere’s another Sarah M. Eden book to tug at your heart strings. I inhaled her newest release, The Heart of a Vicar, faster than A&W Rootbeer on a hot summer’s day. It didn’t disappoint. Read on and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end for a chance to win a paperback copy of this lovely book!

SUMMARY

Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired—until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried—but is it too late for second chances?

My Review

IMG-1686What  delicious read! This is another Jonquil brothers tale, featuring Harold Jonquil, the vicar (hence, the title—hee hee). Harold has been the standoffish, stern, boring brother in other books that his older brothers take delight in constantly teasing and calling Holy Harry. In this book, we get a look into his heart (ah, Sara Eden, what a perfectly wonder title you came up with). Sarah Sarvol was a 16-year-old girl when she and Harold formed an attachment right before she left for America. Harold gave her her first kiss, and she upended him in the creek and left, her heart shattered. Years later, when Sarah moves back to England with her brother and sees Harold again, she is shocked by his transformation. The kind, fun-loving boy she loved has become a stern, uncaring vicar. What happened? I won’t tell you, but it was a slow-burn second-chance romance to get to the heart of the matter—pun intended.

Sarah is a sweetheart. I loved her character right away. It takes a while to get a peek inside Harold’s soul, because he guards it so carefully. But this book made me smile the whole way through. Seeing the characters grow and heal was beautifully satisfying. It has the wit I’ve come to expect from all the Jonquil brothers’ stories. That family is amazing and you can’t help but love them and want to be part of their flock or herd or stubbornness. 😊 This book gives you peeks into some of the other couples’ marriages from other books, especially Phillip and Sorrel. I was moved to tears as my heart ached, feeling like it might split apart at certain moments. Eden writes heart-tugging romances that always tie me up inside but leave me with an emotional gift-wrapped happiness at the end that makes up for the tugging, splicing, and rending she puts my heart through during the story. I highly recommend this one, and all the Jonquil brothers stories in this series. They’re fantastic.

About the Author

edenSarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Giveaway

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Enjoy your June! May it be filled with lots of fun, laughter, and good books (of course). Happy reading!

Char

Suffering the Scot

scotYEA! Nichole Van has a new book out–Suffering the Scot--and it was gold…like all her others. Don’t you love the cover? Leave a comment below for a chance to win an ebook of this delicious story! It’s soooo good! I want everyone to have the chance to read it.

SUMMARY

Lady Jane Everard cannot abide the new Earl of Hadley. The unmannered Scot is a menace to genteel ladies everywhere, what with his booming laugh and swishing kilt and endless supply of ‘ochs’ and ‘ayes.’ Jane wishes Lord Hadley would behave as an earl should and adhere to English rules of polite conduct.

Andrew Langston, the new Earl of Hadley, knows that the English aristocracy think poorly of his lowly Scottish upbringing. This is hardly new. History is littered with the English assuming the worst about Scotland. By living up to their lowest expectations, he is simply fulfilling his civic duty as a Scotsman. Continue reading

Beneath an Italian Sky

beneathToday’s feature book was a literary feast for my romance heart.  Stacy Henrie wrote an excellent story that I couldn’t put down once I started it. I’m so excited to share this one with you. Here’s the blurb:

Summary

1908–American heiress Clare Herschel made what she hoped was a love match when she married the handsome, witty Emmett Markham, the Earl of Linwood. A little over a year into her marriage, though, Clare finds herself wintering in Sicily—alone. She is sure the mild climate is the answer to avoiding another miscarriage and Emmett’s apparent indifference, so she’s determined to remain in Italy as long as possible. The last person she expects to show up at the villa is her husband, especially when Emmett confesses he’s there to convince her to return to England. Continue reading

Relatively Normal

IMG-1457Another author suggested this book on her Facebook page. I was intrigued enough to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen was a hilarious piece of chick lit that made me–a more quiet, reserved type of reader–laugh aloud many times. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Catriona Masterton’s fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He’s responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.

In other words, he’s the exact opposite of the Masterton clan. Continue reading

Finding Jack

jackHere’s another book review and a FREEBIE to celebrate April and the arrival of warmer weather. I loved this newest book by Melanie Jacobson. It was one of my favorites I’ve read this year. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Can their online flirtation become something real?

When smart, practical Emily finds herself in the crosshairs of an Internet prankster, her orderly world goes topsy-turvy. Instead of getting mad at the handsome stranger behind the joke, she finds herself drawn to him. But Jack Dobson, though hilarious and thoughtful, has a lot of secrets. Despite her growing feelings for her new and unexpected long-distance friend, his biggest secret of all might be the one that breaks the spell they’ve been weaving around each other. Continue reading

What the Wind Knows

newfeb2I read this newest one by Amy Harmon, What the Wind Knows, last month, and have been dying to blog about it for any who haven’t read about it yet. Here’s the blurb:

Summary

In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. Continue reading

Sanctuary

newmar1Here’s a great new romantic suspense. I just finished yesterday, and really enjoyed this one. It has a unique premise and a riveting plot. Lots of action. Lots of mystery. Lots of reading goodness. Here’s the nitty gritty on this new book by Traci Abramson.

Synopsis

Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend’s tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family’s private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future until she comes face-to-face with her past. Continue reading