by Susanne Dietze
I love a good Regency-set romance, and Jillian Kent has delivered lots of heart, spunk, and intrigue in her first two books in the Ravensmoore Chronicles.
This last book, however, may be my favorite.
From the start, Mystery of the Heart is packed with action. Kent weaves together plot threads I never would have imagined in a Regency-set story, including African voudon tribes, Bedlam, a club of Legend Seekers, and the “Spear of Destiny,” the fabled spear that lanced the side of Christ while he hung on the Cross--which is rumored to possess mystical powers.
The characters are not that typical, either. Lady Mercy Grayson is a most shocking Regency miss: to answer God’s call, she’s been disguising herself as a man so she can study medicine in Edinburgh. But then she’s discovered, and while trying to flee her pursuer, she ends up with a terrible choice. She can compromise her reputation and pass herself as a man for a while longer, pretending to be the valet of English adventurer, Lord Eden (and sharing his room), aboard a ship full of frightening practitioners of voodoo. Or she can die at the hands of a mysterious band of men, then and there.
While the book contains elements that may make some readers of Christian fiction uncomfortable (mention of voodoo or relics, perhaps) it is made crystal clear by the author multiple times that Christ alone has the power to heal and save. Some readers may also wish to know that Lord Eden is in a state of undress while Lady Mercy tends to his wounds, but there is nothing salacious in the scene. Er, make that scenes. He needs a bit of help, you understand.
I enjoyed the fresh plot twists, Kent’s extensive knowledge of Regency London, and the sparkling romance between Lady Mercy and the agnostic Lord Eden. They are quick-witted, interesting characters who must re-examine their beliefs when they face the dangers of villains who’d do anything to possess the Holy Lance…and keep Lady Mercy as a prize, as well.
It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the Ravensmoore Chronicles, although fans of those books will delight at seeing the characters appear here.
|Author Jillian Kent!|
If this book sounds like your cup of tea, head over to my personal blog, Tea and a Good Book, where Jillian is graciously giving away a copy of Mystery of the Heart!
I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of review. A positive review was neither promised nor expected.
Susanne Dietze has written love stories since she was in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her historical romances will encourage and entertain others to the glory of God. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and spending time with family and friends. She won first place in the Historical category of the 2011-2012 Phoenix Rattler, and her work has finaled in the Genesis, Gotcha!, and Touched By Love Contests. Susanne is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com.