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Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: An Heiress At Heart by Jennifer Delamere

An Heiress at Heart (Love's Grace, #1)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 145551893X
Pages: 432 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Inspirational
Series: Love's Grace
Challenges- 100 Books In A Year 2012, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2012,  Romance Reading Challenge 2012
Buy this Book: Amazon, Indiebound, Powell's


A New Beginning

A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend, Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .

A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her fa├žade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?

My Review:

I meant to have this review posted last week but sadly my computer died a sad and tragic death. I was unable to recover anything but I did get a snazzy new computer---with a fingerprint scanner. Call me crazy but I geeked out over it.

Before I begin, I must admit that I don't read much inspirational romance. I am not very religious and usually inspirational books trigger a not so positive response. I, however, couldn't resist this book. It just sounded so good and thankfully it was.

Lizzie was a great heroine. I really liked her and identified with her. She was in a nearly impossible situation but never lost her strength and, most importantly, she never had a dumb moment. I have come across clergyman heroes once or twice and it's never really worked for me but I really did like it with Geoffrey. He was stodgy and cynical--I'm weird because that appeals to me--but he gradually softened up. His transformation was one of the best parts of this book.

As I said, I am not the most religious person on the planet and inspirational literature tends not to work for me because of that. Either there are too many religious references or it becomes to preachy. This one didn't start out too well because there were a couple of religious references in the first chapter. I'm not against religious references but I did worry that I would be bombarded with them. Thankfully, once the story got into full swing, I didn't even notice them. The mistaken identity plot was interesting and there was a good bit of drama. I found this book to be extremely well-written, well plotted and historically detailed. I may not pick up another inspirational romance but I definitely will read every book Jennifer Delamere writes.


  1. I am not much into inspirational romance myself but I will read them once in a while when a book catches mine attention. i do have to say I like your review, this one does seem like a book to give a shot at

  2. Grace, thank you for having me here today, and thank you for the lovely review! I'm thrilled to get a grade called "Persuasion" because that's actually my personal favorite, although I agree with your assessment of the other Austen books!



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