I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mystery of the Heart by Jillian Kent

Mystery of the Heart by Jillian KentLady 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.

From the start, Jillian Kent’s Mystery of the Heart is an action-packed, fresh inspirational romance. Kent weaves together plot threads I never would have imagined, 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 and is rumored to possess mystical powers.

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.

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 those who’d do anything to possess the Holy Lance…and Lady Mercy.

It is absolutely 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.

I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of review. A positive review was neither promised nor expected.

Come back January 17 when Jillian shares Ten Things about herself...and gives away a copy of Mystery of the Heart!


Debra E. Marvin said...

I just finished this as well and I loved it. It might be my favorite of the three but they are in no way copycat story lines. Each is different in 'feel', pacing and plot, yet they all have the same delightful 'voice'.

Jillian does this setting so well, and the Ravensmoore family is a fascinating lot to hang out with!

Susanne Dietze said...

You are so right, Deb! The novels are all different in key aspects, yet have the same voice. I'm looking forward to Jillian's next book!

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