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Friday, May 11, 2012

Book Review - Heart of Glass by Jill Marie Landis / Mother's Day Recommendation

I absolutely adore Jill Marie Landis' writing, and her "Irish Angel" series is one of my favorites.  The latest book in this series, "Heart of Glass," continues the story of the Irish sisters who were seperated by hard times, and slowly, but surely find their way back to each other, and find love along the way as well.

About The Book:

Kate Keene's childhood memories compel her to take her newly-acquired architectural skills to a dilapidated Louisiana mansion. But when she returns to the Reconstruction-era South, she's shocked to discover the man she's dreamed of for so long has become a bitter, angry recluse.

Colin Delany, the handsome older brother of her best friend, has lost all he once held dear, with no hope of ever restoring the Belle Fleuve mansion and plantation. Filled with spunk and determination, Kate feels it's her duty to help, so when Colin demands she roll up her drawings and get out, she refuses.

And when Colin forces Kate to promise his dying sister they will care for his niece and nephew, she complies. Having been orphaned herself, Kate realizes she must put the children's welfare above her own, even if it means a marriage of convenience.

But will Colin's hovering darkness ever lift? And can Kate's persistent love and faith transform their uncertain future?

Book three in the "Irish Angel" series explores the hope of a reflection of love in a heart of glass.

I found the story in "Heart of Glass" to be fascinating. Jill Marie Landis brings her characters to life in the time period following the Civil War, when reconstruction has changed the land and the people of the South.  Her main character, Katie Keane, is a smart, talented gal who wants desperately to bring back to life the old plantation that used to belong to her best friend's family. Katie has studied architecture, an unusual profession for a woman in those days, and reading about how she goes about restoring the old home and grounds is just mesmerizing.

For readers new to this series, "Heart of Glass" can be read as a stand-alone story, but the first two books in the series, "Heart of Lies" and "Heart of Stone" are so good, I highly recommend trying to read those as well!  You won't be disappointed!

About The Author:

Jill Marie Landis' twenty plus novels have earned distinguished awards and recognition on national bestseller lists like USA TODAY Top 50 Best Sellers and the New York Times Best Sellers Plus. She is a seven-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award in Single Title and Contemporary Romance as well as a Golden Heart and RITA Award winner.

Jill Marie resides in Hawaii with her husband. When she's not writing or sitting on the beach reading, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, raising orchids, working in her garden, plunking on the ukulele, dancing the hula and quilting.

Check out her website at www.jillmarielandis.com for more information on her books.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Jill Marie Landis said...

What a lovely surprise. Thank you so much! Jill Marie

Citizenvewv said...

Sharon, What a lovely surprise. Thank you so much! Jill Marie