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Friday, April 3, 2009

Listen with Your Heart by Barbara Scott

Listen with Your Heart by Barbara Scott
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (167 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Larkspur

Morgan Gable first falls for Daniel Connolly, a popular Irish tenor, when she hears him sing. Starstruck, she is consumed by thoughts of love with the handsome troubadour.

Real life intrudes and Morgan must put aside her own dreams for awhile. Five years later, she and her troubadour meet again, AND fate hands her the chance to make her every wish come true. Daniel entices her into a marriage of convenience. Can she save him from the treacherous political legacy of his late wife?

Set in 1871, the story sweeps from the tragedy of the Chicago Fire to the streets of New York and finally to the wild, dangerous coast of Ireland. Is Daniel merely using Morgan for his own deceptions? Or is she right to listen with her heart?

"From the ashes rise the Phoenix" is the quote that continually went through my mind as I read this book. In this wonderful piece of historical fiction the author treats us to star-crossed lovers and villains. We encounter betrayals and heroics. And we learn the true meaning of heroes and sacrifice.

Ms. Scott wows us with her compelling and very accurate view of mid-nineteenth century America and Ireland. She uses vocabulary of the time period with pictorial descriptions that adds to the believability of the novel. She takes us through some of the most newsworth events of the times from just after the Civil War, through the great Chicago Fire and on to the constant “troubles” in Ireland with a very eloquent and literal writing style. The hero and heroine are awe inspiring and their trials and tribulations definitely earns them their titles. The characters are all well written and multi-dimensional and the plot is exceptional and original. I like that the title is a really good fit for it’s story.

If you are a reader who enjoys great historical fiction with complex characters, nonstop drama, heart-wrenching tragedies and uplifting triumphs; if you want your love scenes not only spicy and sensual but also tender; this is the book for you.