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Friday, March 12, 2010

Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis

Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full (312 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Finally free to pursue her dreams, Laura Foster is trying hard not to fall in love. She knows that the Reverend Brand McCormick’s reputation would be shattered if her former life is discovered. But it’s not only Laura’s history that threatens to bring Brand down—it’s his own.

Never say never and don’t hide your past—it will come back to haunt you or bring you your heart’s greatest desire. That’s the moral of the story for Laura and Brand in Heart of Stone.

Some historical novels bog the reader down in details. This one makes you feel a part of the Texas landscape without dragging you out of the tale. The writing is tight and draws you in. You want to know what’s going to happen to these two people.

Laura is a perplexing heroine and although she grows through the story into a woman I can respect, I found her reluctance hard to swallow. She’s got secrets and she wants them hidden as deep as possible. I understand that, but I almost wanted to see her a bit more comfortable with herself. But the real draw in this story is Brand. Yes, he can be a bit overbearing and steadfast in his need for Laura, but I found him sincere and handsome. He’s made his own share of mistakes and, though I wanted to see those more deeply dealt with, you can’t help but love him.

Another colorful part of this story is the children. I can’t give away all the details, but the children really do make this story heartwarming.

If you want a story that is truly unforgettable, then you need to pick up a copy of Heart of Stone. You’ll laugh, cry, and smile.