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Friday, April 30, 2010

Lessons Of The Heart by Helen Hardt

Lessons Of The Heart by Helen Hardt
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (114 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Magnolia

Spinster schoolteacher Ruth Blackburn has accepted her fate. She's not meant for love, especially not with ill-mannered—though excruciatingly handsome—Garth Mackenzie, the widowed father of one of her students. She'll just have to ignore the fact that he makes her skin heat.

Garth Mackenzie is used to loss. The Civil War cost him his best friend and his ability to sleep through the night, and illness stole his wife and son. To avoid the pain of losing his daughter, he keeps her at arm's length, much to her teacher's dismay. Ruth Blackburn is independent and opinionated—just what Garth doesn't need. But her vibrant beauty and energy awaken feelings in him he thought long dead.

Can he let go of his past and open up to new lessons of the heart?

I loved this sweet, historical romance. Ms. Hardt did a lovely job bringing her characters to life, and bringing their lives together.

Ruth, a preacher’s daughter and schoolmarm, is taller than most men, but thinks she’s a plain Jane. She’s outspoken, resilient, and determined. And being taller than most men gives her an advantage.

Garth is handsome, though haunted by his past in the Civil War. His wife and young son died, and he’s now trying to raise an eleven-year-old daughter by himself. He has a farm to take care of and no patience for a woman who speaks her mind. The only way he can think of to shut up the schoolmarm is to kiss her. Both of them are surprised to find they like it, and from here the story unfolds.

Stories like this one don’t come along very often. The writing is excellent, the flow is perfect, the characters are likable, loveable, even when there’s the chance these two won’t wind up together. I’ve never read one of Helen Hardt’s books before, but I will be reading more in the future.