- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Books (Aug. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1551669226
- ISBN-13: 978-1551669229
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.8 x 2.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,259,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hidden Heart Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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About the Author
Candace Camp is a New York Times bestselling author of over sixty novels of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up in Texas in a newspaper family, which explains her love of writing, but she earned a law degree and practiced law before making the decision to write full-time. She has received several writing awards, including the RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award for Western Romances. Visit her at www.candace-camp.com.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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General Streathern was dying from a stroke he had left everything to 14 year old Gabriella. Jessica Maitland was her governess. For years . He made Richard her guardian . The general told Jessica as soon as the will was read to go to Richard!'s estate. He wanted Gabriella away from Lord Vesey a pervert for young girls . You read about them In the first book. Leona his wife was Dev's mistress for years in that book
Richard wants nothing to do with them when they arrive he refuses even to see Gabriella. He wants someone else to keep her. Jessica does not coddle him like the servants and family members do. Richard begins to change slowly he even begins to desire Jessica . The two Veseys show up Leona wants the money he the girl.. The author did well to show how ?Richard was beginning to accept life again He also was going to accept love or you were hoping so. The book also had some twists and turns,. I liked it the first two books were the best but also liked the third book too.
Jessica Maitland is a fiery flamed-haired governess to Gabriella Carstairs. Gabriella recently inherited a substantial estate when her Great Uncle is murdered. Immediately before his death he had warned Jessica that Gabriella was in danger and that she should be taken to the Duke of Cleybourne, her guardian.
The arrival of Jessica and Gabriella just might be what Richard needs to conquer his self imposed exile of the world. When the perverted Veseys arrive determined to retrieve Gabriella, Richard feels the danger to Gabriel is very real and Richard knows he cannot turn this innocent teen over to such a depraved duo. Shortly afterward, whether it is the Veseys or some unknown assailant, there is an attempt on her life.
Although I really really liked this book I have to grade it down a bit from the other two in the series. For me there were a few too many characters and it seemed the mystery plot dictated the romance rather than the romance being the central part of the story. In a way I suppose all of this confusion and suspense is what Richard needed to get himself out of his self imposed isolated world of the last four years. So while he probably needed to be thrown into murder and mayhem for me I would have enjoyed more a development of their love story. Thus while a good read not quite a five, but a strong four star book.
Aside from a few typographical and proofreading errors, and the odd feeling that some of the dialogue was repeated when it needn't be, I enjoyed the book immensely, and look forward to the third book in the series. It also dawns on me that this is a good stand alone book, in that you do not need to read the first book to understand what happens here.
if you enjoy wit, strong characters, and heat, than give this book (and the series) a try.
After the reading of the will in which Gabriela inherits everything, Jessica flees with her charge for the safety of Claybourne because she knows that the Veseys will try to control the estate through Gabriela. Richard does not want visitors as he still mourns the loss of his wife and child four years ago in an accident but also plans to kill himself. Everything changes when the Veseys arrive because Richard refuses to hand the innocent teen to this depraved duo. Shortly afterward, whether it is the Veseys or some unknown assailant, someone wants Gabriela dead.
THE HIDDEN HEART, the sequel to the delightful Regency SO WILD A HEART, is an entertaining historical romance that readers will relish. The fast-paced story contains strong characters. Richard is a wonderful protagonist whose suicide thoughts end when he finds something to live for, the love of Jessica and Gabriela. The heroic Jessica risks her life for the safety of her beloved Gabriela who seems too mature for her age. On the other hand, the Veseys are purposely treated as caricatures of odious individuals. Thus the audience will enjoy this fun tale and demand more from the heart of Candace Camp.
For the most part, the novel was an ok read. The romance between Richard and Jessica was sweet and their confrontations amusing. All the characters were well defined and the writing smooth, but I found the "mystery" element of the story unsuspenseful and contrived. In one passage the villain confronts someone who has proof that will destroy him. The villain get angry, kills the victim, then says "oops" I guess I should have made him reveal "the proof" before I did him in. There are lots of things like that, lots of far-fetched coincidences that are critical to the mystery and as a consequence make the whole thing less believable.