A thrilling combination of romance and intrigue with a stirring dose of faith
September 17, 2016
Regency with Gothic tendencies! Swoon. There's more than one subversive plot, a worldly Lord, a spunky Lady and enough witty dialogue to keep me in stitches for most of the read. This is the third and last book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles but it reads fine as a standalone. However, in this one all the Ravensmoore siblings are together again and there is nothing quite so entertaining as a brooding older brother observing his younger sister falling in love. :-) A thrilling combination of romance and intrigue with a stirring dose of faith.
Mystery of the heart is the third book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles series.
Lady Mercy Grayson has been living in Scotland with her Aunt and Uncle and studying to become a doctor in the disguised as a man. When her secret is exposed she flees back to England to her family.
Vincent St Lyons, Lord Eden has been sent on a secret mission by the Prince Regent to retrieve a priceless artifact. On his return he finds Lady Mercy washed up on a beach and decides that she needs to be rescued and takes her back to London with him.
Mercy is written as a spunky, independent Lady of society. A trait that she shares with her sister Victoria and sister in law Madeline. I really enjoyed her faith. She trusted God and took a step of faith in what she felt was Gods calling on her life, even though it was against the laws of man.
Lord Eden on the other hand was a bit of a disappointment. While I loved the fact that he, like Mercy, was an adventurer at heart, it seemed that every time I turned the page he was getting beat up, knocked down or being kidnapped. For me it got very old very quickly. I just couldnt see him as much of a hero.
However I loved the history of King Charles III, known in history as the mad king and it was fascinating how Mercy interacted with him. The author also wove into the story of Africa and its history of vudum, or voodoo as we know it. She does a brilliant job of contrasting God and Christianity to other religious practices.
I loved the ending. It was dazzlingly unexpected. There are references to the first two books in the series however this book can be read on its own
Overall I thought it was a great conclusion to the series.
Mystery of the Heart is full of mystery and suspense from the first page. It is an exciting read with interesting characters, family warmth, and a generous bit of romance. It seems to end rather abruptly, though the conclusion is satisfying. I would have liked there to have been more time and words spent on that portion of the story. Still, all in all, I really enjoyed it. I can see that the characters could have more adventures in their future. If the author chooses to write a fourth book, I would certainly look forward to reading a future installment.
For the most part, this story centers around a spearhead, Lady Mercy Grayson and Lord Eden in England in the early 1800Ã¢â¬Â²s. The action begins on the very first page with Lady Grayson washing up on the ocean's shore scandalously dressed in men's clothing. Lord Eden comes to her rescue, although he must cut her hair as short as a boy's in the process.
Lord Eden is in the midst of an adventure of his own involving an ancient spearhead. Legend has it that this is the actual spear the Roman soldier struck Jesus in the side with while he was on the cross. Stories have sprung up that whoever possesses the spearhead will receive healing. The legend continues claiming that whatever country it is in will be invincible. The heir apparent to the British throne wants the spearhead for the healing of his ailing father, and to see if it will give him power and make him unbeatable when he becomes king.
As the story unfolds, Eden is put in precarious situations as people attempt to steal the spearhead. At the same time, Mercy goes against the pressure of her society for women not to have careers, by seeking training to become a medical doctor. She has learned the ancient art of acupuncture, and applies it often with positive results. Grayson and Mercy's lives intersect more and more often as the story goes on. The two of them, along with Mercy's family, get thrust into many dangerous predicaments and, at every turn, people appear that are out to hurt them.
I liked all the different situations this book covered. But sometimes, the story moved too fast and was a bit confusing. Also, there were descriptions of character's sickness that were too detailed for me. But it was an exciting tale, and I felt like I had been on an enjoyable escape after I finished this novel. The author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story, and the time period it is set in.
Mystery of the Heart is the third book in a series. This story can stand on its own, although there were a couple of references to an earlier story-line. Since this is Christian fiction, I was happy to find many Biblical references, and discussions by characters about their faith. I would recommend this five star book to readers who like a tale that goes along at a good clip, has some mystery, a bit of history and a dash of romance.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Booketeria and Realms Publishing, Charisma Media for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.
Lord Eden is intrigued by Lady Mercy Grayson's secret, but how can he hope to gain her heart if he is forced to betray her?
Lady Mercy Grayson longs to be a physician like her older brother, Lord Ravensmoore. However, society would never tolerate a female physician, let alone one who is a noblewoman. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands, disguising herself as a man to get through medical school. But when a colleague grows suspicious, Mercy is in danger of losing more than her dreams.
Returning home from a secret voyage for the regent, Lord Eden agrees to give Mercy passage back to London. As their attraction to each other grows, they face circumstances, decisions, and treachery that could forever change the course of their lives.
So this one was different. While a woman disguised as a man is not the most uncommon theme, Mercy wanting to be a doctor like her older brother certainly is! The undercurrent of this novel is meant to be, of course, the mystery genre, but some very interesting elements popped up that made it unique. Voodoo, magic, asylums, archaeology, and faith are explored; and I've got to say that this was a Regency era novel that kept surprising me page after page.
The only thing I found rather hard to believe was the fact that she got away with disguising herself as a man for so long. I know the deception is not that difficult to pull off if it is done right, but I was not impressed by the implication of how ignorant it made all the people that "knew" her appear for their oblivion. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read that makes a nice addition to lovers of this time period.
This review was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.