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Because of his elder brother's unexpected death, Devlin Greyson becomes Earl of Ravensmoore and struggles between two worlds: one of affluence and privilege and one of poverty and disease. Torn between his desire to become a doctor and the numerous responsibilities of his title, he wrestles with God's will for his future. Will he be able to honor this God-given gift and win the woman he falls in love with in a society that does not value gentlemen who work? And will Lady Madeline Whittington be able to honor her father's memory when she is attracted to the one man who could destroy the promise she made to her father?
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Publication Date: 2011
Series: Ravensmoore Chronicles
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Madeline Whittington, daughter of the deceased Earl of Richfield, emerges from English societys prescribed period of mourning in the winter of 1815. Madeline believes that she no longer belongs in a world of gossip and gowns; instead she wants to help the orphans living within the walls of Ashcroft Insane Asylum. Once there, she discovers a dark secret within the asylum walls.
Because of his elder brothers unexpected death, Devlin Greyson becomes Earl of Ravensmoore and struggles between two worlds: one of affluence and privilege and one of poverty and disease. Torn between his desire to become a doctor and the numerous responsibilities of his title, he wrestles with Gods will for his future. Will he be able to honor this God-given gift and win the woman he falls in love with in a society that does not value gentlemen who work? And will Lady Madeline Whittington be able to honor her fathers memory when she is attracted to the one man who could destroy the promise she made to her father?
Jillian has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers for several years. She has also been a member of Romance Writers of America for 20 years and a member of The Beau Monde, Kiss of Death, and Faith, Hope, and Love specialty chapters of RWA. With a masters degree in social work, Jillian is employed as a counselor for nursing students, which reflects within the pages of her first novel, Secrets of the Heart, which won the 2009 Inspiration for Writers contest, previously finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, the Noble Theme, and Faith, Hope, and Loves Touched by Love contests.
Kav5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic readAugust 6, 2016KavQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Double swoon!!! A Regency with Gothic tendencies and more than a dash of sinister. Be. Still. My. Heart. I couldn't put this book down. There's something so thrilling about that delectable combination. From elite drawing rooms to the grim underbelly of society's cast-offs -- I shivered with delight and despair. Madeline -- so wounded and brave and utterly confused. Devlin caught between two worlds as he struggles with his calling towards healing and his obligations as a duke. A romance between the two is impossible...unless they are both prepared to allow God to lead them out of the darkness. I'm all twitterpated over this first book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles.
KatyTennesseeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting romantic suspenseJanuary 23, 2014KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this first book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles. The storyline is exciting. There are many twists and turns. The characters are interesting and have varied personalities. The villains are definitely diabolical and the hero is worth rooting for! If you enjoy Regency romantic suspense, I highly recommend Secrets of the Heart by Jillian Kent.
Beth4 Stars Out Of 5I liked the story.March 11, 2013BethQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was a great read:) I really liked the story line it was a easy book to get into she's a great author.
Blessed in TexasTexasAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5RecommendedFebruary 14, 2013Blessed in TexasTexasAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I would recommend this book. Enjoyed reading. Secrets of the Heart is a good Christian fiction book.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Regency RomanceNovember 12, 2012alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This was the first book I have read by this author and I found that I was very pleasantly surprised by both the writing style as well as the story line. The author writes on the subject of mental illness in England in the early 1800's and how is was perceived and treated during that time. I found that I was both disturbed and fascinated at the same time.
Madeline, our heroine, distrusts doctors due to personal tragedy. Struggling to recover from this, she begins to see her life in society shallow and unfulfilling, and looks for purpose in her life.
Devlin, Lord Ravenmoore, also finds himself uncomfortable in society and decides to pursue a career in medicine. This put him a a very unique position within two different worlds.
I found that I liked the chemistry between these two characters. It flowed naturally and was not forces. They stayed within the rules of the time, which made it realistic.
Over all it was a good book, and I will recommend it.