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  • Paperback
  • 319 pages
  • Heart of Stone
  • Jill Marie Landis
  • English
  • 17 July 2018
  • 0310293693

10 thoughts on “Heart of Stone

  1. says:

    ..Heart of Stone is the first novel in the Irish Angel Series by Jill Marie Landis It commences with the life of four small female children, whose parents had died, leaving them with abominably, uncaring relatives The hair raising decisions made by their uncle changed their futures forever Although the plotline is quite plausible in that day and age, it is not desirable In the first book of the Irish Angels series, we meet Laura Foster, a woman with the darkest of pasts, and Reverend Brand M..Heart of Stone is the first novel in the Irish Angel Series by Jill Marie Landis It commences with the life of four small female children, whose parents had died, leaving them with abominably, uncaring relatives The hair raising decisions made by their uncle changed their futures forever Although the plotline is quite plausible in that day and age, it is not desirable In the first book of the Irish Angels series, we meet Laura Foster, a woman with the darkest of pasts, and Reverend Brand McCormick, a man with everything to lose by loving her Having escaped a life she never chose, Laura Foster is finally living her dream But even after four years of posing as a respectable widow in Glory, Texas, she is always afraid someone from her past might reveal her true identity This story focuses on the after effects of the nightmare life handed Laura Foster as a child Thankfully, the intricate details describing her childhood are left to the reader s imagination as we find the oldest child a grown woman in completely different circumstances, the opposite of where she started out She was able to rise above the circumstances life handed her Of course, there will always be some people who cannot see past your biggest mistake How Laura Foster spirit continued to float so high after experiencing so much abuse and despair is beyond expectation As a book of fiction, the characters are difficult for this reader to identify with Believing no man could love her if he knew the truth, Laura tries to resist Brand s courtship His reputation would be shattered if Laura s former life is discovered But it s not only Laura s past that threatens to bring him down but it s also his own As they open their hearts to love and faith, will Laura and Brand find the depth and power of forgiveness from their community This book is able to stand on its own, although it does open the possibility of hope for the next book This is a clean and wholesome read with the exception to the references of the life lived previously And the H.E.A was a melding of good fortune for all


  2. says:

    Heart of Stone was a heartwarming read Set in the 1870 s in Texas, this novel had me under its spell from the first pages The characters were proper and gentile, but still with the strength that you would expect from living it a tough time and place I loved the main characters Laura Foster was a hurt woman with a tarnished past, but she overcame it, and developed into a strong woman Brand McCormick was the town preacher who had strong morals and a family Both had strengths that were put to Heart of Stone was a heartwarming read Set in the 1870 s in Texas, this novel had me under its spell from the first pages The characters were proper and gentile, but still with the strength that you would expect from living it a tough time and place I loved the main characters Laura Foster was a hurt woman with a tarnished past, but she overcame it, and developed into a strong woman Brand McCormick was the town preacher who had strong morals and a family Both had strengths that were put to the test, making this storythat just a good read It held two very distinctive messages One you can t hide the past, and two practice what you preach.I really enjoyed the storyline, the morals and lessons that were presented and the Faith that was talked about It was an excellent example of what I would expect from Christian Historical Fiction Jill Marie Landis wrote a beautiful story, and I m really looking forward to book two Why I rated this as for older teens through adult There are scenes and discussions of prostitution, abortion, and selling children into prostitution.Oh, before I forget, I must warn youyou might want to keep a box of tissues handy


  3. says:

    Free Kindle download I actually really liked the story but felt conflicted about it being Christian fiction because essentially the heroine lies about who she is throughout much of the story the hero has something to hide about his past, too, and what makes these lies hard to take is their so called respectability in their community He s a reverend, and she s a well respected widow with a spotless reputation.Normally, I d be fine with that set up it makes for a good story The heroine sta Free Kindle download I actually really liked the story but felt conflicted about it being Christian fiction because essentially the heroine lies about who she is throughout much of the story the hero has something to hide about his past, too, and what makes these lies hard to take is their so called respectability in their community He s a reverend, and she s a well respected widow with a spotless reputation.Normally, I d be fine with that set up it makes for a good story The heroine starting anew and trying to overcome her awful past, and the hero turning over a new leaf That s fine Even their hiding their past that s fine, too But it bothers me if the characters are Christian, and the genre is Christian fiction because then the word that comes to mind is Hypocrite Sure, I understand the concept of turning over a new leaf, and I understand that people who have led bad lives or made bad choices may one day be born again and adopt Christianity, but for goodness sake be open about it and don t preach to or judge other people as if you ve always been good.There was especially no need for the heroine to hide her past because she was a victim sold to a brothel by her own father Who in the world could condemn you for that Most people would feel sympathy and outrage on your behalf And then for her to do everything she could to escape that life Also admirable But Christian or not, I would be open about who I was anyway because it takes power away from people looking to blackmail you.So when the heroine s old partner ends up on her doorstep and threatens to out her to the town, I don t understand her leaving the town Don t give in to the blackmail Out yourself, then out the blackmailer Meet the problem, the threat head on Don t run away like a coward If the town turns on you then, then consider leaving, but not before then.Needless to say, I wasn t pleased with some of the characters choices and couldn t really respect them as a result They do come out in the open in the end, but it was so long after the fact, after it was far too late for them to have much of a choice anyway, that it didn t really matter to me


  4. says:

    4.5 starsI absolutely loved this book, it was really sweet and full of good vibes and I really needed that, if you want something that will make your heart flutter non stop this book is for you the book follows Laura who has a dark past she wishes to bury and Brandon who is a preacher, these two people are the exact opposite yet they need each other to forgive themselves from their pasts so sweet, so cute and I will certainly continue on with the series to see what happened to Laura s sisters


  5. says:

    I feel indifferent towards this book I don t know if it s the book s fault or my health.


  6. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Though the plot line is not completely predictable, I was slightly disappointed I had trouble connecting with the characters and feeling their emotions The basic story is a classic tale of forgiveness Laura is a self made young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child She now owns a boardinghouse and desires only to live a normal life Her love interest, Reverend Brand, is a lovesick suitor, who determinedly pursues her She avoids him, in order to protect his reputation But it turns Though the plot line is not completely predictable, I was slightly disappointed I had trouble connecting with the characters and feeling their emotions The basic story is a classic tale of forgiveness Laura is a self made young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child She now owns a boardinghouse and desires only to live a normal life Her love interest, Reverend Brand, is a lovesick suitor, who determinedly pursues her She avoids him, in order to protect his reputation But it turns out that he has a past of his own The forgiveness background is based on the verse John 8 7 He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her A personal believer in not judging people by their circumstances or mistakes, I greatly enjoyed the idea of the hypocritical first reactions of the townspeople and friends being replaced with grace I truly thought these parts of the novel were well written.However, the romance slightly eluded me The title, Heart of Stone, is supposed to be based on the idea that, in order to survive, Laura has walled herself off from everyone completely void of emotion I never felt that She seemed caring to me from the beginning I also had a hard time seeing the past Laura and the present Laura as the same person In books with past present contrasts and in real life , putting a past behind oneself does not mean being completely free of it Scars are always present, and healing is needed Laura seemed almost two dimensional, as one moment she is completely ashamed and putting up a facade and, the next, she is willing to tell everyone her story and live as a person unashamed I understand that healing and forgiveness through the Lord is present, but even then, healing is not instantaneous It s a process to learn to love oneself through Christ I just thought it was a little too much of a snap your fingers there s a change story It is once she has had this change that she can open herself up to loving Brand But since I did not really feel the change, the love declaration was a little flat for me as well.Overall, I gave this book a 3 5 I enjoyed the story, and I am not sorry I read it I probably will not read it again, but I might pick up the next book in the series with the hope that I can connect to those characters a little better I recommend this novel for those who greatly enjoy Christian fiction and Christian romance Those into mysteries and thrillers may be bored, so unless you are looking for laid back paced plot, you may want to pass this one up Those who enjoy Christian fiction will enjoy the plot, which is not completely predictable, and the backdrop of forgiveness


  7. says:

    Brilliant Story of an Irish lass Set in Old TexasSet in the 1870s, this is the story of Laura Foster, an Irish girl who was sold into prostitution as a child Having escaped New Orleans and a life she didn t chose, Laura is finally living her dream of running a boarding house decked out in grand style But even after four years of acting the respectable widow in Glory, Texas, she is always fearful that someone from her past might reveal her true identity One man falls in love with her Reverend Brilliant Story of an Irish lass Set in Old TexasSet in the 1870s, this is the story of Laura Foster, an Irish girl who was sold into prostitution as a child Having escaped New Orleans and a life she didn t chose, Laura is finally living her dream of running a boarding house decked out in grand style But even after four years of acting the respectable widow in Glory, Texas, she is always fearful that someone from her past might reveal her true identity One man falls in love with her Reverend Brand McCormick, a man with everything to lose if he marries her Believing it would only hurt him if he married her, Laura tries to resist Brand s attentions But the man loves her and will not be thwarted.This is very well written and kept me turning pages I loved the deep character development, the historical details that put the story in the right period and the charming children and side characters that provided a rich tapestry The faith elements are very well done, too.I highly recommend this tale, the first in the Irish Angel trilogy


  8. says:

    I received this book as an Advanced Review Copy, and thought I was getting a historical romance it was a historical romance, but it sin the genre of Christian Fiction Once I got over the shock of this being an inspirational romance, I really liked the story It was a sweet story with a good message follow your heart, be willing to forgive those who have erred in their ways, and don t let others decide your fate for you The characters were all likable, and the Reverends kids made me laugh I received this book as an Advanced Review Copy, and thought I was getting a historical romance it was a historical romance, but it sin the genre of Christian Fiction Once I got over the shock of this being an inspirational romance, I really liked the story It was a sweet story with a good message follow your heart, be willing to forgive those who have erred in their ways, and don t let others decide your fate for you The characters were all likable, and the Reverends kids made me laugh with their antics This book is set in the 1800s, and the author stayed true to the dialogue of the time which was fine, but it was just hard to get used to all those reckons If you re in the mood for something a little different, then I recommend reading this book


  9. says:

    The widow Laura Foster has made a place for herself in Glory, Texas as a respected member of this Christian community where she owns a boarding house that only caters to women and families That would all change in an instant if her neighbors knew who the real Laura Foster was Laura is not her real name, it s Lovie Lane, former New Orleans prostitute who was sold into sexual slavery along with her younger sister Megan, who was nine at the time The Lane sisters, along with their two younger sib The widow Laura Foster has made a place for herself in Glory, Texas as a respected member of this Christian community where she owns a boarding house that only caters to women and families That would all change in an instant if her neighbors knew who the real Laura Foster was Laura is not her real name, it s Lovie Lane, former New Orleans prostitute who was sold into sexual slavery along with her younger sister Megan, who was nine at the time The Lane sisters, along with their two younger siblings, who were sent to an orphanage because their uncle and aunt couldn t afford to keep them, have been separated for over twenty years Laura is haunted every day because she couldn t save her sisters, especially Megan She was able to escape and make a life for herself and searches for her sisters so they can be reunited Laura pretty much keeps to herself but has a small group of friends, mainly Amelia Hawthorne who recently married the owner of the town paper While Laura is shopping at the mercantile, she witnesses a father hitting his daughter Laura can t stand abuse of any kind, especially of a child, and stops the man Before the man can turn his rage on her, Reverend Brand McCormick, the minister of Glory s only church comes to her aid Laura thanks the reverend, although she feels she could have handled herself She expects Brand to go on his merry way, but he offers to walk her home Laura is flustered because she doesn t want the attentions of any man, including a man of God such as Brand Brand can t understand why Laura is so skittish around him, but he s enad with the widow and will try his very best in courting her Brand is also a widow with two young children, his daughter Janie and son Sam Brand is a bit sneaky and uses his adorable, but at times wild children to get on Laura s good side She seems to have a weakness when it comes to them and soon Brand and his two offspring are inviting Laura to church events and socials Laura makes excuses, but Brand is too insistent Laura makes certain to set boundaries between her and the charming and handsome reverend The town gossips think Laura would make a great wife for Brand, and he believes the same He believes with a bit of hope and God on his side, as well as treating Laura with respect, she ll come around to his way of thinking.But Laura s past, as well as Brand s catches up to them Brand is confronted by the son he never knew about, and a man Laura was involved with years before wants to build his roots in Glory He also wants Laura to become his partner in a new venture and is not above using blackmail Laura feels all hope is lost and wants to run away and disappear again but Brand won t let her He wants her by his side and won t let her leave him even as he must come to terms with his own faith and of Laura s that has been missing for so long.Heart of Stone is the first book in Jill Marie Landis Irish Angel Series This is an inspirational Western romance set in the mid 1870 s that has a lovely subtle romance between a fallen woman and a man who looks to God and his faith for living the right way of life Readers who are wary of reading inspirational romance because they think the story will be too heavy on religious preaching and God and Jesus don t have to worry about that in Heart of Stone Jill really incorporates faith and spiritualism very well within the story The most important thing mentioned is the forgiving of one s self.Laura s path for forgiveness is a long and hard one It takes Brand to show her that she has nothing to be ashamed of He s a great support and even when he has his own personal problems to deal with, he takes it all in stride These two comfort and support one another as friends that eventually lead toward a tender romance between the two.The first chapter is a very emotional and because of that I was hooked and needed to know what happens to the Lane sisters It s so heartbreaking what occurs to Laura and Megan, knowing that these girls who are barely in their teens will be forced to give up their innocence because of greed There are a few kissing scenes and Laura s past is mentioned in a very mature and adult way Heart of Stone is a recommend read for adults as well as older teens Jill Marie Landis has a great skill at writing Western Romances, so those who feel the need for a nice frontier story should pick up Heart of Stone


  10. says:

    3.5 starsWhen the Potato Famine hit Ireland, Laura Foster came to New Orleans with her family to find a better life What they found waspoverty When her parents died shortly after, Laura and her 3 sisters were divided up by her uncle, the two youngest were sent to an orphanage, Laura and her sister Megan were sold elsewhere.Years later Laura has invented a new life, name and history and is living in Texas as a successful business owner and widow When Reverend Brand McCormick begins court 3.5 starsWhen the Potato Famine hit Ireland, Laura Foster came to New Orleans with her family to find a better life What they found waspoverty When her parents died shortly after, Laura and her 3 sisters were divided up by her uncle, the two youngest were sent to an orphanage, Laura and her sister Megan were sold elsewhere.Years later Laura has invented a new life, name and history and is living in Texas as a successful business owner and widow When Reverend Brand McCormick begins courting Laura, she fears her past will ruin him and her.Honestly, had I known this was an inspirational or religious historical romance I never would have ordered it it s just not my thing I thought I was getting a regular historical romance and the story blurb on the back intrigued me Moments before reading I stumbled on a review stating the religious aspect of the story and I was not happy, but I decided to read it anyway.Three quarters of the book I was happy with, the religious part of it really didn t overwhelm me or color my enjoyment I was loving the story, the characters and the shady past of Laura and Brand It s a very human story, emotional, heart breaking and real I was so enjoying it I had made up my mind to order the next book in the series so I could find out what happened to Laura s sister Megan.Then the last quarter of the book, the church got in my way It just got too religious and saccharine for my tastes and that made the story drag for me and I started to lose interest.That being said, had God and a few of the hypocritical church people been left out of the story I would have absolutely loved it And I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the religious and inspirational romances It has a great message about pasts shaping who we are now, and how forgiveness in oneself is essential before you can seek and get forgiveness elsewhere Cherise Everhard, March 2010


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Heart of StoneShe Had The Darkest Of Pasts And He Had Everything To Lose By Loving Her Laura Foster, Free From The Bondage Of An Unspeakable Childhood, Has Struggled To Make A New Life For Herself Now The Owner Of An Elegant Boardinghouse In Glory, Texas, She Is Known As A Wealthy, Respectable Widow But Laura Never Forgets That She Is Always Just One Step Ahead Of Her Past When Reverend Brand McCormick Comes Calling, Laura Does All She Can To Discourage Him As A Suitor She Knows That If Her Past Were Discovered, Brand S Reputation Would Be Ruined But It S Not Only Laura S Past That Threatens To Bring Brand Down It S Also His Own When A Stranger In Town Threatens To Reveal Too Many Secrets, Laura Is Faced With A Heartbreaking Choice Should She Leave Glory Forever And Save Brand S Future Or Is It Worth Risking His Name And Her Heart By Telling Him The Truth


About the Author: Jill Marie Landis

JILL MARIE LANDIS is the bestselling author of nearly thirty novels which have appeared on the NYT bestseller list, USA Today and other national bestseller lists She has won numerous awards for her heartfelt characters and sweeping emotional historical romances that include SUMMER MOON and MAGNOLIA CREEK and the Irish Angels Series HEART OF STONE, HEART OF LIES, and HEART OF GLASS All of her Historical Romances are available in eBook format.She is currently writing The Tiki Goddess Mysteries series which includes MAI TAI ONE ON, TWO TO MANGO, THREE TO GET LEI D, TOO HOT FOUR HULA and HAWAII FIVE UH OH from Bell Bridge Books Toes in the sand and head in the clouds, she is living the dream in Hawaii with her husband, Steve Jill Marie loves to spend hours at the beach reading or writing and she also loves dancing the hula.