Thursday, June 14, 2012

REVIEW: Heart of Glass by Jill Marie Landis

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jill Marie Landis and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Heart of Glass" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Heart of Glass” by Jill Marie Landis is a romantic epic of the old south. Kate Keene loves her childhood best friend’s plantation home – where she grew up. She also had the biggest crush on her best friend’s brother, Colin. But things are different now that the Civil War has ended. Belle Fleuve is in shambles, the Keenes and Delanys are all gone, and when Kate arrives at Belle Fleuve, she encounters a very broken Colin Delany. Because of her love for the Delanys and Belle Fleuve, Kate wants to honor their memory by restoring the house using her architectural gift. But that will be difficult since Colin doesn’t want her around.

This beautifully crafted story brings the post-Civil War South to life and wonderfully depicts the spirit to persevere in the face of trials. The characters are thick with dimension and depth. The plot lends itself to wonderful conflict and opportunity to craft a sigh-inducing romance. The historical setting whets the appetite to know more about the Civil War and its aftereffects. I have already managed to intrigue a couple of people into reading this novel. What a wonderful weekend escape it has been!

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