Thursday, June 6, 2019

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M. Eden


Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired—until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried—but is it too late for second chances?


Another fabulous Jonquil book always excites me.  I've thoroughly enjoyed reading about each of the Jonquil brothers as they find romance.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one just as much as all the others.  It was refreshing to get to know Harold as I've gotten to know the other Jonquil brothers.  Harold is rather different than his brothers, and not just because he's a vicar.  He's always been more reserved and serious than his brothers, but he became even more so after Sarah Sarvol, the girl he loved, returned to America.

When Sarah returns, she finds Harold stiff and cold, a result of his brother's incessant teasing and his own uncertainties.  She challenges him by telling him she could be a better vicar.  This leaves Harold wondering if he's a complete failure.  But as he starts to warm up in the face of Sarah's warmth and caring, he is faced with deciding where his future lies and if he can make Sarah a part of it. 

Once again, Sarah Eden has written an engaging story full of heart and humor.  She makes her characters feel so real that I wish I could really know the Jonquils.  The period details are spot on, often frustratingly so, especially in this book as Sarah suffers very poor treatment at the hands of her uncle, despite her brother's efforts to protect her.  I always appreciate the care Eden takes in making her characters real.  I especially enjoy reading about characters I met in other books.  It's great to find out what's happened to them.  All in all, another delightful book in what is probably my all time favorite regency series ever.


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