Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin and her abusive husband, Rory, for Boston, running for her life. There she found acceptance in a surrogate family, becoming not only close friends with the girls in the family, but a virtual sister. Her emotional and physical wounds have finally faded, and she feels she has found a purpose.
Everything changes when her friends’ handsome and charming brother, Sean, attempts to woo her. With Sean O’Connor’s attention, her past rears its ugly head and it threatens to engulf her. Shame and fear threaten to destroy her.
Believing she’s not worthy, Emma tries to push Sean away. But Sean is stubborn and refuses to leave. What can Emma do to make Sean see reason? Or is it possible she believes lies?
A Heart Revealed is book two of the Winds of Change series by Ms. Lessman, but it easily stands alone. Emma is a very hurt heroine, destroyed and held together by sheer will power, as many women who’d experience what she has can attest.
Ms. Lessman has a trademark for writing strong, courageous heroines who go against the grain. Women, who in the thirties, aren’t the quiet meek women who lived in horse and buggy days, but instead are the ones who bobbed their hair and their dresses in the roaring twenties. The ones who embraced the work-force and fought for women’s rights. These are a special breed of women, different than the average, and Ms. Lessman does them extremely well.
If you like books set in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s then Ms. Lessman is an author you need to explore. A talented writer, she brings the characters to life. I shed some tears reading this novel. Don’t miss A Heart Revealed.