The Hidden Heart Mass Market Paperback – Aug 2002
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About the Author
Candace Camp is a New York Times bestselling author of over sixty novels of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up in Texas in a newspaper family, which explains her love of writing, but she earned a law degree and practiced law before making the decision to write full-time. She has received several writing awards, including the RT Book Reviews Lifetime Achievement Award for Western Romances. Visit her at www.candace-camp.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
For the most part, the novel was an ok read. The romance between Richard and Jessica was sweet and their confrontations amusing. All the characters were well defined and the writing smooth, but I found the "mystery" element of the story unsuspenseful and contrived. In one passage the villain confronts someone who has proof that will destroy him. The villain get angry, kills the victim, then says "oops" I guess I should have made him reveal "the proof" before I did him in. There are lots of things like that, lots of far-fetched coincidences that are critical to the mystery and as a consequence make the whole thing less believable.
After the reading of the will in which Gabriela inherits everything, Jessica flees with her charge for the safety of Claybourne because she knows that the Veseys will try to control the estate through Gabriela. Richard does not want visitors as he still mourns the loss of his wife and child four years ago in an accident but also plans to kill himself. Everything changes when the Veseys arrive because Richard refuses to hand the innocent teen to this depraved duo. Shortly afterward, whether it is the Veseys or some unknown assailant, someone wants Gabriela dead.
THE HIDDEN HEART, the sequel to the delightful Regency SO WILD A HEART, is an entertaining historical romance that readers will relish. The fast-paced story contains strong characters. Richard is a wonderful protagonist whose suicide thoughts end when he finds something to live for, the love of Jessica and Gabriela. The heroic Jessica risks her life for the safety of her beloved Gabriela who seems too mature for her age. On the other hand, the Veseys are purposely treated as caricatures of odious individuals. Thus the audience will enjoy this fun tale and demand more from the heart of Candace Camp.
Richard is a fabulous hero--very deep, emotional, and responsible, intelligent. His depression over his wife's & daughter's deaths leads him to contemplate suicide. But along comes brave, stalwart Jessica who, in her determination to protect Gabriella, is willing not only to battle his unwillingness to be the girls' ward, but also to bring him back from the brink of self-extinction. They are superb together.
Secondary characters run the gamut: Richard's sister-in-law Rachel (who stars in the next book), Jessica's ex-fiance, a Bow Street Runner, a mystery woman, and a murderous villain, among others. Several are not what they seem. The mystery is a bit convoluted, but nothing in it turned me off the book.
Honestly, I thought the story would have been better if the murder subplot had been left out. It was just a little too contrived and far-fetched. But it served its purpose by throwing the two leads together as much as possible.
So, all in all, well worth it.
Most recent customer reviews
This was an excellent read. It had the perfect balance of romance and mystery.
I would recommend this book. Thanks Miss Camp.
I adored this story. The hero and heroine are so cute. I love their confrontations and honesty with each other. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by V. Seaton
I had waited for Richard's story, hoping Ms Camp would find someone to heal his wounded heart. I read this book in record time, I couldn't seem to put it down. Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by O. Blaylock