Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Heart Of Stone
Zondervan (March 1, 2010)


Jill Marie Landis


Jill Marie Landis is the bestselling author of over twenty novels. She has won numerous awards for her sweeping emotional romances, such as Summer Moon and Magnolia Creek. In recent years, as market demands turned to tales of vampires, erotica, and hotter, sexier historical romances, Jill turned to writing Inspirational Western Romances for Steeple Hill Books. She truly feels back in the saddle again, working on stories that are a joy to write. With her toes in the sand and head in the clouds, Jill now lives in Hawaii with her husband, Steve.


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’d 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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Heart Of Stone, go HERE


Heart Of Stone is book one in the Irish Angels series by best selling author Jill Marie Landis. The saga begins in New Orleans with Lovie, the oldest of four orphaned immigrant sisters. The girls were the daughters of Irish laborers brought in to dig what was known as the Irish Channel. I hadn't ever heard of the Irish Channel until reading Heart of Stone and was appreciative of the historical and cultural detail flavoring this time period, which was approaching the end of slavery in the U.S.

The story picks up in 1874. Lovie has already had a lifetime's worth of experience and is starting over in a small town in Texas. She has been separated from her sisters and has changed her name to Laura Foster, a widow operating a boarding house for women and families. She is thought to be a respectable and cultured widow by the townspeople, and by all appearances she is. But appearances can be deceiving as we all know, and therein lies the story, the mystery, the adventure and the heartbreak... okay, so I can get a little swept up in the drama... but it's good. I promise you that.

Jill Marie Landis is the kind of author that leaves you wanting more, and so it's a good thing Book Two is on it's way. It's called Heart of Lies. I can't wait!

1 comment:

Patti Lacy said...

Cheryl, I would say the author of An Irishwoman's Tale just better read this, wouldn't you?

Love Writing Remnants, Cheryl. Am so glad that you visit my place.