Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mystery of the Heart

by Jillian Kent
Realms Publishers

Lord Eden is intrigued by Lady Mercy Grayson’s secret, but how can he hope to gain her heart if he is forced to betray her?

Lady Mercy Grayson longs to be a physician like her older brother, Lord Ravensmoore. However, society would never tolerate a female physician, let alone one who is a noblewoman. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands, disguising herself as a man to get through medical school. But when a colleague grows suspicious, Mercy is in danger of losing more than her dreams.
Returning home from a secret voyage for the regent, Lord Eden agrees to give Mercy passage back to London. As their attraction to each other grows, they face circumstances, decisions, and treachery that could forever change the course of their lives.

My Review:

So this one was different. While a woman disguised as a man is not the most uncommon theme, Mercy wanting to be a doctor like her older brother certainly is! The undercurrent of this novel is meant to be, of course, the mystery genre, but some very interesting elements popped up that made it unique. Voodoo, magic, asylums, archaeology, and faith are explored; and I've got to say that this was a Regency era novel that kept surprising me page after page. 

The only thing I found rather hard to believe was the fact that she got away with disguising herself as a man for so long. I know the deception is not that difficult to pull off if it is done right, but I was not impressed by the implication of how ignorant it made all the people that "knew" her appear for their oblivion. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read that makes a nice addition to lovers of this time period. 

This review was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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