Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Secrets of a Heart Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Secrets of a Heart book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: December 31, 2013
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

London, 1815. At the age of nineteen, Blaine Whitmore loses everything dear to him in a brutal assault on his family line. Left with nothing, he finds himself aboard a merchant ship sailing far from home. Years pass as a boy becomes a man, and yet no amount of time or distance will help Blaine forget all that he has lost. After ten years sailing the high seas, he is finally ready to restore the Whitmore name.

Felicity Canton is as lovely as she is penniless, and has been left to care for her three sisters while attempting to maintain a crumbling estate. With no hope for escape from her predicament, she is resigned to a peasant’s fate. She never anticipates attracting the attention of her wealthy and mysterious new neighbor, nor does she expect him to be her savior.

As Blaine searches for truth and doles out vengeance, he becomes increasingly captivated and distracted by Felicity’s beauty and inner strength. Does he dare confide in her the secrets of his heart? Will his future be as bleak as his past, or will he finally have a chance at happiness?

My Rating: 5 Roses

A very sweet, utterly lovely historical romance, Secrets of a Heart was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was sweet, romantic, and enjoyable the entire way through. Loved it!

Felicity was a great heroine. She might have been in a tough situation, but she refused to let it take her dignity and she was determined to take care of her sisters. And, she was kind-hearted and accepting, judging people on their merit rather than rumors or their past. She was a lovely heroine and I really liked her.

Blaine (who calls himself Grey after he leaves his past behind) was wonderful as well. He was a kind pirate, though that sounds like an oxymoron. He was an honorable man who was put in a difficult situation but still held on to his better traits. And, there was no question that he was loyal to the people he cared about. I absolutely adored him.

The romance was perfect. It was refreshingly drama free, without any of those petty misunderstanding and annoying melodrama. Felicity and Grey were simply perfect together. From the beginning, they were infatuated with each other and that quickly grew to love as they got to know each other. And they definitely had some hot moments. Sure, they had arguments, but they were reasonable arguments that maintained my positive view of the characters. I thought they were a wonderful couple.

Felicity's sisters featured heavily in this book and I'm glad that they did because they were great characters. They were each lively and interesting and brought a lot of life to the story. All the sisters were strong-willed and vivacious and I liked them all.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The mystery of who the real traitor was kept things interesting, though the conclusion to it was slightly anticlimactic. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was just lovely.

Secrets of a Heart was a wonderful historical romance that I really liked. It was a sweet, lovely read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

The sound of a snapping twig turned her attention, and the object of her thoughts stood a few feet from her, leaning against a huge tree with gnarled roots as if he had all the time in the world.

“I thought I managed to escape without anyone seeing me,” she said in lieu of formal greeting.

“I saw you leave just as my carriage was pulling into your driveway,” he explained. “Why are you here alone?”

“Mr. Fletcher is giving a grand tour of our home to strangers, in hopes that they buy it.” Her tone was acerbic.

His gaze softened, but she thrust out her chin, daring him to offer her sympathy. She changed the subject, unable to dwell on the idea that her childhood home, one that had been in the family for generations, would be sold. “To what do I owe the pleasure of your company?”

“So proper?” Gray asked, moving away from the tree and coming toward her.

“I feel out of sorts today.”

Gray reached out to touch her cheek. “I came to hand deliver an invitation to the masquerade.”

“Oh.” Her brown eyes dropped to his lips. Moving closer, he wrapped his arms around her. “Is this your way of trying to distract me from my woes?” she asked with a smile.

“Is it working?”

“Too soon to tell,” she replied wickedly.
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About the Author:
Samantha Garman
Samantha Garman currently lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. She loves Scotch, a great conversation with anyone willing to speak their mind and flannel pajamas. While yearning for a backyard and a dog, she's decided to stay busy working on her next book, Dandelion Dreams.


  1. I liked the excerpt and how highly you rated it. I've seen this book around Goodreads and been wanting to read it.

  2. Needless to say, I like the excerpt the most. Always excited to have a sneak peek!

  3. Thanks for having me and your lovely review!

  4. I really liked the review! Also 5 roses is high compliment!

  5. I liked the excerpt and author bio. :) thanks!

  6. Great review, I can't wait to read the book.

  7. Learning about a new author

  8. A helpful review.

  9. Enjoyed the review. I like that there's no melodrama.

  10. the blurb, always like reading about other era's