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Realms Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3

Lord Eden is intrigued when he discovers Lady Mercy Grayson's secret, but how can he hope to gain her heart when he is forced to betray her?
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Review 1 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
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"Mystery of the Heart"

Date:March 15, 2014
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Location:Kansas City
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For the most part, this story centers around a spearhead, Lady Mercy Grayson and Lord Eden in England in the early 1800′s. The action begins on the very first page with Lady Grayson washing up on the ocean’s shore scandalously dressed in men’s clothing. Lord Eden comes to her rescue, although he must cut her hair as short as a boy’s in the process.
Lord Eden is in the midst of an adventure of his own involving an ancient spearhead. Legend has it that this is the actual spear the Roman soldier struck Jesus in the side with while he was on the cross. Stories have sprung up that whoever possesses the spearhead will receive healing. The legend continues claiming that whatever country it is in will be invincible. The heir apparent to the British throne wants the spearhead for the healing of his ailing father, and to see if it will give him power and make him unbeatable when he becomes king.
As the story unfolds, Eden is put in precarious situations as people attempt to steal the spearhead. At the same time, Mercy goes against the pressure of her society for women not to have careers, by seeking training to become a medical doctor. She has learned the ancient art of acupuncture, and applies it often with positive results. Grayson and Mercy’s lives intersect more and more often as the story goes on. The two of them, along with Mercy’s family, get thrust into many dangerous predicaments and, at every turn, people appear that are out to hurt them.
I liked all the different situations this book covered. But sometimes, the story moved too fast and was a bit confusing. Also, there were descriptions of character’s sickness that were too detailed for me. But it was an exciting tale, and I felt like I had been on an enjoyable escape after I finished this novel. The author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story, and the time period it is set in.
Mystery of the Heart is the third book in a series. This story can stand on its own, although there were a couple of references to an earlier story-line. Since this is Christian fiction, I was happy to find many Biblical references, and discussions by characters about their faith. I would recommend this five star book to readers who like a tale that goes along at a good clip, has some mystery, a bit of history and a dash of romance.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Booketeria and Realms Publishing, Charisma Media for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner.
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Review 2 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
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Date:December 19, 2013
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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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Review 3 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
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Date:October 17, 2013
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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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Review 4 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
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Mystery, Action, Adventure and Romance

Date:February 28, 2013
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Location:Irvine, CA
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Jillian Kent in her new book, “Mystery Of The Heart” Book Three in The Ravensmoore Chronicles series published by Realms brings us into the life of Lady Mercy Grayson in 1819.
From the back cover: 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.
In 1819 women really didn’t become doctors. The medical profession was a man’s field and they did not take lightly women who encroached into their territory. Which is the reason why Mercy is thrown overboard. Lord Eden finds her washed up on the beach and, together, they board another ship with Mercy disguised as a boy. Lord Eden is looking for a relic that was stolen from him and both of them need to return to England. “Mystery of the Heart” is chock full of mystery, suspense action and adventure. My personal feeling is that this is Ms. Kent’s best work yet. With everything else that is going on Ms. Kent also works in a really nice romance as well. I like the way Ms. Kent writes. She is an accomplished author who knows how to deliver true to life dialog and create characters that you fall in love with. The love story between Mercy and Lord Eden is a lot of fun and this book is filled with plenty of action to keep you turning the pages. ”Mystery of the Heart” is an excellent read!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Realms. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review 5 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
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Mystery of the Heart

Date:February 9, 2013
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MaureenT
Location:Syracuse NY
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Lady Mercy Grayson is not the typical member of English Society, she opens the book dressed like a male, and trying to make it to shore, after being thrown in the Ocean. What was doing in the Ocean?? The beginning of the third installment in the Ravensmore Chronicles. That being said, I recommend that your read the first two books, they are equally as good, but this can be read alone.
While Lady Mercy is lying on the beach, trying to breath from her ordeal, Lord Eden chances upon her. In the end he helps her, and cuts her hair...ugh! He tells the men on the ship that he has brought a boy to help and be his Valet...he has no idea who she really is.
You can just picture the surprise in his eyes, when she gives him the address of her sister, Countess Victoria, married to Lord Witt. He also finds out her brother is Devlin Grayson, Lord Doctor Ravensmore.
We are about to set out on a great adventure, one where Lord Evan has been charged to bring a relic to the Regent, and another where Lady Mercy, wants desperately to be a physician.
Will theses two be able to find a bit of romance between them, or will one of them end up dead, with all the evil that is going on?
This is a good, action packed Christian mystery, and I had to keep reading once I picked this book up!
I received this book through Charisma House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Review 6 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
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Not very realistic, but a fun adventure

Date:January 28, 2013
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Debbie from ChristFocus
Location:Harrison, AR
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"Mystery of the Heart" is a Christian historical romantic suspense novel set in 1819 in England. This is the third book in a series. This book is a continuation of the previous books, so a good chunk of Mercy's story has already happened before the start of this book.
While this novel was set in the British Regency era, it read more like a Disney version of history. The national-level events were generally correct, but the characters were too modern--even for modern-thinking people of the era--in their knowledge and views. Actions that, in an Austen or Heyer book (also set in this time period), would cause an immediate, forced wedding or be the cause for utter disgrace were hardly remarked upon.
Eden and Mercy went from a mild sort-of-friendship to hugging and kissing in public (with less shock than a modern teenager would experience) while neither had any intentions of ever marrying anyone. Eden betrayed Mercy and the one thing that she was attracted to in him, yet he still wins her. When he finally decided he wanted to marry, he promptly went from not-interested-in-God to completely surrendered to Him since she was Christian. It's not a story that's highly realistic, but if realism isn't important, then it's a fairly fun, action-packed adventure.
The characters were nice enough, but I wasn't very impressed. Lord Eden knew that untrustworthy people with large gangs wanted the relic, yet he never planned on defending himself from them. He kept finding himself outnumbered and meekly handing the relic over to his attackers. Mercy felt that God had called her to practice medicine, but apparently being a midwife was too lowly because she interprets this to mean that God wants her to dress as a man and pretend to be one for the rest of her life so she can practice as a physician. And she thinks she can successfully do this even though her pretense had already been uncovered once.
For the Christian element, there were numerous scenes of various Ravensmoore family members ranting about how a holy relic can't heal, only God, and how it's idol worship. I agree with their view, but I got it the first time. Several characters also wondered if they could know for sure if they were following God's will, and there were some brief references to the various characters praying.
There was a very minor amount of explicit bad language. There were no sex scenes. Overall, it's a fun story if you don't mind the lack of realism. But since I was expecting a "real" Regency romance, I was disappointed not to get one.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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Review 7 for Mystery of the Heart, Ravensmoore Chronicles Series #3
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
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A must read for traditional regency fans!!!

Date:January 20, 2013
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Location:Victorville, CA
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Sometimes the beginnings for love can be found in the most unusual of circumstances. Mercy Grayson is truly thankful just to be alive. She has managed to have found the safety and security of land, after nearly being lost at sea. Now washed ashore, she wonders where she is. She looks up into the face of a man, Lord Edon, who tells her she has found her way to England and is about more than confused at the clothing she is wearing. Not what a woman would normally would, she has managed to wear a man's jacket and pants and if it were not for them, she would have drowned for sure.
She begs Lord Edon to help her find her sister, but refuses to offer any more explanation at just who she is and how she arrived washed up on the shore with no signs of a ship wreck in sight. Lord Edon tells her that the ship he is traveling on is filled with men who have the most unpure intentions if they were to know she is a woman, so he insists on cutting off her long hair to make her appear as a young lad to match the clothing and ensure her passage on the ship. He reminds her to speak to no one and to remain in his cabin until they dock.
When they arrive at the ship, she learns that Lord Edon probably saved not only her life but reputation as well keeping her identity hidden from the crew. He has her placed in his cabin under the ruse of being a valet he has found on the shore. She makes herself comfortable as best as she can, staying hidden in his cabin. While searching for a shirt to wear while her clothes dry, she comes across a wooden box that contains a spear head inside. Not sure what it is, she places the contents back in the box and covers it once more with clothing.
When the ship docks, Mercy has Lord Edon take her to her sister, Victoria's home and tells him that she is indeed royalty which he finds hard to believe. She is Lady Mercy Grayson of Ravensmoore and now the mystery is beginning to unfold as to how she found herself on the shores of North Umberland and what transpired to cause her to wind up in the ocean from Scotland. It seems both Lord Edon and Lady Grayson each have a bit of a secret each of them is hiding and neither one wants to be the first to tell their tales. Perhaps fate has dealt them each a different hand that is about to converge.
I received Mystery of the Heart by Jillian Kent compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Realm Publishers for my honest review. This is the third book in the Ravensmoore Chronicle Series and delivers its finest to true traditional regencies fans! I love reading books with a strong, determined woman character who finds her interests lie in a man's world but still wish to pursue it despite what society may deem is inappropriate for a woman. In this case studying medicine and it seems as though God has truly blessed Lady Mercy Grayson will more than just a healing touch! I rate this book a true 5 out of 5 stars and find myself a true die hard Jillian Kent fan!
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