A Heart Revealed written by Josi Kilpack is a book that you will quickly get into. You may recognize Josi Kilpack from other books she has written which includes her popular culinary mystery novels.
I don’t feel like this is a spoiler alert because you find out in the first few chapters of the book, but I am going to tell you the condition that she has that quickly changes her status in society. So if you don’t mind, keep reading!
Amber Sterlington is the rage of the season with her beautiful auburn hair. She’s snobby and manipulative and all she cares about is finding a husband who is wealthy and will raise her own rank in society. However, you soon find out that she has Alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that destroys your hair follicles. This means that the main character loses all her hair.
At first I thought this was a strange thing to talk about during a regency era novel. Do that many people have Alopecia? I just looked it up and over 6.6 people in the United States develop it at some point in their lives. That is much larger than I thought it would be. It is a genetic disease and even today, it still doesn’t have a cure.
It was interesting to see how she reacted, her family reacted, and society reacted to her condition. Throughout the novel you are able to see kindness and judgement through different characters. It also allows you to see a great transformation in Amber Sterlington’s character as she is exiled until she heals.
She still dreams of getting married, although the type of man changes. It is a sweet love story where fate and chance intermingle. The book also lets you in on what often the relationships of the upper class verses the lower class were like. Both among their own class and when they intermingled with the other class.
Overall, I loved the story as it developed. As with all these types of novels, I couldn’t put it down! It’s a fairly quick read and ends with a happy ending (Which I always prefer. I need closure!).
If you are looking for a great Proper Romance novel, definitely check out A Heart Revealed found at Amazon.