A story of second chances... The Heart of a Vicar by Sarah M. Eden (Review & #Giveaway)

I can't express how much I adore this cover! Having read all of the books in this
series and already loving the hero of this one, this cover is just perfect! Read my
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The Heart of a Vicar
(The Joquil Brothers #6)
By Sarah M. Eden
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 268 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications


Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired—until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried—but is it too late for second chances?

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My Review

THE HEART OF THE VICAR is a story highly anticipated from fans of the series, but can be read on its own as well. It's a story of second chances with a hero who is still trying to fit the role life has given him while also following his heart, and the woman who won his heart and is trying to find her own place. Their story is sweet, full of family and heart, and romantic to the end.

How I adore these characters from the Jonquil family, and Harold and Sarah specifically who are the main focus of this story. Harold is very reserved and full of self-doubt that stems from his childhood, but is such a good man with his own quirks and dreams. Sarah comes back at the perfect time to prod and push him to be better. She's forward, lovely, and full of sunshine even amidst difficult circumstances. I loved seeing how they both bloomed and came into their own, as well as how their friendship is renewed and romance grows between them. There are some emotional parts, especially in regards to Sarah when she pours her heart out to Mater and with Sorrel. I have a soft spot for Sorrel and Philip as their story is still one of my favorites from the series. I love seeing these brothers together with all their banter, and I particularly loved the part when they do some rescuing together during one part of the story. The ending was beautiful.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story! Sweet romance readers will find favorite characters and a sweet romance full of heart. Definitely recommended! I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series with Charlie.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

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About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.

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