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A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change #2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,058 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Ten years ago, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston as a battered woman, escaping the husband who scarred her beautiful face. The physical and emotional wounds have faded with time, and her life is finally full of purpose and free from the pain of her past. But when she falls for her friend Charity's handsome and charming brother, Sean O'Connor, fear and shame threaten to de...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Revell
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5 stars does NOT do this novel justice. And I am completely unbiased in that statement.

So few books stir me to feel hemmed in by our rating system and make me wish to burst from that bubble and rate a book the way I REALLY want to rate it. Like with “A Heart Revealed” a story worthy of way more than 5 stars. But it deserves every single one of those glowing yellows.

I am a diehard Lessman fan, but none of her novels have been able to knock A Passion Most Pure (her debut novel) from the coveted “f...more
M.L. Tyndall
I always know what to expect from a Julie Lessman novel, and believe me, this lady never disappoints! I don't know how she does it but every one of her characters become so dear to me I feel as though they all live right next door! In fact, reading a Lessman novel is like coming home after a long journey. We all know how families can be, right? Loving, refreshing, soothing, yet so honest and raw and let's face it, filled with drama. Emma is a heroine who's made mistakes but who has been terribly...more
Julie Lessman.

Not that I know how she does it, but every time Julie Lessman writes a book, the last book I read of hers gets bumped to "my-second-all-time-favorite-book." I read in a blog interview a while back about how she'd initially made up the character of Emma Malloy just to fill a role... until the moment she wrote Emma meeting Sean O'Connor over dinner at the O'Connor household. And I tell you--I don't know if it's just because I've been training my brain for so long to think like a writ...more
Clear your calendar before you begin this book. Put the dog in a kennel, send the kids to their grandparents and make sure you have a lot of frozen dinners on hand. You don't want anything distracting you from reading! College student? No worries, attending every class is over-rated. Besides it's weeks before final exams. So put those textbooks down and keep them closed until you finish A Heart Revealed. Have to work for a living? It's flu season, call in sick. You'll definitely be feeling fever...more
mary Ethington
It was good. I like Emma, but I would like to see a little more wit or something. I really liked her as a person. It was hard for me to relate to her. I had a hard time understanding her thinking process. I actually liked Charity in this book, I think for the first time. I liked how it told there story more. You didn't hear much about Faith and Elizabeth, but still saw them interact. That was nice, but I admit although I liked that touch, I often skimmed or even skipped it. I did feel like the s...more
Sep 24, 2011 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!!!
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Revell
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Okay. Let me take just one moment to reflect on this book. *Reflecting* Okay. That's better. WOW. I don't even know where to begin. There is so much to say about this novel. Let me start off by saying if you've never read a Julie Lessman novel, stop what you are doing right now, and grab a copy. You won't be sorry. The first novel I read by her was last September, entitled A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in this Winds Of Change series. I couldn't believe how much I fell in love with her work! I was the...more
Wow! Julie Lessman has hit another home run with this second installment to The Winds of Change series! We first meet the O'Connor family in Julie's Daughters of Boston series, which you'll want to read first, before reading The Winds of Change series. All of Julie's books are meant to be read in order, as each story builds from the others - a gripping family saga that will keep you wanting more and more! Each book filled with passion, drama, and a heart for God that makes it next to impossible...more
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Need a book that is chockfull of passion—not only in romance, but also for the Lord? Julie Lessman is an author I highly recommend to give you just that! I thought I’d found my favorite by Julie when I read A Hope Undaunted, but I was wrong. A Heart Revealed is the best one I’ve read by Mrs. Lessman to date. Wowza!! Sean and Emma’s story was so amazing, complicating, unique, romantic, and special…I can’t help but still be wrapped up in the O’Connor wor...more
Ask anyone, and they will tell you that I'm one of Julie Lessman's most devoted readers ( and that's not an exaggeration) and loved every one of her books. So why didn't I give A Heart Revealed 5 stars? Probably because I just didn’t get to see Sean And Emma as I'd hoped,and instead we got a look at the other couples a bit more than usual.
The story picks up where A Hope Undaunted left off. Katie and Luke have finally been married, and the next one up on the marital chopping block is sweet-tempe...more
Robin Prater
Oh, the romance that I found as I opened this lovely book. Be still my heart. This book holds such beautiful characters all weaving them into a place of renewed peace. Emma Malloy is one of those unforgettable characters. She is that woman with a past that holds regret. She wants love, but with her past it will be difficult for her to ever trust again. She is such a sweet spirit and a woman of virtue. Although her character went through such heartache in 1919, it is a pain we can relate to today...more
This book was very different from what I had anticipated. It's part of a series, and I'm not really sure that it can be read as a standalone novel. There were a lot of characters to keep straight right from the very beginning. It was a struggle to keep up with all of the different couples and become invested in all of them at the same time. I had thought the book would focus on Emma and Sean, but there was just as much time and pages devoted to the other two couples as well. I'm sure this contri...more
A HEART REVEALED, book two in the Winds of Change series, was like a carnival full of emotional roller coasters. While the heights were breathtaking, some of the twists were more jarring than entertaining.

Emma Malloy had spent ten years trying to put the violent and tragic events of her past behind her. With friends like the O’Connor’s, she has thrived in Boston, pushing the events that happened in Dublin to the recesses of her mind. What she didn’t plan for was her deepening feelings for Sean O...more
I am still fairly new to Julie Lessman’s books. Having missed her entire Daughter’s of Boston series, I didn’t start reading her books until the first book in the Winds of Change series, A Hope Undaunted. A Heart Revealed is the second book in the series and after enjoying A Hope Undaunted, I was really looking forward to this book. I have slightly mixed feelings about this one.

On one hand, this book was a little slow to me. I don’t mean slow as in boring, don’t misunderstand. It’s just that it...more
Holly Renee
Sean O'Connor wants only one thing--to spend all his days in the bliss of bachelorhood. When he takes a job working with his little sister's best friend, Emma Malloy, he does the one thing he never meant to do. . . he falls in love her with her. There's only one problem . . .she's already married.
Emma Malloy escaped the hands of her abusive husband eleven years ago when she fled from Dublin to Boston. Still, she intends to keep the vows she made to her estranged husband and God. But nothing pre...more
Amber Stokes
Catching up with the O'Connor clan is always a treat! Lessman's family saga continues in A Heart Revealed - a sweet story of grace and godliness, as well as the struggle to accept and act in both. Hearts are certainly revealed in several marriages and friendships throughout this story, and Lessman's sensitivity makes the result ultimately uplifting.

Reading through this book is like reading through plenty of case studies for various personality theories. The pages are rich in each character's per...more
Emma thought she had found true love when she married Rory Malloy. Emma was sadly mistaken. Rory was both physically and verbally abusive to Emma. Emma has a disfigurement on the side of her face from the result of one of Rory’s many violent moments. Luckily for Emma, Rory took an interest in someone else and left Emma.

Charity is Emma’s friend. She knows that Emma needs help in the shop, so she tells her that she has someone in mind, her brother, Sean. As much as Emma needs help, she is unsure...more
Nora St Laurent
I am grateful to have received a review copy of a novel that is written by an author who's passionate about her relationship with Jesus and others she loves. Not only does Julie have a zest and love for life but Julie’s passion for her Savior radiates throughout this book and not in a preachy way, but an honest and enlightening way. Julie’s newest novel shows that what we have in our hearts is revealed through our actions, thoughts and words. Just like Julie’s characters this often takes us by s...more
Julie Graves
Emma Malloy escaped her abusive husband 11 years ago. She now has made a new life for herself. She is the head of her best friends department store, works long hours and has a generous loving heart.

Sean O'Connor is a confirmed bachelor. When he loses his job in the middle of a depression Charity, Sean's sister, offers him a job as co-manager at the store she owns.

Even though Emma has known Sean for years she has recently seen a side of him that causes her to be nervous working near him. Sean has...more
1.) Reasons you chose this book
I read the first one in the series, A Hope Undaunted (my review) and absolutely loved the main character and her story. Agreeing to read/review this one when contacted by the publishing company was a no-brainer!

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book
I absolutely loved this story. This genre, which I call my gentle reads (instead of inspirational fiction) just keeps getting better as the authors understand that the way to a reader's heart is not to pummel them w...more
A Heart Revealed is the second book in the Winds of Change series, but really the fifth book in the Daughters of Boston series continuing the saga of the O'Connor children and this one is the first one about a son, Sean O'Connor and a character that is practically an adopted daughter in Emma Fray. I love Julie Lessman, both the author and the person that I know and this book had the one issue of being published right after my daughter was born. First there is the publishing date, and then my cop...more
Jeannette Garcia
Oh! I loved this book so much! I absolutely loved Emma's story and didn't find any part of it predictable. I always loved her character and my heart felt complete when she finally married Sean. Like the rest of Julie's books, this one also held many biblical lessons. The fact that Emma had suffered the way she did would cause any normal human being to turn from God and hold Him accountable. But what I loved so much about this story is the strength Emma had. A single quote from this book made me...more
Timothy Stone
Sometimes authors write sequels that are clearly better than the original, or clearly worse. Sometimes, however, the result can be rather mixed. Such is the case with Julie Lessman's A Heart Revealed, the second book of her Depression-era Winds of Change series. Taking place nearly two years after the end of the first book, the story begins with the wedding of Luke McGee and Katie O'Connor, the two main protagonists of the first book of the series.

This book quickly moves focus to the older of t...more
Mar 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone@@@
I have found that the tag Line "Passion with a Purpose" does not touch the surface of the Love, Dedication and sincere realism, that takes her books beyond the shelf, but into the lives of her readers. Not just for a day, but her work hit a special place in your heart and will stay long after you place the book on the shelf - only to be read again. I give Julie Lessman and her works in Christian Literature a 5 Star rating. Her books will make you beg for another.
Jul 23, 2014 Gloria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone; historical romance lovers; depression stories
Well! This book picks up immediately after Katie and Luke's wedding. Emma and Charity are still best friends - we met Emma in book 2 A Passion Redeemed. I think the description is wrong because she is definitely NOT free from the pain of her past.

It is now two years into the Great Depression and any shop anywhere is looking for reasons to cut expenses, including laying off workers. When Sean is chased by engaged Rose Kelly (again, she had tried this in the prior book), her father finds them and...more
I had to buy myself a copy of this one on Kindle, because I wanted to read it so badly and only by the light of an electronic reader would suffice in the nursery... See the Kindle copy, for my review.
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Tammy Doherty
I waited a long time to read Sean's story. I've loved him since the very first O'Connor story and I just knew he and Emma were perfect for each other. And so it was a little bittersweet - all of Julie Lessman's novels are emotional roller coaster but this one was the most heart-wrenching of all. And, ultimately, the most satisfying! Sean and Emma belong together but how in the world would they overcome the obstacles standing in their way. The biggest of which is the fact that Emma is a married w...more
Bonnie Roof

"A Heart Revealed" is the story of Sean O'Connor, oldest son of the O'Connor family - from Julie Lessman's Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series. The book opens in 1931 Boston at the wedding of Sean's youngest sister Katie, in which sister Charity's best friend Emma Malloy is a bridesmaid.

Emma had fled Dublin ten years prior, running for her life and leaving behind a painful past. When Emma and Sean become more than family friends, violent and abusive secretive pa...more
Oct 26, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Renee by: Julie Lessman
Drama, Drama, Drama in Julie Lessman's A Heart Revealed

Are you surprised by the title of this post? Well you won't be since you now know that this is a review of Julie Lessman's latest novel, A Heart Revealed. If you are at all familiar with this series you know that drama is the key to each of these stories. If you're like me the more drama, the better and it comes in spades in this book.

Continuing the O'Connor saga is the story of Emma Malloy and Sean, the eldest O'Connor sibling. Each has a p...more
A Heart Revealed
Julie Lessman

10 years ago Emma Malloy leaves Ireland to escape her abusive, drunk excuse for a husband, taking her married status with her to America. From the time she was a young child her sense of value and worth has been denied. Emma feels her marriage is her just reward and though 10 years later and on another continent she continues to bind herself to a punishment of forever being alone.

The O’Connor family, Emma’s best friend Charity’s family, ‘adopts’ Emma as their own. S...more
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