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The Hidden Heart (Victorian Hearts #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,005 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
When her eccentric naturalist father dies on the upper reaches of the Amazon, young Lady Tess Collier sets out to follow his last wishes: return to England and marry well. But Tess, who had accompanied her father on his expeditions since childhood, is as unconventional as she is beautiful.
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Avon Books (first published 1986)
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May 08, 2008 Julianna rated it liked it
I found myself having a love/hate relationship with this book. I really wanted to like the story and the characters, but there were many things I disliked about both. I will admit that Laura Kinsale is a talented author who writes with intelligence, but I think perhaps her writing style is a bit too intense for my taste. I love tortured heroes, but in my opinion, Gryf's torment was overdone to the point of being depressing. I prefer to watch troubled souls change and grow throughout the course ...more
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
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Dec 13, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty much a Laura Kinsale super-stan at this point, which means I'm probably not the most objective reader of her novels. I'm thinking I'll take a break from her stuff for a while and wait until after the book club read of Shadow and the Star in March before I get to more of her writing. Don't hold me to this. My willpower has been known to crack before.

I spend so much time whilst reading a Kinsale novel thinking things like "take a bow, Kinsale, you've fucked with my emotions again!" or
Alex Morrison
Actual Rating: 3.5

I feel like I start every review of a Kinsale novel with the same sentence: I am a HUGE fan of her books and I cannot express enough how almost impossible it is to find one you really dislike, or even find middling. In the case of The Hidden Heart, I really enjoyed it overall but it did have some issues.

A positive thing I'd like to highlight that I'm really coming to appreciate in Kinsale's work are the villains. I was sufficiently super creeped out by the atmosphere and creep
I've given this an A+ for narration (well, duh!) and a B for content at AudioGals. So let's call it 4.5 stars.

Nobody who has listened to Laura Kinsale’s wonderful prose brought vividly to life by the massively talented Nicholas Boulton can be in any doubt that the dozen audiobooks they have produced (so far – fingers crossed) have shown again and again exactly what an audiobook can and should be. Every aspect – writing, performance, direction and overall production have combined to put these tit
Madre mía, ¡qué panzada de sufrir!

Al principio me costó un poco meterme en la historia, pero cuando despegó ya no podía parar de leer. Me ha gustado, aunque me he desesperado con Gryf y todo el trauma que carga. No le cabe más culpa sobre los hombros al pobre. Pero Laura Kinsale sabe mantenernos en tensión, y lo hace muy bien, con una historia muy bien hilada y una narrativa más que cuidada.

Pero, este libro tiene algo en su contra, y es que ya había leído antes "Flores en la tormenta", que fue
Mary B.
Wow... so... wow.

The events of this book are so up and down, back and forth, and all over the place with improbabilities. It shifted around so much that after a while I stopped trying to surmise what strange new misery was going to befall these characters next. And - BOY O' Boy, there were miseries aplenty. Not that I mind angst. Actually, I LOVE angsty romances. But this angst felt contrived and the characters did not handle it in ways that I felt were appropriate, even when one considers all
The Shadow and the Star, which I read a few months ago, is the sequel to this. When her father dies, Lady Tess Collier must leave the wilds she's spent her life exploring with him and return to England, with the mysterious Captain Gryphon Meridon as her protector...but his secret past affects both their lives. I didn't like this quite as much as The Shadow and the Star, but I liked it a lot: the brave and adventurous Tess and the appealingly vulnerable Gryf are a memorable pair. And the plot mad ...more
May 16, 2016 Giedre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THH can hang out with the other early Kinsale stinker Uncertain Magic.
Elisabeth Lane
Jun 18, 2014 Elisabeth Lane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: virgin-heroine
Every time I finish one of Laura Kinsale's books, I love her a little more. The way she writes just works for me. One of the things every reader loves about romance is the guaranteed happy ending. No matter how bad things get for the hero and heroine, we know it's going to work out in the end. So when I find a writer like Kinsale, who keeps the hero and heroine from achieving any kind of hint at happiness for the majority of the book and does it with such intensity and macabre humor, I grab hold ...more
Sep 16, 2016 Feminista rated it it was ok
The hero is useless. Couldn't give any good explanation as to why he kept pushing her away.
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
Nov 14, 2014 *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose rated it really liked it
Recommended to *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose by: Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Perfect way of popping my Kinsale-cherry :)
This could have been a 5 star read if the hero wasn't so incredibly infuriating.
Loved all the angst, though :) and the story was beautifully written *.* I cared and suffered for both characters deeply. Can't wait to read the second book in the series!
Mar 15, 2015 Desiree rated it did not like it
Romance?? This is NOT a romance!! Romance novels don't have sex scenes with 6 year olds! They don't leave 6 year olds alone with sexually/physically abusive people and then think nothing of it once they themselves are free! Maybe I missed something?? Did she somehow free that kid? Because I didn't see anywhere where she saved that little guy. So, yeah, real fucking romantic. A little kid is being abused by her ex/husband and she goes off looking for the man she loves. umm.... ok.... NOT!

I mean,
Dec 15, 2015 Ania rated it liked it
Actual rating:3.5 stars.

I was expecting to enjoy this book much more than I actually did but in the end I couldn't wait to finish it. I don't know if it was that I found the story a bit predictable, I kept waiting for something to happen to the characters but no big transformation or something particularly juicy happened. It was good, but not oh-my-god-this-is-amazing level of good that I've gotten used to when it comes to Laura Kinsale.

The villain Eliot though has got to be one of the vilest, m
Mar 16, 2016 Hero rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars. Of the Kinsale books I've read, this ranks a far second after Flowers from the Storm. I liked the story and the fact that the heroine had a very different upbringing. I felt for the hero and what he went through but at the same time I wanted to shake him for some of the things he did. Overall an enjoyable read but I know I will forget the story and the characters by next week.
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Laura Kinsale nos hace sufrir. Nos lo cuenta Kim en el blog
Regan Walker
Sep 14, 2012 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
An Exotic Locale, a Brooding Ship’s Captain, an Adventurous Heroine and a Complex Plot—Wonderful!

Set in 1863 in South America, the Pacific and England. Tess Collier has traveled the world with her natural scientist father, the Earl of Morrow. As he is dying in a jungle, she promises him she will sail home to England and marry. Her father’s trustee arranges passage for her on the clipper ship owned by Gryphon Meridon (aka Captain Frost) and hires the man to protect her from inappropriate suitors
Mar 23, 2013 L8blmr rated it liked it
I am sorry Ms. Kinsale ... I have worked my way through other highly emotional books of yours and felt the effort quite worth it. This one almost did me in, though. As much as I love a good tortured hero type, I could not warm up to this one, Gryphon, until the very end and then I was expected to forget the other 360 pages and lose my heart to him.

Even the intrpid heroine, Tess, rubbed me the wrong way with her occasional scheming and TSTL attitude that Gryf's problems with her were only about t
Julia DeBarrioz
Apr 20, 2015 Julia DeBarrioz rated it liked it
I loved the premise and the main characters of this book, and the writing is truly beautiful, but between the first fifty pages and the last it was just so freaking painful to read! The heroine starts out as the interesting and intrepid daughter of a naturalist, then does an about face and turns into a weepy weak boring female once she gets back to England, for no good reason really other than to add drama. The captain starts out as an interesting character too, a dashing rogue with a mysterious ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Miki rated it really liked it
Written nearly 30 years ago, this is one of Kinsale's best. They just don't write 'em like they used to.
Dec 01, 2016 Bynz rated it did not like it
I would've given this book an extra star because Laura Kinsale, for all her faults in this book, writes well, well enough for me to forget I'm reading, has created characters that I liked, even if they did do things that seemed out of character, considering we're supposed to respect and like them. Plus the hero wasn't a rake and was vulnerable, wasn't afraid of it or an ass 'because' of it. However, it all went south once Kinsale chose to casually use child sexual abuse as a cheap plot device. S ...more
Nov 12, 2016 Ashley-Anne rated it liked it
What the actual fuck did I just read? This is everything that romance novels get made fun of for being, especially with that messed up ending!! But somehow, I still kinda want to read it again...
Jul 12, 2014 Dora rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish

One of the most frustrating, infuriating novels in a long time.

My unual gripe with genre fiction is that it is badly written; and if it's historical genre fiction, add to that sloppy historical research (or absence of same). Kinsale doesn't write badly, as such, and her historical contextualisation is ok (including the regrettable fact that a Victorian naturalist would have thought it perfectly unobjectionable to call people 'Negroes' and to catch and cage wild animals to ship them home to dear
Dec 29, 2014 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I started reading this the 5th, got about halfway through it, put it down and CANNOT MAKE MYSELF pick it up again. Why?


H - displaced nobility - his uncle decided to secure the title for his cousin by getting his family wiped out. He's supposed to be dead but obviously isn't. He's living as a blockade runner. His last job for his patron is to see the h to England, and he's persuaded to stay there and make sure she doesn't marry a fortune hunter. Mmmkay.

h - only daughter of dingbat who, u
Irina Augusta
Yah, akhirnya selsai juga baca novel ini.
Aku bingung antara suka atau tidak dengan novel ini. Laura Kinsale berhasil membuatku merasa sebal dengan karyanya sendiri, dengan konflik-konflik yang tampak sudah selesai namun ternyata akan muncul lagi dan membuat hidup hero dan heroine-nya berubah. Secara keseluruhan cerita ini bagus, menarik, dan terlihat membuatku berpikir, "seandainya Historical Romance itu benar-benar ada di kehidupan nyata, pasti cerita ini sangat memungkinkan," "cerita ini yang
Aug 02, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it

Another angsty, captivating read by Ms. Kinsale. It’s the third book of hers I’ve read this summer thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tess, our heroine, is a wealthy heiress and aristocrat who was raised primarily by her father. They traveled across the globe as he performed scientific research, primarily into plants. She developed important skills such as the ability to skin a snake, but never became a lady of the Ton (high society). Right before her father dies, she promises him that she will move back to
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Zoe and the Edge
Kinsale knows how to write the beautiful just as she well as she knows how to write the ugly. Her books are so full on. I wanted to hate this book for the ugly – for the meaningless cruelty in tearing apart these innocent characters. Honestly, I didn't want to review this because I just don't want to ever have to look upon this book again and having it on my shelves will be a painful reminder of what I went through reading this. This book made me angry at the misunderstandings. If only I didn't ...more
Yunita Taman
Jan 05, 2016 Yunita Taman rated it really liked it
Pertama kali membaca tulisan karya author Laura Kinsale membuatku sedikit tidak biasa. Semacam kau mencampurkan beberapa pengarang lawas dalam satu novel. Ada sedikit melodrama ala Karen Ranney dan juga momen emosional seperti Lorraine Heath. Mungkin ada sisi heroine gagah berani yang dihidupkan oleh Johanna Lindsey pada beberapa novelnya. Intinya ceritanya cukup menarik dan penuh aksi juga memiliki plot yang kaya. Untuk sebuah novel debut yang mendapat penghargaan, novel ini sempurna.

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Laura Kinsale is a New York Times bestselling author and both winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America.

She become a romance writer after six years as a geologist--a career which consisted of getting out of bed in the middle of the night and driving hundreds of miles alone across west Texas to sit drilling rigs, wear a hard hat, and at
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