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Change of Heart

(Hours of the Night #2.25)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Preacher always said New Orleans was a den of sin, so of course Clarabelle had to see for herself…

Momma says a body reaps what they sow, and Clarabelle’s planted the seeds of trouble. The year is 1933, and not much else is growing in the Oklahoma dirt. Clarabelle’s gone and fallen in love with her best friend, so she figures it's time to go out and see the world.

If she’s lucky,
ebook, 80 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Liv Rancourt
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This story should come with a warning, as it doesn’t I’m going to give it one of my own. Do not pick this book up with the intentions of taking a peek before doing chores or taking care of more pressing matters than reading. I did so and all my good intentions went on the backburner until I was done. I literally couldn’t put my kindle down from the moment I read the first page until I turned the last. And, even then, wow, Clarabelle and Vaughn followed me around for the rest of the day.

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Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once I picked this novella up I couldn't put it down until I'd finished. It's has amazing depth but it's also light and bright. Change of Heart is a really good piece of storytelling. Charming. Engaging. Clarabelle's narrative, everyone around her, imbued with a pitch-perfect sense of time and place. All characters were right in the era with their dialogue and fashion and innocence, but some don't necessarily fit so easily, although they manage well. The pragmatic Clarabelle and the elegant Vaughn - I'm in ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2017-dr
You know that feeling, after you finish a book, where you know there are going to be mixed feelings about it from readers? Yeah, that is this book. I think this book should evoke the emotions you will likely feel upon completion. I also think it's vital to keep in mind that this book takes place in 1933 not 2017. Times were so beyond different then than they are now. We can't even comprehend it no matter how hard we try. So that's dipping into the unknown.

This historical LGBTQ story
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, shorts, favorites
I loved this! Clara and Vaughn were absolutely lovely. I'd love to read more about them, more about Vaughn before she met Clara, just more. I loved the sense of time and place as well. Short, but wonderful, sweet and touching. I also really enjoyed the glimpse of Thaddeus Dupont. I hope Liv will choose to revisit Vaughn and Clara some day.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, giveaways
*I received an ARC from NetGalley.

This novella is quite different than any I have ever read before. It is a piece of historical fiction showing a slice of life for a group of members of the LGBTQ community in New Orleans in 1933. The book focuses on a group of people living in a time period that is particularly unkind to difference. This is, in some ways, so diffferent than the time we are living in now, and in some ways so like our time. Clarabelle, a country girl, has moved to New
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, this lovely little book. Change of Heart is a historical romance that has so many things to like about it I hardly know where to begin. The short medium can make for such a tricky read for me, and has been known to leave a story feeling unfinished or hurried, or sometimes both, but let me assure you that Liv Rancourt has crafted such a tender love story between two sweet and gentle and pure characters that when I reached the end, I wanted much more from them—not because something ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I find an uplifting, positive Trans story, and adored "Change of Heart" from the get go.

This is so beautifully written.

Liv Rancourt effortlessly pulled me to 1930s New Orleans and into the grimy, sweaty Moonlight Club where Clara and her friend Vaughn both work. Clara already knows she has a thing for women, which is why she left the sticks and moved to what she calls "Sodom" to have a bit of fun. She gets more than she bargains for when she falls for Vaughn.

The way the story e
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay - I am TOTALLY biased as Liv is my writing partner - but I absolutely adored this story!

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No rating because I have mixed feelings. I really enjoyed this book, but parts of it kind of bothered me. It's about a cis lesbian who falls in love with a trans woman, and it's totally in the cis woman's point-of-view. Cis reviewer here, and I don't know how trans people received this book.

First, I like that the cis woman (Clara) is a lesbian, rather than bi/pan. I see it as a problem that many writers don't write characters who are hetero or gay/lesbian in relationships with trans
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fizzy like champagne

Wonderful lovely little story about Clara and all the things she finds in Sodom, er New Orleans. Delightful! Highly recommended
Debbie Christiana
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everything I loved about Change of Heart: 1933 New Orleans, the two main characters, Vaughn and Clara, so different, yet the same (even after a revelation that leaves Clara slightly confused), strong writing and dialogue AND a guest appearance from Thaddeus DuPont, who has a secret or two of his own. Thaddeus is a character from the Hours of the Night Series, in which Change of Heart of a prequel novella. We briefly get to see Thaddeus in a different era, which is very cool, especially if you're ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I meant to just start reading it without the intention of finishing it in a few hours. It definitely gave a different twist I didn't expect but was nonetheless pleased about. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the way Cara's thought process was so inviting and easy to get lost in. A very good short story to a good start to a series.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet slice of life story about the budding romance between two young women in 1930s New Orleans. Clara and Vaughn are both charming and likeable and their romance is sweet, but I'm guessing that this novella is meant to be part of a larger universe because the whole thing feels like rushed back story. I would've liked a lot more development in the story and a lot more showing instead of telling, but it was enjoyable nevertheless.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was moved by this book. The friendship grew and they stuck together when things got rough.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Clara is excited to have moved to New Orleans, or Sodom and Gomorrah as she calls it sometimes. Her preacher warned her about this city, so when she was outed she moves there and makes a living working in a night club. Her neighbor, a catholic woman, worries about her chastity but Clara does not want to be with men anyway. Vaughn is the prettiest girl Clara has ever seen and when she finally d
Skye Kilaen
UPDATE 10/26/18: To be fair, here's a link to a review on Trans Book Reviews that didn't have as much of a negative reaction as I did:

I've read and enjoyed several of Liv Rancourt's other books, so I was really disappointed to dislike this one so much. The love interest is a trans woman, Vaughn, and I did not care for how the book treated her, although I found the events and other characters' reactions historically plausible. I felt very uncomfortable reading it while trying to imagine
Sadie Forsythe
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, look at that gorgeous cover, y'all! Moving on; this story moved a bit too fast. Not the romance, that was well-paced considering it was meant to be brewing at the beginning. But the rest of it (I won't give spoilers), the decisions people make and the actions they take for future were all too fast for me. There are also some threads left unexplained and some of the language around race was uncomfortable, but probably appropriate for the time period of the piece. But beyond those few c ...more
The writing is great, and apart from a couple “ugh, not this trope again” points, it was enjoyable to read and left me feeling good at the end. - Leigh

I would like to see more stories than don’t center how the cis person feels and deals with discovering their partner is trans. - Laura

Read our full review here
Maddy Max
It's not that I don't like Change of Heart. But sadly I didn't lose myself in this novella like I was expecting, so in the end I feel nothing for the characters or the story.

*Thanks to Netgalley/Book Enthusiast Promotions for this arc in return for a honest review.*
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May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Change of Heart is a story as lovely as its cover, an historical romance that effortlessly transports the reader to 1930s New Orleans, and seduces us into falling in love with Clarabelle and Vaughn. Liv Rancourt captures the essence of the era and the characters, with a wonderful narrative voice that is full of sensual authenticity.

I loved the innocence of Clarabelle, a young woman who chose to the Sodom of the time, hoping that her sinful was might find a home there. It is wonderful
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