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El secreto de Amber

(A Proper Romance #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,288 ratings  ·  669 reviews
¿Por qué habría de casarse por algo tan pasajero como el amor? La vida da muchas vueltas...
Amber Marie Sterlington, la sensación de la temporada en Londres, ya ha elegido a unos cuantos hombres, y sabe qué es lo que más le importa en un marido: que tenga un título y fortuna. ¿Por qué habría de casarse por algo tan pasajero como el amor? ¿Y por qué habría de mirar más de d
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Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published February 10th 2018 by Libros de Seda (first published April 7th 2015)
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Katie W
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 Stars) I love this Proper Romance line--really, I love a clean, fun romance and this one was definitely unique. I've read a lot of books by this author, if not all of them. This one was unlike anything she's done before and she totally nailed it.

It's safe to say that Amber is a snob, completely self-centered, and completely unlikable. She thinks of no one, save herself, and her desire to have a title and money. When a condition and situation out of her control causes her to be banished from
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Linda
What if I told you about a story that was driven by the MCs' perception? Expectation? Acceptance?

And, before now, a subject that I have never seen touched upon in a fictional story.

What if I recommended that you start it afresh? Read the book editorial and maybe several of your trusted GR friends' valued opinions? 😉

What if I suggested you find a partner and mentioned that A Heart Revealed would be best read as a 'buddy-read'? You are going to want to talk to someone and discuss the story's ups
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Rachel McMillan
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the absolute best historical romances I have ever read. The game changing kind. In any other writer's hands, this might fall short; but a competent pen, a wonderfully assured narrative voice and a keen eye for the nuances of the human condition are masterfully rendered here.


I read this book on recommendation in one breathless sitting. It was delightful. I sunk into its world and meandered about and found my heart constricting at the treatise on how humans can change, can be tested, can fi
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Mela
A surprising book. It isn't what I call Regency romance. It isn't witty and amusing in a way those romances are.

This book is of an own kind. I have enjoyed it very much, there were even moments when I thought it was amazing.

What I love the most is a transformation which Amber underwent, although she wasn't the only one which changed. Her changes were very realistic. They weren't sudden. They needed time to evolve.

The second thing I like the most is a story of relationship between sisters and b
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Anne Osterlund
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Richards is a less-than-exalted member of the elite. In London for the Season, he will be lucky to find a wife willing to move to the north country. He has no business falling for raging beauty, Amber Sterlington.

As she confirms for him, sternly, when he dares to ask her to dance.

Amber is in London to secure her position. To make the most advantageous match possible, even if it means squashing a few hearts and her sister’s hopes along the way. Everything Amber has done, her entire life, h
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Jacob Proffitt
Once I abandoned my expectations based on "romance" as a genre, I sank into this book with gratification. Amber is tough to take in the first half of the book. She's beautiful and calculating and ruthless and she can be mean, even heartless. Her treatment of the hero, Thomas, is dismissive and he takes that understandably poorly. There are hints that she's not a complete loss as a human being, but for that first half, she kind of is.

Thomas, on the other hand, is delightful from the start. He's s
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Lyuda
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyuda by: Linda

2.5 stars

Thank you, Linda for your beautiful review and a challenge. Even though, the story didn't work for me, our discussion was so much fun. Loved it!

If I think of an overall message of the story, it is this:

1. Physical work and the wholesome/virtuous thoughts is a guide for the correct path in life.
2. Working class will provide the above guidance to their betters.

I have no problem with the first one as the story fits Inspirational Christian Fiction genre of the book but it’s a preachiness o
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances for a person to change for the better.

Amber Sterlington is the bell of the London Season. She turns all heads when she walks into the room. Men flock to her. She knows she is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage.

The unthinkable happens and she is disgraced, sent into exile, and humbled.

Thomas Richards is an exceptional man. He is pulled to Amber whenever he hears the sound of her voice. He tries to stay away, even when she p
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Court
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got to read an ARC from Deseret Book. It's a cute story, and I absolutely loved the author's writing style. I loved all the literary references in the latter half of the book, and I almost thought the author was going to do a play "Believe me if all these endearing young charms." I loved that the conflict was different, that it was not a one conniving woman or evil man that kept Amber from being accepted in society, but it was herself. I also appreciated that though she was beautiful in the begi ...more
QNPoohBear
3.5-3.75 stars - I liked it but a little less than REALLY liked it.

Amber Sterlington, the daughter of Viscount Merchant, is the reigning belle of the ton. So what if her sister was supposed to come out with her - her sister can take a back seat for all Amber cares. She aims to have a good time and carefully choose her husband based on who has the highest title and most money NOW. When her new maid Suzanne, discovers a secret about Amber that affects her beauty and her social standing, Amber is d
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MaryannC.Book Fiend
3.75 Stars. A nice and pleasant romance. I was going to make my review short and simple, but I feel the need to express that though it was nice and pleasant to read, you knew exactly where this was going and how it was going to end. Sometimes that's what I want in a great story, but I also want a few twists and turns to keep you wondering if maybe it will end differently than you expected. I guess the bottom line for this was that it was a nice, safe read without a lot of excitement.
Melanie
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm most familiar with Josi Kilpack for her culinary cozy mystery series which I love so I was interested to see how she would do in the regency romance arena. I'm glad to say that she delivered!

Amber Sterlington is beautiful and knows it. She's a snob and extremely unlikable. She's shallow and has men lining up for her attention. Thomas Richards doesn't have title or a fortune. He's kind and likable and isn't too serious about finding a wife. He feels drawn to Ms. Sterlington but she is rude to
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Heather
I've loved every book I've read by Josi Kilpack, and A HEART REVEALED is no exception. A genre jump for Kilpack, but I thought she did an excellent job. One of Kilpack's strengths is character development, and I loved watching Amber's character develop and change. Usually regencies focus on the "sweet girl who is about to make a love match," but Amber is not one of the sweet girls. She's spoiled and arrogant. When a life-changing event occurs, it still takes her time to truly change her heart.
Julie Carpenter
Amber and Thomas are two main characters who are definitely opposites. The beginning does a great job setting up the scene of the spoiled debutante who is going to get all that she sets her mind(not her heart) to and the humble third son of a baron searching for a wife who will build a good life with him.

He can't understand the pull that Amber has over him and continues to try to avoid her though everything keeps setting them within each other's paths. She is oblivious to him and honestly every
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Mindy
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I want to congratulate Josi on this amazing book. It is already getting rave reviews, and I now that I am finished I can see why! Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and so on and so on, all agree it is a fabulous book. Way to go, Josi!!

This book was beautiful. The writing was flawless and the characters were strong and developed well. I loved how the author took her time in helping the reader learn to like Amber, because I admit, I didn't like her at first. I LOVED Suzanne. She was so wonder
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I don't normally enjoy reading stories where the main character is so flawed that she is unlikeable, but in this case the author did such a fabulous job with Amber's character arc. Amber's vulnerabilities and motivations for her attitudes and behavior are revealed as we get to know her and her family situation. As a sister to three, I could even relate to some of her sibling rivalry and frustrations. I don't want to give anything away, but the trial that sends Amber to the far north country and ...more
Chrissy
I was thankful that I had read my friends' reviews and knew that Amber started out horrible. I like heroines who are strong and kind, yet for the first third of the book, Amber is mean and arrogant. The author did a good job of establishing the negative so I could truly appreciate the change in her throughout the book. I thought the hero was truly a hero. I also appreciated that this story points out the power of overcoming tribulation. Amber learned so much through her trial, much more than any ...more
Melissa
I had very high hopes for this book and I really wish I could have liked it more and given it more stars but I have to be honest. The first 100 pages I just really didn't like. I almost put it down and took it back to the library. I finally decided to skim the next 100 pages I ended up reading a little more then skimming because the main character finally started to change. I really disliked her and the leading man for most of this book. The leading man was not a big part of this book, he was in ...more
Tangi
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting. Took until 80% through book for main two characters to meet. I wanted a little more romance. Interesting story line but not what I was expecting.
Eva
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-lead, regency, 2015
Could I please title a new book genre „Passionless Romance”? Really … *le sigh* Oops … was this a spoiler now?
Well to tell the story without any spoiler is rather impossible.
Amber Sterling is the diamond of the first water, the star of the London season. Everybody loves her but she declines all men because she only wants a title and money. Lots of both preferable. Thomas is only the second son of an earl from Yorkshire and because of no title and no fortune she isn’t even remembering him.
Sudden
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love the “Proper Romance” series by Shadow Mountain publisher. These books are fall exactly in my sweet spot for reading. I know exactly what I’m going to get when I pick one of these books up.

This book was a bit of romance, but mostly it was a journey of self- discovery for Miss Amber Sterlington. At the height of her season in London, Amber encounters a most distressing and devastating turn of events. Everything she has known changes. She cast away, discarded, humiliated and scared. I knew
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Heidi
I love Shadow Mountain's A Proper Romance line of clean romance novels. All of them have been wonderful and A Heart Revealed is no different. What I especially liked about this one is the depth that the characters develop and the nature of the challenges that Thomas and Amber face. I've read many regency novels (clean ones anyway) and I love the genre (I'm not sure why because I wouldn't want to have lived then), but I haven't read any quite like this one.

Thomas I liked from the beginning, he's
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Heidi
4.5 stars

Given as much time as the hero and heroine are apart in this story I was surprised by how much I ended up loving it. I'll be honest, I wasn't crazy about the first of this book and I was really wondering how the author was ever going to save the heroine from herself. She's a bit of a horrible person and definitely not likeable....BUT....to see the change in her and watch her story along with Thomas's (the hero)...I LOVED how the author brings them together. Thomas is an amazing person i
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Sandee
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how much I loved this book. Loved it!!
Donna Weaver
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?

But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exil
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Jessica (BookObsessedJess)
IMAGINE, if you will, a book with a delightfully beautiful romance.

VISUALIZE a female friendship so solid that it's kind of the highlight of the book.



A Heart Revealed follows Miss Amber Sterlington, a snobby, entitled brat who enjoys throwing tantrums and Mr. Thomas Richards, the third son of a Lord. Amber endures a HUGE fall from grace in the manner of a public spectacle and then is sent to live in comparable squalor with her ladies' maid. (I say comparable in the contrast of the life she lived
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Courtney Clark
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! With a wonderfully unique premise, Kilpack presents a heroine whose growth and change through the story is drastic but still believable. Even when Amber began as not-so-likable, I had empathy for her situation (and even her ignorance), especially as she appears through the hero's eyes. The romance's timeline is not what is considered "conventional" for the genre, either, but that is one reason I am impressed with this story even more. The theme of love is carried to a greater d ...more
Linda
While reading this novel I've discovered a new bookish pet peeve: historical novels that are way too modern regarding characters, plot and/or language. I simply didn't find it believable that Mr. Richards, the son of a lord, was such an egalitarian and feminist, who really cared nothing for anything but love. And would a 19th century English woman really be considering anything "waspish"? But the story did revolve around a theme I haven't encountered before, which is a clear plus. If not for the ...more
Susan
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED THIS! This is one I plan to buy. A proud, wealthy girl comes to a very low point in her life when in her prime years and the rage of the London season, starts loosing her hair.

It is her story of how her hardened heart softens. She starts to see people beyond their class. A very sweet love story to go with it. My favorite.
Lesr Kew
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting story with unique situations and plot. loved it! 4.5
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