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Gloved Heart

(Hearts of Amberley #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Can she ever trust again?

Amy Miller is struggling to come to terms with her new life as a mother, while being a reluctant guest in a rigid gentry household. A victim of abuse, she is determined to never trust a man again.

Henry Russell has loved Amy for as long as he can remember, but his family want nothing to do with her. A chance encounter with Amy rekindles a friendsh
ebook, 225 pages
Published April 20th 2019
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He took her innocence and Amy knows she can never trust a man again, nor can she tolerate their touch. Shamed, orphaned and now a young mother, Amy has become the ward of a wealthy, upper crust family where rules of decorum and propriety seem to far outweigh warmth and caring. Out of her element, forced to follow the rules of the wealthy, the young farmer’s daughter is alone, a square peg being forced to fit into a round and gilded hole with only her infant son to shower her love on.

Henry, a poo
Gloved Heart explored the emotional and physical repercussions of rape, and raised the question of whether the main character would ever be able to move past this traumatic event.

The book opened up with a very general flashback of the event to set the stage for the story. Although this is book two in the series, I did not have a problem jumping in and understanding the storyline.

I liked the two main characters and felt bad for Amy with all of the trauma she had experienced. I really enjoyed the
Katie W
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Trust is a difficult thing to regain once it has been lost and Amy is learning that lesson firsthand. Wronged by a man, she struggles to trust anyone of that gender. Her life has been difficult lately, especially as she strives to find the balance between being a new mother and finding her place in society. Her newly rekindled friendship with Henry is a beautiful thing.

I liked Henry and the patience he shows towards a sometimes aggravating Amy. I love how their friendship slowly grows and really
Sarah Perchikoff
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have we talked enough about my love for a regency romance? NEVER! But Gloved Heart by Charlotte Brentwood is not the typical regency romance. Neither of the love interests are swimming in money and both are trying to get away from something. Amy is trying to get away from her past and Henry is trying to move away from his family. But will they find peace with each other or are they too haunted to make it work? Let's get to the review!

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Amy Miller is struggling to come to
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Amy Miller has found herself in a desperate situation. Used and discarded after becoming pregnant by her employer's brother, Amy had nowhere to go. She refused to be shamed by her situation and was graciously taken in as a ward. At the Fortesque's, Amy is relishing in the comforts of being a mother, but is feeling overwhelmed at Mrs. Fortesque's demands for her to learn ladylike qualities. In addition, Amy is still suffering from the attack and cannot feel that she can trust another man. When th ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
***3.5 stars***

Gloved Heart had a lot of depth to the plot. Amy is a young single mother. She was violated and kept the baby. Her circumstances are not ideal, her adopted parents had passed away and now she is the ward of a wealthy couple. She is not sure why they have taken pity on her and helped her out in her time of need.

Henry is the son of a farmer and has loved Amy for a long time. He doesn't care that she has a child. He knows she is blameless in his conception and longs to give her and h
Jo Barton
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amy Miller is a young woman who has been sorely wronged but who is making the best of a bad situation and, though she doesn't quite feel comfortable with the family who are offering her a refuge, she realises that her personal circumstances make life awkward for those people who are concerned for her welfare. When Amy meets up with Henry Russell, young man who she once shared a friendship with, it opens up, new opportunities for Amy.

Gloved Heart reiterates the social and moral contradictions whi
Lori D
A story of loss of innocence and a life changed forever. Amy Miller was a ladies maid, but when she was a victim of abuse at the hands of her employer's brother who she fancied herself in love with. Unfortunately when she was left with a baby, he totally ignored her. Fortunately she had been taken in by a family, but Mrs Fortesque was trying to turn her into what she was not. A lady. She was the daughter of a farmer and was having a hard time adjusting to the different expectations.
Henry Russell
Jennifer  J.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here is a tale that runs the gamut of emotions and gently brings along the reader for a heart touching and highly satisfying ride. An intricately woven tale with believable characters in a setting that is surely true to its era. New to me author, Charlotte Brentwood, has done a fine work in this second volume of her Hearts of Amberley series. A Gloved Heart easily stands alone but certainly inspires the fans of the Regency Romance genre to grab the first volume too! With a clever title which lea ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading this author, so I haven’t read book 1 in this series but that didn’t seem to matter as I was able to thoroughly enjoy this book. The author has written a delightful historical story that sees those times for what they were, not all wonderfully good people but also not all evil people. There is a very strong female lead who endures abuse at the hands of her employer’s family but refuses to break, instead choosing to have her child, look after him and love him. This i ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a well written book that I could appreciate even though I didn’t personally end up liking a large portion of it because of my personal issues with Amy, but the ending was sweet, and I liked most of the other characters.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved falling into this world with its characters and the setting of country living in England.

I liked how both Amy and Henry's perspectives are presented with their struggles to unite.

Despite the traumas in this story things, move along gently which makes for a cozy clean romance read.
Jamie Brydone-Jack
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, regency
We meet Amy Miller in her early days of being a new mother. She had been working as a lady's maid when she was attacked by one of the men who lived in the household, resulting in the pregnancy. She and her son has become the wards of Fortescue's. Amy is having a hard time adjusting to her new life, her past, and her roles in the world. Henry Russell is a neighbor she has known since she was a girl. He has always held a secret torch for her. He is still interested in her now even with the scandal ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. 


Number of titles I have read by this author: 1

Love story speed: Friendship in progress; Insta-besottedness (H); Slow bur
Cathy Morgan
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Amy is pregnant as a result of her rape by a man she had loved and trusted, when she is taken in by a local couple in the gentry. Though herself the adopted child of a labouring family, she is being trained to be a lady, including (once he is born) limited contact with her beloved child, Benjamin. When one day it all gets too much and she escapes the house with Benjamin, she meets again Henry, a man whom she had known for years and who loves her - and would have asked for her hand in marriage af ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Set in the Regency era, Gloved Heart tells the story of Amy, a former lady's maid who fell prey to the wrong kind of man and ended up unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with prospect of going to a workhouse, she agrees to enter the protection of an affluent family in the area. This family is generous in providing for her, but Amy quickly feels the weight of their expectations and doubts that she can truly be a part of their family. She also struggles with moving past the traumatic experience that left ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wrote a much longer review and somehow erased it. Ugh! Book provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This wasn’t my favorite book. I feel there were many parts that could have been cut completely without altering the story. Some plot points were beaten to death and made me wonder if the author felt we couldn’t be trusted to know how we were supposed to feel towards the characters. This is insulting. Also, there were “twists” that seemed to obvious, but the characters were oblivio
Charlotte Brentwood
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
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I found this to be a great improvement upon the first book in the series. The writing still feels immature, but not nearly as much as before. There is some uncomfortable subject matter (including a death I felt unnecessary), but it’s handled with care. As with the previous book, I like the story but felt the execution of the writing was lacking.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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Charlotte developed serious crushes on a series of men from age fifteen: Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth and Brandon. A bookworm and scribbler for as long as she can remember, Charlotte always dreamed of sharing her stories with the world.

Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the internet and in marketing. She lives with her

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