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Heart of Stone

(Irish Angel #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,508 ratings  ·  147 reviews
She had the darkest of pasts. And he had everything to lose by loving her. Laura Foster, free from the bondage of an unspeakable childhood, has struggled to make a new life for herself. Now the owner of an elegant boardinghouse in Glory, Texas, she is known as a wealthy, respectable widow. But Laura never forgets that she is always just one step ahead of her past. When Rev ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published February 22nd 2010 by Zondervan (first published February 5th 2010)
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Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Older teens through adult
Heart of Stone was a heartwarming read. Set in the 1870's in Texas, this novel had me under its spell from the first pages. The characters were proper and gentile, but still with the strength that you would expect from living it a tough time and place. I loved the main characters. Laura Foster was a hurt woman with a tarnished past, but she overcame it, and developed into a strong woman. Brand McCormick was the town preacher who had strong morals and a family. Both had strengths that were put to ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download. I actually really liked the story but felt conflicted about it being Christian fiction because essentially the heroine lies about who she is throughout much of the story; the hero has something to hide about his past, too, and what makes these lies hard to take is their so-called respectability in their community. He's a reverend, and she's a well-respected "widow" with a spotless reputation.

Normally, I'd be fine with that set up — it makes for a good story. The heroine sta
R.L. Syme
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. And this is the highest score I've ever given a Christian fiction book, except Redeeming Love. For all those readers out there who fell in love with Redeeming Love all those years ago and have been waiting for a book to come along that could compare to it, look no further. This is it. This book will have you laughing and crying. It will draw you into its story and suspend your disbelief completely. It will make you want to turn the page, every page, and it will touch ...more
Regan Walker
Brilliant Story of an Irish lass Set in Old Texas

Set in the 1870s, this is the story of Laura Foster, an Irish girl who was sold into prostitution as a child. Having escaped New Orleans and a life she didn’t chose, Laura is finally living her dream of running a boarding house decked out in grand style. But even after four years of acting the respectable widow in Glory, Texas, she is always fearful that someone from her past might reveal her true identity.

One man falls in love with her: Reverend
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel indifferent towards this book. I don't know if it's the book's fault or my health.
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like inspirational romance
I received this book as an Advanced Review Copy, and thought I was getting a historical romance-it was a historical romance, but it's more in the genre of Christian Fiction. Once I got over the shock of this being an inspirational romance, I really liked the story. It was a sweet story with a good message-follow your heart, be willing to forgive those who have erred in their ways, and don't let others decide your fate for you. The characters were all likable, and the Reverends kids made me laugh ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
The widow Laura Foster has made a place for herself in Glory, Texas as a respected member of this Christian community where she owns a boarding house that only caters to women and families. That would all change in an instant if her neighbors knew who the real Laura Foster was. Laura is not her real name, it's Lovie Lane, former New Orleans prostitute who was sold into sexual slavery along with her younger sister Megan, who was nine at the time. The Lane sisters, along with their two younger sib ...more
3.5 stars

When the Potato Famine hit Ireland, Laura Foster came to New Orleans with her family to find a better life. What they found was more poverty. When her parents died shortly after, Laura and her 3 sisters were divided up by her uncle, the two youngest were sent to an orphanage, Laura and her sister Megan were sold elsewhere.

Years later Laura has invented a new life, name and history and is living in Texas as a successful business owner and widow. When Reverend Brand McCormick begins court
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Book One in the Irish Angels Series, Heart of Stone transports readers back to the 1800’s where eleven-year-old Lovie Lane is sold to a brothel by her cruel Uncle Tim.

Orphaned by their parents who came to America following the blight in Ireland, Lovie and her sisters are betrayed by the family who promised to protect them. Innocence ruined, as she grows up in the brothel Lovie becomes a determined young woman who plots her escape from the life she detests.

Fast forwarding several years, as an a
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. First time I read this author, but I've already bought Heart of Lies (#2 in Irish Angel series).

This is a story of love, forgiveness, caring and sharing.

Laura and her family moved from Ireland when she was 10 years old to the Irish Channel in New Orleans which was for the poor Irish. Shortly, after arrival both her parents died. She and her 3 sisters were taken in by an aunt and uncle who really could not afford to keep them. Two of the sisters were put into an orphanage. Laura
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
3 1/2

I enjoyed this just as I expected too, since I love Jill Marie Landis' style. I personally think the second book,Heart of Lies in this series is better, I liked the characters more and the scenery. This one was good, we have strong characters, unexpected happenings and suspense. But it was dark and not really my kind of plot. Lovie/Laura is a former prostitute who now has established for herself a name, Mrs, Foster, the Widow Foster. No one knows her past and she intends to keep it that way
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story of a former prostitute pulling herself out of that lifestyle and trying to make an honest living by herself. Jill Marie Landis has a comfortable reading style and makes it easy to get to know the characters and see their personalities. The only disappointment I had was the curse word that was added to the dialogue of the villain. Yes, I'm being picky since it was mild (the "d" word) but I don't want Christian publishers to start down this slippery slope. They allowed one in ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved this book. It was a sweet story of redemption, forgiveness and unconditional love.

Lovie has recently landed in New Orleans with her parents and 3 sisters. They have come all the way from Ireland. The only person they know is their father's brother and his wife and 2 kids, but their uncle is lazy and not an honorzlbe man like their father. When Lovie's parents die their uncle sells the 2 oldest girls Lovie 11, and Meaghan 9 to a brothel. The minute they are taken in the brot
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Alright people here we go: Normally I don't think of Romance and Christian Fiction being closely entwined. The author manages to do that and do it well in this book! I like the main character Laura...she was such a multi dimensional character who perseveres while trying to overcome her past. The love factor in this book is just good...there's no better way to put it. It's good and it's kind, and you just wanted to fall in love yourself. This book has you laughing at times and crying at others, a ...more
Sheri Salatin
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
My thoughts: I'm going to skip the narrative on this book and just go straight to what I thought of it. I liked it, but didn't love it.
The author did a good job with the sensitive subject of prostitution. But the reason that I didn't love it was because there was something lacking. The faith in Laura (Lovie) felt forced. There was a point in the books that she submits to Christ, but after that, the jump was too sudden. I felt that the end of the book was a "hurry up and get this thing finished"
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book very much. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers had a similar plot and did it a thousand times better. The characters didn't have much personality. All I got from Brand was that he couldn't take no for an answer (can I please stop reading books about this, it's annoying in real life and not romantic) and from Laura I got nothing at all. And not because she closed herself off, I just had no sense that she was anything but words on a page. I'll pass on future installments.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western-romance
I love it when I find a good writer

Ms Landis is a good writer weaving sorrow, love, pain with the exact right humor at the right time. I avoided picking up my Kindle today because I *knew* what would happen. I started this book just last night.

I chucked more than once and guffaw at one point. Characters with depth. People with no character at all but did have the Title.

A sweet cat called "Peaches". A horse named ... ah, shall we say appropriately.

I do not to give anything away about this delig
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Laura Foster had the type of childhood no one should have. Her father and mother have died shortly after arriving here from Ireland. Her uncle, who promised her parents he would take care of the four girls and make sure they stay together, sold her and her sister to a brothel. Laura has no idea what happened to the two littlest sisters. It has taken her years to get over her tarnished past, but she finally has, so she thinks. She is the respectable owner of a lovely boarding house with a new nam ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - not bad, but not really good, either. Drug out way too much in parts, didn't have a great flow in others. And I didn't like how some of the issues were handled. Oh! And I HATED when one of her characters spread the lie that "God won't give us more than we can handle." LIE! Nowhere on the Bible does it say that. It does say that HE can handle anything, and that with Him we can do all things, but that doesn't mean we won't be in over our heads ever. It means He won't.
Patty Campbell
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first read of this author, Jill Marie Landis. Won't be my last.
This is a charming story. It covers some very serious issues and how the characters handle them. For those of you who love a love story, but don't necessarily want to read sex scenes, this book will convey the strong emotional depth of the characters without them. The clever way Landis has written the story, it just doesn't need them. Landis is this very talented author.
Marguerite Gray
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will definitely read the rest of this series. Laura the oldest of four sisters is forced into a life of prostitution after her parents die and her uncle sells her to a brothel. She promises to find her sisters but has to escape her own prison first. The story follows her from New Orleans to central Texas. Will her past catch up with her?
A Busscher
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching book.

The story of Lovey/Laura brings up the issue of secrets, forgiveness, and judgmental attitudes. No matter how much we spit-shine our outer lives, only God can truly cleanse us. Ms. Landis has made an excellent start to the series.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this in an audio book.
Kristin Hedstrom
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.Good plot, but a little to preachy for me. Quick read.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little predictable, but a good story.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written, If you're struggling with forgiveness this is a must read.
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JILL MARIE LANDIS is the bestselling author of nearly thirty novels which have appeared on the NYT bestseller list, USA Today and other national bestseller lists. She has won numerous awards for her heartfelt characters and sweeping emotional historical romances that include SUMMER MOON and MAGNOLIA CREEK and the Irish Angels Series; HEART OF STONE, HEART OF LIES, and HEART OF GLASS. All of her Hi ...more

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