Sunday, May 22, 2011

Illuminations of the Heart

Illuminations of the Heart (Historical Romance Novels)Joyce DiPastena
Book 2 of Series
Loyalty's Web, Illuminations of the Heart, (Book 3 Coming Soon), Dangerous Favor
Medieval Romance

"You are a most hard-hearted angel, carissima."

Sir Tristan lives in constant guilt over failing his wife, Clothilde, and losing her to a terrible accident.  But his stable, though depressed, life is turned upside down by the arrival of Lady Siriol de Calendri.  Siriol may be the sister of his old friend, but she also appears to be the twin of Clothilde.  As if her appearance isn't disturbing enough, Tristan must now decide if his feelings for her are because of Clothilde, or if she is stirring up a new love after all.  Siri is not sure what to expect when her brother's last wishes sends her to Piotou, the land of her father.  She wishes to establish herself as an illuminator.  But such is easier said than done, especially since her brother's instructions to Sir Tristan are to find her a husband.  But Siri finds that the only husband she wants is Tristan - who only sees her as his late wife.

My Opinion: This was fantastic - just as good as the last one!  DiPastena has done it again - I fell in love with it from start to finish.  I love the complex character of Tristan with his conflicted desires and responsibilities.  He is so realistic in both his guilt and passion.  Siri is a great, strong female character - though a little naive at times.  Her character is rich and wise.  Their spark and attraction is wonderful and there are so many twists and turns that you definitely stay on the edge of your seat.  The side characters are great and create a full, complex world that sucks you in.  This was a wonderful book and I would suggest it to anyone.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and opinion are 100% my own.


  1. Thank you for this wonderful review of my book! You found all I hoped my readers would find in the story. :-)

  2. I enjoyed the review and I am looking forward to reading the book.




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