Happy Thursday friends! The weekend is in sight!!  Today I’m delighted to have a review for you of Gloved Heart (Hearts of Amberley Book 2) by Charlotte Brentwood.  This is an adorable, heartwarming regency romance that will truly make you smile.

the blurb

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 friendship which might save both of them.

The discovery of a secret which holds the key to Amy’s past will change them forever, and jeopardise any chance they have for happiness. Can Henry show Amy that true love will give her everything she could ever need?

This is the second book in the HEARTS OF AMBERLEY series, but you can read it as a standalone. You’ll love these books if you’re a fan of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Carla Kelly or Downton Abbey.

Sensuality level: sweet (only kissing)

Some content may challenge sensitive readers, including mention of a rape and mild violence and coarse language.

Where to buy:  Amazon

my review

Amy is struggling to come to terms with what happened to her – and as a result she now has a new baby.  And on top of that, she is living in a house where she’s not comfortable, with the owners trying to make her something she’s not.  One day she’s had enough and leaves the house for some respite, and bumps into Henry – a man she has known all her life……

Henry has always been in love with Amy, and is willing to put everything on the line to be with her but his parents won’t allow it.  He’s delighted to bump into Amy again and to rekindle their old friendship, but it’s hard for them both.  She finds it difficult to trust, and he just wants to be with her.  As they spend more time together, Henry realises something about Amy and her new life, but decides to keep it quiet to save her heart.  But is he making the right decision? Will Amy ever be able to trust again? And if she did, would Henry’s parents ever accept her? And what is the big secret? Will Amy find out? And will old ghosts come back to haunt her?

I absolutely loved this book.  I do enjoy a romance but didn’t realise how deeply I’d fall in love with this!  Because it’s written in the past, in a historical context everything is so much more gentlemanly than modern times; with parents having to pay a dowry, and having to accept and approve of the person their child would marry.  This sounds crazy to us these days but it’s actually so romantic in a way!

Although I haven’t read the first book in the series, I didn’t feel like I needed to in order to understand the story or the characters (although I really want to read book 1 now!). Amy is only young and has had a horrible time, ending up with a baby and being looked down on by many people.  Understandably she finds it hard to trust anyone, especially men and it’s heartwarming, and heartbreaking at the same time to watch her struggle and come to terms with her feelings.

I absolutely adore Henry.  He is the sweetest, most adorable, gentlemanly, caring guy who just wants the best for the woman he has loved forever.  Watching him holding back for her, but struggling inside will make you love him even more!  There are some additional fantastic characters in this book – I particularly love Mrs Fortescue (although you may not to start with!) and getting to know her and understand her is so important.

Gloved Heart is such a lovely, charming and romantic novel.  Although it does have its fair share of heartbreak (I cried on more than one occasion!), you will smile and feel warm inside when you read this.  You can’t help but want the best for the characters and you will finish this wanting to know what comes next for these wonderful people!

if you love historical fiction, romance, regency romance or just want something to warm your heart then you should definitely check this out! I’ll most certainly be hunting down book 1, and keeping an eye out for the next in the series.

rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

about the author

*Photo & bio courtesy of Amazon

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 web and in marketing. She is a member of the Auckland chapter of RWNZ.

Now mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.

A huge thanks to Charlotte & the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Have a wonderful weekend friends.

Chelle x

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