Wednesday, September 8
Title: Ruthless Heart*
Author: Emma Lang (aka Beth Williamson)
Series: connected to Restless Heart
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Format: Trade size paperback
Date/Year: July 2010
*This book was provided to me by the author for review
Summary from the publisher:
Eliza is a subjugated soul yearning to break free from the restriction life that is dictated to her by her father and a religion that she no longer believes in. Tutored as a young woman by an elderly scholar, Eliza’s inventive and curious mind is stifled in her environment, but that doesn’t suppress her yearning inquisitiveness. However, until she joins Grady on his search for her runaway sister she’s only learned though books, not life. Grady enlightens her in more ways than one, and makes her feel alive…like a woman with value and beauty.
Their journey across the American West is full of adventure, danger, enlightenment (for both of them) and passion. Though Eliza keeps the reason for her trip hidden from Grady, an unlikely bond forms between the two as they get to know and trust one another.
Both Eliza’s and Grady’s characterizations felt so real, and I think a lot of it has to do with the dialogue between the hero and the heroine. One of the things that struck me when reading the book was not only how different these characters were, but how they complimented each other in unexpected ways. Opposites attract stories don't always work for me because sometimes it's not always apparent why the characters end up together...what they see in the other that makes it all work. That’s not the case with Ruthless Heart. It worked for me in a big way and it was such a pleasure to read this story.
I loved that Eliza was the woman to show Grady how to love and be loved, especially considering how unlikely their pairing was at the beginning. He’s redeemed through his love for Eliza, and through Grady’s love Eliza becomes the woman she has hidden from the world all of her life. She’s always had strength and determination, but through his love she finds the courage to become her true self. Eliza becomes the person she’s always wanted to be because of Grady’s love, and Grady becomes a man he never thought he could be because of her love.