My False Heart - Sonnet Books Author:Liz Carlyle Prepare yourself for the heart-stopping romance of newcomer Liz Carlyle. My False Heart is the luminescent love story of a chance meeting between two strangers one dark, rain-swept night in the English countryside. From that moment on, their destinies are forever changed. When Elliot Armstrong, the dissolute marquis of Rannoch, pursues a... more » spiteful mistress into the wilds of Essex to sever their relationship, he is surprised to find himself hopelessly lost -- in more ways than one. Inexplicably drawn to a warmly fit house along an isolated country lane, he is mistaken for an overdue guest -- but he dares not reveal his identity for fear of being tossed back out into the torrential rain, a fate he admittedly deserves. The loving family that innocently welcomes Rannoch into their midst soon challenges his cynical convictions, and ultimately, resurrects his shattered dreams. The beautiful Evangeline van Artevalde is an artist of exceptional talent and extraordinary secrets. Isolated from society by choice, the half-Flemish refugee has fled her homeland in search of a secure haven for the children in her family. But even the Essex countryside, she finds, is not without danger. As the clutches of her aristocratic English relatives tighten, Evangeline holds them at bay by sheer force of will, unleashing her emotions only within the walls of her studio. The furthest thing from her heart is desire -- until a drenched, strikingly handsome man shows up at her doorstep late one night. Soon, Evangeline finds she can no longer confine her passions to oil paint and canvas. Drawn by desire, Elliot and Evangeline discover a powerful love neither thought possible. But malevolent forces surround them, and soon their secrets will be exposed and their hearts tested to unthinkable limits. Only if they can forgive the past will they have a future....« less
Liz Carlye is one of my favorite authors. The only reason I am posting this book is because I have 2 copies! The story is about a cynical marquis and a talented artist. "Drawn by desire, Elliot and Evangeline discover a powerful love neither thought possible. But malevolent forces surround them and soon their secrets will be exposed and their hearts tested to unthinkable limits, etc."
Liz Carlyle writes fully fleshed-out characters with heart and depth. The story is about Evangeline, a painter who is also raising her younger siblings and a cousin, and Elliot, a dissolute marquis posing as an untitled gentleman. The romance builds slowly as they meet with a misunderstanding and most of the book is the story of them falling in love but both of them hiding something.
This book, as with the other Liz Carlyle book I read, peters out a bit toward the end. While the characters are engaging and memorable, Carlyle takes too long to reach a resolution. There is too much inner dialogue and not enough action. That said, it is still a wonderful and well written book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
This is another good story from Liz Carlyle. I enjoyed reading it even though I felt that the secret identity thing for Rannoch was a bit of a stretch. For those who Kemble, he is in quite a bit of the book.