Isabella’s Heart

Diane Merrill Wigginton

Publisher: Archway Publishing Pages: 348 Price: (paperback) $22.99 ISBN: 9781480827080 Reviewed: May, 2016 Author Website: Visit »

Excitement and romance abound in Isabella’s Heart, an historical tale about a young woman on a quest to find her brother, but who ends up finding so much more.

The story begins in 1783 England. Isabella’s uncanny connection with her brother Charlie is one part twin-sense, and one part “second sight” that is passed down through her family line. They can feel when the other is close and when the other is in danger.

One night, a vivid dream shows Isabella that Charlie has been kidnapped and is in frightening and violent circumstances. Determined to save her brother’s life, her quest puts her on the high seas with a group of mercenaries hired to help her; this group includes the handsome Captain Aiden Townsend. When they must present themselves as a couple to stay undercover, there are more than a few surprises in store for the duo, including an undeniable attraction.

From their first meeting, Aiden and Isabella share sizzling chemistry, especially when they agree to a sword fighting competition. They parry with swords and words, and the scene is one of the book’s action-packed highlights. Aiden and Isabella are both strong-willed, independent characters, and are quite a match. As the search for Charlie intensifies, their feelings for one another become increasingly complicated. Adding more depth to the storyline, both Aiden and Isabella must confront difficult relationships with their respective families.

The mystery, action, romance, and strong characters ensure that that the book remains compelling throughout. Unfortunately, the text is marred by numerous spelling and editing issues, especially punctuation and word usage mistakes (“dual” vs. “duel”; “heard” vs. “herd”; “desert” vs. “dessert”).

Still, when the rakish Captain Aiden delivers a romantic speech that would make any woman swoon, all is easily forgiven. Despite the editing problems, fans of historical romance are sure to love this adventurous tale of intrigue, family bonds, and a love that will not be denied.

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