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Review and Giveaway: An Honest Heart by Kaye Dacus October 9, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:02 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Honest Heart
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)by
Kaye Dacus


Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for Bethel University.

Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.


Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.

Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Honest Heart, go HERE

My thoughts and giveaway:

An Honest Heart is the second book in  The Great Expedition series. This is also the second book I have read by Kaye Dacus and I have to say I might have found another favorite historical romance writer.

Although this book is the second you will not feel lost if you haven’t read the first. I didn’t realize this until I started reading the book, but it runs at the same as the other book took place, just from different characters perspectives. I loved visiting the characters from the first book and remembering what was going on in their lives while I was reading the new book.

Caddy Bainbridge, the heroine, is a lovely character. She’s a strong woman who is career minded and knows what she wants…kind of 🙂 Of course she is a bit confused when it comes to the two men in her life vying for her attention.

Speaking of those two men, there is the doctor, Neal and the high and mighty, Oliver.

Neal has secrets that is keeping him from giving his heart to Cadence. This will keep you reading so you can find out what it is he is running away from.

Oliver merely wants Caddy’s attention to say he can have it, his motives aren’t pure in the least. You will find yourself flipping pages and hoping Cadence sees through his lies.

An Honest Heart is a great read for anyone who likes historical romance and I highly recommend grabbing a copy.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Kaye’s website here.

Win a copy by leaving a comment by October 15th at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


31 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: An Honest Heart by Kaye Dacus”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and would love to win this one.

  2. shelly Says:

    This sounds like a great read! I love historical novels about this time period. And Kaye Dacus has a great talent for making characters come alive!

  3. amyc Says:

    This sounds good. Thank you for the review.

  4. Janella Says:

    Thank you for the review and for the giveaway. I have enjoyed Kaye’s historical books in the past and would love to win this one.

  5. Barbara Thompson Says:

    This book sounds fantastic. Kate is a great author. Wonderful review. Thank you for giving a chance to enter this giveaway.

  6. karenk Says:

    thanks for the chance to read this novel 🙂

  7. Charisa Says:

    I’ve been looking longingly at the first in this series at my local Christian bookstore! I have enjoyed all I have read by Ms. Dacus. I particularly love the Randomes!

  8. Glad to meet another good author. Kaye, I would really love to win this book of yours for my first. Would be great. It sounds real good by the review. Also love the cover. Thanks for this give-away. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  9. Patty H Says:

    I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I’m sure I can track down a copy if I win this one!

  10. A new work of art for my mind! I would love to read this.

  11. Katie J. Says:

    I would love to read this novel. It sounds like an excellent book.

  12. Martha J. Sturm Says:

    Glad to hear you can read the books individually. Sometimes I pick up one book before the other.

    • Martha, Yep, I do that same thing. I think authors are becoming more sensitive to that and writing series that don’t have to be read in order. It can keep people from reading the series all together if they can’t be read individually. Usually if I read a book out of order it makes we WANT to go read the others and that is better than HAVE to 🙂

      Melissa Finnegan

  13. This sounds good, thank you for your thoughts and the chance to win the book.


  14. Annette Says:

    Sounds interesting. Always looking for a good new author to read.

  15. Merry Says:

    I’ve read two contemporary series by Kaye and loved them! The Victorian era sounds like an interesting time period, please add me for the giveaway. Thanks.

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