His Shadowed Heart by Hazel Statham

His Shadowed Heart by Hazel Statham
Publisher: Books We Love
Genre: Historical, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Can a shadowed heart be healed? Can love grow where least expected? The Earl of Waverly believes not. How wrong can he be!

After the death of his wife, the Earl of Waverly, believing his heart irreparably damaged, enters into a marriage of convenience. However, he is not prepared for the healing influence his new young bride has on his life.

Despite the couple’s new-found happiness, nefarious deeds abound and strange happenings are attributed to the ghost of his former wife. Will their love stand the test or will the perpetrator emerge the victor?

More than shadows darken Richard and Caroline’s future.

I thought the arrangement Richard and Caroline entered into was interesting from the start. Caroline is smitten with Richard from the moment they meet, so I found it easy to believe she would be eager to marry him, even though it was only supposed to be a marriage of convenience. Though Richard professed not to have any serious feelings for Caroline, it is clear that he is very fond of her. As they spent more time together, their bond gradually strengthened. They have many obstacles to overcome before they reach their happy ending, including an enemy lurking in the shadows trying to sabotage their happiness. Richard is also tormented by memories of his past. He wants to let Caroline in, but every time I thought he was making progress, something would remind him of his former wife and he would push Caroline away. I kept wondering how long Richard would let his past ruin his future with Caroline.

I have to give Caroline credit. She is a warm and caring woman with an enormous amount of patience. Caroline is fairly accommodating concerning Richard’s mood swings, but she isn’t weak. She is perfectly capable of standing up for herself when Richard crosses the line. Her personality is the perfect mixture of gentleness and strength and is exactly what Richard needed to help heal his heart.

I must admit I found it very easy to figure out who was behind the incidents attributed to the ghost of Richard’s dead wife. There were only a few plausible suspects, so I was fairly sure how everything would play out. It was simply a matter of wondering when Richard and Caroline would finally put all the pieces together.

I enjoyed reading His Shadowed Heart. Richard and Caroline are charming characters and I had fun watching them on their journey to peace and happiness. Anyone looking for a good book to pass the afternoon with should give His Shadowed Heart a try.


  1. Many thanks for such a lovely review. It is very much appreciated.

  2. This is a great book that I would recommend to readers of this genre. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed. I loved the review

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