Item description for Constant Heart, A by Siri Mitchell...
Overview Marget Barnardsen, the daughter of a knight, is to be married to the Earl of Lytham, but when her introduction to court goes awry and Queen Elizabeth despises her, Marget will do whatever it takes to discover how she failed and win her husband back.
Publishers Description Born with the face of an angel, Marget Barnardsen is blessed. Her father is a knight, and now she is to be married to the Earl of Lytham. her destiny is guaranteed...at least, it would seem so. But when her introduction to court goes awry and Queen Elizabeth despises her, Marget fears she's lost her husband forever. Desperate to win him back, she'll do whatever it takes to discover how she failed and capture again the love of a man bound to the queen.
Citations And Professional Reviews Constant Heart, A by Siri Mitchell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 10/01/2008 page 68
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 68
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Bethany House
ISBN 0764204319 ISBN13 9780764204319
Availability 0 units.
More About Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell has written five novels, two of which (Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door) were named Christy Award Finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.
Reviews - What do customers think about Constant Heart, A?
It's Books Like This That Make Me Wish I Was a British Historian... May 3, 2010
As a history major, historical fiction is a guilty pleasure for me. Many of my fellow classmates who are PhD bound tend to see historical fiction as splurges that are not worth the effort. I disagree because I feel that GOOD historical fiction can help people understand history more and help to garner more interest in the subject. It's interesting because even though I am an American history focus, I really love British history possibly due to my love of all things British. It might also have to do with the fact that American history also has its roots in British history so it's really all tied together. Either way, it's just good stuff and I love reading it.
I really have enjoyed Siri Mitchell's chick lit books and I've read one of her other historicals. Even though the books are totally different, they are written wonderfully. They are so full of detail and the story line is fully developed. At first it's a bit confusing at the switching of view points between Marget and Lytham because there's not really an obvious break between the two thoughts. However once you get into the meat of the story, it just begins to flow.
I've watched several movies about Queen Elizabeth and it's amazing how she's portrayed in this book as a jealous, conniving old woman who's wants control of everyone around her. I felt so bad for Marget who from the beginning found disfavor from the Queen simply because of the way she looked. Then she had to give in to all the beauty requirements which were really harmful and deadly to the women who were using them. It's interesting how much effort was put to appease vanity. The whole book is just Marget loving her husband even though it can lead to disaster. For some reason, I kept picturing Colin Firth as Lytham. I think it might have to do with him being in the movie Shakespeare in Love which takes place during the same time period but also because Lytham has sort of a Darcy attitude around him. Either way, he was quite a complex character who is afraid to love and is wary of trusting a woman again.
The historical research for this book is well done. You really feel as if you have been transported to Elizabethan England. I could picture the court, the costumes, the culture of the times. It's just a sweeping novel. I would not even classify this book as Christian fiction even though it's from a Christian publisher. Honestly, it is just a really wonderful historical fiction book that takes the reader into the story and transports them back to another time and era. And isn't the cover of the book just gorgeous? This book helps to explain why Siri Mitchell is one of my favorite authors. HIGHLY recommended.
Couldn't finish reading it Apr 5, 2010
I was looking for a good historical romance novel... unfortunately, I was sucked in by the beautiful cover and reviews from other readers that, for some reason I don't understand, enjoyed this book. First I was thrown off by the odd writing style...It took me off guard until I realized the point of view jumps back and forth between the two main characters. (Would it not have been easier to just write in third person? I'm not sure if this how the author always writes.) At about half way through the book I didn't care what happened to Lytham or Marget. They hate each other, then profess their love for each other out of nowhere-- which completely threw me off! When did this happen... while eating a salad?? I agree that descriptions of the dress and life of a courtier are rich, but that didn't make up for lack of a storyline.
Raises romance to a new standard . . . Mar 13, 2010
I am not a romance fan. Not at all. I find them superficial, formulaic (admittedly by the publishers who publish them) and generally poorly written. I stumbled upon Siri Mitchell's "Love's Pursuit" because I was doing some research on novels written in a specific historical period. I was so moved by it, so impressed by its quality, that I ran out and got "A Constant Heart". I was not disappointed, and am now an official fan of Siri Mitchell's historical fiction. Once again, I was sorry to see a Mitchell novel end.
"A Constant Heart" shows mixed reviews here, and I am not surprised. For those who are fed a constant diet of formula romances, this will be a surprise. It starts out feeling like a formula romance - save the quality of the writing, specifically the author's ability to paint a time period and show three-dimensional characters up front - but early in the book it takes a turn and we stop with the high school he-loves-me he-loves-me-not why-does-he-hate-me silliness and find a grown-up love story, about two people already committed to one another and struggling to remain faithful to one another and to their morals when the world around them is wallowing in decadence.
The hero and heroine are thoroughly developed, multi-layered and sympathetic. Their relationship travels through better and worse, sickness and health, and richer and poorer, with many surprises and a lot of heartbreak. Mitchell doesn't shy away from the horrors of real life - something so impressive in "Love's Pursuit" (where an unpredictably dark turn left my mouth hanging open)- and she does the same in this book, diving fearlessly into the uglier side of Elizabethan court life, and some consequences which have rarely been examined.
I would say that Mitchell has taken the old romance formula, and raised it to an entirely new standard - one in which characters are thoroughly and deeply drawn, and history springs to life, for better or worse. These are books to be inspired by and learn from. WOW.
Great read, can't put it down! Nov 5, 2009
This book keeps you wanting more all the time, I can't put it down, I am half way through and I love it! I love all of Siri's books
Richly Historical and Captivating Aug 10, 2009
My second read from Siri Mitchell, I found "A Constant Heart" to be immensely satisfying from beginning to end.
Though filled with rich historical context and little-known images of daily life in sixteenth century England, the characters are warm and relatable. Siri Mitchell has a knack for developing sympathy and a good sort of frustration in a reader's spirit as they tag along on the wonderful adventure through time. Her stories are not only well-researched and accurate, they are heart-felt and obviously labored long over. She makes her excellent and truthful statements smoothly and deftly.
An up-close view of the often-romanticized court of Queen Elizabeth I that will challenge your beliefs, grab hold of your attention and not be easily forgotten.