The Heart of a Vicar

Narrated by: Luone Ingram
Series: Jonquil Brothers, Book 6
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired - until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried - but is it too late for second chances?

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Missing one thing

I enjoyed the narration and the plot of this book, but I found it fascinating that the author could write a story about a vicar with doubts and never mention a prayer or a conversation with God. How does a man of faith not cry out to God when feeling lost. Instead he talked to his mother, house keeper, a pub full of guys, and even his dead father. But, alas, not God. Perhaps that was Harry's real problem.

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Lovely!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired—until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah’s ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there is only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried—but is it too late for second chances?

MY TAKE
I love the Jonquils and have since the first time I met them. Those brothers can be such dunderheads, but when something comes up they are all there to support each other. I loved learning about Harry, especially how different his outside persona was compared to what was really going on. I LOVED Sarah. She was perfect for him, loving and kind, the perfect wife for a vicar.

There are lots of scenes with siblings and spouses. It was wonderful to get to see them again and to see that real life doesn't stop just because you marry your life. Life is hard but that doesn't mean it's not still wonderful. Sometimes it's wonderful because of those hard moments.

Lovely, lovely addition to the series. Can't wait to see Charlie's tale.

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Not near as good as the others

It lacked a lot of story development. There wasn’t much chemistry between two main characters.

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Wonderful.

Beautiful story, exceptional narration. I loved it! The narrator' voice, volume levels, expression is awesome, truly the best I've heard, and I've listened to hundreds of audio books.
This is as close to perfect as it gets. I've listened to all the books about the Jonquil brothers. This is my favorite series, bar none.

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Loved it. Can not wait for the next book.

I wonder if the next book will be about Sarah's bother Scott. That would be good.