The Heart of a Lie
by Meg North
Romantic, and with more than a touch of Gothic mystery, The Heart of a Lie is the story of a woman at the center of her family’s sinful past.
September 1868. Esther Perry is ready to become the owner of her Maine family farm. But a staggering debt forces her into bankruptcy. Esther and her younger sister Lara are without home or family. Suddenly, a mysterious aunt arrives on their doorstep with an incredible offer.
The sisters’ arrival in Portland introduces them to a new life and a new family. Esther finds friendship with her kind cousin and becomes acquainted with a handsome bachelor. But then she is parted from Lara, suffering cruelty and unfair treatment with little explanation.
For all is not as it seems in the Curtis house. And the truth impacts not only Esther’s life, but everyone around her.
(89,000 words; ebook $3.99 USD, paperback $14.95 USD)
Reviews of The Heart of a Lie
“I’m intrigued by the style in The Heart of a Lie. It’s a mix between fairy tale and historical fiction that is quite distinct and charming. The tale itself is a sort of Cinderella story set in the middle of the Civil War. You’d have to read it to know what I mean by that, but what stands out for me is that style — that passion for American Civil War history mixed with an almost childlike love of a good story. The mix is like salt and sweet: the intensity of the war and conditions in Maine (as well as the South) in the aftermath of the war are present in The Heart of a Lie, beside an almost magical story of wealth flaunted before grueling poverty. It’s a story of sisters and courage and fortitude, of heaving one’s chin up and walking on. If I had to sum it up in a single sentence, I would say that The Heart of a Lie is a love letter to Ms. North’s hometown of Portland, Maine in the 19th century, told by the voice of a young girl who had to overcome too much to find her truth.
Meg North lives in the 19th century in her soul, I think, and brings it brilliantly to life for readers who yearn for a bit more Alcott, or a bit more Bronte, or a bit more Austen. Still, she is her own voice and stands for this reader as a new writer quite mighty in her own right. I can’t wait to read her next work.”
— Jillian, Amazon.com customer