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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Isabella’s Heart, the second book in The Jeweled Dagger trilogy by Diane Merrill Wigginton is a unique continuation of Angelina’s Secret. This family has a secret, and even those who have witnessed their bond don’t understand it fully. Isabella and her twin brother, Charlie, were ripped apart at sixteen. Their parents' action in sending them to separate boarding schools was unforgivable in Isabella’s eyes. Three years later she learns of Charlie's abduction in her dreams. Knowing she must help him, she takes off to Ireland under the protection of Captain Aiden Townsend and his mercenaries. Aiden has secrets of his own which could be the death of Isabella before she even finds her brother. It all comes to a head when she is forced to face her parents. Those who abducted Charlie are lurking in the shadows for this independent woman who could bring them much money for their cause.
Well described characters give Isabella’s Heart an edge as Diane Merrill Wigginton endears them to the reader. This historical romance will take you to another world where a daring and outspoken woman is an unusual sight. The author weaves suspense, adventure, and humor throughout the novel, making it fun to read while anticipating the outcome of this couple. Though I enjoyed reading the whole novel, the author did an outstanding job on the ending. This story ends with the reader ready to pick up Olivia’s Promise, the next person in the family who holds a secret all of her own. Highly recommended for those who enjoy tales of historical romance and suspense.