Book Review: A Heart Worth Stealing by Joanna Barker

Little Sowerby, England, 1802

Miss Genevieve Wilde―a magistrate’s daughter and independent heiress―is determined to meet life’s challenges all on her own, just as her late father had taught her. So when her father’s pocket watch is stolen, she will do anything to get it back, especially when the local authorities prove incompetent.
Upon reading an advertisement in the paper, she takes a chance and contacts a thief-taker to find the watch. It’s a choice Ginny regrets when former Bow Street officer Jack Travers arrives on her doorstep. He is frustratingly flirtatious, irritatingly handsome, and entirely unpredictable, and Ginny wonders if she’ll be able to resist such a man. 

But after Ginny discovers that the missing watch is just a small part of a larger, more frightening plot against her, she needs Jack’s help more than ever. To protect her home and her reputation, the two enter into a risky charade―pretending Jack is her cousin so he can begin his investigation, starting with the household staff. As they work together to unravel the mystery, Ginny finds herself falling fast for her charismatic thief-taker, leaving her heart in just as much danger as her life.

Witty comments, enjoyable banter, funny scenes, good sarcasm, honest characters, and vivid descriptions are all the things I enjoyed while reading A Heart worth Stealing. The ending had a few turns I wasn’t expecting, and I would recommend this to anyone who might enjoy regency romance. The mystery mixed with romance was well done. I also enjoyed the first-person point of view and got a good sense of why the main character, Genevieve, changed throughout the novel.

Although I prefer to read Christian novels, I feel this book would be enjoyed by those in the Christian community. I could have easily been a faith-filled book, and made even better with elements of faith helping the main character learn to trust, guiding her in making choices, and helping her with the relationship with her sister. 

This is the first book of hers I have read, and I look forward to reading more
*I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review.