Friday, February 22, 2013

When the Heart Heals

When the Heart Heals
Ann Shorey
Revell Publishing
Fiction, Romance, Historical 
Date: Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Readers are invited to travel back to 1867, to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri, for an engrossing story of love's tentative first steps and fragile future in the face of opposition. With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey tells the story of Rosemary, a sympathetic but strong woman determined to thrive in a world that doesn't always understand. 

Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and downright vulgar. Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, she must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?

Ann Shorey weaves a sweet tale. I'm always taken in by her careful writing and easy to read characters. Rosemary and Elijah are well developed and it's fun to watch them fall for each other. This is no gripping epic novel but it's easy to read with solid truth woven throughout. 

The "fiancee" debacle is, in my opinion, quite the reach. I understand the need to have a climax in a book but this one was overdone. You very well might find yourself frustrated with the simplicity of it all and unable to truly believe how the story unfolds. Never fear, all ends well. Nobel Springs and its characters will leave you wanting for more which is exactly what this series is all about. 

My thanks to Revell Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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