Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

Title: When the Heart Heals
Author: Ann Shorey
Genre: Romance - Historical - Christian
Media Type: Trade Paperback
Length: Novel
Reviewer: Jasmyn
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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 fiancee, 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? 
With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites readers back 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. Readers will find in Rosemary a sympathetic but strong woman determined to thrive in a world that doesn't always understand.

Rosemary is having a hard time finding her place in the world. After serving as a nurse during the Civil War, she hopes to stay busy with a similarly fulfilling job. When she approached Elijah Stewart, the new doctor in town, she hopes that he will give her a chance. Neither expects that their growing respect for each other will turn into something much deeper.

But there is always trouble. Someone in town has accused Rosemary of being a witch, and Elijah's family past may come back to haunt him. They will need to learn to trust in each other and in their feelings to find a way to their happily ever after.

My favorite part of this story was the characters. They were very well balanced and played against and with each other very well. The suspense of trying to find who is threatening Rosemary is spread out through the entire story quite well. I can't think of a single part that I would consider "dull". Well put together and fun to read.

Buy at Barnes & Noble: When the Heart Heals: A Novel

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