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Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review - When The Heart Heals: Sisters At Heart by Ann Shorey

In a country healing from war, can a young woman find healing for her heart?
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 even downright vulgar.

Although she would like to put that part of her life behind her, she needs to support herself. She takes a nursing position with Dr. Elijah Stewart, but whenever they are together they always seem to do or say the wrong things. When someone threatens Rosemary, will she find the courage to stand, or will she leave town--and Elijah--forever?
With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites you 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.

I have always admired women who have the gift of healing, and there have been many nurses who have passed through my life that I will always be grateful for their tender mercies.  I also have a great many friends who are nurses or are becoming nurses, and I am in awe of their talents and services.

So I was very interested in Ann Shorey's story about a young woman who had served as a nurse during the Civil War, but was shunned for her service afterwards.  Shorey portrays her character of Rosemary Saxon as a brave, but stubborn woman who can't help wanting to heal and help those around her.

This tale is dramatic, touched with the loving measure of romance, the dollop of inspiration and faith, with a little mystery thrown in to keep the action moving.  I enjoyed Shorey's characters, although it took me a little while to warm up to the "prickly" Rosemary, but I soon came to understand her attitude and grew to admire her by story's end.  I also appreciated the history of the era that Shorey includes in this story.  I just wish she had included her recipe for Lemon Thyme bread that her character makes for her beloved! - sounds delicious!

"When The Heart Heals" is the second book in Ann Shorey's "Sisters At Heart" series (the first book being "Where Wildflowers Bloom") but first time readers will easily pick up on the back story of the previous book and be able to enjoy this one as well.

Fans of historical inspirational fiction will enjoy this book. 

Ann Shorey is the author of Where Wildflowers Bloom, The Edge of Light, The Promise of Morning, and The Dawn of a Dream. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon.

Check out her website at www.annshorey.com

Special News!

Ann Shorey has a special contest going at her website - check it out! 


My Thanks to Baker/Revell Books for including me on this blog tour and for supplying the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

“Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


Ann Shorey said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Sharon. I'm so glad you liked the book! PS--watch my Ann Shorey Author page on FB next week for the lemon-thyme bread recipe. :)

Liz V. said...

The alternative entry form on Ann Shorey's website does not provide for email entry.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I really liked this one too. Even more than Faith's story. And, I was also wanting the Lemon Thyme bread recipe.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Ann sent me a message that she would be posting the Lemon Thyme Bread recipe on her blog next week! Yea!