Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

When the Heart Heals Book Review

Sisters at Heart
Book Two

SUMMARY:  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.

REVIEW:  This is a great follow-up to Ann Shorey's first book, Where Wildflowers Bloom.  My heart goes out to Rosemary, who struggles with the image most of the women in town have of her.  Being a nurse nowadays is a noble profession but after the Civil War, it wasn't thought of very highly.  I like how she uses the knowledge of using herbs and plants for health remedies gained from her mom to help the townspeople and to aid in the care of Dr. Stewart's patients.  When her greenhouse and plants are wrecked and her life threatened, I like how Rosemary didn't back down but remained firm and true to her calling.  I also liked how her relationship with Dr. Stewart developed and how things worked out with her parents.  This is a great book.

This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.

Ann Shorey is the author of Where Wildflowers Bloom, The Edge of Light, The Promise of Morning, and The Dawn of a Dream.  Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon.

1 comment:

Ann Shorey said...

Hi Chelle, Thank you for reviewing When the Heart Heals. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story--I loved writng it.