When the Heart Heals, Sisters at Heart Series #2
Nurse from Civil War still faces battles
Ann Shorey weaves a tale of hurt and healing set in post-Civil War Missouri. Rosemary Saxon had served as a nurse during the war, but now some reject her because of that unladylike role. She uses herbal remedies to help the townsfolk of Noble Springs. Apparently someone takes issue and warns her to cease concocting her Ã¢ÂÂwitchs brew.Ã¢ÂÂ Good thing she has her faithful dog, Brodie, to help keep watch.
Rosemary seeks employment with Dr. Elijah Stewart, yet they seem to provoke each other at every turn. Her stubbornness and desire to stand on her own add to the problem, as does her taking in Ã¢ÂÂstraysÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂneedy women. Thankfully she has her brother, Curt, and his wife, Faith, who is RosemaryÃ¢ÂÂs best friend.
The theme of this book is obviously healingÃ¢ÂÂphysical, emotional, and spiritual. Rosemary must deal with the rejection and painful parting with her parents as well as forgive the local sheriff who once threatened Curt. And she is caught in the midst of a love story that may not stand the tests life throws in its way.
When the Heart Heals is the second book in the Sisters at Heart series, but makes a fine read-alone too. Book one is Wheere Wildflowers Bloom and shares the events prior to book two. Book three, Love's Sweet Beginning, is scheduled for release in February 2014.
November 20, 2013
When the Heart Mends by Ann Shorey
*When The Heart Mends by Ann Shorey
During the Civil War Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse, something that the women in town frowned on, seeing her as unfeminine and vulgar. Now she is living in Noble Springs, Missouri with her dog Bodie, trying to begin a new life. But nursing is the only thing she can do to support herself, so she seeks out the new doctor in town, Dr. Elijah Stewart, to work as his nurse. When she goes to his office to apply for a nursing position she finds that she knows Dr. Stewart. Dr. Stewart was one of the surgeons she assisted at Jefferson Barracks during her first weeks as a nurse during the war before he was called to the front lines.
As Rosemary and Dr. Stewart begin working together to care for the citizens of Noble Springs, they often disagree with how to treat the patients. Rosemary freely offers herbal remedies for the patients for which Dr. Stewart reminds her that he is the doctor and not to interfere with the treatments of his patients, especially not to offer them her herbal cures. They often have heated words about it but still they are drawn to each other.
Rosemary begins to receive threatening notes, her herb garden is trashed, green house broken into and she is attacked. She finally goes to the sheriff to report the notes and destruction of her gardens. Her brother, Curt and his wife Faith want Rosemary to move in with them while the sheriff investigates to keep her safe. But Rosemary refuses, she wants to be independent. Elijah even joins the sheriff in his investigation of the threats to Rosemary.
However, Elijah has troubles of his own. Using less than honorable tactics, ElijahÃ¢ÂÂs father schemes to get him to come back home and take over his practice; something Elijah does not want to do.
The main character, Rosemary captured my attention from the start. I love the way she goes out of her way to help those who are in need of medical treatment-her herbs, or a place to live until they can figure out what they should do even though she herself has only enough funds to feed or clothe herself. She learns to rely on God to help and guide her each day, but also how to forgive and the restoration of loved ones.
Being a nurse, I found post Civil War medicine very interesting, how women had to step forward to help in the hospitals for the soldiers during the war and how society looked at them as unfeminine or vulgar women.
From the first page to the last, the story captured me and held me to the end. The characters are realistic in their struggles to survive and I like that many of the characters I learned to love in the first book, Where Wildflowers Bloom, are woven through this book as well. It offers romance, suspense/mystery, secrets, a good glimpse of history, forgiveness, restoration, surprises and so much more.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club NetworkÃ¢ÂÂ¦.I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
June 7, 2013
This is a wonderful book and a wonderful love story;I love Elijah and Rosemary. Like the fact that Rosemary is a nurse and she wants to be independent during a time when it was still consider taboo for a women to consider working when she a male relative to take care of her. My favorite part of the book was the herbal remedies she would use; I'm one to believe that we need herbal remedies as well as conventional medicine.
I receive a free copy of this book courtesy of TBCN for my honest review.
May 27, 2013
I love historical fiction, especially from the Civil War era. This book wonderfully met my expectations, and I found myself enjoying the dynamic of the characters within this setting. Ann Shorey does a fabulous job creating believable characters as they work through an intriguing plot. I will definitely be reading more of her books!
I received this book from TCBN in exchange for my opinion.
May 26, 2013