If you enjoy light, quality historical fiction, then you will certainly want to put "Where Wildflowers Bloom" on your "to-read" list. This post Civil War novel reflects the deep sorrow and intense decisions that many families experienced during this critical time period in American history. Faith Lindberg is convinced that she can escape the sadness of losing a beloved father and brother by moving far away from her home town of Noble Springs, Missouri and starting over on the Oregon frontier. And when a childhood "crush" suddenly re-appears and offers to help her do just that, she is sorely tempted to accept a proposal of marriage in order to follow her dream.
On the other hand, Curt Saxon is convinced that Noble Springs is exactly where he wants to live and work and eventually raise a family. But he is plagued with intense flashbacks from his years on the war front. In the interim, he continues to work at the local livery where he eventually crosses paths with the pretty proprietor of the town's mercantile. Can their relationship ever move beyond friendship, especially if Faith decides to marry someone else?
This is only Book One of a three part series; "Sisters at Heart". So there is much more "story" in Noble Springs!
I found the book to be enjoyable. The story is very predictable, and I found myself some what annoyed at the immaturity of the main character. However, it is a good easy read with good moral characters, and at the end puts a smile on your face cause all ends well.
Ann Shorey has created a likeable heroine in Faith Lindberg - she's sweet and compassionate, but strong enough to stand up for what's right. Curt Saxon is an intriguing hero as he falls for Faith but keeps his distance while he wrestles with his "soldier's heart" - what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ann Shorey's writing draws me right in, with lovely phrasing and plenty of humor. I highly recommend this novel, and I'm looking forward to the next two books in the Sisters of the Heart series.
Ann Shorey shows her usual brilliance in writing! The story in Where Wildflowers Bloom is truly an engaging story, with love, romance, daily strife, intrigue, and the love of God to cover the whole of it. The characters are believable, and well written into the persons presented in the story. This book is one that I found difficult to put down, once I opened the first page. I find it interesting that Ann uses her own ancestors to find stories of life in the past. I enjoy reading her books, and look forward to the next book.