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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

When the Heart Heals...Review

About the book:
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 Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, but many still view nursing as an inappropriate field, especially since Rosemary is well versed in the art of homeopathic remedies which some townspeople view with aversion and disdain, including Dr Elijah Stewart who hires Rosemary as his nurse.

As Elijah and Rosemary come to know each other and fall in love, outside forces conspire to keep them apart.  We first met Rosemary in Where Wildflowers Bloom and I loved her strength that is still so apparent.  I did find it a bit annoying that she could believe a stranger and leave without listening to Elijah's explanation.

Second in the Sisters at Heart series, I loved returning to Noble Springs and reading Rosemary's story.

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna from Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Ann Shorey here. You can purchase your own copy here .

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4/5 Stars


  1. I always enjoy books from this era and this sounds like one Iwould enjoy. Great review!

  2. I have always been fond of books that deal with nursing, especially the homeopathic kind, and think this would be a lovely read for me. Thanks for sharing your opinions on it with us. This sounds like something that I would enjoy.

  3. I'm a big fan of homeopathic medicine so this aspect of the book really interests me.

  4. Hi Holly, thanks so much for reviewing When the Heart Heals. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story!