Everyday Tidbits...

Be Kind. Do Good. Love is a Verb.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Love's Sweet Beginning...Review

About the book:
It wasn't Cassie Haddon's fault that she had managed to reach the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the war, she had always had servants to wait on her. Since then, she and her widowed mother had moved from place to place, relying on family to care for them. Now she's forced to find work to support them both. What isn't in her plans is falling for Jacob West, a local restaurateur and grocer. She needs a job and he needs help. But what they both need is love.

With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from very different backgrounds finding common ground and the hopes of a bright future together.

Raised to be a lady and with servants to wait on her, Cassie never learned life skills.  After her father's death and the end of the Civil War, Cassie and her mother moved from place to place, relying on family and friends to take them in.  Searching for her uncle, they return to Noble Springs. Never wanting to be a burden, Cassie finds a job in the town grocery/restaurant as as she learns to work and to become self reliant, she also finds herself drawn to Jacob West, her employer.

I liked Cassie when I first read about her in Where Wildflowers Bloom and When the Heart Heals.  I loved getting reacquainted with her here and discovering her spunk.  Jacob had his own secrets and while I was frustrated with the way they always assumed the worst of each other when a difficult situation arose, they learned about love and communication.  The supporting characters were delightful:  Wash, Becca and Jenny.  Loved them.

I hated her mother.  Truly.  What a mean, selfish woman.  I didn't like her in any of the previous books and I liked her even less here. Her inability to listen to her daughter or acknowledge her daughter's needs/wants and life were ridiculous.  Once her past came to light and we learned why she was desperate to be a lady, there was still no sympathy for her.  None.  I appreciated that Cassie learned to stand up to her.

The story is compelling and one that I read in an evening.  A sweet romance and one that I can easily recommend.

Third in the Sisters at Heart series, the novel stands alone just fine.

Thanks to Lanette at Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Ann Shorey here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

* * * *
4/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Holly! Blessings on your day.