When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

When the Heart HealsSynopsis:~

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 fiancée, 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?

My take:~

Ann Shorey delivers a traditional historical romance with all readers have come to expect from her ~ detailed characters, historical nuances, and a tender romance. Revealing the societal shunning many female nurses received following the Civil War, adds interesting layers to the tale and garners much sympathy for Rosemary’s plight. Ann ensures Rosemary is not a cookie cutter character, she is independent, defensive, and quick to judge which provides plenty of frustrating moments for Elijah and, at times, the reader! Curt, Rosemary’s brother, and his wife Faith feature so readers will enjoy revisiting them from Where Wildflowers BloomWhen the Heart Heals is a solid addition to Ann’s Sister’s At Heart series and will appeal to fans of Maggie Brendan, Ann Cabot, and Melanie Dobson.

Available January, 2013  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

With thanks to Revell for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Where Wildflowers BloomThe Edge of LightThe Promise of Morning & The Dawn of a Dream
Character spotlight on Ellie & Matthew
Character spotlight on Molly
Visit Ann’s website and blog
Buy When the Heart Heals at Amazon or Koorong

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6 Responses to When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

  1. Wonderful to see you spotlight Ann here, Rel:) I remember when she shared this cover with me and Mesu when we were together for a Portland/Seattle signing last May. JOY! It fits the title so well and am sure the story, too. Can’t wait to read! Thanks!

  2. I love the cover of this book. And, also the title. It sounds like a good read. Too bad it’s not a give-away. LOL Maxie Anderson

  3. I just read a book about how hard it was on the women that chose to be nurses during the civil war. I love historical fiction where the women are courageous enough to step out of societies role and seek a path not many women would venture!

    Wonderful review! I will be adding this book to my TBR list.

  4. Thank you for the good review, Rel! So glad you enjoyed the story. I loved being compared to Amanda Cabot, Maggie Brendan, and Melanie Dobson! :)

  5. I have this one in my TBR stack. I’m glad it’s so good.

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