Wednesday, February 20, 2013
When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey
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.
About The Author
Ann Shorey is also the author of THE EDGE OF LIGHT, THE PROMISE OF MORNING and THE DAWN OF A DREAM. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE GRANDMA'S SOUL. Shorey lives with her husband, Richard, in Oregon.
I found this to be a compelling page turning fast read. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.
After the Civil War Rosemary Saxon is looking for a way to earn a living. All she really knows is nursing, and I for one never knew they were so looked down at. Evidently, people though a Lady should never see or clean a mans body. Oh well, she is now getting desperate. So she takes a chance and asks the new Dr in town for a job.
Dr Elijah Stewart, has decided to settle in Noble Springs, MO, and is now setting up his practice. He is horrible at keeping the books, so when out spoken, Rosemary asks for employment...yes!
Rosemary has always been interested in healing the natural way. Soon she and the Dr do start butting heads. Rosemary gives advice at the Dr's office, he feels she is giving medical advice, and it will be against him if something goes wrong.
I loved the interaction with Rosemary and her beloved dog, Bodie. Also some of the other Characters in this book are so heartwarming and love the Lord. One is Jacob West, he is developing feelings for Rosemary, but goes out of his way to help her.
This story is going to get your attention, with the notes, violence, and things that do go boom in the night! Through it all their faith seems to carry them.
The only problem I had was the ending went very quickly, some of it you will be surprised by, and others I had figured out before.
I received this book through Revell's Blogging Program, and was not required to give a positive review.