Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden

Healing Hearts, by Sarah M. Eden
2019, 336p, Clean Historical Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received an ARC, which did not affect my review in any way

Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.

I love Sarah Eden's books and was excited to return to Savage Wells! Miriam comes to Savage Wells to be the town's nurse but a misunderstanding gets her off to a rough start. She is ready to leave, even though she has nowhere to go, but Gideon asks her to stay, and she is able to slowly build trust with the townspeople as she takes care of them.

I enjoyed watching Miriam and Gideon's relationship develop, especially since they got off to a rocky start. Miriam had a huge secret which could change everything for her. There were some great characters, both likable and unlikable, who added to the story. It was easy to become engrossed in the town and the people and, once I got started reading, it was hard to put this book down.

Even though this is the second book in the series, it works as a standalone. I recommend reading the first book, though, since it's a great read! I hope there will be more stories to come from Savage Wells in the future!

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award's "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.


sherry fundin said...

Enjoyed the review. Glad to see this is an author that keeps on giving enjoyment to you.

sherry @ fundinmental

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