When the Heart Heals
by Ann Shorey
Sisters at Heart Series, Book 2
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.
Rosemary 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?
Return 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.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Ann Shorey has done it again. I love her historical novels. She weaves in romance and prairie settings, but her novels are anything but prairie romance. They show strong women fighting for a place in a man’s world in a society that holds them down with mystery and intrigue thrown in as well.
Rosemary was a very capable nurse during the Civil War. Since the war, she’s had to deal with polite society’s disdain of her profession. She’s been rejected by her parents for working as a nurse with the Union Army, and now is rejected by the town. She wants acceptance, but she’s given up on ever being accepted or loved. She decides to work as a nurse for the town doctor to support herself, but he objects to her herbal cures and to her helping patients on a personal level. To make matters worse, somebody in town is destroying her greenhouse, threatening her, spreading rumors, and accusing her of being a witch. Rosemary has to muster all her faith in God to get through these trials.