Title: When the Heart Heals (Sisters at Heart #2)
Author: Ann Shorey
The Sisters at Heart Series continues with the latest entry of When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey. The setting remains in Noble Springs, Missouri, and the year is now 1866. The two main characters are Rosemary Saxon and Elijah Stewart. Rosemary played a large role in the first novel as the sister of Curt Saxon and Faith’s best friend.
Rosemary is a single, 27-year-old nurse. She learned her profession during the Civil War at an Army hospital. As a result of her service, which she felt called to by God; many of the people shun her as she is a single female who has been in touch with male bodies, even though it was in a professional capacity. She now lives alone and needs to find a way to make money to support herself. She turns to what she knows…nursing. A new doctor has set up practice in town so she goes to see him in hopes of employment being offered. She also is a strong believer in the use of herbal and/or natural remedies and decides to sell herbal teas, tinctures and soaps to supplement her income. Someone begins to harass her for dispensing her remedies. The harassment is not too serious at first, but begins to escalate. She doesn’t report these mishaps to the sheriff at first, but soon the danger becomes too great and she does tell the sheriff everything that has happened. Her employer, Dr. Stewart, doesn’t want her medicating his patients with her remedies and confronts her about this. Sparks fly between the two. Rosemary is a strong, independent, and stubborn woman. Is Elijah up to the challenge of a relationship with her?
Elijah has moved to Noble Springs for a fresh start just like Rosemary. His father is also a doctor, but extremely unethical in his practice. Elijah refuses to continue the family practice and strikes out on his own. He is new in town and needs someone to help him learn about the community and families in the area so he hires Rosemary to assist him in his medical practice. Elijah soon realizes Rosemary’s worth and decides to court her. After some interesting situations, he finally asks her to marry him. She agrees, and the next day, Elijah’s fiancée from Chicago arrives. He was already engaged when he asked her to marry him? Rosemary is heartbroken and leaves the next day to return to St. Louis without giving Elijah a chance to explain. Will they be able to work out their differences and reunite? Who is in St. Louis that Rosemary decides to see? Will she heed the Spirit’s urging to forgive?
I very much enjoyed the interaction and dialogue between the two main characters and their budding romance. I also could relate to the internal struggles and doubts Elijah and Rosemary faced while trying to learn to get along with each other and to advance their relationship with each other as well as God. The tension of having an unknown person harassing Rosemary, and Elijah longing to protect her I thought added depth to their characters. Also, the struggle each main character had with their respective parental relationships was very realistic. The strength of Rosemary when facing social ostracism was very encouraging to me as well.
My rating is 4 stars.
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