Love's Sweet Beginning

Title:  Love’s Sweet Beginning (Sisters at Heart #3)
Author:  Ann Shorey
Pages:  340
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
This novel concludes the “Sisters at Heart” trilogy, bringing readers the story of Cassie Haddon.  The story is set in Missouri in the year 1868.  Cassie Haddon is 25 years old and tired of being called useless by her uncle.  She and her mother are asked to leave his house and Cassie must do something to support them.  They arrive in Noble Springs, searching for another of Cassie’s uncles in order to live with him.  He works for the railroad and has moved on from Noble Springs.  While they await word from the railroad as to where he is now working, Cassie has to find a job doing something.  She has no practical skills as her mother raised a gentle, southern belle.  She soon finds a job at Jacob West’s restaurant washing dishes.  Jacob really can’t afford to hire her, but he has a soft spot for those who are having a hard time.
Jacob West is not looking for a wife, but thinks Cassie would make some man a fine wife, just not him.  She is a hard worker and shows initiative.  Jacob has a past that would chase away any woman who might be interested in him so he thinks.  Soon, however, Jacob and Cassie find themselves attracted to one another and begin courting.  Cassie’s mother doesn’t like Jacob as he is a common grocer and she wants a man with better social standing for her daughter.  Cassie’s mother has finally located her brother and gone to live with him in another town.  However, the distance between Cassie and her mother doesn’t keep her mother from meddling in her affairs as her mother foists a suitor on Cassie that she neither wants nor likes.  Will Cassie have enough nerve to stand up to her domineering mother?  Can Jacob keep his past in the past or will he lose everything he has earned if the truth is revealed?
I really didn’t like Cassie’s lying and manipulative mother.  She claimed she loved Cassie, but she only seemed to want to use her to get back her lifestyle of ease and luxury that she had before the Civil War.  I did like how Cassie learned to stand up for herself and stick to a labor-intensive job when she had no experience.  She was willing to learn and do whatever she had to in order to support herself and her mother.  I also liked Jacob’s generosity and willingness to give people a chance when no one else would.  Overall, however, this story just did have any oomph and fell flat, with little action or intensity.
My rating is 3 stars.

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