When The Heart Heals

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Title: When The Heart Heals
Series: Sisters At Heart
Author: Ann Shorey
Publisher: Revell
Published: February 15, 2013
Pages: 352

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Rosemary Saxon is a courageous, unconventional and stubborn woman who served as a nurse during the Civil War. Her past has caused most women in town to view her as unfeminine and even downright vulgar. Despite the fact that she would like to leave that part of herself in the past, she needs a way to support herself and this is all she knows beside herbs and their healing powers. So she gets a job as a nurse at the handsome new doctor’s office, but every time they’re near each other they clash and Rosemary struggles to hold back her flaming temper.

Doctor Elijah Stewart moved away from his father’s past to the small town he now calls home and just wants a quiet life completely different from his father’s. When Rosemary comes in wanting a nursing job he figures she would come in handy. Little does he know how she will turn his life upside-down or how she will make him question things about his life and his beliefs. Or how she will make him view a future with her in it.

As their attraction for each other grows, a man threatens Rosemary. The bolder he gets the more Rosemary must rely on others, a thing she isn’t good at and stand talk when all she wants to do is run away forever. Elijah must decide if he wants a quiet life with Rosemary or a fast life in his father’s practice and a woman that wants him for his title. He must also show Rosemary that letting someone help you doesn’t mean charity but love.

Will Rosemary leave nursing behind or will she find that she loves it way too much to give it up? Will Elijah and Rosemary fall in love or will life and circumstance get in their way? Will Elijah be able to convince Rosemary that love means letting someone take care of you or will Rosemary forever want to do things herself? Will Elijah choose Rosemary over fortune or will he choose money over his values and the woman he could see himself spending his life with?
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I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it but it wasn’t one of my favorites. I decided to read this one because I wanted to finish the series but I hoped that maybe this one would be better than the first. My hope was a reality. The author definitely improved on storyline and execution in this new installment of the series. However, the book wasn’t perfect, but compared to the first in this series, it was a huge improvement.

The romance in this book is a little sudden. Like the prequel to this one, the main characters start a relationship suddenly and say “I love you” way too suddenly. Despite the quick pace of the romance, the romance was actually quite adorable and I think it’s a fantasy of every nurse or nurse-to-be to possibly fall in love with a doctor. The romance was adorable and the idea of it was really romantic. The author improved on her previous one and did pretty well with this romance.

The storyline was kind of neat. A Civil War nurse falls in love with her boss, a doctor, but just when life seems bright a man threatens her because of her herbal remedies. The execution was a little bit less exciting than the idea, but considering how difficult it is to mesh two different genres into one, the execution was pretty good. I’ve only read two books by this author, but out of those two this one has the better storyline.

Obviously from the synopsis, this book has a little bit of suspense in it. It seems to be there only to add a bit of conflict and to keep you more interested in what would’ve been a fairly conflict-less storyline. Considering that, the culprit is fairly easy to figure out because there is only a handful of people it could be and most of them wouldn’t do that to Rosemary. This suspense was pretty good for a background side conflict.

This author captured my attention with the first book in this series and though she still isn’t at the top of my favorites list she is on my list of authors to watch and she is slowly getting toward that list. This is an author that’s growing on me slowly and is one that I have to get used to their writing style, but I do enjoy her books and will read more from her and definitely finish this series.

Overall, this is an enjoyable read but the romance seems sudden and the suspense is easy to figure out. This book is perfect for historical romance lovers who like a less passionate read. I think this book can be read by adults and teens. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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