Friday, January 27, 2012
Book Review - "Where Wildflowers Bloom"
Ann Shorey's new series, Sisters at Heart, has captured my attention with book 1, "Where Wildflowers Bloom." Faith lives with her grandfather and her memories of her family who has passed away as a result of illness and the Civil War. Wanting nothing else than to be free of these memories each and every day, Faith is determined to travel West. However, her grandfather does not share the same dream. Faith is running the family mercantile while still continuing to make plans for the trip.
Faith gave her heart away to Royal Baxter years ago as he was preparing to leave for the war. Believing that he was killed just as her father and brother, Faith is shocked when Royal rides back into town and even more shocked and embarrassed when he does not remember her as she does him. Royal begins to court Faith much to her delight and her grandfather's chagrin as he would like Faith to court Curt instead. Curt who works at the livery and seems to be always helping out Faith and her grandfather is also dealing with his own scars from the war and does not know if he is ready to be involved with a girl. Rosemary, Curt's sister, becomes a dear friend to Faith - just like a sister in fact. Faith begins to struggle with what to do as she does not want to hurt her grandfather, yet she believes the move would be the best for both of them. Faith is confused as to her feelings toward Royal and Curt, does she love Royal or is he her ticket to the West and if she loves Royal, then why does she desire to see Curt and spend time with him?
This is an excellent historical fiction novel! It is very well-written and was filled with so many details of the time period! I am looking forward to the rest of the series! I am assuming and hoping that the rest of the series with be Rosemary, Amy and Cassie's stories as these girls are all "Sisters at Heart."
“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”