|Where Wildflowers Bloom|
Where Wildflowers Bloom (Sisters at Heart, Book 1)
by Ann Shorey
Revell (January 1, 2012)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****
Step inside the Lindberg Mercantile and you’ll see two chairs hugging the checkerboard table with the regulars Mr Grisbee and Mr Slocum slouched over a game in process. Pull up a chair to watch the animated game while you’re warming up next to the stove, from the crisp chill outside. A glance over your shoulder will recognize the ever hard-working Faith behind the counter, struggling to make the store run a profit whilst burdened with recent store robberies and her increasingly forgetful grandfather. Perhaps give a nod of encouragement to her, sympathizing as you observe her enduring snobbery and persecution knowing that these days were a time when it was often frowned upon for women to work in professions.
In this realistic and heart-warming historical tale set in 1866 not too long after the Civil War finished, Faith Lindberg desperately longs to leave Noble Springs, Missouri, far behind along with its painful memories of losing her brother and father in the war. She dreams of travelling with new settlers out west to Oregon with her grandfather. Only one thing stands in her way at first, and that is to talk her grandfather into selling. She is convinced she is doing this predominantly for him and will help him to be happier and to thrive once again. Is it herself though, that is trying to run away from the aching memories?
When the handsome Royal Baxter arrives back in town from the war and takes up in interest in her, Faith can hardly believe it. And when he says he will take her to Oregon, she feels her dreams are finally coming true. So then why is it she continues to think of the moody Curt Saxon who works at the Livery? Curt’s sister Rosemary Saxon who was a nurse during the war, has become a close friend of Faith’s, and it pains Faith to have to say good-bye to the best friend she has ever had. However Faith has to do what is best for her grandfather, and soon her plans are well under way.
Before you help pack up the checkerboard pieces, a glance around the store reveals the Sheriff now chatting to Faith about the most recent robbery, prompting an unnerving feeling. Who could it be breaking in and stealing the Lindberg’s valuable merchandise? Another quick glimpse in the direction of the kitchen goods reveals Rosemary busily dusting them with her feather duster, while the Sheriff snatches peeks at her. With a sigh, you head out of the double doors of the mercantile, bemoaning the day its doors will close on this deep-rooted piece of Noble Springs.
‘Where the Wildflowers Bloom’ has a gentle but strong pulse that beats its way into your heart touching your spirit with the messages of friendship and faith, and compelling you with its intrigue and sweet romance. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Two Giveaways: Ann has generously offered to give away winner's choice of When the Heart Heals or Where Wildflowers Bloom! International -- ebook only! Carrie is also giving away a paperback copy of Where Wildflowers Bloom! Don't forget to leave an email address for contact purposes.
QUESTION: Faith develops a special friendship with Rosemary in 'Where Wildflowers Bloom'. What does a being a good friend mean to you?