Monday, March 4, 2019

Review: Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden (Blog Tour)

About The Book

Genre: Romance, Savage Wells #2
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Format: E-ARC

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.

My Review

Nurse Miriam Bricks is excited when she gets off the stagecoach in the small town of Savage Wells, Wyoming. She is thrilled to be starting her life over as a nurse to Dr. Gideon MacNamara. However, things don’t go quite as smoothly as she thought they would. Instead of Dr. MacNamara meeting the stagecoach, the entire town is there and leads her to the schoolhouse. This is where Dr. MacNamara is waiting to make her his bride.

Dr. Gideon MacNamara was tired of living alone and his prospects for finding a local bride were dwindling. So, he purchases a mail order bride, but he’s humiliated when Miriam refuses to marry him.  In fact, she didn’t even know she was a mail order bride. She thought she accepted a nursing position. The entire town quickly turns against her.

Stranded in a strange town, Miriam doesn’t know how she will survive. She’s more than shocked and delighted when Gideon offers her a real nursing position. She happily accepts, although the town is very slow to accept her in their fold, she has high hopes she will change their minds.

As Miriam and Gideon grow closer, things suddenly turn horrible for Miriam. Her past catches up with her and comes to Savage Wells. She is filled with fear and dread. Gideon is determined to find out what the real story is. All he knows is that Miriam has become an important part of his life and he’s not about to let go of her.

Although this is the second book in the Savage Wells series, it stands on it’s own. This story is about Gideon and Miriam. Other characters make an appearance, but you don’t have to read the first one to appreciate this one. I didn’t read the first one and enjoyed this one very much.

Healing Hearts is a touching romance with a dash of humor and mystery mixed in. It, also, features a few serious topics such as abuse and medical illness. I was totally transported into the time era and right into the town of Savage Wells.

My heart broke for all that this couple had to endure. They are two people readers can really come to care about. The author did a great job of drawing me in and keeping me hooked until the last page. I’ll be on the look out for more books by Sarah M. Eden.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2019
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2019 (Wyoming)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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