I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Where Wildflowers Bloom: A Sweet, Satisfying Story

Faith Lindberg wants to leave Noble Springs, Missouri, to escape the memories of all she’s lost—most recently, her father and brother, who perished in the Civil war. Oregon seems like a fresh start, if only her grandfather would agree to sell his mercantile and go with her. But grandpa’s grown forgetful, and Faith must depend on the new liveryman, Curt Saxon, and his scandalous sister Rosemary for support. When the man she sent off to the Great War with a token of her affection, Royal Baxter, returns with courting on his mind, Faith sees the potential for a bright future. Which man, Curt or Royal, can give her what she needs to heal?

Faith’s a likable young lady, struggling under the weight of caring for her elderly grandpa and running his mercantile…especially since she’d rather run away from her grief. Folks don’t care much for a woman running a business, nor do they approve of Faith’s friend Rosemary, a woman who took upon herself the scandalous job of nurse during the war. Faith’s spunk and dedication are admirable, even if she’s not always a good judge of character.

I enjoyed the fast-paced story, rich descriptions, and the panoply of characters, from the old fellows playing checkers in the store to the multi-dimensional main characters. Curt’s post-traumatic stress disorder is well-written. Faith’s grandfather is as charming as his aging is heartbreaking.

I’m looking forward to reading the next stories in the Sisters at Heart series. Rosemary is a strong, likable character, and she deserves her shot at a happily ever after, too!