Author: Sarah M Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: Feb 5 2019
Paperback: 336 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ARC from the publisher. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
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.
Healing Hearts is a gem of a book. It was wonderful being in Savage Wells again. It was like coming home to an old friend. The characters are well written and as charming as I remember them from the first book. Miriam is a lovely addition. She is full of mystery at first and I loved how she entered the heart of the town. The pacing is written perfectly. Gideon was, of course, wonderful. Hawk, Paisley, Cade, essentially. The whole town made this book what it was, Tansy and Andrew. This book is an absolute joy.
5 out of 5 stars
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