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.
Title: Healing Hearts
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Published: February 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
Genre: Proper Romance, Historical Fiction
Stars: 4 Content Rating: Clean
I am so happy to be apart of the Healing Hearts Release Tour!! I love Shadow Mountain Publishing AND Sarah M. Eden so it is a happy day!! Congrats and this new Savage Wells novel!
This book is set in the time of “Going Out West” and when you became part of the small town that you called your home, you protected it from outsiders. When Miriam refused to marry their Doctor but stayed on to work she had her own work cut out for her to win them all over. There were secrets and that was made clear early on and all I wanted to do was to read until I had them discovered. . I may have been more curious than Gideon! I kept thinking what is this poor girl so afraid of!? Another interesting aspect of this book and this time period is women’s rights. Being a woman, alone, out west is a daunting task but being a “mad” woman is terrifyingly worse! I had no idea about the laws, and how much power a man had over his female relations. Or how much medical knowledge we have know. I mean I know we know and incredible amount more than we did back then but some of the simplest things that we take for granted now were not common knowledge in that time. Have I peaked your interest yet? I hope I have because I really enjoyed this one. I loved this proper romance and so happy I can share with you all what a goodie it is! Thanks for reading friends!
*This is the second book in the Savage Wells series but both can be read as a stand alone.