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When the Heart Heals (Sisters at Heart #2)

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Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and downright vulgar. Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, she must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a ...more
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Published February 2013 by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nancee
May 24, 2013 Nancee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: 1
Shelves: to-be-read
Merciful to wounded Civil War soldiers, Rosemary Saxon became a nurse. Considered a filthy and disgusting job, unfit for a woman, Rosemary was ousted from her home. Her compassion compelled her to help others in need, in spite of her own limited resources. After the war she had moved to Noble Springs, Missouri where she eventually sought employment with Dr. Elijah Stewart who had set up practice in the small town after the Civil War. Refusing to join his father's medical practice in Chicago, Dr. ...more
Barbara Shelton
Mar 06, 2013 Barbara Shelton rated it really liked it
When the Heart Heals is my first introduction to Ann Shorey's writing. What a writer! Historical fiction is at the top of my reading joy, and Ann didn’t disappoint in authoring such a realistic story of the times after the Civil War. One fact that struck me odd, because I wasn’t aware of it before, was the disdain toward women nurses. Funny, but all my life, I’ve been accustomed to woman nurses, and thought it unusual when more males began to choose nursing as a career. Only a comment on my part ...more
Lisa
Feb 17, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it

A son and daughter born of a Southern mother return from serving with the Union Army during the Civil War, are shunned by their parents and must make their own way. They move a few hours from St. Louis, Missouri to Noble Springs. The second book of the Sisters at Heart series picks up after Rosemary Saxon’s brother Curt has married and moved to his wife’s home, leaving Rosemary alone in the small house. Rosemary may be on her way to spinsterhood, but she values her independence above all else. I
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Laura
Feb 16, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Title: WHEN THE HEART HEALS
Author: Ann Shorey
Publisher: Revell
February 2013
ISBN: 978-0800720735
Genre: Historical

In a country healing from war, can a young woman find healing for her heart?

Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and even downright vulgar. Although she would like to put that part of her life behind her, she needs to support herself.

Rosemary takes a nursing posit
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Maureen Timerman
Feb 20, 2013 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I found this to be a compelling page turning fast read. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.
After the Civil War Rosemary Saxon is looking for a way to earn a living. All she really knows is nursing, and I for one never knew they were so looked down at. Evidently, people though a Lady should never see or clean a mans body. Oh well, she is now getting desperate. So she takes a chance and asks the new Dr in town for a job.
Dr Elijah Stewart, has decided to settle in Noble Springs, MO, and is now
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Carly
Feb 22, 2013 Carly rated it it was amazing
When the Heart Heals is the best book I have read so far this year! I have always enjoyed Ann Shorey’s books, but this one was terrific. There was a lot to this story, but it all fit well together. There was romance, some suspense, historical details all in the charming setting I fell in love with in the first book in this series. I like books that could fit in more than one genre. It keeps me interested. There is certainly more romance than anything else in this book, but the other elements to ...more
Tina Rice
Aug 25, 2015 Tina Rice rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
When The Heart Heals by Ann Shorey

During the Civil War Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse, something that the women in town frowned on, seeing her as unfeminine and vulgar. Now she is living in Noble Springs, Missouri with her dog Bodie, trying to begin a new life. But nursing is the only thing she can do to support herself, so she seeks out the new doctor in town, Dr. Elijah Stewart, to work as his nurse. When she goes to his office to apply for a nursing position she finds that she knows Dr. Ste
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Linda
Feb 18, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
As much as the nursing profession is admired today, it's stunning to realize that has not always been the case. Rosemary's story both fascinated me and touched my heart as she endeavors to fallow her calling in spite of opposition that becomes more strident and dangerous as the book progresses. I loved visiting charming Noble Springs, Missouri in the first book in this series, Where Wildflowers Bloom, and I was eager to learn more about Rosemary and some of the other characters introduced in tha ...more
Cheryl
Feb 08, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
Rosemary used to be a nurse in the war. Now that there is a new doctor in town, Rosemary is hoping that the new doctor will be open minded about having a female nurse.

Dr. Elijah Stewart wants to make a good first impression on the townsfolk. One person that Elijah keeps sticking his foot in his mouth is Rosemary.

I liked this book. Rosemary really stood out for me. She was strong but kind hearted. She fought hard for what she believed in and what she wanted. I did not warm up to Elijah in the b
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Brittany
Mar 30, 2013 Brittany rated it really liked it
This is the second book in Ann Shorey's Sisters at Heart series. I was given the opportunity to receive this book for free and offer an honest opinion of the book. I love Christian romance books and the idea of a post civil war book with a heroine who is still a bit of an outcast because of her nursing skills falling for a handsome doctor, sounded like a book I definitely wanted to read.

I am so glad I did. I have not read book one in the series, but decided to give book two a try. I decided that
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Laura
May 16, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
"When the Heart Heals" is not what I had hoped it would be. For the first 50 pages I just couldn't seem to get into the story. I didn't feel that sudden pull where I couldn't put the book down until later, but I was still rather disappointed.

I am glad however that I stuck out and finished the book because overall the book was fairly good. I enjoyed Rosemary's character even though she completely frustrated me by not getting Cooper's help at first or listen to Elijah near the end! I just wanted t
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Margaret Chind
Feb 23, 2013 Margaret Chind rated it liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Ann
Last January I started the Sisters of the Heart series from Ann Shorey with a delight and eagerly awaited the release of Rosemary's story. While I loved Rosemary and Elijah as characters some things in this book were not perfectly appealing to me. Although I could hardly put it down and had to keep reading to find out what was next. This one was a mystery as there was an angry bad guy lurking in the darkness. Part of me felt like he could have been left out of the entire story and I wouldn't hav ...more
Diana
Feb 21, 2013 Diana rated it it was amazing

You know that satisfying ‘ah’ when you finish a good book? You get that when you turn the last page of When the Heart Heals. I found myself turning the pages slower and slower not wanting this engaging tale to end.

Shorey has written her best book ever with this one. Will she top it with the next one? I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll preorder the book and find out.

This is a tale of a nurse no longer needed after the Civil War, nor is she looked upon with respect. It’s her struggle to find the re
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Georgianne
Jan 11, 2015 Georgianne rated it liked it
This was a well written story and from all of the high reviews, most readers seemingly loved it. I really wanted to read Rosemary's story after reading book 1. I think my problem is that Rosemary was so impulsive, jumped to conclusions, and took extreme measures before she ever listened to reason. I found this very frustrating, and the story far-fetched. Then in the end, everything suddenly came together and that was it. I'm sure we will learn more of Rosemary and Elijah in book 3, which is Cass ...more
Molly Cline
Apr 11, 2015 Molly Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-2
This is book #2 in this series but you don't have to read book #1 to know what is going on in this book. Ms Shorey wrote it where you wouldn't miss out on anything, but in book one you are introduced to the main character here and she was a secondary character. And the same in this book. The main characters we grew to love in book 1 are in this book but are secondary characters. Am looking forward to reading book #3 to see how she wraps up everyone's lives.

There are several characters you grow
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Heathy
I can't understand all the high ratings for this book. The writing was very choppy ("She did this, then she did this. After that, she did this, etc.).

Something about the characters was off, too. I think it was the dialogue. The conversations seemed very fake and superficial, and although the author gave some back story of the characters, I still felt like I never really got to know them.

The heroine Rosemary was absolutely dreadful. I found her to be very rude and overall obnoxious. Her first day
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Shelly
Mar 22, 2013 Shelly rated it really liked it
Liked it, but not as well as the first one. I was excited to read Rosemary's story, but her stubbornness got in my way of falling in LOVE with her. It kind of has a Pride and Prejudice feel to the story.
Beverly A. Fodor
Mar 01, 2015 Beverly A. Fodor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good but it did have moments when I wondered about the jumping to conclusion situations. Would a woman really let someone else lay claim to the love of there life without finding out what the love had to say. There might be some but every woman I know would be digging into the facts before letting go. Unless the woman has low self esteem, then I could give her some room with her reaction. But Rosemary was a strong and intelligent woman and to portray her in such a light did not seem ...more
ette
Apr 29, 2014 ette rated it it was ok
like a hallmark movie in written form---what was I thinking?????
Rosa Cline
Dec 15, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
This is book #2 in this series but you don't have to read book #1 to know what is going on in this book. Ms Shorey wrote it where you wouldn't miss out on anything, but in book one you are introduced to the main character here and she was a secondary character. And the same in this book. The main characters we grew to love in book 1 are in this book but are secondary characters. Am looking forward to reading book #3 to see how she wraps up everyone's lives.

There are several characters you grow
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Vickie McDonough
Mar 28, 2013 Vickie McDonough rated it it was amazing
Small town Herbalist vs. Big City Doctor


At a time when women nurses were considered unseemly and vulgar, Rosemary Saxon perseveres in the career she feels called to. On top of that, some of the townsfolk have labeled her a charlatan because she grows herbs and makes teas and poultices to help the sick. When she applies for a job as a nurse with the new doctor in town, she quickly earns his ire by suggesting herbal remedies for his customers.
Both desire to see the sick healed, but is only one wa
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TAMMY CUEVAS
The Civil War has ended, and Rosemary Saxon has settled in Noble Springs, Missouri. The older doctor in town does not believe in female nurses, so when Dr. Elijah Stewart sets up practice, Rosemary convinces him to hire her. Although most of the doctor's patients seem to like her, someone is leaving threatening notes and vandalizing her property. Rosemary must decide whether to stay in Noble Springs and see what the future holds for her and Dr. Stewart or run from her adversary.



The pace of this
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Sharon Chance
Mar 07, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
I have always admired women who have the gift of healing, and there have been many nurses who have passed through my life that I will always be grateful for their tender mercies. I also have a great many friends who are nurses or are becoming nurses, and I am in awe of their talents and services.

So I was very interested in Ann Shorey's story about a young woman who had served as a nurse during the Civil War, but was shunned for her service afterwards. Shorey portrays her character of Rosemary Sa
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Kathleen L. Maher
Mar 04, 2013 Kathleen L. Maher rated it really liked it
Rosemary Saxon is a no-nonsense heroine who knows her way around an herb garden as well as a doctor's office, but she has a tender and vulnerable side. She was infinitely likable with her sweet Bodie, her dog/walking companion/protector, and her penchant for rescuing young women in crisis. When she secures employment at Doctor Elijah Stewart's after the Civil War in small town Missouri, winning his heart is but one of her challenges. Winning his patients' confidence proves more daunting than eve ...more
Victor Gentile
Feb 23, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Ann Shorey in her new book, “When the Heart Heals” Book Two in the Sisters At Heart series published by Revell takes us back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri in 1867
From the Back Cover: In a country healing from war, can a young woman find healing for her heart?

Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and even downright vulgar. Although she would like to put that part of he
...more
Cathleen
Mar 31, 2013 Cathleen rated it it was amazing
This is such a good story! "When The Heart Heals" by Ann Shorey is the first book I have read written by this author.

The story centers around Rosemary a single woman in her late 20's. She is a strong and independent woman in a time when woman were just thought of as cooks, mothers and housekeepers. She convinces a local doctor to hire her as his office nurse.

Rosemary having spent her childhood by her mother's side learning about herbs and their medicinal purposes is using this knowledge to help
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Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it liked it
WHEN THE HEART HEALS was sweet, but didn’t have quite enough pizzazz for me.

Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, and would like to continue in the nursing field. But the women in Noble Springs shun her because they feel it is improper for her to continue in the field. She refuses to give up her gift of nursing and becomes Dr. Elijah Stewart’s nursing assistant. Finally feeling she has found her place in Noble Springs, she is devastated when she starts receiving threatening lett
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Janalyn Voigt
Apr 03, 2013 Janalyn Voigt rated it it was amazing
Some of the townsfolk of Noble Springs, Missouri, look down upon Rosemary Saxon because she served as a nurse during Civil War. She’d rather put her association with what is seen as a vulgar, unfeminine profession behind her. However, she needs to support herself, so she goes to work as a nurse for Dr. Elijah Stewart. Unfortunately, she and her new employer can’t seem to get along. Threats from an unknown intruder and her own softening heart both shake Rosemary’s hard-won independence.

In the pag
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Amy
Apr 10, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
At first glance this looks like a very sweet prarie romance. Well, it did to me anyway. What I found inside was a story that took me through a character's life who had lived through the Civil War and had seen some of the atrocities that affected the soldiers. She is a nurse in a time when being a nurse was very much looked down upon for a woman and was "shocking". However, she worms her way into the local doctor's practice and eventually his heart. Sound simple? Not so much. This is a sweet roma ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
Feb 19, 2013 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
Where Wildflowers Bloom is the first book in the Sisters at Heart series. When the Heart Heals is the second book and continues the story of Faith, Rosemary, and Cassie. Although several familiar characters show up in this story, Rosemary is the main focus of this book and I think I enjoyed this one, better than the first.



Rosemary is a nurse but has some trouble finding work, due to her Civil War service. She also has a good knowledge of herbs and natural medicine, which puts her at odds with s
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Dec 18, 2014 10:55AM  
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  • Waiting for Morning (The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, #2)
  • Rebekah (Wives of the Patriarchs, #2)
  • Love in a Broken Vessel (Treasure of His Love)
  • Uneasy Fortunes
  • Dandelions on the Wind (Quilted Hearts, #1)
  • Under a Blackberry Moon (Michigan Northwoods, #3)
  • Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco, #1)
  • Small Town Girl (Rosey Corner, #2)
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  • To Honor and Trust (Bridal Veil Island, #3)
  • River's End (The Inn at Shining Waters, #3)
  • Grace's Pictures (Ellis Island #1)
  • Twice Promised (The Blue Willow Brides, #2)

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  • Where Wildflowers Bloom (Sisters at Heart, #1)
  • Love's Sweet Beginning (Sisters at Heart, #3)

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