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Guardians of the Heart

(Secrets on Sterling Street #2)

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Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn. Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel J ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House
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Melanie
This is one of those books that once I started, I settled in and had a hard time putting down. It's set in the late 1800's. Asa Stone left Denver years ago after a family argument and has now returned but has secrets which make him believe he doesn't deserve happiness. His plan is to restore his grandparents' inn, Stone Hill. Nell Holstrom is looking for a new job and Asa hires her as the housekeeper for his inn. Together, they work hard to restore it to its former glory. Just when things are go ...more
Tina
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Guardians of the Heart***** book 2 Secrets of Sterling Street series
by Loree Lough

Nell Holstrom and Asa Stone both have suffered hardships, heartaches and secrets in their past and are now trying to build a “new” life. Nell is one determined woman and a hard worker—who sings while she works. She seems to be good at anything she turns her hands to. Asa is as much a hard worker as Nell, but is a man of few words. Circumstances bring Asa and Nell together to restore the old Stone Hill Inn that Asa
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nell is a wonderful character. Life has thrown her some hard curves, somehow she manages to pull herself together and make the best of every situation. Her determination and loving heart not only brighten her life, but the lives of everyone around her.

Asa keeps to himself. He has a past that he isn't proud of. Some of the things that bring him shame, I think are noble characteristics. He took a stand when he felt like situations were wrong, but they weren't decisions expected of him. He has a no
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Marilyn
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A historical story with three dimensional characters that could be our friends and family members as they faced a wide variety of traumatic events that brought great pain, loss, despondency and driven to prove themselves through hard work. Nell Holstrom and Asa Stone past brought them together when they acknowledged the depth of their love for one another after facing more hardships together after restoring and opening Stone Hill. The ending with lives being restored, forgiveness shown, faith re ...more
Victor Gentile
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loree Lough in her new book, “Guardians of the Heart” Book Two in the Secrets on Sterling Street series published by Whitaker House brings us into the lives of Nell Holstrom and Asa Stone.

From the back cover: Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather’s barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely m
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Janet Marie Dowell
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Janet Sinclair in this book is ME!!! It doesn't say Janet "Dowell" Sinclair in the story, but I just want all my friends to know it is ME if y'all buy the book!

Loree never disappoints. This book is an eye catcher from the start. Her characters feel like friends and you feel as if you are part of the story.

Asa Stone is forced by his father to fight in a war along with his three brothers . Branded a coward when he escapes the control and manipulation of his father, he wanders around for years "lo
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Loree Lough writes books that make you want to curl up with a quilt and tuck away into the time period. Guardians of the Heart is no different. The characters feel like real people (some of them are, in fact, as they were modeled after the author's pastor as well as winners of a contest!), and the situations - though set in the late 1800s - are historical versions of things that any of us could face today. The added bit of suspense/mystery gives the story just the right boost - both in intrigue ...more
Rachael
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sweet easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The main characters are so easy to like, and they become my friends as I followed their journey. They both had rough pasts that strongly affect their present situations. The banter and teasing between the two was incredibly enjoyable and fun!

I love that this book held a few twists and turns I didn't see coming. Although, I have to admit the last one wasn't a surprise. The historical setting is interesting, but it in no way drives the plot. The charact
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Sydney
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Acclaimed author Loree Lough has once again created a beautiful and touching story in her second instalment of the Secrets of Sterling Street, Guardians of the Heart. This novel will touch readers’ from page one as they enjoy the enthralling journey of the relationship between Nell and Asa blossom from trust and friendship to possible love. Throughout the novel Loree has brought her characters to life in a true and heartwarming way. I would recommend this novel to Christian, historical fiction, ...more
Janice Sisemore
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Guardians of the heart

Asa had a hard young life and secrets in his past he is feels a lot of guilt. He is rebuilding the inn his grandparents left him. Nell comes to work for him as a housekeeper. Just after they get the inn restored, a disaster happens. Nell has something ( her grandfather mine) that may be able to help but after her mother, father and younger brother had lost their lives there she was scare about trying it. After the disaster happens, will she find a way to help?

This is a boo
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Jennifer
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As always Loree Lough does not disappoint her readers! Guardians of the Heart , the second book in the Secrets on Sterling Street series, tells Asa and Nell's story and how we need to stop thinking we're not deserving of God's forgiveness. Nell Hollstrom needs a job and a place to live and she's about to give up when she notices an add for a cook/ housekeeper .
Asa Stone is working hard to fix up the family inn in hopes of a fresh start and carry a heavy load of guilt that he feels he deserves .
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Toni Shiloh
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Guardians of the Heart is the second book in the series, but can be read stand alone. I enjoyed this book and loved how Nell and Asa looked at life. Although they viewed it on the opposite spectrum, it made them more realistic to me. Nell doesn't life let get her done and she reminded me of Paul's statement of learning to be content in all things.
Although Asa is more pessimistic, his past justifies his viewpoint, at least in his eyes. I enjoyed watching him go through the healing from past hurt
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Ann
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know that when I start one of this author's books that it's is going to be a good one and this one didn't disappoint. I was pulled into the story line and the lives of the characters from the first pages and didn't want to put it down after I had started it. It is a wonderful combination of romance, action, and faith that made for an very enjoyable read. This is another one from this author that I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys good Christian historical fiction.
Kristine Morgan
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loree Lough's novel Guardians Of The Heart is the tale of two broken people who must learn to trust again. Forgiveness of self and accepting forgiveness from others is the theme of this book. I enjoyed the characters and the way they interacted with each other. Set in Colorado in the late 1800's, Nel and Asa are boss and employee. Can they ever be more? I really enjoyed relaxing in the evening with this book.
I was given this book by Bookfun.org for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Amy
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guardians of the Heart is the second installment of the Secrets on Sterling Street series and the first book I have read by Loree Lough. What a fabulous read! I cannot wait to go back and read Currency of the Heart. I, also, look forward to more by this author.
Highly recommended.
5 plus stars.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my opinion which was given.
Deb Haggerty
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Deb’s Dozen: Two hurt and lonely people work together to accomplish their individual goals.

Am I blessed! Another Loree Lough book! Guardians of the Heart is Book Two of the Secrets of Sterling Street Series. Like the first book, the ending of this historical romance is predictable, but how the characters arrive there is the fun of the read.

Nell Holstrom has lived a life of poverty and want, but now has found a sanctuary and employment with the DiMaggios in their store. However, Michelle’s mother
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Rev. Crutchfield
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't really call this a review since having one of the characters in the book modeled after me leaves me naturally predisposed to liking the book. Fortunately though Loree's talent leaves no need for any such predisposition. Even so I though potential readers might benefit from my unique perspective on the book, so here we go !

Guardians of the Heart is book #2 of the Secrets on Sterling Street Series. Even though it shares common characters, and plot elements with book one “Guardians” stan
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Jackie
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Guardians of the Heart is book two in the series entitled Secrets on Sterling Street by Loree Lough. This novel is a heart-warming, Hallmark movie-worthy story set in the 1800’s in Colorado. The female lead, Nell Holstrom, is a strong, hard-working Christian woman who is the only member of her family left on earth. The Holstrom gold mine has taken the lives of her parents and younger brother, and she has no use for her father’s rumor that there may yet be hidden wealth inside. Very practical and ...more
Karen Dean
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nell Holstrom has no living family left. Her father’s mine in Colorado gradually took the lives of her mother, brother, grandfather, and father. Now she is left alone and is about to lose her job and home because her employers’ need to care for their Italian grandma. Miraculously, she comes across a notice advertising for a cook and housekeeper for the soon to open Stone Hill Inn. When she applies for the job, she meets Asa Stone, a silent and withdrawn man. Asa hires Nell who brings not only li ...more
Lori
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved it! Loree Lough is a fantastic Christian lady who writes awesome books that still has our beloved Father in Heaven in her stories. This is the main reason why I started reading Christian fiction.
This book is action packed from the beginning to end! I love being able to travel back to the 1800's! This is also my favorite time period.
Can you imagine standing there, hearing the clip clip or thudding of the horse's hooves on hard packed dirt, the roar of the storm as it was tearing D
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Guardians of the Heart
Secrets on Sterling Street #2
By Loree Lough

Nell Holstrom is everyone's favorite person. She's always willing to offer a helping hand and an encouraging word. She's been on her own since the death of her father in the family's gold mine. But when she needs to find a new place of employment she applies at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone is attempting to restore his late grandparent's inn, but he needs help. And Nell's go-get-it-done work ethic is just what he needs to get S
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Donna Mcginnis
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1800's this was a delightful and enjoyable book. Loree Lough has done a great job with well developed characters and a wonderful story
After an argument with his family, tragedy and guilt, Asa Stone thinking he did not deserve happiness, wondered around for years until he decided to return home to Denver to restore Stone Hill Inn that he inherited from his grandparents.
Nell Holstrom's grandfather owned The Holstrom Mine where her family worked and were searching for that big strike. Af
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Nyla Wilkerson
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Author Loree Lough does another splendid job in Guardians of the Heart, book 2 of the Secrets on Sterling Street series. Don't worry if you haven't read Book 1 as this easily could be read as a stand alone without confusion. This is the story of Asa and Nell, both of whom are living with secrets and a past they believe unworthy of forgiveness. Nell Hollstrom needs a job and somewhere to live. Asa Stone has thrown himself into the renovation of his family's inn and needs help. Both need a fresh s ...more
Pam
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Guardians of the Heart" was one of those books I didn't want to put down once I started reading it. I liked the characters of Nell and Asa so much that I just had to keep reading to find out what would happen.

Nell had lost all of her family and was alone in the world but she was so generous and caring toward others, sometimes to the point of sacrifice. Asa was also a caring person but he has things that happened in his past that makes him think he will never be worthy - especially of a nice gir
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Kris
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel occurring in Denver in the 1880’s. How easily I take for granted the modern luxuries I have! Nell shows how hard and strong the pioneer woman was!

Nell has lost all family, as has Asa. They turn to each other to build a hotel business, and, along the way, discover they have feelings for each other. But Asa has secrets he doesn’t want to reveal (although the reader is privileged to learn them) and struggles to be a man worthy of Nell. On the other hand Nell is an 18
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Amy
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Guardians of the Heart by Loree Lough is a story about two people who have endured a lot during their young life and growing up, and so both have bottled up their hearts. Two lost souls wandering through life just trying to make the best out of what they have been offered are brought together when Asa needs to hire a housekeeper for his grandparent’s inn that he plans to reopen. In steps Nell who applies for the job. Asa and Nell are such a great team together and quickly become very good friend ...more
Anne Rightler
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Guardians of the Heart is a delightful historical romance novel. Set in the mid to late 1800s, readers are introduced to Asa and Nell as they navigate the streets of Denver together and yet so far apart. Asa is bedeviled by guilt from a long ago past. Nell is holding a grudge against her seemingly foolhardy mining family. Can they overcome their fears, face their shame and more importantly forgive others and themselves? Loree Lough laces her story with loveable characters, a sweet romance, a lit ...more
Tima
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nell needed a job and found one working for Asa at the inn he had inherited. But both of them are running from their past. Disaster sends Nell back to her family mine and Asa into despair. He doesn't feel like he can be the man that Nell needs in her life because of his past.

The story flowed well and it was a quick read. The characters were entertaining and relatable. The two main characters were distinct and fit well together. I enjoyed several of the secondary characters as well. This is the s
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Vickie Fisher
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Loree Lough has given us a book to get lost in. Guardians of the Heart is one of those books you hate to put down. A story of hope, forgiveness, faith and of course love. Nell and Asa story from page one captivates you into following along. Haunted by his past mistakes Asa keeps himself closed up to happiness. Nell is the type of woman we would all love to be. Face with heartbreaking challenges she relies on her faith to see her through. I loved this book and look forward to the next ...more
Vanessa
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Guardians of the Heart captured my attention from the first page. It is a heartwarming story with beautifully drawn and relatable characters. Spending a couple of hours with Nell and Asa was the highlight of my day and I could not put the book down. Nell is an especially likeable character and I found her optimism in the face of such trauma and hardship to be inspiring and refreshing. Asa is a dashing, multi-faceted hero with a richly woven tragic and compelling past. It was my first experience ...more
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