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Healing Hearts

(Savage Wells #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,899 ratings  ·  383 reviews
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 expe
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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ضحى الحداد Yes you can totally read it without the first book, and it is way better :)

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When I saw this takes place in Savage Wells I had to grab it. I really enjoyed The Sheriffs of Savage Wells and was eager to return to this charming western town. As always, Ms. Eden has created memorable characters, a fun and unique plot and a well developed story.

This has such a fun start, Miriam arrives in Savage Wells, Wyoming thinking she has found a safe place to hide and is stunned when she is ushered into a church and supposed to marry the town doctor. I felt bad for Miriam, but equally
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
I liked the twist to this story. It is a unique one, especially to this time period. I wasn’t sure how it would end. There were a couple of ways to go and of course my mind took the morbid route to fixing the problem. I also am partial to stories with medicine, since I am a nurse.

I really liked both of these main characters. Gideon is a very caring doctor who loves his work and works himself to the bone in caring for the people in his area. Miriam is very caring and really knows how to connect
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
It was wonderful to return to the setting of the isolated Western town of Savage Wells! I quickly grew to love Miriam and Gideon, and enjoyed how they worked so well together as doctor and nurse. Miriam has major trust issues because of her past rejection from her family and the doctors that took advantage of her vulnerable circumstances. It was eye-opening to learn some of the history of asylums and made me thankful for the brave individuals who sacrificed and risked to expose the abuse. Gideon ...more
Whew, a little bit of suspense in this one! Or...a lot. Sarah Eden does a good job of tormenting her characters in general, but I think these go through some of the most impossible situations. I literally couldn't put this down as Gideon meets the woman he'd thought was coming out to marry him and instead is coming out for employment he desperately needs to provide (as a doctor without a nurse and treating an entire region) but doesn't have much in the way of money to achieve that with. But that ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Another great book by Sarah M. Eden. Thankfully, I'd read The Sheriffs of Savage Wells just a month before starting this one, so all the town's colorful and quirky characters were still fresh in my mind. It was fun being back in the small faraway town of Savage Wells, Wyoming again.

Poor Miriam arrives in town thinking she's going to be the nurse for the town doctor, but everyone in town knows that Gideon (the town's doctor) sent for a mail-order bride and they're ready for a wedding. The truth
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This book made my heart feel good. Sarah M. Eden has a way of writing an intelligent story with humor and emotion. I will never tire of reading her novels.

Miriam has endured some horrific trials. I am grateful that we live in a time where the body is better understood that it was in 1876. Miriam has a medical condition that leads to her institutionalization. After two years of living a nightmare, she escapes to a small town in Wyoming to be a nurse for a local Doctor. This should be a safe place
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Every time I pick up a book by Sarah Eden I am reminded just why I love her books so much. They always feel so good to me- like wrapping up in the coziest blanket. Gentle, warm, inviting. The characters feel real and the story envelopes me.

Poor Gideon. All he wants is someone to love and support him. He is lonely and tired. Little does he realize at first, but Miriam feels and longs for the exact same thing but where Gideon probably harbors some slight hope that one day that can still happen f
Denise Hershberger
I really love it when historical fiction includes research into problems in our countries past. I won't say more and spoil the story for anyone, but this book handles it well.

I also truly enjoyed this love story. It felt a little more natural than fiction sometimes does. Still a little fast, but not so fast that it detracted from enjoyment.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. An absolute joy.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gideon MacNamara has been unlucky in love, but as the doctor of Savage Wells and the surrounding areas, he needs help in his medical practice, so he has sent for a mail order bride who is a nurse. When she arrives, however, Miriam becomes the third woman to shy away from marrying him, insisting she was only told about the nursing position, not about the marriage part. His love for the people he serves prompts Gideon to swallow his pride and ask Miriam to stay--as his nurse only. Miriam is a good ...more
Katie W
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading these stories of the Old West, where females play prominent parts and hold important positions in society, where men normally do.

Miriam has had a tough past and I can't image dealing with what she's gone through. Needless to say, she has secrets to hide. Miriam is very strong and not afraid to stand her ground. A misunderstanding right at the beginning of this book forces her to make a quick and difficult decision, but she knows her mind and won't back down. I love this characte
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is in classic Eden style. A very sad story for our leading lady which makes the endings so much sweeter. Her Heroines really do get drug threw the 'mud', the poor things. I think this might have been the most beat up Heroine yet. Don't worry all ends happily. This was a sweet romance. I enjoyed going back to Savage Wells. I liked those characters much more as side characters. This is chaste and teens could read it. There is talk of insane asylums and abuse.
ضحى الحداد
first of all, WHY ISN'T THIS A MOVIE YET ???????
now to my review
oh my .. OH MY .. I was not ready for this explosion of emotion, this book was everything I was looking for :D so happy I didn't give up after the first book
so in this book we follow Gideon the town's doctor and the only one with compassion to see mentally challenged people as actual human beings, and then there is Miriam, she is a nurse and hides a great secret of a condition of epilepsy and doesn't trust doctors at all .. those
Jessica | Booked J
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-arc
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This was such a good read! I wasn't sure what to think of Healing Hearts when I first got it. One of my goals for 2019 was to explore new genres and sub genres. Which is how Healing Hearts came to be on my TBR.

As always, I am going to try to avoid spoile
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I personally couldn’t be happier that Sarah Eden took us back to Savage Wells! ‘Sheriffs’ was a story full of spunk & fun with that added tender element concerning Paisley’s father, and dementia. It was the first time I’d been able to complete a book that touched on this subject. I lost my mum in her mid 60s, to this terrible disease, and usually I can’t bear reading about it in a novel. I appreciated so much the sensitivity in which Sarah writes. In fact if you are an avid reader of hers, ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Leave it to Sarah M. Eden to have me dashing for a box of Kleenex.

“Miriam Bricks sat in the cramped and rancid interior of a rickety stagecoach and contemplated for the hundredth time how fortunate she was to be there.”

Miriam Bricks is sure she’s going to finally have a respite from all her troubles only to find out she’s been sent as a mail-ordered bride.

If signing up for a wife with a woman he doesn’t know wasn’t awkward enough, Gideon McNamara will find out that being left at the altar in fro
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m not going to tell you that you have to read The Sheriffs of Savage Wells before reading this one. But I am going to highly suggest it! This one can stand on it’s own. The reader will just understand the characters and town much better if they’ve read that one first.

Anyway…Healing Hearts. I’m going to start by saying that the first chapter in this one is my favorite opening chapter in any book I’ve ever read. The book opens with Miriam. She’s on the stagecoach to Savage Wells, where she think
Kathleen Kelly
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A doctor looking for a wife, a nurse looking for a job. Sounds simple right, this story is anything but. Gideon MacNamara, knowing that it will be hard to get a wife living out west and he hopes that a matchmaking organization can help him obtain what he is looking for. After being rejected a few times he hopes that this time works.

Miriam Bricks gets off the stagecoach and is greeted by a bevy of townsfolk. She is whisked away to the schoolhouse where the town is there and a preacher upfront al
Anne Osterlund
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Miriam has fled a mental asylum and is in need of a job. One far away from society, the law, her family, and any questions. The opportunity to use her expert skills and serve as a nurse in the small Wyoming town of Savage Wells seems perfect. Right up until she arrives and realizes that the local doctor, Gideon, is not only looking for a nurse but a mail order bride.

She declines.

Gideon has been rejected before, but Miriam makes the first to do so at the alter. Hurt and disappointed but still ver
Maureen Timerman
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
From the beginning to the end this book pulled me in, and had me cringing at the injustice that was perpetrated at the time.
Once you find out why Miriam is in Savage Wells and why she won’t marry Gideon you champion her cause.
Will she win this town over? Will the evil that is brought on her by the law at that time win? I know I was starting to get very angry at the system, but so many souls were lost here, and this went on way into the late 1900’s.
There are some really warmhearted events here, a
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, series
What can I say, I just like Sarah Eden's books. I enjoy her writing style, and the characters that she creates. I go into these books knowing that I am reading "brain candy". (I am just not sure what flavor of candy I am going to get each time!)
I appreciate that Ms. Eden doesn't write perfect characters and isn't adverse to bringing in difficult topics/afflictions. Especially since many of the topics were not really discussed years ago. Just in this book she has characters dealing with dement
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This book was fantastic! The themes of nursing, mental health and asylums in the 1800's are new ones for me. As a woman, it is easy to take for granted the rights and opportunities we have now. And it was horrifying to read and imagine what it would be like to have a medical condition that was unknown or misunderstood... and being at the mercy of male relatives.

The familial relationships were complex and well done. The villain was terrifying in his ability to manipulate and twist things. And the
Happy Reading Watching
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one!! It was wounderful to be back in this world!!! You can really see that Sarah Eden does her homework before writing her books!!! ❤❤❤❤❤

"Confidence is the currency of high society."

March /9/2020
I forgot how much I enjoyed this, loved this reread! The charcters, the mentalist health representation the friendships loved this one. I hope she makes more books in this series!!! Also this cover is beautiful and one of my favorite of hers!!!❤
***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

This book was a sweet, light read that I found to be enjoyable, but not really impressive.
I was hoping for a bit more, it needs a bit of angst (even sweet reads need that).

The writing was good though, hence the 3 stars.
Jun 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: romance
Wow. This was a good book. Really good.
Heather 123
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute story with an interesting twist on marriage. Loved the slow development of feelings between the characters. Miriam's back story was amazing!

** ARC received from Netgalley **
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is the very first Sarah M Eden book that I haven’t liked. The relationship development especially seemed so bland in comparison to her other works.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Cute ♥
E-Reader Addict
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I am writing a completely different review from the one I started out thinking I would.

The first 42 percent of Healing Hearts made me feel like I had a split personality. One side of me liked the plot, the people, the humorous dialogue. The other side of me thoroughly disliked the author’s attempt to inject mystery and suspense into the story by constantly alluding to the heroine’s big secret. UGH. I despise when authors do that.


Nurse Miriam Bricks was shocked to discover that her welc
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nurse Miriam Bricks is excited when she gets off the stagecoach in the small town of Savage Wells, Wyoming. She is thrilled to be starting her life over as a nurse to Dr. Gideon MacNamara. However, things don’t go quite as smoothly as she thought they would. Instead of Dr. MacNamara meeting the stagecoach, the entire town is there and leads her to the schoolhouse. This is where Dr. MacNamara is waiting to make her his bride.

Dr. Gideon MacNamara was tired of living alone and his prospects for fin
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