Where Wildflowers Bloom: A Novel

Where Wildflowers Bloom: A Novel

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by Ann Shorey
     
 

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The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg— as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's

Overview

The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg— as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns to town, Faith allows herself to hope that her dreams might come true. Does he truly love her? Or could another man claim her heart? Will she find that following her dreams may not mean leaving home after all?

The characters in Where Wildflowers Bloom jump off the page and into the reader's heart. Author Ann Shorey infuses her characters with the virtues and quirks that bring them fully alive as they search for contentment and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800720742
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Sisters at Heart Series , #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
618,153
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Shorey is the author of The Edge of Light, The Promise of Morning, and The Dawn of a Dream. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Shorey lives with her husband, Richard, in Oregon.

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Where Wildflowers Bloom 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 70 reviews.
Bobbie6 More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced historical romance set in 1866 Missouri. Rich descriptions of the mercantile, cemetery, town, homes and livery allow vivid visualization for the reader. All the characters are full of life, from the heroine to the customers in the mercantile, and each one gives flavor to the book. This is an enjoyable and easy read, but also one of substance as our characters recover from the devastating effects of war.
HippolytaTS More than 1 year ago
A well-crafted story that quickly draws you in and makes you care for and about the characters. The problems, as the characters deal with the residual personal affects of the Civil War, are real enough and provide enough doubt that there will be satisfactory resolutions to keep one turning the pages. "Where Wildflowers Bloom" is the first book by Ann Shorey that I've read and I enjoyed it enough to want to check out her previous books.
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey has created a likeable heroine in Faith Lindberg - she's sweet and compassionate, but strong enough to stand up for what's right. Curt Saxon is an intriguing hero as he falls for Faith but keeps his distance while he wrestles with his "soldier's heart" - what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ann Shorey's writing draws me right in, with lovely phrasing and plenty of humor. I highly recommend this novel, and I'm looking forward to the next two books in the Sisters of the Heart series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The mystery, heartbreak, and romance were woven together incredibly well. I was connected to the chracters and couldn't stop reading because i wanted (needed) to know what was going to happen next. Definitely one of my new favorites.
Sally1205 More than 1 year ago
I loved Where Wildflowers Bloom, by Ann Shorey. The characters were well developed and easily identified with, the plot was intricate enough to keep me turning pages. I truly enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Faith and Curt as they let go of past dreams both good and bad. The setting was brought to life and felt real enough to step right into. Anyone who enjoys a tender love story would find this an excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really tried this but I dumped it since the characters are horrible and not believable. When you have a small town turning their back on a nurse that helped wounded soldiers that's not a town I want to read about. I don't want to read about a doctor reprimanding a woman that wants to take care of the family business -- that's not the PROPER place for women. Maybe that's how people really were but of don't want to read about it. As least this was free!
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this historical novel; it's light, with warm relationships, interesting characters and plot. I learned some things about life back then, and yet I recognized many of the same issues today.
schoolmarmGG More than 1 year ago
Life has taken some bad turns due to the Civil War. Now Faith thinks her future lies in the west over the Oregon Trail. But she must convince her father that they need to sell the store and move. What does life hold for her? She needs to be patient and wait on God.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey brings readers the first book in a new Christian Fiction series. Where Wildflowers Bloom is the beginning of the Sisters at Heart series which takes place shortly after the end of the Civil War. Shorey's heart felt writing and attention to detail make this book a must read for Christian fiction and inspirational romance readers. In her latest book, Where the Wildflowers Bloom, Shorey introduces readers to the the town of Noble Springs, Missouri and to Faith and Nate Lindberg, two characters that will touch the heart. It is Faith's dream to leave behind all of the bad memories created by the war and to travel with her grandfather, Nate to Oregon to start over. But fate and God have set a different course for her life than she ever would have imagined. Faith is such a great character. She has seen so much devastation and loss that it's amazing she is still standing. I was really glad that Shorey left Faith at least one person in her life, her grandfather Nate. The thing that stands out so much about Faith is her gentle and loving spirit. She always came across as very genuine and honest. Faith planned to marry Royal Baxter before the war. She believed him dead and this only added to her dream of moving on. But when Royal suddenly reappears she is torn between him and the friendship she has developed with another returning solider, Curt Saxon. Curt is a fantastic character. He is going through some really difficult things. He is disfigured from the war and he has PTSD. Flashbacks threaten to ruin his return home, as he begins to fear himself, but with help he begins to turn around. His friendship with Faith is a great catalyst for his recovery. It was amazing to read about their relationship and how it grew. Shorey does a fantastic job of showing the depth and love they share. As you can see the characters are what this book is all about. Shorey uses the characters to drive the story and there are certainly a lot of directions it could have went. The idea's of love and hope and second chances, permeate the story and keep it grounded, while all of these amazing people come to life and leap off the page. Shorey doesn't overwhelm the reader with Bible thumping, she simply plants the seeds and let's the story take the reader where it will. It's quite a journey.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
In Where Wildflowers Bloom, Ann Shorey gives us strong and memorable characters. As her plot unfolds she keeps putting obstacles in the way of Faith Lindberg's dream to go west to Oregon and leave her sad memories of the Civil War behind. This story takes one twist after another and kept me turning pages. Not until the last pages does Faith resolve her dream of Oregon. A good read.
TammyDMA More than 1 year ago
This novel is well-researched and written with skill. I'm usually a reader of suspense/romantic-suspense and while there is a light thread of suspense in the plot, mostly this is pure romance. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It's one of those books you can put down but it doesn't leave your thoughts and you find yourself finding time to keep reading! In summary, Faith Lindberg wants to leave Noble Springs because everything reminds her of family losses, mostly due to the Civil War. She hopes to go West to Oregon. But the wagontrain leader won't take her on - a single woman travelling with her elderly grandfather. Along comes Royal Baxter, who captured Faith's fancy before the war. He'd like to become an officer in the U.S. Army and figures in Oregon he'd have a better chance. When he starts courting Faith, looks like it'll work out for everyone. Right? Well, not really, because there's also Curt Saxon. He's recently moved to Noble Springs and works in the livery. He's also quite taken with Faith, though he won't tell her how he feels as he thinks the disfiguring scar on his neck makes people not like him. Curt befriends Faith and her grandfather. The reader keeps hoping Curt will tell Faith he loves her but Royal Baxter keeps getting in the way. The interesting aspects of this novel are Grandpa's and Curt's mental states. Grandpa Lindberg is suffering from dementia, having several spells of wandering off in a confused state. He's decided to write his memoirs, remembering his younger years but having no recall of things he told Faith just the day before. In the 19th century, elderly dementia patients were often put into an asylum (and forgotten). How each character reacts to Grandpa's condition shows the attitudes of the time and also some attitudes that are timeless. Curt Saxon was a soldier in the Civil War, and was wounded, leaving a disfiguring scar. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Often a situation triggers a flashback in which Curt thinks he's still in the war. With the help of Reverend French, Curt is learning to deal with the problem and the episodes are becoming fewer and farther between. This is the 2nd historical novel I've read this year where the hero suffers from PTSD; both handle it with consideration and dignity. It's only in recent years that the condition has been recognized as real; in the past people were labeled negatively for such problems. Overall, WHERE WILDFLOWERS bloom is a thoroughly enjoyable romance novel. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance, Christian or not (the spiritual message is light and not at all preachy).
Anonymous 10 months ago
The story quickly draws you in with great characters that are well developed. Would like to read more in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet and clean well written story. 272 pages
suetissuh More than 1 year ago
This book was very entertaining to read. It had it ALL; intrigue, suspense and love, plus a happy ending. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves to read Christian Western Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drags. Skipped some pages. It is a clean book - no foul language or graphic sex scenes and that is definitely a blessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and plot. Felt like I knew the characters and couldn't put it down until I finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really clean read and love it.........Thank so much for share..Blessings..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I have read by this author......but surely won't be the last...!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story had me enthralled. I could visualize the flora and fauna, feel the storms, the sun and rain. The characters are intriguing. The plot is well-developed. Thank you!
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Enjoyed the book immensely.
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Enjoyed this story