Currency of the Heart

Currency of the Heart

by Loree Lough

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Shaina Sterling hates the lie she’s living but feels she has no choice. Soon after the shocking death of her husband, the young widow learns how deeply entrenched in debt his lavish lifestyle has left her. To protect the legacy of his name, as well as her own reputation and her stately home at Sterling Hall, Shaina secretly sells off valuable possessions, piece by piece, and hopes that her wealthy Denver friends never discover the truth.
Successful rancher Sloan Remington knows far more about Shaina than she realizes, but because of a promise he made to her husband as he lay dying, he guards her secrets as carefully as he looks after her safety. But soon, a series of additional misfortunes make Shaina beholden to him—and threaten to expose a truth about himself that he’s long worked hard to keep hidden.
Will trials and tragedies bring these two together? Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629112763
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Series: Secrets on Sterling Street , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,032,600
File size: 837 KB

About the Author

Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough literally sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her six-string to croon a tune or two for her grandchildren, but she mostly just writes. Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and Readers’ Choice awards, seven movie options, and over eighty four- and five-star reviews.
Loree has nearly seven million copies of her books in circulation. She has written more than 100 books, thousands of articles, and many short stories. Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach to teaching makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, and college and high school writing programs in the U.S. and abroad.
A writer who believes in “giving back,” Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers’ Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and several other worthwhile organizations. She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a  cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, sharing both with her real-life hero, Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, “wolf stuff.”
A prolific writer, LOREE LOUGH has 103 books, 68 short stories, and more than 2,500 articles in print. Her novels have earned dozens of industry and Reader’s Choice awards. A frequent guest speaker for writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, corporations, and college and high school writing programs, Loree and her husband, Larry, divide their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains.


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Currency of the Heart (Secrets on Sterling Street V1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Loree Lough, but it definitely won't be my last. This is book 3 in the series Secrets On Sterling Street but definitely works as a stand alone. It grabbed my attention from the cover blurb and held my attention throughout. Lots of secrets come to light and they are not all held by the McCoy's. This is a book of trying to take responsibility for other people's wrongs and righting them. It is also about finding freedom in the finished work of Christ. Ruby and Rex are believable characters with hurts that keep them from following their hearts at first. I love the way they develop and grow. The words flow on the page. I received a complimentary copy of Healing of the Hearts and was not required to write a review. The honest thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
A new book by one of my favorite authors, Loree Lough--and one of her best. Thanks, Loree! An earthquake shakes Sterling Hall followed by a fire that finished the destruction. Shaina Sterling found herself without a penny to her name and only the clothes on her back. Actually, the double disaster might have come at a good time--it would hide the fact that she'd sold off most of the furnishing and her expensive clothing to keep herself off the poor farm. Even if life did leave her with no source of income now. When her husband Harper died, she found out he'd been driving Sterling Manufactory into the ground, Sloan Remington had been orphaned when he was a young child, leaving him without a safe place to call home and shameful secrets that just kept piling on top of his shoulders. Despite the fact that he was now a wealthy rancher and owner of a fancy Denver hotel, he never felt like he could do enough to help his employees or friends. Not to mention the pretty little widow who'd just lost her home just in time for him to offer her the job of housekeeper at his ranch, seeing as how his current housekeeper had just broken her leg. The only problem was, how was he going to keep her there once Mable's leg was healed? I love the way Loree spins a story!
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Destitute widow craves acceptance; Successful rancher craves her love. Will romance win? I love Loree Lough books! I know when I start to read the book there will be a happy ending, but there will be twists and turns along the way to that ending. Currency of the Heart: Secrets on Sterling Street: Book One, is such a story. Shaina Sterling has been left destitute by a philandering and gambling husband, who has been killed. Before his death, Shaina was part of society—apparently rich and well-to-do. Now she has been forced to sell off her precious belongings and let her help go to keep up even the slightest pretense and to preserve the legacy of her late husband’s name. Sloan Remington is a successful rancher and entrepreneur, who seems to know everything there is to know about Shaina and loves her from a distance. He keeps a close eye on her status because of a promise to her husband as he was dying to always watch out for her. One snowy, bitterly cold night, Sloan sees Shaina struggling to get back home. He aids her but convinces her to have dinner with him first. He is aware she has no money and little food. When they leave, the weather is even worse than before; he is glad he’s insisted on walking her home. They arrive at Sterling Hall only to find …. a disaster of epic proportions. What will happen to Shaina? Will she humble her pride enough to accept help? Can Sloan convince Shaina to accept his help and yet stay his distance. You’ll want to read Currency of the Heart to find out. Loree has once again created complex, believable characters who captivate and charm the reader. Both Shaina and Sloan as well as the secondary characters you can imagine living just down the street (if you lived in the 1800s). They’re all people you would like as friends. Thanks for another few hours of pleasurable reading, Loree! Four Stars! Loree Lough is a prolific writer who has nearly five million of her books in print. In March 2014, she added her one-hundredth book to her shelf. Congrats, Loree! She shares her hard-earned wisdom about writing and the business of writing at conferences all over the country. She splits her time between their tiny home outside Baltimore and their even tinier cabin in the Allegheny Mountains. She shares her life with her real-life hero, Larry, who silently puts up with the folderol of a writer’s life with few complaints. Visit Loree at My thanks to Whittaker House for providing me a copy of Currency of the Heart in exchange for my unbiased review. (Okay, slightly biased because I love Loree’s writing!)
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Loree Lough’s Currency of the Heart is Christian romance at its best, with believable characters, moral complexities, and nicely non-judgmental attitude. Set in Denver and its environs in the late 1800s, it tells the story of a woman whose life is shaken by the sudden death of her husband; her future is shaken by unexpected debt; her home is shaken by unforeseeable disaster; and her heart is shaken by a love she fears to trust. Characters with secrets in their past struggle to see past faith in God to faith in God’s provision. But a story filled with pleasingly believable characters, well-drawn authentic detail, and enjoyable plot leads to a recognition that we should value our own selves as well as others. Past secrets, when revealed, give way to future hope and love, in a novel that’s filled with the adventure and excitement of a changing world, clever contrasts between ranch and town, and wisely drawn examples of judgment and love. Do you know why brides wear something borrowed, something blue? Do you know what the Bible really says about suicide? Do you know the difference between love and duty? Thought-provoking, sweet, and thoroughly enjoyable, Currency of the Heart is more than historical romance, and highly recommended. Disclosure: I won a free copy in a contest and I offer my honest review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Currency of the Heart, Secrets of Sterling Street book 1***** by Loree Lough Wealthy Harper Sterling gambled away most of his fortune and part of Sterling Manufactory's future profits before he died. Now in order for Shaina, Harper's widow, to have enough money to buy her weekly groceries and other necessary items she has sold everything of value in Sterling Hall and most of her own personal belongings, as well as letting her servants go. A fire destroys Sterling Hall, leaving Shaina not only penniless but now homeless as well. Sloan Remington, owner of Remington Hotel, Remington Ranch and a silent partner in Sterling Manufactory is determined to keep his promise to Harper to take care of Shaina without her knowing of that promise. As their paths continue to cross, “accidentally”, a relationship soon develops between Sloan and Shaina. When Sloan's housekeeper falls and breaks her leg he asks Shaina to come and help out while her leg heals. I like the way Loree develops her characters in this story bringing 1800's Denver, Colorado to life for the reader. Of course, like any good story, this story is filled with trials and challenges the characters face and overcome. Secrets are revealed, some mystery, strong faith and love make for a great story. Will certainly read future books in this series. ~~I received a PDF Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for my honest review~~
Vickie-Fisher More than 1 year ago
I loved reading Currency of The Heart, and was sorry the book ended. My favorite books are those I read and I feel as if the characters  are real people, ones I’m honored to call my friends. Loree Lough has done just that with Sloan Remington, (what a perfect name  for a hero), and Shaina Sterling. Their faith is what keeps them smiling even when life is doing all it can to destroy them. I especially  like how Shaina, used scripture to deal with suicide. This was a very uplifting, faith-filled book. So looking forward to book two in this series. Great book, I would give it ten stars if I could.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be my last. The author does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the 1800's in Colorado. I loved the story line and the characters, and read it in one afternoon because I didn't want to put it down. I definitely am looking forward to the second book in this series. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really good Christian historical fiction book.