Guardians of the Heart

Guardians of the Heart

by Loree Lough

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Guardians of the Heart by Loree Lough


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 John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe—and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited.
Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629115658
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 07/17/2015
Series: Secrets on Sterling Street Series , #2
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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.”
 

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Guardians of the Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Guardians of the Heart. Nell Holmstrom is a resourceful young woman who has been left with no one in life but she makes her way with her head held high. She manages to find employment in a world when it would have been hard for a woman to work an honest job. Asa Stone doesn't believe he is a good person. Too many things happened to him in his young life and when he falls for Nell, he rebuffs her because he doesn't believe he deserves her. Nell's resourcefulness helps Asa realize that he is worthy of everything in life. To find out how, you will have to read the book. I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
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, Maria, is coming to live with them and will need the tiny apartment Nell has been calling her own. Joe tells her that Asa Stone has an ad up for a housekeeper for the Stone Hill Inn, which he is refurbishing and hoping to reopen. Nell approaches Asa for the job and is immediately hired. He’s taken note of her as she’s worked at DiMaggio’s and is intrigued by her cheerful nature, not to mention her beauty. Talking with Joe, he discovers she does a multitude of tasks at DiMaggio’s and is certain he’s made the right decision. In an attempt to make the transition easier for her, he fixes up the storeroom at the back of the Inn for Nell. When she arrives, Nell is pleasantly surprised at the accommodations and immediately sets out to make the room, the kitchen, and the rest of the house livable and homey. Asa keeps working on restoring the Inn and Nell keeps working at trying to make him talk to her. Taciturn by nature, and harboring a dark secret, Asa tries to tamp down his growing attraction for Nell. Nell works harder and harder trying to win Asa’s approval. You will love these two and the way they complement and spark off each other. Well-developed, as most Loree Lough characters are, you’ll want to keep reading to learn more and more. The characters from the first Sterling Street novel, Currency of the Heart, pop in and out and endear themselves further to you. The only fault I could find with the story is the ending. I feel the ending was rushed—I wanted more detail about the events that occurred at the end. Guess I’ll have to wait for Book Three! Guardians of the Heart rates Four Stars and is well worth the read. 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 www.LoreeLough.com. My thanks to Whittaker House and The Book Club Network for providing me a copy of Guardians of the Heart in exchange for my unbiased review. (Okay, slightly biased because I love Loree’s writing!)
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
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 committed to a work-ethic, Nell takes the job of housekeeper at the Stone Hill Inn. Asa Stone is the owner of the Stone Hill Inn, inherited from his grandparents. Though satisfied with restoring the inn and the routine of his life, he is plagued by guilt and remorse. His father had forced Asa and his three brothers to fight in a raid against the peaceful Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians. Asa refrained from fighting, and his father and one brother died in the battle. He wandered the West for years, engaging in regrettable entanglements, before he settled in Denver at his grandparents’ inn. Upon their death he became the sole heir to the business, and the inn became his lifeline and purpose. Asa’s hiring of Nell Holstrom is fortuitous. Her hard work and creativity add to the beauty and functionality of the inn. They seem like the perfect business partners until tragedy strikes. Asa’s guilt hinders him from admitting his feelings for Nell. His mind tells him that he is not worthy of her, although his heart leads him to hope for a future. Together they overcome tragedy and try to rebuild their lives. There are many surprises and twists to their story. The book is a page-turner and an easy read. This work embraces the theme of forgiveness and the power of God’s presence in their lives. I highly recommend this book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This story takes place in the 1880's in Denver. When an opening for a housekeeper and cook for the remodeled Stone Hill Inn, Nell knows this is an opening she can fill. She is losing her job and home and this could be an answer to her prayers. Asa Stone is the proprietor when he hires her they become like partners in re-opening of the Inn. Nell and Asa have come through some hard times, each with secrets and dreams. I found them to be likable and with a faith that would get them over the past and on to an outcome I hadn't expected. I liked this story and would recommend it.. I was gifted a copy from The Book Club Network to review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Historical romance that will delight readers.... 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 Stone Hill Inn open. Asa is not an easy person to work with as he deals with the demons in his past. Guilt has been Asa's constant companion for years and he can't imagine life without it. But when nature turns against them Nell turns to what she left behind - a mine that slowly stole her whole family from her. But Nell is determined that Asa is just the man that she needs to get the mine back in operation and find the gold her father was convinced was there. Will the secrets of his past keep Asa from seeing himself as worthy of Nell? Or will his guilt drive him once again from the only home he has ever known? Guardians of the Heart is set in 1880s Denver and will appeal to anyone who likes a book that leaves you with a feel good feeling after the story is finished. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this set back in time. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange fror my honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 friends. However, there is a spark of more if only either one thought they deserved each other. I stepped back in time for just a little bit with this story in 1883 in Denver, Colorado. I enjoyed my visit with this town and all of the ups and downs they had to face and waited, albeit a little impatiently to see if Asa and Nell would have a happily ever after. I received this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
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 little suspense (who is that smoking man with the long black coat?) and, of course, what Western novel be without a couple shoot-outs and a doc to fix everyone up? Guardians of the Heart is a story about dreams, hope, and forgiveness. An entertaining read, for sure. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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 more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he’d inherited. Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family’s mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He’ll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth? Asa Stone owns the old Stone Hill Inn. Nell answers the ad Asa places for a housekeeper. Together they are working to build the Inn back to its former glory. Just like in real life there are ups and downs so these two experience ups and downs as well. Here is the situation: both of them have trauma, both of them have secrets. Both of them need to have a healing if they are ever going to be able to move on or even finish the project on the Inn. You might not think it but this is a really interesting story filled with twists and turns you just do not see coming. Ms. Lough has managed to weave the romance between Asa and Nell in such a way that it just captivates you. She makes you care for all the characters, secondary or not, and their journey. I recommend that you don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Guardians of the Heart takes place in Denver in 1864. Nell and Asa both has secrets from their past that they are afraid to share. Asa doesn't feel worthy of Nell but sometimes we have to put the past behind us and accept God's forgiveness for our past as well as forgive others. The story line was a little unusual and interesting. Loree Lough brought her characters to life. I would recommend this book to others who enjoy historical fiction. I received this book from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
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 second book in the series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone. The author took a sweet romance and mixed drama, faith, and history into it. I received this book free of charge from BookClub Network in exchange for my review.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
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 light to his restored inn, but also light to his life. He is so afraid to get close to anyone for fear that his secrets of the past will be exposed. As they work together to bring the inn to life, they grow much closer. When a disaster strikes, both of their pasts come to light. The question is, will this draw them closer or further apart. This was a wholesome, engaging read which I finished in most of one sitting. The reader was quickly drawn to the plights of both Nell and Asa. I enjoyed the interjection of some history at the beginning with the involvement of Jesse James and the lesser known incident of Colonel Chivington ‘s Massacre at Sand Creek. The story moved along well in the beginning. I did feel that parts of the last quarter of the book were missing some details and were a little abrupt, perhaps I just wanted to know more. The door was left open for some sequels involving other characters in the early days of Denver. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
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 inherited from his grandparents. Disaster strikes leaving them both stunned. It was fun to watch the interaction between Nell and Asa as they worked together. I was hoping they would forgive themselves of their pasts, allowing God to heal their broken hearts and find love. I love Nell's heart for others and the way she freely gave of herself for others benefit. My heart ached for Asa and the guilt and pain he carried around. Asa's friend Ambrose is a sweet, gentle giant of a man that captured my heart. The characters are true-to-life that holds the readers attention from the first page to the last. Of course, like any good book, there are characters that are not so likeable and this story is no exception. The historical setting is perfect for this story line and the details are such that I could picture it in my mind as I read. Unexpected surprises, twists and turns, mystery, guilt, grief, redemption, faith, danger, romance and love are all woven together in such a way to create a remarkable story. ~I received a copy of this book from the author and TBCN, this is my honest review~
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I've ever read by Loree Lough, and I'm sure it won't be my last. This was an engaging and inspiring novel. Nell Holstrom and Asa Stone both have neglected their families, and are pretty much living life on their own. They each have secrets to hide. They end up working together and become good friends. They both have to work on the secrets they have hidden, though. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
singing_librarian_books More than 1 year ago
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, romance readers. Series: Secrets on Sterling Street Genre: historical fiction; Christian fiction; romance Publisher: Whitaker House Publication date: August 3, 2015 Number of pages: 272 Other books in the series: 1-Currency of the Heart A review copy of this book was provided by Prism Book Tours.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
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.