Love's Sweet Beginning: A Novel

Love's Sweet Beginning: A Novel

by Ann Shorey

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Overview

It wasn't Cassie Haddon's fault that she had managed to reach the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the war, she had always had servants to wait on her. Since then, she and her widowed mother had moved from place to place, relying on family to care for them. Now she's forced to find work to support them both. What isn't in her plans is falling for Jacob West, a local restaurateur and grocer. She needs a job and he needs help. But what they both need is love.

With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from very different backgrounds finding common ground and the hopes of a bright future together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800720728
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Sisters at Heart Series , #3
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, Where Wildflowers Bloom, and When the Heart Heals. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Learn more at www.annshorey.com.

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Love's Sweet Beginning: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Love’s Sweet Beginning was a wonderful love story. The third book in the Sisters at Heart series tells the story of a once-privileged young woman and her journey to make a better life. At the end of the Civil War, Cassie Haddon and her mother are left to bounce between relatives. When her mother receives word that her Uncle Rand had been spotted in Noble Springs, they head straight there. But things don’t quite work out and Cassie ends up trying to make a living… and falling in love with the local grocer, Jacob West. I thought this was a cute story, though it did have many lessons folded within the pages. Among which was how the interpretation of verses is important. Although Love’s Sweet Beginnings is the third book in the series, I was able to read it as a stand alone without having read the first two books. It’s a good and easy read and will leave you happy at the end. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have not read all of Ann Shorey’s books yet, but Love’s Sweet Beginning is my favorite so far. I really enjoyed getting to read Cassie’s story. I liked her character from the previous book and I was hoping she would be getting a story all her own. Being 25 years old and not able to do basic tasks, and relying on the wisdom of her mother, was not a nice place for her to be. As she and her mother find themselves homeless, Cassie decides that she has a backbone after all and sets out to find a job and a home for the both of them. In comes our very gruff grocer and restaurant owner Jacob West. I truly enjoyed watching as there sweet love story unfolded and how good they were for each other. As I said, this is a very sweet love story but it did have its complications. With a mother still wanting control, a suitor who will not take no for an answer, an uncle she didn’t know she had, and Jacob’s past invading the present, you have a very bumpy road to happily ever after. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully sweet historical with some surprising twists and turns. To be honest, it was the first line in the book blurb that caught my attention, “It isn't Cassie Haddon's fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills.” Since I wasn't familiar with Ann Shorey's books I didn't know if they were sweet romantic historicals or funny ones or dramatic. I was pleasantly surprised to find all three were elements of this enjoyable story. Love's Sweet Beginning has everything going for it, a skilled author, a nice storyline, enjoyable characters, and even a lovely cover. I really liked Cassie. She starts out as a young woman who is obedient to her mother to a fault but by the end of the book she has become a spunky and independent young lady. Watching her grow and change through the story was fun. Jacob is good man, and hardworking to a fault, kind to his employees. I liked how the author portrayed Jacob as a man trying to do what is right but also making mistakes. Through the book God gently tugs him towards finding his own faith. Ann Shorey is quite good at creating a variety of characters and eliciting the reader's emotions involving them, you will find yourself rooting for some and totally disliking others. I got so involved in the story that I hardly got anything else done. I was also a perfect bedtime read, I read quite a few enjoyable pages while tucked under one of Grandma's quilts. (I received a copy of this book from Revell through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own)
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book showed what could happen when a person who was raised to never raise a finger to work can actually accomplish once they really try.  She does not want to have other people have other people tell her what she can and can't do.  I look forward to each of her other books.  I received this book through the book club network for a fair and honest opinion.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Love's Sweet Beginning By: Ann Shorey Love's Sweet Beginning is the third in the series. I have not read the other two i will have to go back and read them. I really liked this one and enjoyed the characters. Cassie grew up in a life of luxury. Was nothing she couldn't have now at the age of 25 things have changed. Cassie's Dad dies and leaves them with nothing. Out of the kindness of family they have helped but can help no more. Now she needs to seek a job to support her and her mother. Cassie does find a job working for Jacob West. They are from different walks of life. Can they make a go of it? Working in a restaurant is not a good position for her but she sure can bake. Hopefully this will work out to support her and her mother. There are deep family secrets and this harm a relationship between Jacob and Cassie? Or will they put their faith inn the Lord to guide their lives? Get this book it is great you will full in love with the characters. Very well written story by Ann Shorey. You won't be disappointed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in a grouping that, while they aren’t my normal genre to read, I thought I would read  in an attempt to broaden my reading lists.  So if you like to visit my page to get some insight into what men enjoy reading, hang onto your thoughts as some of these books may surprise even me.  This book  is book 2 in the “Peacemaker’s” series by Anna Schmidt.  While it may be the 3rd in the series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.  You do see some of the characters from the first 2 books, but you  are provided enough back story to not be lost. Now that the war is over, Cassie and her mother have traveled from family to family as they try to make  ends meet.  As they are nearing the end of any support, Cassie finds a job working for a local grocery  store when the owner, Jacob, gives her a chance even though she has no work experience at all.  Cassie  tries to honor her mother’s wishes of not working at the store, but she knows this job is her only chance  to provide for them.  As she continues to balance work and obeying her mother, Cassie grows into a  strong independent woman.  Jacob knows that offering Cassie the job is a stretch, but she does need  the work and he does need the help.  Patient and kind-hearted, Jacob is there to help Cassie and her  mother through their tough times.  Will this job be enough to help Cassie provide support for her mother?   Will Jacob regret giving Cassie the chance at the job?  Will there be more to their relationship than just  boss/employee?  Stand in line if you want to know the answers to these and other questions and BUY THE BOOK! This is a typical “Girl meets Guy”, “Girl and Guy like each other” and “It all ends Happily Ever After”.  There’s not much intrigue, it’s a pretty straight forward romance novel.  The characters and the dilemmas  they face are realistic.  You get to see a lot of growth in the character of Cassie as the author progresses  her from a young lady that gets everything served to her to one that is independent and strong-willed.   There were times that I thought Cassie could have been more outspoken, at least early in the book, but then I realized that during the era that the book was written, women didn’t really speak out on things.   All in all, it is a very solid plot, with some interesting characters.  The kind of story that allows you to feel  complete once you finish. Is this a "guy's book"?  Quite honestly, no.  The setting of the book is post-civil war, which might bring  images of dead bodies, attacks and gore.  But with this book, you won’t find any of those sights.  Although I know that this book will be well received by the women in my church library, this is one  book that the men will steer clear of.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down long enough to eat, and I read late into the night to finish it! Part of a series, it is also a stand alone book. You meet the characters from the other novels, and there are snatches of those stories, but only enough to entice you to read theirs as well. I loved how Ann depicted a life of shallow living where money and position are most important, and then wrote a story of growth...where those things do not matter as much as integrity, and a life of serving others!  This is a where I hope to emulate the characters without having to learn the lessons personally. The characters are ones I would like to have as friends, with just enough failings to make them seem human, and enough good to make them loveable. Delightful, as I have found all of Anne's novels to be, and one I think you would enjoy reading! I received this book free from Fred at The Book Club Network and Revell publishing for the purpose of writing an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own 
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I loved Cassie's growth into a woman with her own mind, and her willingness to learn new things in order to provide for herself and her ungrateful, overbearing mother. I'm sad to say I didn't really care for this novel. It seemed slow to me at the beginning, and I had a hard time getting into the character's lives.  I did find the writing to be excellent. I didn't get stuck wondering what was going on, and while it won't be one of my most loved books, I did finish it, which is more than I can say for some other books I've read recently. I found the end to be quite satisfying. I just love a good HEA (happily-ever-after). ***I received this book from the author/publisher for purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Sweet historical romance. Love’s Sweet Beginning is the final book in Ann Shorey’s Sisters at Heart series. I have not read the others and was concerned that might make it confusing. I am very happy to say that it was not confusing in the least and Love’s Sweet Beginning stands very well on its own. I really liked Cassie, her determination to make a life for herself and learn everything she needed. I enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell and become more outspoken and bold. She was never intentionally rude or hurtful, but was not afraid to speak her mind, something I admire. It is quite a struggle to balance that in life and mostly likely more so in a character. I applaud Ms. Shorey’s excellent handling of it. The writing was superb and I was quickly drawn into the story. I was so engrossed in it that I often found it difficult to put down and finished it in less than a day. The story is fast paced and didn’t lag anywhere, which was a relief. I often read suspense and thought this might seem boring, but it wasn’t at all! I fell in love with the characters and had to know how it was all going to work out! This spiritual aspect is focused on Cassie’s desire to honor her mother and Jacob’s need for forgiveness. While I enjoyed the forgiveness part, I felt Ms. Shorey could have perhaps gone into more detail about honoring your parents. I often wanted to yell at Cassie for once again catering to her mother, who seemed to be taking advantage of Cassie’s dedication to her. I really wanted Cassie to find a balance between honoring her mother and giving into her every whim. I was happy to see them finally work that out in the end. I also felt as though Jacob’s troubles were stretched out too far though the book. It took until almost the end for him to finally tell Cassie the truth, because he was so afraid of her reaction, which was so anti-climatic it was almost laughable. I understand there needed to be some conflict for the story to move on, but I think Ms. Shorey could have come up with something more interesting, or at least made it a little more important to the outcome. This is the reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet historical romance. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in anyway. All opinions expressed are my own.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey takes a once-privileged mother and daughter and a grocer owner with a past to weave a romantic story resplendent with twists and turns to resolve. Shorey’s secondary characters are as remembered as are her hero and heroine. Descriptions of setting pull you into the story as if you were there and breathing the western dust in the 1800s.
BethanyMarks More than 1 year ago
Love’s Sweet Beginnings by Ann Shorey starts with hard times for Cassie Haddon and her mother. Prior to the death of her father and fiancé Cassie had lived a simple and sheltered life in a wealthy home with servants.  Now everything has changed. Her pattern has been to comply with anything her mother wants; Cassie doesn’t know her own mind or opinion.  That will change under the pressure of resolving where they are going to live and how are they to going to support themselves.  Cassie finds along the way that she is stronger than anyone knew - especially herself.    She meets Jacob, an intriguing man with a mysterious past.  Then she meets her fiancé’s brother, Patrick.  The tug of war begins!  Patrick is convinced by a preacher that he should marry Cassie out of obligation to his deceased brother.  This was a hard sell for me and for Cassie. Cassie’s mother has a surprising past of her own, with many twists and turns.  How will going their separate ways work out? As Cassie’s journey unfolds, a sweet love story intertwines several secrets.  More than one character moves from a life of pretense into real relationship. Details of this post Civil War historical piece were delightful.  The characters were developed well and the small town came alive in my imagination.   Cassie did grow by overcoming obstacles and became her own person. I loved how Ms. Shorey highlighted Cassie honoring her mother because I think honor, for the most part, is missing in our American culture.  I don’t know how many will relate to Cassie who started as a blank slate, jumping to every whim of her mother’s.  It was sheer necessity that broke Cassie free from matriarchal control with her mother’s poor decisions to venture out into independence and self. Ms. Shorey had me wanting to help people in very practical ways who are going thru hard times.  Jacob being helped in his past’s dire straights was pivotal to this entire story. He pays it forward by helping Cassie and then Wash and Becca, recently freed slaves.  This was inspiring to me! I didn’t want to put this book down.  It wasn’t fast paced, but kept me captivated and wanting to read more.   I agree with Ms. Shorey.  Life hands all of us good times and hard. Without the confidence of God being involved in our lives and weaving everything into something truly special, a person would be at the whim of heartache and despair in life.   I received this book from the Book Club Network bookfun.org in return for my honest review.
FictionFanatic1 More than 1 year ago
Cassie Haddon’s mother longed for her to be the definitive Southern Belle, which is why at the age of twenty-five, Cassie has no useful skills. When they are thrown out of their current home, Cassie must find some kind of work. But what does a woman do who was never allowed to cook or clean?  Desperate, Cassie begs a job of grocer and restaurant owner, Jacob West. Jacob doesn’t particularly need more help, but something about Cassie makes him want to help. But it isn’t long before he regrets that choice. Can Cassie make Jacob realize that he needs her as much as she needs him?  Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey is truly a sweet romance. I really felt for Cassie, who by no choice of her own, was in a rough spot. Although things are difficult, she never gives up. Jacob is a kindhearted hero with a secret and surprising past. This charming book is a story of hope, forgiveness, and starting over. You’ll be glad you read it.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
Love's Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey is set in America during the historical time period right after the Civil War. Before The War Between the States, Cassie had servants to do everything for her so she knew precious little of any value. Her uncle, with whom they are living, has deemed her " useless." As much as it hurts, Cassie knows it is true. They must leave, however, because her and her mother had long outstayed their welcome. They didn't own a home and had precious little on which to live. Without relatives or friends, they were homeless. After finding a friend with whom to stay, Cassie realizes she is going to have to get a job. Their options had run out, and it was the only one left to her. Cassie approaches the local grocer for a job. She starts on a temporary basis. Her mother does not at all approve. Can she manage to keep her job with no skills? Will she be able to provide for her and her mother? Is perhaps love in her future? This is a wonderful story of a young lady whose hard work, courage, and tenacity gets her through such difficult times. I found myself cheering for her as she tries so hard to please her employer, keep her job, and become so valuable that he can't fire her. Cassie is a wonderful young lady, and she even surprises herself as she begins to bloom once out of the shadow of her mother.  Jacob has his faults, but he is very compassionate. I must say, very patient as well. This was a well written story that had a nice pace to it. It wasn't too fast, but in no way did it drag. The surrounding characters add well to the story. Cassie, however, makes it shine. The closer I got to the end, the harder it was to put down. The story builds as one turns the pages. It's a sweet story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my first read of Ann Shorey. I will definitely be reading more. I was given this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion which I have given.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey in her new book, “Love’s Sweet Beginning” Book Three in the Sisters At Heart series published by Revell takes us into the life of Cassie Haddon. From the Back Cover:  What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world? It isn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry–and Cassie must find work to support them. Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she’s exactly what his business needs. With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from different backgrounds finding common ground and the hope of a bright future together. What do you do when the life you were used to is taken away from you and you don’t know how to do anything else?  That is the problem Cassie is facing.  For her and her mother to survive she is going to have to take a job, but what?  That is where Jacob West comes in.  See he owns a mercantile with a restaurant within.  Now these two not only have to learn how to deal with each other but they also must learn to face their romance.  ”Love’s Sweet Beginning” has history in it as Ms. Shorey is dealing with the time following The Civil War.  It is a romance because Cassie and Jacob were made for each other it just takes them a while to understand that.  Ms. Shorey is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. This is a nice romance with great themes.  I am sorry that this series is ending but I look forward to the next series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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.”
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Cassie Haddon was born with the proverbial “silver spoon”.  The end of the Civil war changed her and her mother from wealthy aristocrats to homeless average people with no skills to support themselves.  After overstaying their welcome at her uncle’s they are forced to move.  Her mother refuses to accept her loss of status and lifestyle, but Cassie takes a realistic point of view, especially after she overheard her uncle call her “useless”. Her mother uses the last of their money for tickets to Noble Springs, Missouri on a hear-say that her brother is living there.  An old friend of Cassie’s, Rosemary Stewart, invites them to stay with her and her husband Elijah.  Cassie is angry and humiliated to realize her mother plans to put down roots and take advantage of the Stewart’s hospitality permanently.   This and her uncle’s declaring her “useless” spurs her do get a job to support her and her mother.   She applies at Jake West’s restaurant as a waitress.  Her persistence and spunk persuade him to hire her.  Having never worked in her life she has a real learning experience.  Her mother is not only horrified at her working, but down right angry when Cassie rents them a little 2 room cabin in town.   Throughout the book Cassie shows courage, perseverance, and character, as she faces her mother’s conniving and manipulation, not to mention the many mistakes she makes as she learns to make a new life for herself.  Mutual respect soon draws Jake and Cassie together and they find themselves falling in love. Her lack of confidence and His secret from his past keep them from declaring their feelings at first.  They had much in common in spite of their very different backgrounds.  Jake had grown up poor and neglected, whereas Cassie was raised rich and overly pampered, yet both of them were striving to overcome their pasts through hard work and honesty.    I loved the way Cassie was always double checking her choices and actions by God’s Word.  I also admired her respect and patience with her mother’s selfishness and scheming.  It was wonderful to see a story where the spoilt rich girl becomes a godly woman of substance.   Expect lots of surprises and glitches throughout the story!   I appreciated the godliness and integrity of the main characters.  An enjoyable book.  Although have not read the other two books I never felt I was missing part of the story.  I look forward to reading them now!   I received this book free from Revell Pulishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To start off with, I hated, well greatly disliked, the main character. Did that grab your attention? Ann Shorey did so with a heroine that makes you want to slap her. But, it doesn't stay that way. Cassie is a female who has her issues, maybe more than some of us, who slowly grows. And yes, I did end up liking her, it just took me a while:) The author does an excellent job in shaping her characters. Like I said above, the heroine is kinda off-setting but it goes to show how well you can write a person out. Believe me, I mean this in the best of ways. For you to want to slap a characters, even when you know they aren't real, that is good writing!! The scenery comes to life, the plot is a very sweet romance that makes for good reading on these winter days. Kinda has you dreaming about summer:) In reality, I enjoy books like these every once in a while to balance out the normal suspense novels I savor. An excellent book written by Ann Shorey!! I was given a free product from Revell in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 I think that Love's Sweet Beginning is a way better Southern-Belle-Meets-Post-War-Reality story than Scarlett O'Hara's was.  Now that I've got that out of the way....  Cassiopeia Haddon was gifted with a beautiful name, a name that seemed to fit in her pleasant pre-war life, before her fortune was lost and her fiancee died. Now that she and her mother are nearly penniless and living off of grudging charity, she goes by Cassie.  She isn't sure what her identity is anymore. Is she just a refined lady who can't clean her own kitchen? Is she useless, as she has been called?  With those harsh words ringing in her ears Cassie decides that she will care for herself and her mother, right now, no matter how hard the adjustment is.  And that decision is the first sign that Cassiopeia is a plucky girl. And I like pluck. I like to think that I would be able to keep cheerful and hopeful if a curveball came my way as it did when Cassie ended up living in a little woodshed/cabin. I have a woodshed like that on my property, and I love the image of her scrubbing the floor and walls where there are ground-in shavings and mouse nests and cobwebs. When she finished, I felt her tired exaltation. She realized that although it wasn't shining clean, it was as clean as humanly possible, and she learned that her best was good enough.  She finds that she isn't timid, useless, wilting Cassie. She's bold and brave and can make good decisions. She can decide who she wants in her life and who she doesn't. She enjoys her own emancipation and independence, and she also blooms in her relationships. Cassie comes to know and love a variety of people whom she never would have met in her narrow existence.  Between her own ingenuity and diligence and some well-timed acts of kindness towards her, Cassie learned how to make a home and how to be a friend.  If you're in a period of transition in your life, if you're taking the next step into some unknown path, then you may just smile and laugh as you read Love's Sweet Beginning.  Thank you Revell for my review copy! I will be seeking out the rest of Ann Shorey's books.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Author Ann Shorey is known for her inspirational romances based on faith and her new book is no exception. Love's Sweet Beginning is the third book in Shorey's Sisters at Heart series. Shorey's knack for characterization and attention to detail make her writing expressive and poignant. She draws her readers in with engaging characters and holds their attention with her message of hope and love. Shorey's ability to write stories that completely transport the reader to another time and place is a rare gift in historical romance. A great addition to the series. What I liked: Shorey puts this series in the middle of a historical time period that is fraught with change and difficulty. The Civil War has ravaged the land and it's people and that provides the background for drastic change within the story or within a character. Setting is extremely important in historical romance and I think Shorey really took that into consideration. In Love's Sweet Beginning, the change or conflict centers around Cassie's relationship with her mother and her own sense of self that is emerging. The setting seems to enhance the the idea of her spreading her wings and making a life of her own. Very well done. Cassie has always relied on others to provide for her and make her comfortable. It was what was expected and she has no skills with which to change it. Her mother is domineering and commanding and Cassie's abilities are limited by her mothers behavior. Jacob is a grocer in a small Western town who has secrets of his own to keep. But like anyone else he not only wants love but needs it. I thought Shorey did an amazing job of showing how both of these characters changed and grew throughout the story. Cassie begins to see her own potential, to try new things, to defy the conventions that have trapped her. Jacob finds himself not only willing to find love, but open to how much it will change his life. And throughout that underlying theme of hope weaves the story together. Shorey isn't shy about letting the reader know that Cassie is a woman of faith, that she puts her trust in the Lord and not in herself. The changes she makes in her life are only a reflection of God showing her, her own worth and how that is projected into everything she does. Shorey doesn't hit the reader over the head with it. She doesn't preach. She lets the story itself speak the message she wants to convey and that's what makes inspirational romance so enjoyable for many readers. Things don't just magically happen. The Lord uses circumstances and situations to bring about change and that is very clear in this book. What I didn't like: I didn't like Cassie's mother and I doubt many readers will either, but in this case that's a good thing. I believe that's exactly what Shorey was going for with this character. She was unfriendly, unyielding and somewhat ungrateful. But she provides the catalyst Cassie needs to find herself and to set her on the path to becoming the woman she truly wanted to be. I'm glad I didn't like her. She wasn't a villain, she was discord personified and very important to the story.  Bottom Line: This book is about change and how if affects our lives. it was a romance with an underlying theme. I loved the relationship between Cassie and Jacob and how each of them transformed throughout the book. The setting was simply amazing and the characters were engaging and believable. If you love inspirational fiction this book is for you. A great historical romance!
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning you are thrown into Cassie's life, which isn't going very well. She's immediately kicked out of her uncle's house and in pursuit of another uncle. Cassie's mother is sure they will find him but...they don't. They have no choice but to stay with a friend but Cassie feels the pressure to find their own place. None of this seems to bother her mother, who comes across a bit selfish. Cassie gets a job, but not after trying to prove herself over and over to Mr. West. I could feel her anxiety as she tried to learn her job. As someone who worked in the restaurant biz for a very long time I could really see the work she was doing and remember those moments of stress as you try to get everything done for the customers. Jacob (Mr. West) is a bit harder to get to know. It took me awhile to really feel like I connected with him. He has a secret and that kept me reading and wanting to better understand this man who obviously cares for Cassie. This is a sweet romance and the author does a good job of keeping the plot moving and engaging the reader. I loved Cassie's determination and her unwillingness to settle for what others have spoke into her life. If you enjoy sweet historical romances you will enjoy this book. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LOVE'S SWEET BEGINNING by Ann Shorey is a wonderful inspirational Historical Romance 1868 Noble Springs, Missouri #3 in the "Sisters at Hearts" but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this series, because it is a great series. See, "Where Wildflowers Bloom" and "When the Heart Heals". You will not regret your choices! Cassie Haddon is twenty-five and has no useful skills, she has always had servants to cater to her needs until the War Between the States, well now she must find work to support herself and her mother. Jacob West, was rejected in a previous book,and has his own secrets. He also is owner of West & Riley Grocery. Filled with secrets, harsh realities, financial struggles, hope, faith,friendship,hardship and two people, one once - privileged and one hard working, from different backgrounds finding common ground for a budding romance. A sweet tale of romance and survival. Ms. Shorey weaves a story that is complex, compelling and filled with engaging and hopeful characters. Cassie's mother was hard to like, but she was a different person before the war, as was so many of this period. War changes everyone in some way or another. She was a hard person to like. Can love and hope survive though trials and struggles? Ms. Shorey writes with such heart, and soul, you can not help but love her stories. She is a wonderful storyteller and brings the past to life. Another must read by this author. And if you have not read the others in "Sisters at Heart" I would recommend you do, this is a great series! Received for an honest review from the publisher. *Coming in February from Revell Books* RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet story. Since Ann Shorey is a new author to me, I did not know what to expect. I was also a little apprehensive that this was the third book in a series. Even though I have not read the previous books in the Sisters at Heart series, I had no problem keeping up with the events in the book. It did, however, make me curious enough to read about Faith and Rosemary's stories. The plot was not fast paced or adventurous, but it was not boring either. The author had me intrigued and trying to figure out Jacob's past. The romance between Jacob and Cassie was well thought out and so sweet. Who knew such a gruff person could be so sweet to the woman he loved! The characters, especially Cassie, were well-written and relatable. Cassie just wants to be useful. Everyone feels like that sometimes. I know I do, which is why I could so easily identify with her! Jacob reminds me of my fiance, a little rough around the edges but sweet in the middle with a big heart. Both characters transform throughout the story in a very subtle way. The message of the story is learning to trust. Trust in yourself, and trust in God. Overall, this was a sweet story with a great message. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series! **Thank you Revell Reads for providing this book to me for free in exchange for my honest review.**
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Love’s Sweet Beginning was such a joy to read. It was one of those books that just flowed for me. It was also a book that was full of characters that I found myself thinking about when I had to set the book down and attend to something else in the real world! My mind would keep working its way back to Cassie Haddon and Jacob West and all that was going on in their lives! Although this is the third book in a series, I believe you could easily read this book and understand what is going on without having read the first two books. The characters from the earlier books are present in this story and you will have a deeper appreciation for the lives they are living if you have read the first two books. But, once again, the author has done a great job of making this book part of a series, yet able to be read on its own as well. The main character, Cassie, has been raised in a wealthy household all of her life. Now that the Civil War is over, and their family’s situation has changed, she finds herself in need of making a life-changing decision. She must learn how to earn a living. She has a lot of perseverance and is willing to do whatever it takes to make a home for herself and her mother. Ah, her mother…this woman drove me crazy in the book. She was just so manipulative and I kept wondering how Cassie would ever be able to get out from under her thumb. Jacob runs the local grocery store, which also houses a restaurant. He isn’t excited to hire Cassie for many reasons, one being the attraction he feels toward her. Jacob is a bit older than Cassie and we find that he has some secrets from his past. The author does a very good job of creating characters that have had to overcome extreme situations. I enjoyed watching the characters grow throughout the book. Cassie had to grow in not only learning how to make her way in the world, but in her understanding of God’s word and her own worth in God’s eyes. She was also so respectful of her mother, even during very trying situations. I loved watching Jacob grow in his understanding of God’s love for him and the fact that he truly was a new man. The past was in the past. The love story was sweet and there were some frustrating situations for Cassie and Jacob to work through during this story that kept the plot moving and very interesting all the way to the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to Noble Springs, Missouri! This trip we get to focus on Cassie Haddon and her mother. They have moved to Noble Springs to try and find their new normal after the war. They come from a very privileged background but the Civil War changed all of that. In order to survive Cassie has decided that she needs to obtain a job. The problem is that her life of luxury left her with very few practical skills. In fact the only job she is able to secure is at the town grocery store. Her employer is Jacob West who has a heart of gold and obviously the patience of a saint because Cassie is really not an ideal employee. This third book in the series is just as great as the previous two. We get to catch up with the main characters from the first two books and move the story line along in this third book. I really enjoyed the three main women and the way they became 'sisters at heart'. If you are a fan of romantic historical fiction I think you will enjoy this series and this particular book. While each of these books can be read as stand alone titles they are wonderful together as a series and allow you to get a continuous and complete story! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.