The Heart of Home

The Heart of Home

by Stephenia H. McGee

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He asked if he could die on her porch…but instead he brought hope for new life.

Once a wistful romantic, Opal Martin now simply aspires to scrub the remnants of the War Between the States from her tattered life. But when a nearly drowned soldier appears and asks if he can die on her porch, she must guard against the sudden revival of her heart's hope for love. 

Haunted by the war, Tristan Stuart just wants to escape the pain. But when he wakes up at a house that looks too much like home with a woman determined to mend him, he may discover a new life worth fighting for. In order to save the last of what Opal holds dear, will he become the man she needs or let the troubled waters carry him away? 

Fans of In His Eyes will also enjoy seeing Ella and Westley again in Opal's story. 

Don't miss these other titles from Bestselling Christian Historical author Stephenia H. McGee

Ironwood Plantation Family Saga
The Whistle Walk
Heir of Hope

Missing Mercy

The Liberator Series
Leveraging Lincoln
Losing Lincoln
Labeling Lincoln

Stand Alone Titles
In His Eyes
Eternity Between Us

The Heart of Home
Her Place in Time

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163590490
Publisher: By The Vine Press
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 338,860
File size: 338 KB

About the Author

Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. After earning a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences, she discovered her heart truly lies with the art of story. She put pen to page and never looked back. Visit her at for books and updates.

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The Heart of Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Heart of Home is set in the south post Civil War as Opal and her mama attempt to carry on in their mansion with no servants following her papa's death. Opal is a well-written protagonist as is Tristan, a former Confederate soldier, who asks to be allowed to die on their porch! Sometimes a seed of love is all it takes to grow something mighty! Opal celebrates the new Yankee holiday, Thanksgiving, in a surprising manner! I enjoyed The Heart of Home and recommend it to others. I received an advance e-book of The Heart of Home from the author. This is my honest opinion.
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by Debbie Costello and I have enjoyed reading this novella. The Medieval time period and reading about the castles has always been interesting to me. This book has love, faith and enough suspense that I wasn’t bored for sure. I just didn’t know if Phillip would ever see Avice’s love for him. He was always just thinking they were best friends. I could have pulled his ear a time or two to make him pay attention what was right before him. Well try this book if you like historical fiction and this time period. I think you will enjoy this novella. I received an e-copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
It was wonderful to visit the south once again, and see Ella and Westley. I loved them in In His Eyes. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it, The Heart of Home is a standalone, but you will want to read In His Eyes. Being a novella this was a quick read, but that doesn’t mean it was not a wonderful, full story. To “see” some of what happened after the Civil War is wrenching. So many trials and heartbreaks. Yet the characters in this story were determined to survive. They were written with such strength and passion that I fell in love with them. And her descriptions of the plantation and the area around it are fabulous. Author Stephenia Mcgee does her research with her period piece stories. So many facts are woven into the fiction that you will learn new things while enjoying a wonderful story. If you enjoy historical fiction with some clean romance you must read The Heart of Home. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Although The Heart of Home is a novella and a fairly quick read, it is packed with feeling and heart. Take a post-Civil War backdrop, throw in some Southern belles, a wounded and broken soldier, a run-down plantation, and an oily carpetbagger, and there’s intrigue brewing at Riverbend! Stephenia H. McGee has obviously done much research on the life and times of the Civil War era. She is also talented at creating vivid, engaging characters that come to life on the page. I enjoyed the sweet messages of forgiveness and hope that shine through this story. This novella can be read as a stand-alone, although characters from a previous book make appearances in this one. I recommend this to those who enjoy clean, sweet historical fiction. I purchased this as part of a novella collection called Timeless Love: Romantic Stories That Span the Ages.