When the Heart Heals: A Novel

When the Heart Heals: A Novel

by Ann Shorey


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Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and downright vulgar. Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, she must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?

With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites readers back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri, for an engrossing story of love's tentative first steps and fragile future in the face of opposition. Readers will find in Rosemary a sympathetic but strong woman determined to thrive in a world that doesn't always understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800720735
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Series: Sisters at Heart Series , #2
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ann Shorey is the author of Where Wildflowers Bloom, 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. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon.

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When the Heart Heals: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
dun1 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book and a wonderful love story;I love Elijah and Rosemary. Like the fact that Rosemary is a nurse and she wants to be independent during a time when it was still consider taboo for a women to consider working when she a male relative to take care of her. My favorite part of the book was the herbal remedies she would use; I'm one to believe that we need herbal remedies as well as conventional medicine. I receive a free copy of this book courtesy of TBCN for my honest review.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
A nurse during the Civil War, Rosemary settles down in a small Missouri town and seeks employment with Dr. Elijah Stewart. Rosemary gets written threats from people who consider her occupation to be “vulgar,” telling her to leave town. An engrossing story with strong characterization and a beautiful love story. The setting is described so well you’ll think you’re there on the pages with Rosemary.
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this historical novel, along with Where the Wildflowers Grow. I liked getting to know the characters and gaining glimpses into their lives. The times may be different but our life issues can be similar.
barbjan10 More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals is my first introduction to Ann Shorey's writing. What a writer! Historical fiction is at the top of my reading joy, and Ann didn’t disappoint in authoring such a realistic story of the times after the Civil War. One fact that struck me odd, because I wasn’t aware of it before, was the disdain toward women nurses. Funny, but all my life, I’ve been accustomed to woman nurses, and thought it unusual when more males began to choose nursing as a career.  Only a comment on my part…not a complaint. The nature of Rosemary Saxon wasn’t revealed all at once, her story is complex with personal history of her and her brother Curt being estranged from their parents because of the division of beliefs about whose side was right during the Civil War. We learn early that Rosemary had been extremely capable as a nurse to injured Union soldiers at Jefferson Barracks.  She met and worked briefly with Dr. Elijah Stewart during this time, and developed a secret attraction for him. Rosemary moved to Noble Springs, Missouri in 1867 to live with her brother Curt Saxon who had married her best friend, Faith. This being the second novel in Sisters at Heart Series, I was at a disadvantage of not knowing many of the overlapping details from “Where Wildflowers Bloom.” Ann Shorey didn’t leave the reader in the dark with prior details – they fell naturally in place during the story. Rosemary insisted on moving into her own home to live independently and hoped to find work to sustain her financially. Ms Shorey has an admirable talent of throwing intriguing hooks of mystery into the story to keep your interest alert.  Rosemary is a knowledgeable herbalist, which caused suspicious and dim witted townspeople to label her a witch. Dr. Elijah Stewart appears again when he moves to Noble Springs to set up his medical practice. Rosemary applies for a nursing position there, and Elijah has little faith in her as a nurse but hires her for a brief time to see how things work out. He doesn’t like her herbal medicinal practices or the fact that she becomes personally involved with his patients. Their romantic feelings toward each other developed slowly, much to Rosemary’s chagrin. Rosemary has another suitor Jacob, who was a fine man, however complicated Rosemary’s desire to develop her love interest in Elijah. All the characters in this story are well developed and believable. At times, I did become irritated at Rosemary’s stubbornness even though it made for a better story. My favorite character, Bodie the dog, was comical, loyal, and lovable. Actually, there were several interesting stories developing constantly that interacted lively and heartwarmingly throughout.  Ann Shorey has written a wonderful story of healing and forgiveness that will bless you for a long time after closing the book. Her fascinating characters and the many mysteries about what has happened in the past to cause the pain in Rosemary and Elijah’s past are revealed. They are two individuals that came from diverse background and experience the same emotions. Thank you Ann Shorey for a fine writing and an excellent enjoyable read. All the prayers were answered and I’m sure God is smiling on Noble Springs, Missouri.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. So glad I took the time to read this story!
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals By: Ann Shorey I received this book from TBCN in exchange for a review. This is the first book I have read by Ann Shorey; I will be looking for more! She captured me on page one and I didn’t want to stop reading until I had finished When the Heart Heals. Rosemary Saxon used to be a nurse during the Civil War and then she moved to Noble Springs, Missouri. Elijah Stewart is the doctor in town and Rosemary decides she needs to find a job. She goes to Elijah hoping he will hire her as his nurse. She has the skills required, but during this time women are looked down upon as nurses. Some of the older people still feel like there is no place in medicine for women in any capacity. Will Elijah give her the chance she needs? What happens when Rosemary is threatened? She receives a note from a stranger, finds tracks of someone in her yard, and her actions come under scrutiny by her employer. Will Rosemary listen or do as she pleases? You will thoroughly enjoy this book! Rosemary and Elijah are very likable characters; both are headstrong and think they know best. Their bantering keeps you shaking your head, wondering how they could ever get along. The plot keeps you turning the page to see what is going to happen next. This book is for anyone who loves a great story. I cannot wait to read more by Ann Shorey.
ASCBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story! I wanted to read this because I love to read books set around the civil war. Books along this time line, and this one to, are usually filled with healing and forgiveness. I love Rosemary because I can relate to her (with her dog and all LOL!). As she goes through the story she experiences rejection, persecution, pain, fear, love, deception, faith, hope, and kindness. Ann Shorey paints a wonderful picture. I loved learning a little bit more about certain herbs and what they help with. I wish it didn't end and kept going on. I want to read more about these characters and see how their lives progress! I was afraid when I reached the final pages that it would leave me hanging or end abruptly and leave me dissatisfied. But when you read an author like Ann Shorey you will not be disappointed. Up to the very last sentence she had me laughing and enjoying her work. A wonderful story written beautifully! I can't wait to read what happens next. I chose these songs for When the Hear Heals: "Forgiveness" by Matthew West, "In the Garden" by Elvis Presley, "Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe, "Safe in the Arms of Love" by Martina McBride, and "My Faith Looks Up To Thee" by Amy Marie Matthew 6:34, Mark 11:26 ~ASC Book Reviews
RobbyeFaye More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey is Book 2 of the Sisters at Heart series and is primarily about Rosemary Saxon. Rosemary and her brother Curt move to Noble Springs, Missouri, after a falling out with their parents over their Civil War sympathies. Curt marries Faith Lindberg (from Book 1, Where Wildflowers Bloom,) and Rosemary sets up her own home. This is a very scandalous situation for a young unmarried woman. It was not surprising, though, as Rosemary is a very unconventional female. During the Civil War Rosemary served as a nurse. This caused most people to think she was vulgar.  After all, she had seen men in various stages of dress and undress; this was extremely unseemly for a woman at that time in history. Rosemary soon realizes, even though she wants to put nursing behind her, that there are no other jobs for which she is suitable.  Knowing she has to provide for herself, she approaches Dr. Elijah Stewart for a job as his nurse. Dr. Stewart gives Rosemary the job and the fur begins to fly.  They constantly butt heads over Rosemary's herbal remedies.  Dr. Stewart feels "traditional" medicine is superior to herbal remedies; and he is afraid Rosemary's remedies could reflect adversely on him and his practice. Before long Rosemary raises the ire of someone in the community and becomes the victim of threatening notes, vandalism and the theft of her dog. Ann Shorey does a masterful job of inter-weaving historical details, tension and several plot twists to a satisfying ending. I really enjoyed reading When the Heart Heals and can't wait to read the other books in the series. This book was provided to me by Revell a division of Baker Publishing through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you got a threatening note on your doorstep?  I love how the author starts off with that air of danger and mystery.  I was drawn in and couldn’t put the book down for fear of it driving me mad not knowing how it all ended!  You will fall in love with Rosemary and Elijah from the first moment.  The character Rosemary is going against the grain in this Civil War era by wanting to be a nurse.  The chemistry between her and the physician, Elijah, whom she remembers from her time helping during the war, is perfect and intriguing.  With many monkey wrenches thrown into their lives throughout the story, including Rosemary being accused of killing someone, you feel yourself cheering for them and wondering if all would work out or not.  Rosemary is in the midst of a big mystery, is in danger, all the while trying to make her stand as a female nurse AND wanting to pursue the feelings she has for her employer.      Ann Shorey has a fluid writing that keeps you going.  I loved how the story never stopped – even some great twists thrown in! Those books always make me want more – the authors who aren’t afraid to break from the “typical, fluffy romance” story.   I will definitely be adding all of Ann Shorey’s books to my must read list. I was provided a copy by Bookfun to give an honest review. 
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
At first glance this looks like a very sweet prarie romance. Well, it did to me anyway. What I found inside was a story that took me through a character's life who had lived through the Civil War and had seen some of the atrocities that affected the soldiers. She is a nurse in a time when being a nurse was very much looked down upon for a woman and was "shocking". However, she worms her way into the local doctor's practice and eventually his heart. Sound simple? Not so much. This is a sweet romance, but is so much more. Mystery, unforgiveness, and a handful of characters make this story an interesting read. Plus an adorable dog. This was my first Ann Shorey book and she took me into a story with many curves. Not too jolting just enough to keep me turning the pages and find out what Rosemary was going to do. This is a second in a series. I did not read the first but I did not feel left out as she mentioned the important parts of the first book. I do plan on going back and reading the first. Now as I look at the cover, I know longer just see a sweet romance but maybe a little bit of anxiety in our heroine's face. I received this book from TBCN to read for my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Ann Shorey's Sisters at Heart series. I was given the opportunity to receive this book for free and offer an honest opinion of the book. I love Christian romance books and the idea of a post civil war book with a heroine who is still a bit of an outcast because of her nursing skills falling for a handsome doctor, sounded like a book I definitely wanted to read. I am so glad I did. I have not read book one in the series, but decided to give book two a try. I decided that if it was too hard to follow, I would just find book one and come back later. I am pleased to say that I did not have to do that. This book was so well written, that I was able to follow the story without any need to have read book one first. Now, having said that, I fully intend to read book one because I enjoyed book two so much. The attraction between nurse and doctor was very believable and the scene where the doctor finally lets his feelings be known to Rosemary was wonderful. There are obstacles for them both to overcome in this novel, as well as misunderstandings to get cleared up. I look forward to reading book 1 and hope that there will be a book 3 in this series as well.
FictionFanatic1 More than 1 year ago
Small town Herbalist vs. Big City Doctor At a time when women nurses were considered unseemly and vulgar, Rosemary Saxon perseveres in the career she feels called to. On top of that, some of the townsfolk have labeled her a charlatan because she grows herbs and makes teas and poultices to help the sick. When she applies for a job as a nurse with the new doctor in town, she quickly earns his ire by suggesting herbal remedies for his customers.  Both desire to see the sick healed, but is only one way right?  In spite of their differences, Rosemary is attracted to Dr. Stewart, but when they clash over and over, she begins to fear losing more than just her job. She may have lost her heart to the stubborn man. When the Heart Heals is sure to snag your interest and keep you reading. Besides the delightful banter and confrontations between Rosemary and Elijah, there is the mystery of who is stalking Rosemary and wreaking havoc in her life. Add to that, Rosemary’s desire to help the undesirables and her charming sidekick Brodie, and you have a wonderful read that will keep you engaged to the end. Another great read from Ann Shorey!
DeaMundy More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals shows us how lives may have been shattered due to war, greed, and misunderstanding but yet healing and restoration comes in many ways. It also teaches us about forgiving others, reconciling relationships, and most importantly leaning on the Lord for guidance and restoration in our lives. While this is the first novel I have read by Ann Shorey, it will not be my last one. I look forward to reading the first book in the series and any future books in the Sisters at Heart series. Disclaimer: I received this book from Revel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Xmiler1 More than 1 year ago
In Noble Springs, Missouri, in 1867, Rosemary Saxon struggles not only to find employment as a nurse, but to find social acceptance for her place in that profession. She does find employment with young Dr. Elijah Stewart, but the relationship is far from harmonious. He practices medicine by the book, while she is an accomplished herbalist. Both have served in their professions in the newly-ended War Between the States, and the situation of each is troubled by bitter family relationships. Beyond that, some unknown person leaves threatening notes for Rosemary, accusing her of being a witch. And that person also vandalizes her property and, briefly, steals her dog. Ann Shorey weaves this tangle of events and personal relationship into an appealing, well-controlled novelistic tapestry. Her historical research is meticulous, not only in locations and attitudes of the time, but also into intricate details of herbal medicine. She brings to this novel her mastery of technique. The story moves at a steady pace from the opening line, leading to a climax and conclusion that does not fail to satisfy. Interesting, likeable characters presented in considerable depth, tense situations, and deeply-felt thematic material add up to a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding historical novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The story being about doctors and nurses in the 1800's has always been fascinating to me. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing how their romance developed. I thought the author did a great job of showing how women were treated and misunderstood back then. I felt for the heroine as she fought to overcome opposition. The mystery of who was trying to harm her kept me turning pages well after I should have gone to sleep at night. The only problem I had with the story was the way Rosemary handled the situation when another woman claimed to be Elijah's fiancée. Although I didn't like what she did, it reminded me of what cane happen when you trust your emotions and not God. Over all, this was a good book with great inspiration. I would recommend it to friends and will be looking forward to the next in the series. This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently read "When the Heart Heals" by Ann Shorey. This book is set back in the Civil War age. It is about a woman trying to get a job as a nurse in a town where woman are "not supposed to be working outside the home". It has some romance in it and a little bit of suspense. This book was okay. I usually read inspirational suspense/thriller books so I was a little disappointed in it. But it wasn't bad. It did keep my attention. I would recommend this book especially to those that enjoy historical inspirational novels. This book was given to me by Baker Publishing Group in exchange for a fair and honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey. But I did appreciate the history of the story about nurses in post Civil War era. I loved the relationship between Rosemary and her dog Bodie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was quickly drawn into the mystery in this book as Rosemary received a strange note, and then as more strange things happened to her.  I think she was very courageous to live alone during this time even after she realized someone was seriously threatening her.  Her mother had taught her about herbs and healing and she loved to help people with her knowledge, although this caused problems with the doctor.  While she loved helping other people reconcile differences, will she realize her own need to forgive?  Read this book to find out if she and the doctor can learn to work together, and to discover who was behind the threats to Rosemary.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey What first attracted me to read this book is the timeframe. I like the 1860's and actually knit for a settlement within 2 hours of my home. They are so self sustaining and I love hearing about how they take care of themselves. Rosemary Saxon has lived with her brother and sister in law and is now on her own and seeking work with the local doctor as she does have nursing training. She's on her own now and loves her life and her greenhouse where she raises lots of herbs and spices. Like hearing about the combinations of spices to help solve human ailments. That and a pregnant girl get her in trouble and she leaves work to seek other employment. She is such a strong character but she does have some fears. There are a lot of people in the town but they are not overpowering when it comes to the story and it's easy to keep track of who is who. She has been threatened in various ways, some see her as a witch with her concoctions. She dates the store owner and the doctor is becoming jealous of that... Passages from the Bible and Sunday mass are quoted that correspond to what's happening so others can gain faith and healing.
Margie2 More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Heals is the first Ann Shorey book I have read . It was one of those books I just could not put down and I hated to see it end. If you enjoy historical romance books this is one that you would enjoy too.Ann keeps you wondering what will happen next and the ending was wonderful.So glad to add another author to my must read book list !
Adam412 More than 1 year ago
Review: When the heart Heals by Ann Shorey A book that causes me to lose sleep probably shouldn’t receive my acclaim. But there I was at 3 a.m. awake and needing to read a few moments to put me back to sleep again. An hour and a half later I still didn’t want to put the book down. I had to make myself turn off my Kindle. Rosemary Saxon’s gripping story held me from beginning to end. In fact, I had it read a couple of days after receiving it and I’m a busy person. Rosemary is a former military nurse, ostracized by her parents because she cared for enemy soldiers during the Civil War. Now she might as well be an orphan. She desperately needs a job. The young town doctor hires her, but at first only to do book work. After all, the public didn’t accept women as nurses—especially those who cared for ill and injured men. Trained by her mother in herbal remedies, Rosemary grows and sells herbs, telling patients how to use them. She gets into trouble with the doc over her recommendations—and someone else seems to believe her “cures” make her a witch. Evidence shows someone is watching her house and soon it goes beyond that. The doctor is irritating and it seems the two can’t seem to agree about many things. But the constant time together, and eventually working as a medical team, cause both of their hearts to soften. Will they become friends? Or will it go deeper?  Finally, will Rosemary have to leave town when one of the doctor’s patients dies and she is accused of killing him with her herbs? It’s difficult to give the book justice in a review, but the author does a wonderful job with character growth; showing instead of telling; and revealing characters’ faith. I highly recommend this book. Note: I was provided a review copy of this book but that in no way influenced my rating or this review.
DLiesner More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed revisiting the wonderful characters from Where Wildflowers Bloom, and seeing the continuing resolution of their lives.   Rosemary’s past as a Civil war nurse, her knowledge and use of herbs and dysfunctional family issues made the reader long for resolution. Dr. Elijah proved a worthy hero, but the heroine, Rosemary, disappointingly lacked trust, her close-mindedness so strong that the sudden change of heart at the end was not believable. It would have been far more satisfying if there had been a thought process, change of heart or epiphany to make Rosemary’s change realistic. Dr. Elijah's willingness to adapt Rosemary's knowledge into his medical practice, and Cassie, Curt and Faith’s issues, conflicts and involvement in Rosemary’s life kept the story interesting for me, and made me look forward to book 3 and the future for Rosemary, Faith and Cassie.
PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed WHEN THE HEART HEALS by author Ann Shorey. With a touch of suspense, this romance kept me captivated and I honestly felt I'd been transported back to post-Civil War days. I really enjoy Ann Shorey's style of writing and am eager to read more of her work. I highly recommend this book!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Rosemary is having a hard time finding her place in the world.  After serving as a nurse during the Civil War, she hopes to stay busy with a similarly fulfilling job.  When she approached Elijah Stewart, the new doctor in town, she hopes that he will give her a chance.  Neither expects that their growing respect for each other will turn into something much deeper. But there is always trouble.  Someone in town has accused Rosemary of being a witch, and Elijah's family past may come back to haunt him.  They will need to learn to trust in each other and in their feelings to find a way to their happily ever after. My favorite part of this story was the characters.  They were very well balanced and played against and with each other very well. The suspense of trying to find who is threatening Rosemary is spread out through the entire story quite well.  I can't think of a single part that I would consider "dull".  Well put together and fun to read.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey in her new book, “When the Heart Heals” Book Two in the Sisters At Heart series published by Revell takes us back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri in 1867 From the Back Cover: In a country healing from war, can a young woman find healing for her heart? Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and even downright vulgar. Although she would like to put that part of her life behind her, she needs to support herself. She takes a nursing position with Dr. Elijah Stewart, but whenever they are together they always seem to do or say the wrong things. When someone threatens Rosemary, will she find the courage to stand, or will she leave town–and Elijah–forever? With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites you back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri, for an engrossing story of love’s tentative first steps and fragile future in the face of opposition. “When the Heart Heals” has history in it as Ms. Shorey is dealing with the time following The Civil War. It is a suspense thriller as someone is making threats to Rosemary and they are escalating. It is a romance because Rosemary and Elijah were made for each other they just don’t seem to be aware of that. It is a medical drama as Rosemary is a nurse and the people in the town are having a hard time accepting her. 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 look forward to the next book. 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.” Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.