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Where Wildflowers Bloom (Sisters at Heart Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ann Shorey
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The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg-- as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns to town, Faith allows herself to hope that her dreams might come true. Does he truly love her? Or could another man claim her heart? Will she find that following her dreams may not mean leaving home after all?

The characters in Where Wildflowers Bloom jump off the page and into the reader's heart. Author Ann Shorey infuses her characters with the virtues and quirks that bring them fully alive as they search for contentment and love.

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How far will she go to follow her dreams?

The Civil War stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg--as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns, Faith allows herself to hope that she and Royal will finally wed. But does he truly love her? Or will another man claim her heart?

"Where Wildflowers Bloom invites you to settle down over by the checkerboard at Lindberg's Mercantile Store and get to know the people of Noble Springs as they put the sorrows of the Civil War behind them and embrace life and love anew. Ann Shorey has come up with an appealing mix of history and romance that readers are sure to enjoy."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Blessed and Words Spoken True

"The authenticity of Where Wildflowers Bloom transported me straight to post-Civil War times, yet the characters--their hopes, dreams, conflicts, and fears--all rang contemporarily true. Another winner from Ann Shorey!"--Christina Berry, Christy-nominated and Carol Award-winning author of The Familiar Stranger

Ann Shorey is the author of 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. Shorey lives with her husband, Richard, in Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800720741
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (Jan. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take a second look at your dream. April 26 2014
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"Where Wildflowers Bloom" is a very interesting story. It is a story of a girl who almost ruined her life because of her dreams. Thankfully she came to her senses. Someone's plans would backfire on them. Would it be Curt's or Royal's? Who will win Faith's heart? Read it for yourself. Thank you Ann for a novel that doesn't contain foul language. Well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Story June 19 2013
By Carly
Where Wildflowers Bloom is Ann Shorey’s latest book, published by Revell* in early 2012, and is the first in her brand-new Sisters at Heart series. The series will be continued with two sequels, each one featuring a protagonist introduced in this first story. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, Where Wildflowers Bloom is a laid-back Historical Fiction Romance, with a helping of mystery and suspense woven in.

Faith Lindberg, our protagonist, is a young woman whose life has been torn apart by the war - her father and brother were killed, her town altered in many aspects, and her sweetheart taken away. The only people left to love in her life are her aging, failing, grandfather, and two new friends, a sister and brother named Rosemary and Curt Saxon. Faith decides that the only way for herself and her grandfather to forget their tragic past is to emigrate west, on a wagon train headed for Oregon. Until the man she thought was dead returns.

The main obstacle in the way of taking the westward journey is Lindberg’s Mercantile, the store which belonged to Faith’s family for many years. Before she can convince her grandfather to sell, Faith must rebuild the run-down business. Will this be possible when thieves target the mercantile, threatening to close them down and chasing away potential buyers? Faith is forced to look to Curt Saxon for help, and to decide between the man she thought she loved, and the man who understands her so well.

The strong moral woven throughout the pages of Where Wildflowers Bloom is the importance of listening to the Lord’s leading, and not merely following your own ideas without the Lord’s guidance. Faith is stubbornly determined to travel to Oregon, and will stop at almost nothing to realize her dream - even marrying a man she doesn’t love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Lovin' It! Jan. 13 2012
By Jaime Wright - Published on
If you're a lover of historical fiction, you will love the most recent Ann Shorey novel. If you're not a historical fiction freak like myself, well get off your duffer and try this one out - you won't be disappointed! :)

Ann Shorey has been one of my favorite historical writers since I first read her debut novel, "The Edge of Light". When I met Ann at a writer's conference in 2009, it was the meeting every fan hopes for. The writer really IS as sweet and kind as you imagined :)!

Every heroine needs a dream, a goal, a challenge ... and Faith's is to simply run away from her grief. I love that this is Post Civil War fiction. You still have a strong flavor of the War, yet you're not reading about the War or trauma during that time period. The after effects of war can be just as strong, if not stronger, and Ann deals with it masterfully.

Royal Baxter - well anything I say will be a spoiler, so we'll leave him to your imagination. Just beware that every "hero" isn't always who they seem to be. The best of heroes have secrets and mystique and ... scars.

I loved this book. Five stars is never enough for an Ann Shorey novel. The only way to be fully satisfied is to buy the book and read it at least twice. Maybe three times ...
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story Jan. 5 2012
By Liz Tolsma - Published on
Where Wildflowers Bloom is the story of Faith Lindberg, determined to move her grandfather west from Missouri to Oregon to get away from the memories of those she lost. Then Royal Baxter, the man she always wanted to marry and who had been presumed dead in the Civil War, returns home and begins to court Faith. Livery man Curt Saxon befriends Faith's forgetful grandfather - and Faith, too. He loves her, but she can't see it. Which of these men isn't all he seems to be and which will win her heart?

Ann Shorey does a beautiful job weaving this story together and taking it to unexpected places, including a mystery and a hint of danger. It was an easy, fun read and I came away well satisfied with the story. The characters came alive on the page as did the setting. I can still hear the bell jingle over the mercantile's door.

This is the first book in the series Sisters of the Heart and I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I'd never read anything by Ann Shorey before, but I'm a fan now.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Grows on You: Where Wildflowers Bloom (Sisters at Heart, Book 1) by Ann Shorey Jan. 22 2012
By Renee Chaw - Published on
With her "At Home in Beldon Grove" series and now this new series, "Sisters at Heart" Ann Shorey has definitely made a niche for herself in the historical romance genre. While not always focusing on romance and faith but also underlying issues like the treatment of single women in business in the 1800s her stories aren't just fluff and nonsense. However don't let me fool you into think that her stories aren't without "sigh-inducing" moments.

In her latest book, Where Wildflowers Bloom we meet Faith Lindberg who has lost nearly everyone she loves to the War Between the States and lives with her aging grandfather. Since her grandfather isn't quite up to running the family's general store by himself Faith undertakes the task upon herself. She isn't completely unselfish in her motives however and hopes to persuade her grandfather to sell the business and travel west.While managing the store she must face how to pay for mounting debts, deal with thefts AND matters of her own heart concerning one intriguing stranger and one gentle but scarred stableman.

Once again Ms. Shorey has crafted a sweet story set in a small town that is sure to capture everyone's hearts. Faith is a bit selfish and slightly annoying in her reluctance to accept that maybe moving West isn't for her or her grandfather. I was a little frustrated by her stubbornness which made her unlikable. Thankfully as the book progresses her attitude does change. I'm very happy to say this is a book where the main character definitely learns a few lessons and grows up throughout the course of the story. There isn't a boatload of drama--just enough to keep one reading. Fans of prairie romances and Christian fiction will probably like this story as I did.

*I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting this honest review for the tour.*
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where Wildflowers Bloom Jan. 28 2012
By Michelle - Published on
Ann Shorey has crafted a sweet, gentle story set in 1866 Missouri. Ann is to be commended on her skill as a writer; I found myself immersed in the beautifully drawn town of Noble Springs. The characters were realistic and likeable, though at times the dramatic irony annoyed me. You know, when you're privy to something that the character doesn't know, and you just want to jump into the pages and say, "Look, can't you see what's going on here?"

The first third of the book seemed to go a bit slow for me, and didn't hold my attention as much as I thought it would, considering that this time period is a favorite of mine. After that, the book did seem to pick up pace, and things started to get a bit more interesting. At that point, I did find it harder to put the book down.

I would describe Where Wildflowers Bloom as a light, easy read with a hint of mystery and a subtle romance. And though I could predict where the story would go, it didn't detract from enjoying the story. The story is well written, and I did like it, but I feel like I was left wanting a bit more excitement, more action, and more romance.

**Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book for review, in exchange for my honest opinion.**

**Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice inspirational romance Jan. 2 2012
By bookworm - Published on
Ann Shorey's new book, Where Wildflowers Bloom, a gentle, smoothly crafted prairie romance from Revell is perfect for reading on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The heroine, Faith, longs to follow the Oregon Trail and leave behind the sad memories of the loss of her brother and father in the Civil War. At times, I was frustrated with Faith's immaturity though this was a necessary element of her character arc. The other characters, especially the hero and the grandpa, were endearing. Additionally, I appreciated the author's subtle hand in addressing the prejudice against women prevalent at that time. I was also impressed with Shorey's knack for strong setting. With precise wording and well-laid details, she brought the 1860's and a Missouri small town to life. The faith element, too, was beautifully handled, not preachy or pushy but perfect for the time period and the characters.
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