Wyoming Territory, 1876
As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.
When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn't want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.
But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of gettting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town.
Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam's arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally to protect Miriam from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.
“Healing Hearts is transporting...will surely claim many hearts.” -Foreword Reviews
“Rich in humor, heart, and endearing characters.” -Booklist
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2019|
|Audiobook Narrator||Kirsten Potter|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 9 hrs.|
This is a fun little romance. the summary basically gives away the whole book except what secret she was holding. That being said, it was a cute little romance and I enjoyed listening to it. I would recommend it mostly to adult women and teenage girls since they are the ones who are most likely to be interested in it. It's a quick fun read.
I loved the phenomenal lesson taught about mental illness in this book!
The consistent, romantic, beautiful story Sarah always tells; on top of breaking down the negative stigma that is associated with mental illness was superbly done!
This book is definitely one of my favorite books!
What a fantastic read!! This book is heartwarming and fun. I loved it, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good proper romance!
Another good one.
I am not a huge fan of romance novels, but this one captured my attention and my heart. This was a well-written touching story that I had a hard time putting down. I would recommend reading The Sheriffs of Savage Wells first so you can better know and understand the characters.
I really enjoyed one it was wounderful yo be back in this world!!! You can really see that Sarah Eden does her homework before writing her books!!! ❤❤❤❤❤
"Confidence is the currency of high society."
This was such a great read
I loved the first book in the Savage Wells series. It was humorous and different from other Proper Romances. The great thing is that you don't have to read The Sheriff of Savage Wells before reading Healing Hearts. I would highly suggest you do read it first because you will meet up with many of those same characters in the second book.
From the beginning of the book you'll fall in love with Gideon and your heart will be with the kind and beautiful Miriam. The interaction and humor shared between these two characters was one of the highlights for me in this novel. Even though there is humor, there are many other serious issues highlighted in the novel such as dementia, epilepsy, and the conditions of asylums in the late 1800's.
With Miriam's big mystery from her past looming in the background, Gideon is slowly falling in love with the quiet, but dedicated Miriam. The many varied personalities that live in the town only help endear this story to the reader. I also really loved Gideon's parents who were rich, but kind and helpful especially to Miriam's plight.
This is another solid novel written by Sarah Eden. Anyone who loves reading a clean romance with wonderful characters and a strong plot will enjoy reading Healing Hearts.
I absolutely loved this book. The story, romance, and kindness of the townspeople left me wanting to LIVE in Savage Wells! Definitely a page turner and I hope there are more to come!
Okay, I seriously LOVED this book! It was fun returning to Savage Wells, Wyoming, and seeing the characters from The Sheriffs of Savage Wells. I was thrilled that the character Gideon that I connected with in that book got his own love story in Healing Hearts. Miriam is the perfect one for him. Their journey to love was a fun one to be on. More than the romance, though, I appreciate how Sarah Eden is able to make history so interesting! The whole medical aspect was probably my favorite part of the story. I will read this book over and over.
I love Savage Wells and the people there. I love all their personalities and how they fight for one of their own. Add Miriam into the mix and it makes the town even better. She had her work cut out for her, winning over the townspeople after leaving their beloved Gideon at the alter, but she did it in the best possible way. This story also showed what it was like for those in the early medical field and how far we have come in learning and developing in both opinions as well as medical means. It is a fascinating story that will leave you turning the pages to find out what happens next and how Gideon and Miriam will make things work. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Sarah M Eden is my favorite author anyway, so I expected to like this book. I didn't expect to be blown away!! I got the audio version....I looked for things to do so I would have an excuse to just keep listening. Bravo Sarah!! Your talent just keeps growing!
I’m not going to tell you that you have to read The Sheriffs of Savage Wells before reading this one. But I am going to highly suggest it! This one can stand on it’s own. The reader will just understand the characters and town much better if they’ve read that one first.
Anyway…Healing Hearts. I’m going to start by saying that the first chapter in this one is my favorite opening chapter in any book I’ve ever read. The book opens with Miriam. She’s on the stagecoach to Savage Wells, where she thinks she’s just going to be a nurse for Doctor MacNamera. But she’s led to a wedding, one where she is supposed to be the bride. I just loved it!
Gideon MacNamera had sent for a wife. His one stipulation was that she also needed to be a nurse. Miriam would be perfect for him. But she isn’t interested in marrying a man she’s never met. Gideon needs help and offers her the nursing job anyway.
It was hilarious to me how the townspeople of Savage Wells interacted with Miriam. They wanted nothing to do with the woman who jilted Gideon. But little by little, she wins them over with her kindness and skill. I loved that part.
This one is a great book. I loved the story! There are just so many great things about it. I didn’t want to stop reading it for anything. Unfortunately, people in my family want clean clothes, food, etc! Make sure you take the time to read this great book!
It was wonderful to return to the setting of the isolated Western town of Savage Wells! I quickly grew to love Miriam and Gideon, and enjoyed how they worked so well together as doctor and nurse. Miriam has major trust issues because of her past rejection from her family and the doctors that took advantage of her vulnerable circumstances. It was eye-opening to learn some of the history of asylums and made me thankful for the brave individuals who sacrificed and risked to expose the abuse. Gideon has been unlucky in love, but proves himself throughout the book that he is reliable and worthy of Miram's trust and affection. There are still several obstacles for them to overcome, especially when Miriam's secret come to light and an unwelcome visitor comes to town. I loved the loyalty the town had to Miriam and they way her new friends supported her during her trials. It was fun to have Paisley, Cade, and Hawk from the first book play significant roles in this second book, and I'm looking forward to more! (Fingers crossed) :)
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Healing Hearts is another winner from Sarah M. Eden. I enjoyed the trip back to Savage Wells, Wyoming, and the interactions with Gideon, Paisley, Cade and the rest of the townsfolk. Miriam was a wonderful addition to this town full of quirky and lovable characters.
The beginning of the story is priceless and sure to catch your attention. If you've already read the description the beginning is somewhat spoiled for you. If you haven't, just dive in knowing that Eden does a great job developing her characters and creating memorable scenes to get a reader emotionally invested in her stories.
It was quite eye opening to read about how how people where institutionalized for things that today are very much not mental illnesses. I'm so grateful to live at this time where medical advances have made life so much better for many people.
It's been awhile since I read The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, and even though I was coming back to the fun town and characters I loved, I think you could read this without having read that. Honestly, if you have access to both, read both, but you still get a wonderful story from Healing Hearts if you can't get your hands on The Sheriffs of Savage Wells first.
As usual, the story is clean and a great fit for Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line. I'm really looking forward to reading this again.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
This was another lovely romance by Sarah M. Eden. She has such a knack for bringing her characters along in believable ways. Gideon and Miriam begin from a place of disaster, yet travel such a different route! Theirs is a unique road that suits them perfectly and allows the reader to come to enjoy and love the heart that beats within each of them.
P. S. In the closing scene of the book, have the instrumental of a particular song (you'll know the one) playing in the background. You'll find it fits to perfection. (less)