Katie’s heart still remains sharply divided between playful Tavish and steady Joseph, though she feels ill-prepared to make a decision. Furthermore, the town is more divided than ever with both the Irish and the Reds stealing property, burning buildings, and endangering lives. In the midst of the growing unrest, temperatures drop quickly, too quickly, and Irish nightmares of famine and cold resurface as the little Wyoming town struggles to beat the harsh winter.
Katie makes one sacrifice after another to keep the peace and help see her loved ones through the difficult days ahead, but will her efforts be enough? Can the town make amends before their hatred consumes them all? And will Katie find the love she has been searching for as well as a home to call her own?
Book on CD: unabridged, 10 discs, approx. 13 hrs.
|Published||Shadow Mountain (February 18, 2014)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Cassandra Campbell|
|Runtime||Unabridged 12 Hrs. 49 Min.|
Sarah M. Eden has beautifully written a great sequel and conclusion to her first volume of "Longing For Home" It was heart wrenching as I read about their hardships and terrible tragedies they went through. Bless her heart "sweet and strong Katie" always looked for ways to resolve the issues that plagued the Irish road and the Red road. Her strength, kindness and good example helped so many people whether Irish or American. I truly loved the romance between Katie and Joseph and was happy when she came to realize that Joseph was the love of her life. Don't get me wrong I liked Tavish but was hoping Joseph would eventually win her love. I appreciate Sarah M Eden and her amazing talent to write proper romances. She has you enthralled from the very start and you fall in love with the characters and the places they live. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a romance novel with a little bit of history mixed in.
This sequel finished in a way that was even better than the first book. We visit the same characters Katie has come to love, and get to know a great deal more about some unexpected characters. This book doesn't hold back on plot twists and surprising moments. While the first book focused on Katie coming to terms with her past, this book focuses on how Katie will come to terms with her future. While who she ends up with was unexpected (for me!), Sarah Eden wrote in a way that made it clear it was best for all characters involved. This book is written in the pioneer era, and doesn't hold back on some of the grim realities of frontier life. For this reason, I would recommend this book to an older audience (age 17+). This book was enjoyable, and I can't wait to read more from Sarah Eden.
Are you looking for something special to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Give yourself a treat by reading Longing for Home and its sequel Hope Springs by Sarah M. Eden. This set of Irish Westerns from Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance series will touch your heart, and once you read the first one you will not want to wait a minute until beginning the second.
Kate Macauley was looking for a position as a housekeeper. What she got was so much more. Tossed into the middle of an explosive feud between the American farmers and the Irish immigrants in the small town of Hope Springs, Wyoming, Kate never anticipated that she would meet two men and fall in love with them both. Yet her broken heart over the family she left behind in Ireland tears at her soul and just might be enough to cause her to give both of them up, no matter how important they have come to her healing.
A story of redemption, romance, and the constant question, “How can Kate repair the animosity between her beloved Irish and the rest of the community?” Kate faces her situation head on and teaches everyone a thing or two. But blood will be shed and danger appears on her very doorstep. Book one will have you longing for more, and book two may threaten to rip your heart out, but I guarantee you will be satisfied by the choices Kate makes in the end.
Remember to keep a box of tissue handy. You’ll likely need it.
I really enjoyed the first book, and was excited to read this one. It did not disappoint. It has some interesting and surprising twists and turns, and is full of romance, action, suspense, heartache, and lots of hard work and determination. It is well written and I love the characters. I loved both Joseph and Tavish and really didn't care which one she picked. I thought they each had their good qualities and would each bring her happiness and a lifetime of love. I was happy with the way it ended up. It definitely seemed right, and although I felt bad for the other guy, I think it worked out great. I love that it teaches the importance of working hard, never giving up, and not giving in to stereotypes or predetermined notions. I love that she thinks outside the box and won't take "no" for an answer. I also love that it is a good, clean, sweet love story. There is no language and no "intimacy" scenes. There is some feud violence, and it does get ugly in some parts. There is the death of a character and there are some gruesome injuries. I would recommend it for ages 13 and up. You may read my full review on my book blog: www.the-readathon.blogspot.com.
Longing for Home is one of my all time favorite stories (it's a two book set). I love the characters, the setting, and the beautifully told, if rather heart-breaking at times story. I found myself loving Katie from the very first page with her determination, courage, and kind heart masked behind her prickly facade. A facade developed over years of being on her own working as a servant from the age of 8-years-old. She blames herself for her estrangement from her family and wants desperately to return to Ireland to fix things, but first she must earn the money she needs to do so. And that brings her to Hope Springs, a town that unfortunately is having a hard time living up to its name. The town is sharply divided between the Irish and their neighbors and Katie inadvertently stokes the already simmering tensions. And with two good men seeking to win her heart, Katie has her work cut out for her.
In book 2, Katie having chosen to remain in Hope Springs finds herself desperately trying to stop the conflict between the townspeople from exploding into all out war, but finds that circumstances have moved far beyond her control. With a heart torn between Tavish, the Irish farmer, and Joseph, the wealthy landowner, she wonders if she will ever find a place to truly call home.
I confess that I found the historical aspects of this novel heartbreaking, the anger and the hatred expressed through violence and confrontation with most people simply wanting to be able to live their lives. The relationships that Katie develops I really enjoyed reading about as she learns to care about others and let them care about her. I found myself quite torn between the two love interests, both good men with their own strengths and weaknesses. But of course, Katie can't choose both and so choose she does. I confess I was wrong about who she ended up with, but I think in the end she ended up with the man she fits with best, certainly the one she loves the best.
A wonderful series that is one of my all time favorite series and one I can thoroughly and heartily recommend to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a strong dose of romance but also so much more. Sarah Eden is truly a magician in creating stories that remain in your heart long after the book is closed.
The feud rages on between the Irish Road and the Red Road! The townspeople try so hard to get rid of the "paddies" by starving them out that they drive up the prices at the mercantile offering "Irish prices" that the Irish just can't afford. With winter coming rapidly the Irish face the real possibility of repeating the dreaded famine. Then, when a dear friend is critically injured, the Reds refuse to back down the prices for much-needed medicine so Katie offers a trade that the local merchant Mr. Johnson accepts. She will work for him in exchange for his word that he will be fair in pricing to both the Reds and Irish. Working for Mr. Johnson is sheer misery but Katie's spirits are continually buoyed by the 2 men who vie for her attention. The fun loving and handsome Tavish and the serious but equally handsome Joseph. Katie is confused by her affection for both men and struggles with her heart and mind in trying to decide. As the feud starts causing physical harm to people and property Katie is caught somewhere in the middle and becomes the victim of tragedy. In the aftermath of so much suffering, how can she choose between Tavish and Joseph? Will the feud ever end? Will she find a home in Hope Springs? Katie remembers her father sharing with there that "hope springs eternal." And thankfully it does.
I'm not going to spoil the ending but I will tell you that I was thrilled with how the book turned out when everything fell into place. Whew! It was another wonderful read by Sarah Eden and a perfectly proper romance!
Need lots of tissue with this book. Like life this book brings happy and sad tears. It touched me so much it is hard to express.
The hate and feud between the Irish and the red road was hard to read about and see. So many different groups at different times have this hate in history. Even today in groups of opposites. Made me look at myself and realize that I have felt a little of it at times. We need to stop hating differences where ever they lie and make peace.
The characters seem so real to me. I had lost hope for some of them to ever get along. I loved the ending.
Kate Macauley had such a hard life and so much suffering. She still loved and cared for those around her. She made a big difference in small and big ways. By giving, sharing, hard work and her music.
Tavish made people laugh and lightened their loads. He also helped those he could when he could.
Joseph used his money to help and to try and keep the peace in town. He is a loving and caring father. He understood people's pride. He tried to be seen fair to all and not pick a side.
Their was life lessons for me with all the characters. Some I want to be more like and others to be opposite of them.
The plot the town was divided on two sides. The Irish had to live on one side of the river. Everyone else on the red road. Even the church was divided. So much hate and they were passing it down to the children. Their was even differences in the price of food and supplies. The Hate was growing all the time.
Katie liked both Tavish and her former boss Joseph. She felt torn between two good men.
The setting for this book is Hope Springs, 1870 Wyoming Territory. Small town setting.
I was given this book by Netgalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for purpose of honestly reviewing it.
Let me just start by saying that I love all things Sarah M. Eden. She is such an amazing writer. She is so talented, and has such a way with words. Her books grab you from the moment you open them. This one is no different.
I have been dying for this book to come out, and then when I got it, I didn't get to it fast enough. My daughter stole it first. I had to listen to her "hmms, and haaa's" the whole time, and it about killed me. When I finally got my hands on the book I couldn't put it down. I had to find out where Katie's life was headed.
The discrimination going on in these books is just mind blowing to me. Why? I just do not like discrimination of any kind. It's hard to read, and hard to even think that it is possible. Katie is the sweetest girl on the planet. In this book she is even more fabulous.
Katie does all she can for the Irish friends she has come to know and love. In a time of difficulty she does what no one else would consider. She decides to work for the store keeper who keeps raising the prices for the Irish. He is such a mean man, and I didn't like him in the first book, and I don't like him in this book either.
There are so many great characters in these books. I love them all. Tavish has such a funny personality. He always knows how to make every one smile. Joseph is such an amazing guy. Great dad. I love him. He is the glue that holds the town together. He is so considerate, caring, loving, and stern. That doesn't seem like it would be a good characteristic, but it is. He and Tavish love Katie. It is torturous to read. I love them both. LOVE THEM! It was so hard to decide who I wanted her to be with. I am done with the book, and I am still trying to decide if she is with who I want her to be with.
I cannot even tell you about this book too much because anything I say will give the ending away. If you like the first book in the series, you will love this one. It is such a fantastic love story.
Eden does a great job of putting you "in" the book. I read the book in an Irish accent...In my head it is a fantastic Irish accent :). I don't think you can help but do an Irish accent. The writing is that amazing.
Pick this series up if you haven't yet. You won't regret it.
Hope Springs is a really great story. The first book in the series, Longing for Home, was good, but Hope Springs absolutely made Katie's story!
The feud between the Irish and the non-Irish in Hope Springs was heartbreaking. I loved Katie's character and her determination to help those around her. It would have been so easy to throw in the towel and leave, but that's not Katie. Through extreme adversity she did her best to make things better for everyone.
I cried at least once. Hope Springs is a sweet, touching, and clean story that not only has a great romance, but has a wonderful lesson about loving others even when they are different. It also has a good depiction about how prejudices are divisive and dangerous.
This is quite a bit longer than most of Sarah's stories, so it took longer to read, but several times I didn't want to put it down and ended up staying up much too late.
If you are a fan of romance novels, you can't go wrong with Sarah's books.
I've said it before...
and I am going to say it again...
I LOVE SARAH M EDEN'S BOOKS!
I love the way she writes!
I love the stories she chooses!
While this setting is different from her other "proper romances" set in England.
I LOVE the ruggedness of this Wyoming setting.
I love the hardships.
I love the way she portrays the feud between the Irish Road and the Red Road.
I love the determination of one woman trying to bring everyone together even though her life is probably the hardest hit.
Katie gave up her dream to go back to Ireland for she believes that HOPE Springs eternal...
She wants to make her life here...but with whom.
Her heart is torn between two good men.
Both make her happy...but which one is truly 'the one that will make her complete?'
The troubles seem to be escalating...stealing property, burning building, etc.
Joseph is afraid that a life will probably have to be lost before the feud will end.
Can he be right or can Katie help soften hearts and bring the town together at last?
After reading my very first Sarah M. Eden romance last year, Longing for Home (Book One), I was excited for the opportunity to read the second and concluding book in the pair. I only had one teeny, tiny "con" reading the first book, and that was that it didn't have the tidy, finished ending I expected since I hadn't realized it wasn't a standalone (my fault for not noticing it on the cover). The good thing about that? She left it wide open for a satisfying ending this time around--something Sarah Eden did flawlessly.
Although book two begins as more of the same from the first book with the feud, the second half of the book really takes off. I appreciated the finer details that fit together so beautifully. There was a remarkable feeling of literary completeness when events happened that I didn't expect but that made perfect sense. I loved that!
The main character, Katie Macauley, is a strong, intelligent woman who finds ways to smooth frictions in the community, but in a realistic "I'm just gonna try something" kind of way instead of the "typical heroine who knows everything" kind of way--if that makes sense. She is an individual who is able to make a difference in a humble, quiet manner of inclusion rather than pushing to get the town to see things her way.
I also like that Katie has to choose between two good men, each of whom would probably have made her happy. First, though, she has to find out who she is and who will best meet her needs. The experiences she goes through help her learn more about herself--her strengths and dreams--which in turn helps her make the best choice for her.
The characters, romance, and setting of the American West make for a fun escape back in time in Longing For Home: Hope Springs. Read it. You won't be disappointed.