Thursday, February 27, 2014

LONGING FOR HOME - HOPE SPRINGS - by Sarah M. Eden

Picture and Description taken from GoodReads

Description:
All is not well in Wyoming. Katie Macauley gave up her life-long dream of returning to Ireland in order to make a home for herself in Hope Springs, but her future has never been so uncertain. The town is more divided than ever, with both the Irish and the Reds stealing property, burning buildings, and endangering lives.

Katie’s heart remains sharply divided between her love for playful Tavish and steady Joseph, a decision she feels ill-prepared to make. 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 it 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?


My Review / Thoughts:

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.

Source:  I bought this book for myself off Amazon.  I am not affiliated with Amazon in any way and was not compensated for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.


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About the Author

Picture and Bio taken from Sarah Eden's blog

Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including Whitney Award finalistsSeeking Persephone (2008, Covenant Communications), Courting Miss Lancaster (2010, Covenant Communications) and Longing for Home(2013). Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference, acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat and is one-third of the team at the AppendixPodcast.com. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency.