Title: Longing For Home: Hope Springs
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: February 2014
Softcover/Kindle: 416 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
FTC FYI: Received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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?
I've been trying to write this review for the last three hours. Every time I would get started, I couldn't get the words out of how I truly felt about this book. I've had so many emotions running through my mind and heart. It's not often that you read a book that has such an impact on your heart, but Longing For Home: Hope Springs does exactly that.
The second Longing for Home book, by Sarah M. Eden will give you an incredible reading experience. Even if you haven't read the first book you still will be touched by Katie's story. Sarah gives enough background from the first book to pull you into the turbulent situations happening in the small town of Hope Springs, Wyoming between the Irish immigrants and the Reds, the American farmers. Readers also fall right in as the two men, American landowner Joseph, and Irishman Tavish, fight for Katie's love.
Katie is an inspiring character who will win you over, if she already didn't in the first book. Katie is a strong, courageous and giving woman. This is the kind of character and hero I want my daughter reading about.
Readers be prepared for a story that will bring laughter, shock and tears. There are so many things that will make you sad and then angry and then happy. Sarah M. Eden has a way to emotionally capture her readers within a story and not let go until the end of the book. Hope Springs, for me, was a better read than the first book, and it was amazing. The romance is good and I love the many kisses in the book. The ending is fulfilling, and you will be content after reading Longing For Home: Hope Springs.
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