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?
MY REVIEW-The main character in this book happens to be a young lady with my middle name:) Faith wants to get away from her home town where all she has are bad memories. But her grandfather is not doing well and there is no way she can travel without him. Her grandfather started the mercantile and still runs it but one night he turns it over to Faith for her to take care of. This is pretty much the basis of this story but there is much more to it.
I had a hard time with Faith at first. She jumps at people in a way I thought was rude. But then she is different throughout the rest of the book and I quickly fell in love with her. I loved Curt from the beginning and kept wanting to slap Faith that she didn't see the good in him faster. But Faith has her heart set on a young man who left to fight in the war and hasn't come back. Of course, he shows up a little bit in and courts Faith.
Rosemary is Curt's sister and she is fighting the prejudice of the people because she helped nurse soldiers in the war. I liked her a lot and she is strong, even when she doesn't seem to be. Faith's grandfather is such a sweetheart and I felt so bad for him. He is battling to remember simple things and to finish hi memoir before he dies. I just wanted to cry when Faith and Royal find him out in the middle of the night!!
Overall this is an excellent book with good characters. Nice story where you don't have to trouble yourself about a mystery or anything. Nice change of pace from my normal reads:)
ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY:
In Where Wildflowers Bloom, Book 1 in author Ann Shorey’s brand new Sisters at Heart series, Faith Lindberg wants nothing more than to escape her small Missouri town, and the graveyard of painful memories left by the Civil War. She plans to sell her grandfather’s mercantile, and join a wagon train bound for Oregon. But her grandfather, and a handsome stable man have other plans!
To celebrate the story, author Ann Shorey and Revell Books are proud to announce the MERCANTILE MEMORIES giveaway, featuring three incredible prizes.
Our Grand Prize winner will receive an heirloom chess set, handmade from 1830s chestnut & cherry wood, just like the one Judge Lindberg and Curt use in their chess battles.
Our Second Prize winner will receive a deluxe, Missouri-shaped box of mercantile goods from the Missouri Mercantile company. The box features an assortment of items just like those stocked by Faith in Lindberg’s Mercantile.
Our Third Prize winner will receive a Memoirs Gift Set. Write your memoirs just like Judge Lindberg does in the story! The set includes the bestselling Writing the Memoir book, and a $30 gift card to Blurb, to create and print your story.
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Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation.