Where Wildflowers Bloom….By Ann Shorey

Where Wildflowers Bloom>>>>By…Ann Shorey

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2074-2
ISBN-10: 0-8007-2074-1
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 336
Publication Date: Jan. 12
Formats: Paperback

Book Blurb
How far will she go to follow her dreams?

The Civil War stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg–as well

as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her

grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and

traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories

that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the

family’s mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for


When Royal Baxter suddenly returns, Faith allows herself to hope that

she and Royal will finally wed. But does he truly love her? Or will

another man claim her heart?

My Thoughts on this book!

Faith and her grandfather had lost so much, the only way Faith thought they could be happy again was to take off on the Oregon Trail and start a new life in the West. This has been Faith’s dream for a while, and now it was making her grandfather realize the same thing. But getting him to leave their home in the small Missouri town of Noble Springs was not going to be easy.

But then things started happening that drew Faith to their home, even though Faith wasn’t aware of it yet.

Her grandfather put Faith in charge of the store, letting her run it as she pleased. This did not make a lot of the men in the area happy, but it wasn’t long before these men, as well as the rest of the neighbors were warming up to Faith, accepting her as the new store manager.

Royal, a guy that promised Faith he would keep her ribbon and remember her while he was in the war came back in town. And though he didn’t remember her or the ribbon when she asks him about it, he decided to woo her, but did he really love her?

Then she meets Rosemary, who becomes like a sister to Faith. Not to mention Rosemary’s brother Curt, to which both Curt and Faith were attracted to each other, but neither seemed to realize it for a while.

Her grandfather’s health issues, Curt becoming friends with her granddad and spending time with him, the break-ins, Curt always being there for her when she really needed someone.

But Faith just couldn’t see that they should stay in Noble Springs, she was still determined to leave, after all this was her dream.

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction story, with characters that I loved more and more as I continued to read the book. That is all buy Royal, this guy just irks me, I wanted him out of Faith’s life to give Curt a chance! The history in the story is so very detailed you feel like you are there, walking around the little town visiting all of the shops, talking to the owners of the businesses there. I love the feel of the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else, well, and everyone knows your business, which is not so good sometimes too! But still, I love it! I am looking forward to Ann Shorey’s next book in this series. This is just a wonderfully good read, so go grab a copy for yourself to read and enjoy!

This book was provided by Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Kregel Blog Tour: Unhallowed Ground: by Mel Starr

Unhallowed Ground:

The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

by Mel Starr

About the Book: Another brilliant slice of medieval crime fiction

The fourth adventure of Hugh de Singleton, medieval surgeon and detective, finds Hugh investigating what seems to be a suicide of one of the town’s scoundrels and his longtime enemy. Though at first reluctant to pursue a mystery that no one else sees, Hugh and and his new wife Kate set out from the town of Bampton only to follow the clues back in order to discover which of their friends committed the murder.

My Thoughts on this book!

This was my first book in this series so I had fun figuring out some of the words, which I thought was neat. Maybe because some of my family no longer with us used some of the same words? And Hugh’s herbal medicines would interested a lot of people today, I wonder myself if some of these remedies will work just as well as prescription medicines.

I felt bad that Hugh was on his own thinking that someone else murdered old atte Bridge, instead of him taking his own life. Well except Hugh’s new wife that is. I enjoyed the love, and trust of this couple, and the dependence they had for each other. At least Hugh knew he could talk to his wife about his feelings about the murder when he didn’t have anyone else to talk with.

This is a well written book set in this small town with characters that you grow to love and enjoy, some so humble, and some not so humble. Leaning about the 1366 culture was interesting, and I wouldn’t a lot of people today love their primitive living. I really enjoyed this author’s writing. As you read the book, you will see his own thoughts about different situations through the character Hugh. And Hugh and Kate is just a couple we all want living in our neighborhood!

I recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction, or really anyone that just likes a good read! Grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself!

I received this book from Kregel Publications to participate in their blog tour. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


About the Author

Mel R. Starr

Short Biography: Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating with a MA in history from Western Michigan University in 1970, he taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years, thirty-five of those in Portage, MI, where he retired in 2003 as chairman of the social studies department of Portage Northern High School. Mel and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and seven grandchildren. 

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