Thursday, November 14, 2013

Longing For Home

Longing For Home is the second book I've read by Sarah M. Eden. The first was Seeking Persephone which I thorough enjoyed. So, I had promising expectations for this book and wasn't disappointed.

We follow Katie, lately of Ireland, into the small town of Hope Springs, Wyoming to take up the position of a housekeeper, only to discover she's right in the middle of a town feud: Irish against non-Irish. Her Irish heritage gets her immediately fired by Joseph Archer and that's only the beginning of her troubles. On her already burdened shoulders is placed the hope that she can win the feud for the Irish. There's also her heart breaking past hanging over her and a guilt she can never remove. Then there's the problem of Tavish and the pull he has on her heart. Problems follow Katie wherever she goes, but Hope Springs didn't get its name by accident.

Love this girl. Both Katie and Ms. Eden. Katie is fiery, determined and just a bit broken. Perfect for a heroine.

Enjoyed all the Irish brogue and proverbs rife in the dialogue. Fun to hear about the Irish music. The environment is wonderfully crafted and the opportunity to enter Katie's world and heart is a tragic delight. These characters are alive and real and jump off the page.
Take a walk through Hope Springs and enjoy Longing For Home.

This can be read as a stand alone book, but I did notice a sequel is scheduled for next year. I do hope it comes out. I wish Ms. Eden good health, but should these prove to be her last books for a while, I'm grateful for all the words she's given us to enjoy. She's truly a talented and delightful writer and person.

Which of Ms. Eden's books do you recommend I read next?

“An engaging and heart-warming story.” —Julianne Donaldson, bestselling author of Edenbrooke
Though she was only a child during the darkest days of Ireland’s Great Famine, Katie Macauley feels responsible for the loss of her family’s land and the death of her sister. Now a woman grown, Katie has left Ireland for America and the promise of earning money enough to return home again and plead for her family’s forgiveness. She arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory, a town sharply divided between the Americans who have settled there, with their deep hatred of the Irish, and the Irish immigrants who have come searching for a place to call home. Her arrival tips the precarious balance, and the feud erupts anew. Even in the midst of hatred and violence, however, Katie finds reason to hope. Two men, as different as they are intriguing, vie for her heart, turning her thoughts for the first time toward a future away from Ireland. Katie must now make the hardest decision of her life: stay and give her heart a chance at love, or return home and give her soul the possibility of peace.

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