Sarah M. Eden has done it again in her latest novel, Healing Hearts. She has managed to keep me spellbound until the very end. Healing Hearts is the second book in the Savage Wells series, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells being the first.
This book follows the story of the town’s only doctor and a nurse that comes into town for work, only to show up to what was to be her wedding to the town’s doctor. I won’t say what happens, because you need to discover it out yourself when you read the book. But I can tell you that you will laugh and you would be intrigued about Miriam’s past.
Not only does this book have great romance written at the hands of an expert, but it has a great mystery like all great western romances have. I also loved learning something new about the time period when it came to certain medical issues, that today are viewed much differently.
With this being the second book in the series, I do recommend that you read The Sheriffs of Savage Wells first, but it is not crucial that you do. It will only give away parts of the first book if you decide to read it after.
Though I thought her first book in the Savage Wells series was fun, Healing Hearts is a different category, granted the characters are uniquely different too. In fact the whole town of Savage Wells is unique and you’ll simply love it.
I highly recommend this book to all western and romance readers.
Wyoming Territory, 1876
As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.
When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara’s message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.
But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.