Have you ever wanted to run away from your pain and find a new life? In Where Wildflowers Bloom by Ann Shorey, that's exactly what Faith Lindberg wants.
The Civil War has taken a high toll. Faith has lost her father and brother, and Royal Baxter, the man she gave her heart to, has failed to return. If only she can leave Noble Springs, Missouri and its painful memories for Oregon. However, her only remaining family member, her grandfather, has no desire to sell his mercantile and leave his home. Meanwhile, Rosemary Saxon and her brother Curt arrive in Noble Springs. Rosemary is running from the stigma of having served as a nurse, and Curt is running from his war memories. Faith finds a welcome friend in Rosemary, but Curt's hot-and-cold emotions flummox her. When Royal Baxter rides back into town, she finds herself torn between the two men - and finds her dream slipping away.
Ann Shorey has created a likeable heroine in Faith Lindberg - she's sweet and compassionate, but strong enough to stand up for what's right. Curt Saxon is an intriguing hero as he falls for Faith but keeps his distance while he wrestles with his "soldier's heart" - what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ann Shorey's writing draws me right in, with lovely phrasing and plenty of humor. I highly recommend this novel, and I'm looking forward to the next two books in the Sisters of the Heart series.