Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series: Longing for Home #6
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: February 4, 2020
Publisher: Mirror Press
She’s come to build a future. He’s running from his past.
Patrick O’Connor has seen far too much of the cruel and unforgiving world. Life has beaten him down relentlessly. Out of hope and out of options, he makes the terrifying and desperate decision to return home to the family he has lied to for years, the family he knows will never forgive him.
Widowed and nearly unable to care for her tiny daughter under the weight of extreme poverty, Eliza Porter jumps at the opportunity to leave behind the slums of New York City for the promise of a new life and a new beginning in the frontier town of Hope Springs.
Fate tosses the two of them together more and more often, while the burden of his tightly-held secrets and the ache of her abandoned dreams pull them further and further apart. Clinging to the whispered possibility of something more than the pain life has offered them thus far will require every bit of hope they can find in this peaceful but precarious valley of dreams.
What I found interesting:
• The writer’s words painted clear pictures that helped me to visualize the scenes and the emotions of the characters. The author’s writing style was concise vivid, and clear.
• This book took me on an emotional roller coaster. Hope, joy, sadness, laughter, and tears.
• Patrick was a man struggling to make sense of his life after the Civil War. He returns to his family in Hope Springs trying to chase away his demons and find a place where he belongs. He was afraid he wouldn’t be able to find his place in life.
• Eliza came to Hope Springs to take a housekeeping position with the Archers. She wanted to feel secure and provide for her young daughter Lydia. She was a woman with a fragile self worth and a dream she wanted to fulfill.
• This was a story about Eliza and Patrick, two insecure people struggling to survive life’s trials. Will they find friendship, love, and walk the path of life together? This premise kept my interest from the beginning until the end of the story.
• To add depth to this story and to make the most of this book, I recommend reading some of the other books in this series. I have read all of the series and feel I probably got more out of this book than someone who hasn’t.
• This was a clean read and I appreciated that.
I was given an advance copy of this book. My review was voluntary and my opinions were my own. I highly recommend this Hope Springs Novel and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Ms. Eden has done it again. I have liked each book in this series better than the ones before it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one because of the love triangle and it not resolving in that book but I’ve liked the story lines of these later ones a lot. This one dealt with the difficult topic of alcoholism.
I felt a lot of despair on Patrick’s behalf through this book. He was in so much pain and inflicting more upon himself by not sharing his burden and instead, covering his pain with alcohol. Once back to his family he still suffered because of his inability to share. At first I couldn’t figure out why he was doing it but that meant I got to share with his family the same frustration of not knowing what was the matter with Patrick. Eventually we got to know more details of his story and could understand better.
I loved Eliza and how she could see through the wall that Patrick continued to put up even when she didn’t know why. Her conversations with him were often pretty funny. And Patrick’s relationship to her daughter was sweeter than sweet.
I enjoyed the banter between the brothers and their parents’ responses as well. They really are a great family. Still ache for Finbarr though. We saw some moments of him feeling more a part of the family but obviously he has a long way to go to recover from his emotional injuries. I look forward to his book.
I love the cover of this book too. Beautiful and romantic.
No sex, language or violence