Another heartwarming story set in Savage Wells... Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden (Review)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells,
and have been looking forward to this sequel. Read my thoughts below...

Healing Hearts
(Savage Wells #2, A Proper Romance)
By Sarah M. Eden
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 336 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain


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.

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My Review

HEALING HEARTS is a story of hurt, misunderstanding, resilience, family, survival, and the fight for love. Readers will enjoy coming back to Savage Wells and falling in love with these new characters. A bittersweet story that makes the ending that much better. Highly recommended!

Goodness, this town! It's the perfect example of small town's with their prejudices but also their charm. Miriam has a lot to deal with when she ends up offending the whole town on her first day. It's quite humorous, as is the dancing her and Gideon do around each other trying to work things out and not get their hearts broken. How I loved Gideon! He is that perfect mix of gentleman, intelligence, and charm with some rough edges. I also loved Miriam. She is smart, fierce, but also vulnerable. There were plenty of sweet moments between them, some of them swoon worthy, but also many of them just plain heartfelt. I loved how their relationship develops and how the town slowly warms up to Miriam at the same time.

There is also another side to this story. One of desperation and danger. The laws on asylums and how easily females could be committed back then was terrifying, as was what occurred in many of those asylums. I felt like the author did an excellent job in weaving that aspect of the story with the romance as these two character try to heal from the past and move forward. It felt authentic and I especially loved the sketchbook and the role it played.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story! It had some suspense, humor, wonderful characters, charm, and a very sweet romance. I am hoping for more stories set in this town, maybe about Hawk and Mr. Larsen (I can sense there is quite a bit to both of their stories). Definitely pick this one up!

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

The Sheriffs of Savage WellsThe Sheriffs of Savage Wells
(Savage Wells #1, A Proper Romance)
By Sarah M. Eden
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 336 Pages
September 27th 2016 by Shadow Mountain


He's the most fearsome sheriff in the West. A force to be reckoned with. The stuff of legend.

So is she. . . . May the best sheriff win.

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she's been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she's the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O'Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he's found the peace and quiet he's always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.

Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley's former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.

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Other Proper Romance Books

  The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott (Historical Proper Romance #2) The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast Forever and Forever (Historical Proper Romance) A Lady's Favor My Fair Gentleman
Heir to Edenbrooke Lord Fenton's Folly A Heart Revealed 
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About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.

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