It is with great pleasure that I was invited to go along on a Shadow Mountain blog tour featuring amazing author Sarah M. Eden and reviewing her fabulous new book Longing For Home. A "Proper Romance" novel that is a heart-warming story of overcoming fear and finding peace.
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.
Ooooh! Ok, seriously. I loved this book - but then - this book combines a handful of my favorite things in one romantic page-turner! Irish lasses, a fiddle, 2 handsome heroes, and - a ceili. Oh yeah...an Irish Party! (I named my daughter after the Ceili! aka! Kayley!) But, I digress...let me tell you about the book:
The year is 1870 and Katie Macauley has left Ireland to find work. She needs to make enough money to return to Ireland and buy back her fathers lands in the hopes that he will forgive her for "killing her little sister" during the famine. Just a child herself when her sibling died Katie continually blames herself for the night of her sisters death and believes her father and mother do too. The night Eimer died her father took her into town, dropped her off, and walked away. Katie lives each day in guilt and is desperate to find a way to assuage her broken heart and mend the rift with her parents.
Upon arriving in Wyoming she is unceremoniously escorted to Hope Springs by the dashingly handsome, and somewhat annoying, Tavish O'Conner. An immigrant from Ireland like herself she is relieved to put his handsome face behind her she arrives at the home of widower, Joseph Archer. Within the hour she is horrified to discover that she is not qualified for the position she arrived for. Unable to read she had had to rely on someone else to read her letters...and apparently they left out a significant tidbit - this job was not only housekeeper but caretaker for a widowers children! Katie would not - could not - care for children. Not since Eimer's death. To add to that Mr Archer makes it quiet clear that he will NOT hire Irish. Not with a feud in town between the Irish and the non-Irish. With no place left to go she turns back to the O'Conners and right back into the path of Tavish...until Joseph chases her down.
Well. Are you intrigued? Both men, Tavish and Joseph pull at Katie's heart, but will the pull be strong enough to keep her in America? Or will her heart continue to pull her home?
It was a great read and I think you might enjoy it too! Let me tell you though - I am hanging at the end! Will Sarah Eden have a Longing for Home part 2? I have no idea! I hope so!
Longing for Home can be purchased in paperback at DeseretBook.com for $15.99
Or as a Bookshelf eBook for $12.99.
Learn more about author Sarah EdenDisclaimer: I was offered Longing For Home free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my very own. Thank you so much Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain!