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Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Book Review: {Where Wildflowers Bloom} by Ann Shorey - Revell Blog Tour

About the Book: The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg-- as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns to town, Faith allows herself to hope that her dreams might come true. Does he truly love her? Or could another man claim her heart? Will she find that following her dreams may not mean leaving home after all?

My Review:  Ann Shorey has crafted a sweet, gentle story set in 1866 Missouri.  Ann is to be commended on her skill as a writer; I found myself immersed in the beautifully drawn town of Noble Springs.  The characters were realistic and likeable, though at times the dramatic irony annoyed me.  You know, when you're privy to something that the character doesn't know, and you just want to jump into the pages and say, "Look, can't you see what's going on here?"

The first third of the book seemed to go a bit slow for me, and didn't hold my attention as much as I thought it would, considering that this time period is a favorite of mine.  After that, the book did seem to pick up pace, and things started to get a bit more interesting. At that point, I did find it harder to put the book down.

I would describe Where Wildflowers Bloom as a light, easy read with a hint of mystery and a subtle romance.  And though I could predict where the story would go, it didn't detract from enjoying the story.  The story is well written, and I did like it, but I feel like I was left wanting a bit more excitement, more action, and more romance.

**Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book for review, in exchange for my honest opinion.**

**Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**

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