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Healing Hearts

The Proper Romance Western Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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A fan-favorite character from The Sheriffs of Savage Wells is the focus of this story about a forward-thinking doctor on the Wyoming frontier who sends away for a mail-order bride with nursing experience.

Miriam steps off the train looking for a job, not a husband. She refuses to be wed, and Gideon is unspeakably embarrassed by the misunderstanding. Stranded in Savage Wells, Miriam has nowhere else to go - and a secret that she's determined to keep from everyone. She has epilepsy, a condition that other doctors had claimed was symptomatic of madness, a diagnosis which prompted her family to have her committed to an asylum. Miriam is afraid that if Dr. MacNamara finds out the truth, he will send her back to the asylum - a place that is little better than a prison. 

But Gideon is not like the other doctors she has encountered, and he offers Miriam the nursing position anyway. When illness sweeps through the town, Gideon and Miriam work together to care for the growing number of sick people. As they do so, their relationship slowly grows into something deeper. When Miriam's former doctor arrives in town to take her back to the asylum, Gideon, along with some familiar faces in Savage Wells - including Cade, Paisley, and Hawk - must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. And for Gideon, it might mean risking his heart one more time for a chance at love.

©2019 Sarah M. Eden (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Vibliophile
  • 14-08-19

Highly improbable but fun Western fairytale

So I think it's safe to say that the good townsfolk would have recognized that our heroine was not only a much needed nurse for the area, but could possibly even change her mind & fall in love with their wonderful doctor if they didn't alienate her & make her want to leave.

But that wouldn't have been half as entertaining.

Sarah Eden writes well, though with a distinctive style that lets us in on the characters' thoughts, but occasionally makes them a bit excessive to the point of redundant. It's fairly minor, however.

The narrator handles the story well, and overall, It was an enjoyable listen.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-03-19

Thrilling Tale with Excellent Reader!

It took me a chapter or two to really get into it but once things got going they were griping. you really come to care more deeply about the characters than you thought you would. Definately worth a read!

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  • Pinklady
  • 21-02-19

Loved it!

This was a great story to listen to. The narrator did a great job. I loved the characters and the western town atmosphere. The romance was slow moving and believable. I hope she writes more about these grwat characters.

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  • omorris
  • 17-08-19

looking forward to a sequel!

I had the pleasure of meeting the author a few years ago. She is as genuine as her books. She also picked a wonderful narrator to give time to this heartwarming story

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  • alsugarbelle
  • 14-07-19

I loved the book!

I downloaded the book because it was free (thank you) and because I am epileptic. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I won't forget for a long time how grateful I am for not having been born during the 19th century. There but for the grace of God . . . .

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  • Doha
  • 07-09-19

Sweet Romance with Humanity Touch

first of all, WHY ISN'T THIS A MOVIE YET ???????
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oh my .. OH MY .. I was not ready for this explosion of emotion, this book was everything I was looking for :D so happy I didn't give up after the first book
so in this book we follow Gideon the town's doctor and the only one with compassion to see mentally challenged people as actual human beings, and then there is Miriam, she is a nurse and hides a great secret of a condition of epilepsy and doesn't trust doctors at all .. those two are on a mission to save the town, one person at a time :)
AMAZING AMAZING highly recommended, read it if you want a sweet romance with a high touch of humanity and friendship

The narration was amazing and I felt each character and the touching moments were excellently performed .. good job

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  • anood
  • 22-07-19

This was so cute

Too cute, cuteness alrt !! Fluffyness at it's finest in historical fiction, aaah my heart is happy 😌

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  • kaylady
  • 02-04-20

An ugly look at asylums

A fascinating plot about a nurse on the run from an insane asylum who ends up in a small town where she helps save many from a terrible disease.

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  • Peggy Freeman
  • 14-03-20

Wonderful and Thought Provoking

This book is more plot driven then Sara M Eden usually writes, but it is a very good read. Uncovering misdiagnosis from 1800s medicine makes an excellent twist in the story. I read the first book in the series before I read this one which made it easier to get into the characters.

This is a PG-13 rated book.

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  • Kimberly
  • 04-03-20

Immature style of writing

This writing style reminds me of the books I used to read as a teenager, where narration needs to be spoon-fed to the reader, so that the reader goes where the writer wants the reader to go. Way too much narration with little confidence in the reader to form his or her own opinions. Sometimes its best to reveal a character through the character's conversation and actions...and not by spoon-feeding the reader.