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Monday, March 24, 2014

Shorey Book Review

Before I introduce Ann and her book, the winner of last week's Miralee Ferrell book is Theresa Kay Lam. Congratulations.

Love’s Sweet Beginning

When her father’s brother forces Cassie Haddon and her mother to leave his home in St. Louis, they have to place to go except in search of another uncle, Rand Carter. The last Mrs. Haddon had heard, her brother worked for the railroad near Noble Springs. When they discover Rand isn’t there, they have no other choice than to accept the hospitality of Cassie’s friends in town, Elijah and Rosemary Stewart. At age twenty-five, Cassie is desperate to find a way to make a living for herself and her mother and ends up at a restaurant in town owned by grocer, Jacob West.

Watching Cassie grow from a bumbling young woman waiting on miners and cleaning up after them to a talented pie maker is both humorous and heartwarming. As the relationship between Cassie and Jacob grows, the situation with her mother grows in tension. How the relationship between Cassie and Jacob progresses is a story of how love can bud then come to full bloom when God is in control. With characters you grow to love, this is a story that will keep you turning the pages to see how Jacob and Cassie can resolve their differences.

ANN SHOREY has been a story collector for most of her life, and has been a full-time writer for over twenty years. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul, and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series. She made her fiction debut with The Edge of Light, Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, which released in January 2009. The final book in the series, The Dawn of a Dream, released in April, 2011. Her latest, the Sisters at Heart series, debuted in January, 2012, with Where Wildflowers Bloom. The third book in that series, Love’s Sweet Beginning, released in February of 2014. She’s tempted to thank Peet’s coffee and Dove chocolates when she writes the acknowledgments for her books.

When she’s not writing, she teaches classes on historical research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at regional conferences. She lives with her husband in southern Oregon.

Ann loves to hear from her readers, and may be contacted through her website,, which also contains her blog, or find her on Facebook at

For a free copy of Ann's book, leave a comment below then join us again tomorrow for an interview with Cassie, heroine of the novel. Subscribing to my blog will earn you an extra entry as well as an extra entry for those who do subscribe. Remember to leave your email address for contacting you in case of win.
Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited by law; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. No purchase is necessary and only one entry per post. Winner will be selected next week-end and posted here on Monday, March 30. You must be 18 or older to enter. 


Rebecca Bell said...

Hi Martha. Thank you for the review on Ann Shorey's new book....Loves Sweet Beginning. I would love to win her new book. Thank you for the giveaway. Blessings Rebecca. In case I'm a winner........

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this. God bless.

Rebecca Maney said...

I am a DOVE chocolate lover myself. What a nice review about a book I would love to read!

Kate said...

I would love to win!!! Thanks for the contest!

Katrina Epperson said...

I love seeing characters grow and develop. This sounds like a young woman who grows into who she is supposed to be. I am curious about her mother's dilemma.

Melanie Backus said...

Ann sounds like a fascinating woman and so does her book. Thank you, Martha for the wonderful review. I would love to read this book.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Ann Shorey said...

Rebecca Maney, I'm always happy to meet a fellow Dove chocolate lover! I have a candy dish full of the dark chocolate ones on the bookshelf behind my desk. :)

Ann Shorey said...

Katrina, Cassie's mother is an interesting woman. I think you'll enjoy learning what makes her tick.

Ann Shorey said...

Thank you for your review of Love's Sweet Beginning, Martha! So glad you enjoyed the story. :)

Brenda said...

Would love to win!

Martha W. Rogers said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for an interview with Cassie. Find out what makes her tick.

Rebecca, I am a dark chocolate lover and keep some handy in my desk drawer.

Blessings to all.

RW1010 said...

Anxious to see how things turn out for Cassie & Jacob! And I love the cover!! Thanks for sharing with us Ann & Martha!!

RW620 AT aol DOT com

karenk said...

a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Martha, I love Ann's books. they are always very inspiring and I love the characters and great story lines.
Thank you

Britney Adams said...

LOVE'S SWEET BEGINNING sounds like a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing the book review and giveaway.

I am a subscriber.
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Ann Shorey said...

Jackie, Thanks so much for the endorsement of my books! Blessings to you.

Ann Shorey said...

So heart-warming to read all the comments about Love's Sweet Beginning. Thanks to all who posted!