Sunday, February 16, 2014

Love's Sweet Beginning - Sisters at Heart 3 - by Ann Shorey

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About the book: 

What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world?
It isn't Cassie Haddon's fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry--and Cassie must find work to support them.

Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she's exactly what his business needs.

With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from different backgrounds finding common ground and the hope of a bright future together.

My review:

This was an interesting story about a girl determined to try, no matter the obstacles or a difficult mother.  I admired her attitude toward her mother, that she was determined to honor her no matter how her mother acted toward her or her attitude toward others.  I also liked that she was willing to learn cooking and baking even though she had no idea what to do instead of trying to find a rich husband or someone else to take care of them.  I was very frustrated with her mom's attitude and with another character who was determined to marry Cassie.  I thought the story lagged toward the middle and end; it just didn't seem to have enough happening and one of the bigger issues seemed to get resolved too easily.  This works well as a stand-alone, even though I read about these characters when I read book two and I liked seeing the difference in Cassie in this book.  If you like historical romance, you might want to check it out.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.