“I declare, I’ve never met a woman like you, Nell Holstrom. You’re not the least bit interested in his past, are you?” the young woman is asked in Loree Lough’s novel, Guardians of the Heart.
Second in the Secrets on Sterling Street series, this two hundred and seventy-two page paperback targets those who like romantic Christian fiction based in the late nineteenth century. With no profanity or sexual scenes, topics of murder and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book includes acknowledgments, author’s notes, eleven discussion questions, author’s biography, and a gift offer.
In this tale set in Colorado in 1864, twenty-five-year-old Nell Holstrom has shut out the past when her parents and brother were killed at their gold mine. With no place to go and little possessions, she takes a housekeeping job at the Old Stone Inn that Asa Stone is restoring.
Similar to Nell, Asa has fled from his past in a different way. Dealing with guilt and feeling unforgiven for what transpired when he was a teen, he spent ten years wandering. Back in Colorado to take care of his grandparents, he inherits the hotel when they pass away.
As Nell helps him rebuild, change, and improve the residence, she is the protagonist that can do no wrong. When disaster hits, she once again picks up her skirts and gets to work by trusting in God’s will, offering a way for Asa and her to survive by reclaiming her parents’ barren gold mine. Meanwhile, feeling unworthy and ashamed, Asa must deal with the past to move on in his life that he believes is not good enough to include her.
Although predictable with the main character solving the challenges put in front of her, the story shows how one deals with his faults and failures through forgiveness to overcome the secrets of his past.
Author of over a hundred books, Lough is a storyteller that focuses on inspirational faith-based fiction. She lives in Maryland with her husband and enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
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