Saturday, January 15, 2022

Choices of the Heart (Hope Springs #7) by Sarah M. Eden


The paths of life that brought them together are destined to tear them apart.

Burke Jones began his life as a nameless orphan, dreaming of one day being a renowned doctor with a home and family to call his own. Sophie Kingston, daughter of an influential East Coast family, was destined to be an important and beloved part of Baltimore Society.

Life has not gone quite as either planned.

Now living in the home of a family friend, Sophie joins the lady on a journey to the tiny town of Hope Springs in Wyoming Territory. It is unlike any place she’s ever known. And the resident doctor is a mystery as well. Burke knows he isn’t the success he’d always imagined he would be, and seeing it through the eyes of this newly arrived Society lady only drives that home.

As Hope Springs begins to weave its magic, Sophie discovers more than she’d ever imagined, in both the town and its doctor. And Burke, who has always guarded his heart, begins to wonder if there might be more to life than he has previously imagined.

Their futures, however, do not lie along the same path or in the same destinations. Fate has once again proven unkind.

Can Hope Springs work yet another miracle?

It was so, so good to be back in Hope Springs once again with these people that have become so familiar and so embedded in my heart.  This series is one of my favorites because it is family, it is hope and it is love.  (And wouldn't it make a fantastic TV series?  I wish someone would do this!)

This particular novella shifts our focus to Burke and Sophie, who are technically not related by blood to the Hope Springs clan, but anyone who steps into Hope Springs becomes family and this is true for both Burke and Sophie.  Even though Burke and Sophie have a rough first meeting, things improve from there.  I love the friendship that blossomed and how their romantic interest grew.  Burke and Sophie both struggle with finding value in themselves and their place in society.  They both had things to reconcile and it was a great journey.  The whole story was so gentle and endearing.  I loved it.

I am anxiously (not patiently) awaiting Finbarr's story.  He appears in this book and it left me wanting more, more, more.  

If you haven't made the dive into this Hope Springs series, you really should.  

Content:  kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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