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Currency of the Heart: Secrets on Sterling Street Paperback – January 1, 2015
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Wealthy Harper Sterling gambled away most of his fortune and part of Sterling Manufactory's future profits before he died. Now in order for Shaina, Harper's widow, to have enough money to buy her weekly groceries and other necessary items she has sold everything of value in Sterling Hall and most of her own personal belongings, as well as letting her servants go. A fire destroys Sterling Hall, leaving Shaina not only penniless but now homeless as well.
Sloan Remington, owner of Remington Hotel, Remington Ranch and a silent partner in Sterling Manufactory is determined to keep his promise to Harper to take care of Shaina without her knowing of that promise. As their paths continue to cross, “accidentally”, a relationship soon develops between Sloan and Shaina. When Sloan's housekeeper falls and breaks her leg he asks Shaina to come and help out while her leg heals.
I like the way Loree develops her characters in this story bringing 1800's Denver, Colorado to life for the reader. Of course, like any good story, this story is filled with trials and challenges the characters face and overcome. Secrets are revealed, some mystery, strong faith and love make for a great story. Will certainly read future books in this series.
~~I received a PDF Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for my honest review~~
Sexual Content: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: None
Shaina Sterling is living a lie. She discovered after her husband’s death that his lavish lifestyle has left her in a mountain of debt she might never get out of. She’s tried to protect his name and her reputation and stay in her stately home by secretly selling off her valuable possessions, hoping her wealthy (and judgmental) friends never find out the truth.
Sloan Remington is a successful rancher and knows more about Shaina than she knows. Shaina’s husband revealed secrets to Sloan as he lay dying and made Sloan promise to watch over Shaina’s safety. He admires her from afar and does what he can to help.
When a series of misfortunes make Shaina come to Sloan for help. And while she hides her secrets, he hides his as well. Will the two of them ever open up enough to be able to explore what could be a growing attraction between them?
At first, I didn’t love Shaina. She seemed too hung up on keeping her status. But as we learn more about her and her past, it becomes clear the reasons that she has to act and be this way. I developed sympathy and empathy for her and wanted her to find a way out of the situation she was in. That answer to prayer was much different than expected. As we see her flourish in her new environment, we start to see the true Shaina who has been hidden. Her personality really sparkles and everyone comes to admire and respect her.
Sloan’s feelings get deeper and deeper for Shaina. He will have to come to terms with his past if he wants to move into a possible brighter future. He has some real challenges and struggles that he has to wrestle with. It made me realize what a strong man he is.
Overall, I enjoyed this first book in the Secrets on Sterling Street series. It was a great introduction to Denver at that time. I hope some of the people and characters in this story continue to play a role in the upcoming books. It takes all kinds of folks to make a city run, and we meet quite a few in this story.
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It is as pure a Denver Western tale as snow & fire, steeple & tombstone, ambush & romance, saloon & bordello, horse & cow, gun & rope, outlaw & Pinkerton, Stetson & a `perty widow'. "Currency of the Heart" has every bit of that list, and more. Loree Lough includes all things Wild Western.
Shaina is the female, Sloan Remington the male protagonist, and you can bet a shiny golden nugget from a Denver mine that they will fall in love. You can also bet your saddle on the fact it will not be an easy path to love. Catastrophe after disaster falls in the paths of the hero and heroine, with the role of rescuer flip-flopping like corncakes off the griddle.
Both, obviously moonstruck to those around them, avoid intimacy plans because of their pasts that without a doubt must remain secret forever.
Find yourself an empty barn stall with a horse blanket covering fresh hay, and enjoy as real a fictional account as western storytelling can become. Taste the cobbler. Feel the blisters. Smell the . . . or not.
Foolishly I thought I'd found another NEW and fun Christian Historical novelist. I was shot down on Sterling Street when I learned Loree Lough's written over 100 books. Pard'ner, I gots me a powerful spell o' catchin'-up readin' to do -while waiting for book 2 of the "Secrets on Sterling Street" series.
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