- File Size: 541 KB
- Print Length: 244 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press (October 12, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046ZS2AU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Home to Singing Trees Kindle Edition
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I hated that I could not stop life and finish it all at once. I will try to start her other books when I know things are quieter so I can read Longer! And I am so glad this is only my first book with her.... I am so looking forward to all the others.
Can't recommend this highly enough if you'd like a really good read. I will definitely be reading more by this author!
Sarah had lived the life of the privileged for a short time before her husband was killed. After his death, his stepbrother Carl Ransom had made life a nightmare. Her training in the orphanage where she grew up helped her find work, but there was no escaping Carl as long as they stayed in Chicago. Once called "a great, stout girl" Sarah adept, strong, and capable of running a household and does not consider herself desirable, only her precious Johnny now dead had made her feel loved and desired. Her Irish temper is hard to awaken but it does erupt when necessary.
Dr. Liam Kissick senses Sarah's fear of relocating among strangers and he knows there will be gossip, but he is desperate for help. His little daughter Jessie, his younger brother Davis, and his crippled father-in-law live with him. His big house, never completely furnished after the death of his wife, is dirty, full of cobwebs, and lacking in the little things that make a house a home. No local household help had been willing to risk their reputation by working for a household with three single men.
Sarah becomes an invaluable part of Liam's household. The quality of life rises as do some other things as Sarah, Emily, and Laura become important members of the home on Singing Tree Farm--for Sarah had truly made the house into a home with her unstinted hard work, love, and kindness (and a little passive bullying when needed). She is happy but knows the time will come when they will have to run again to stay safe.
Liam's father-in-law, the crotchety Gavin Kendrick adds spicy tartness to situations and can awaken Sarah's temper. He finds he has met his match in Sarah. She does not back down at his tirades but nudges him gently along to recovering from his depression and injuries. What he does for her later on is amazing.
Liam's little Jessie blooms with the pragmatic Emily for a playmate and Sarah to fill that empty spot in her heart and life. The scenes with Jessie, Emily, and Gavin are delightful. Another to bloom is Liam's young brother Davis as the classy, beautiful Laura responds to his overtures. However, the most captivating of all is the reluctant but undeniable connection that develops between Liam and Sarah. The physical desire burns bright but many other aspects of love grow to create a bond strong and enduring that proves unbreakable in times of trouble.
The many supporting characters add depth and a slew of emotions to this engaging story. Many of them are salt-of-the-earth, hard working, neighborly people, with just a few "old-soreheads" mixed in.
Liz Flaherty develops the plot subtly as she brings the characters to life is such a way that they seem like one's friends and neighbors. She also develops some despicable antagonists with Carl Ransom being the vilest of them. He is a formidable foe that seems to have no conscience. What he does to Emily is unforgiveable.
The title Home to the Singing Trees fits this story beautifully. Dr. Liam Kissick's house becomes a home that sings with contentment, joy, love, and caring as Sarah Mary Williamson weaves her own special, down-to-earth magic. Joyous reading!
Originally Posted at The Long and Short of IT Romance Reviews
Heat Level: Sensual
Reviewer: Alicia Croft
Widow Sarah Mary Williamson has fled Chicago with her five-year-old daughter and teenage sister-in-law to take a position as housekeeper on a farm outside Gilead, Indiana. Her employer, Dr. Liam McKissick, is a widower who also has a young daughter, as well as an attractive younger brother and a bedridden, curmudgeonly father-in-law. Sounds like the set-up for a simple, straightforward love story, right?
Wrong. Both Sarah Mary and Liam are burdened by ugly secrets. Sarah is running from her late husband's stepbrother, who fathered her child during a brutal rape. Liam is tormented by the knowledge that his late wife was preparing to leave him for another man when she and her mother were killed in an accident. Sparks of attraction fly from the moment they meet, but their secrets hold them back. Even when they develop trust enough to bare their hearts, the stigma of class difference and reputation force them apart.
This is a warm, wonderful story, and I could hardly bear to put it down. Sarah Mary and Liam are complex characters with real emotions that draw the reader in immediately. Home to Singing Trees also has a wonderful cast of lively, well-drawn secondary characters with issues and problems of their own. The author has done an excellent job of capturing the flavor of life in a small Midwestern town in 1876, and I didn't want to leave. Highly recommended!
The secondary characters were pivotal in the storyline. There were so many different sub-stories going on, there was never a dull moment. I was mesmerized and absolutely could not put the book down. This is my first novel by Flaherty, but it definitely will not be my last. I really like her writing style and look forward to others.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. The sensuality is mild and the storyline is unforgettable. - Brenda Talley