The Heart Only Grows by Michele Paige Holmes – Review

Posted September 24, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Heart Only Grows by Michele Paige Holmes – Review

The Heart Only Grows
by Michele Paige Holmes


Published by Mirror Press
Publication Date 28 September 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 143

Synopsis:

For Children’s Aid Society employee Addelaide Campbell, riding the Orphan Train is a labor of love—a last, heart-wrenching attempt to do the best she can for the children entrusted to her care. If only she could keep them all…Or at the least, keep children from the same family together. When the sheriff of Somerset, Wisconsin, offers an unexpected proposal that might allow her to do just that, Addie takes a leap of faith—or possibly insanity—and decides to accept.

Miles Linden has sworn off women, children, marriage, and family. In the two years since he lost his wife and daughter to influenza, loneliness has been his constant companion, except on Friday nights when he drowns his sorrows at the local saloon. He’s coping with this arrangement just fine, until the morning he’s rudely awakened by a pert woman and two gawking children who mistake him for a real outlaw, instead of a man sleeping off his liquor on the cot at the jail. Being awakened and accused are the least of the surprises awaiting Miles, since Addie Campbell and the Orphan Train arrived in town.

I would like to thank Author for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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The Heart Only Grows is a tender romance about Addie, a young lady caring for the orphans traveling through the Midwest to find homes for orphans, and several of the children under her care.  If you are interested in learning more about the Orphan Train, there is an article about it on Wikipedia.

I was very touched by the plight of Addie and her love for the Daniel, Sarah and Caleb and her willingness to do anything to help them.  Her distress at seeing Caleb sent off with a woman who didn’t appear to be kind showed some of the depths of her tender heart.

While the initial meeting of Addie and Miles was humorous, the overall tone of the story was more serious as it dealt with deep heart issues the main characters were dealing with.  I wouldn’t consider it a tear-jerker, though, and the tale was full of hope.

 

About Michele Paige Holmes

Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children’s literature.

She is the author of nine published romance novels, which include books in the STARS Series (contemporary romance), HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series (young adult fairy tales). She is also the author of three novellas, two in the TIMELESS ROMANCE COLLECTION.

Her latest release, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH (Mirror Press, August 2016), is a part of the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER series.

Michele attributes much of what she knows about good writing to time spent with her critique group and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.

When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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