Choices of the Heart
This inspirational story follows Esther Cherrett, beginning in 1840 as she leaves behind her preacher father and midwife mother and the shame that she brought upon them to start over again in the Appalachians. She has a dark secret, and right up to the end of the book, the author gives us hints as to what made her run away. The teaching position that she accepted is in a one- room schoolhouse in a small community of feuding relatives. Two cousins on separate sides of the bitter family feud struggle with their feelings for her while she tries to avoid involvement with either of them. Zack and Griff are determined to keep the family at peace, but others are fueling the fire to rip them apart. Esther’s midwifery skills as well as her skills in medicine are even more in demand than her teaching.
No stranger to inspirational historical fiction, I found this one referencing God quite often as the characters question their faith, his plan for them, and why he had abandoned them. The people in the story certainly are challenged by the choices they make as well as those manipulative family members who cause much of the misery. The conclusion of the book ties up some of the mysteries for the reader and ends well.