Where Wildflowers Bloom
Faith has little faith in herself or her aging grandfather. They are both struggling to overcome the losses of the War Between the States, and Faith dreams of the wildflowers of Oregon. Even though Grandpa has the same painful memories of family long gone, he wants to stay in Missouri and have Faith run his mercantile store even though a woman running a business is frowned upon. The story unfolds as Faith tries to force her wayward dream into reality, but we hope that love blooms between Curt and Faith, which would hold Faith in Missouri where she belongs. However, Royal Baxter, a childhood fancy of Faith’s, returns from the war and offers Faith her childish dreams. The author meanders through this love triangle with some mystery and plenty of historical ambiances, along with eye-rolling moments on Faith’s part. Where Faith’s character is stubborn, willful and determined, she is foolish in many of her decisions. Faith’s friend Rosemary is her wise and rational counterpart and is shunned for being a nurse during the war. Reading of these two ladies and their struggles was engaging, and I hope to see these characters in the next installment of the Sisters at Heart series.