Love's Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey ~ Review and Sweet Beginnings Sweepstakes!

Sisters at Heart, Book 3
Historical Fiction / Romance

Back of the book: 

What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world?

IT ISN'T CASSIE HADDON'S fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry--and Cassie must find work to support them. 

Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she's exactly what his business needs.

With her signature sweet romance, Ann Shorey weaves a tale of two people from different backgrounds finding common ground and the hope of a bright future together.

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My thoughts:

Welcome back to Noble Springs, Missouri! This trip we get to focus on Cassie Haddon and her mother. They have moved to Noble Springs to try and find their new normal after the war. They come from a very privileged background but the Civil War changed all of that. In order to survive Cassie has decided that she needs to obtain a job. The problem is that her life of luxury left her with very few practical skills. In fact the only job she is able to secure is at the town grocery store. Her employer is Jacob West who has a heart of gold and obviously the patience of a saint because Cassie is really not an ideal employee.

This third book in the series is just as great as the previous two. We get to catch up with the main characters from the first two books and move the story line along in this third book. I really enjoyed the three main women and the way they became 'sisters at heart'. If you are a fan of romantic historical fiction I think you will enjoy this series and this particular book. While each of these books can be read as stand alone titles they are wonderful together as a series and allow you to get a continuous and complete story!

About the Sweepstakes

In Love's Sweet Beginning, the third book in author Ann Shorey's Sisters at Heart series, twenty-five year old Cassie Haddon doesn't have a single useful skill.

Until the war, she always had servants to wait on her. After the war, she and her widowed mother moved from place to place, relying on family to care for them.

When she's forced to seek work to support them both, Cassie must also reinvent herself to find her new beginning and the hope of love.

To celebrate the novel, author Ann Shorey and Revell Publishers are pleased to present the Sweet Beginnings Sweepstakes, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

This giveaway starts February 4, 2014 and ends February 20, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over.

Winners will be selected Friday, February 21, 2014, and announced at

Baker's Bounty Pie-of-the-Month Club

When Cassie Haddon finds work in West & Riley's Restaurant, one of her first tasks is baking pies for a crew of rough workmen. She's never worked a day in her life, and has no kitchen skills, but really, how hard can it be to bake a pie? In honor of Cassie's baking trials (and eventual triumphs) our Grand Prize winner will receive a 6-month Pie of the Month Club Membership to the Grand Traverse Pie Company

Timeless Treasures Prize Pack

Cassie doesn't have many luxuries, as she struggles to reinvent herself and make a life in Noble Springs, but a few small treasures brighten her cottage and lift her spirits. Our Second Prize winner will receive a prize pack filled with some of Cassie's favorite things: a delicate, rose-colored lace shawl, a pewter pen and ink set, and a bath set filled with lavender and lilac soaps and lotion

Sisters at Heart Prize Pack

The women in Ann's Noble Springs series (Faith, Rosemary, and Cassie) are strong, resourceful, creative, and always looking for ways to give to others. To celebrate their giving hearts, our Third Prize winner will receive a complete, signed set of the Sisters at Heart series, to give to a friend, family member, or sister of the heart.

Enter the Sweet Beginnings Sweepstakes from author Ann Shorey!


  1. Brandi, what a beautiful post! I loved hearing your thoughts on the book, too, and am so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your incredible help in spreading the word about the sweepstakes! :) -Amanda

    1. Ahhh...Amanda, your words are always so kind. Thanks for allowing us to be part of this incredible giveaway for our readers!

  2. Brandi, once again, you've outdone yourself with this post. THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping us share! And I'm pretty sure you're right about Jacob's patience level. :D If we could see him three years after the book ends, though, I'm guessing he'd have put on a few "pie pounds"!

    1. Ha Kelli . . . somehow I think those "pie pounds" would still look pretty good on him! *wink*

  3. Brandi, What a delightful review! Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed Cassie's story, and the Sisters at Heart series. My friends are precious to me, and I wanted to write a series that honors women's friendships. :)

    1. Ann . . . such a privilege to have you drop by our blog! Thanks for writing such a heartwarming series with such great characters. Looking forward to your next one!


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