Sarah M. Eden
Healing Heartsby: Sarah M. Eden
Wyoming Territory, 1876
As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.
When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara’s message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.
But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town.
Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.
- Features a fan favorite from the best-selling The Sheriffs of Savage Wells.
- A frontier romance between a forward-thinking doctor, who believes that women can be just as skilled in practicing medicine as men can be, and a young nurse with a misunderstood illness, epilepsy, which was treated as madness, requiring hospitalization.
- In an era when the only available medical help was a town’s barber, Gideon is unique in that he is a doctor with a medical degree from an respected eastern university and can bring real healing to the rough and remote Western frontier.
- Miriam is a nurse who pairs with him to successfully treat serious illnesses that would have likely been missed or ignored in that era.