Thursday, December 27, 2018

Home for Wounded Hearts by Ashley Farley #HomeForWoundedHearts #AshleyFarley


Home for Wounded Hearts

Home for Wounded Hearts
by Ashley Farley

Print and ebook, 255 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Leisure Time Publishing

A novel of hope and renewal by the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters series.

Faith Neilson, survivor of an abusive marriage, has finally discovered her life’s passion. She’s established a shelter for women in crisis. Not only for homeless women but also for those who are suffering from abuse, dealing with addiction, or coping with grief over the loss of a loved one. Faith’s mission, when she opens her doors, is to help the residents mend their broken hearts. In the midst of that challenge, she struggles to find additional funding to keep her program afloat while balancing the demands of career and home.

This standalone spinoff of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters series presents a cast of memorable characters. Tilda, who is convinced she has Alzheimer’s. Molly, a street-smart homeless woman who has an endearing childlike quality. Caroline, whose gardening hobby has become an obsession since the death of her son. And Jenny, a young woman whose anger at her husband for having an affair with her best friend has spiraled out of control

Join these women in their day-to-day lives as they endeavor to move from uncertainty toward independence. When the actions of a young resident’s abusive stepfather threaten the residents’ lives as well as the future of the shelter, tension mounts and bonds of friendship are tested in a dramatic conclusion.

A Sweeney Sisters Series standalone spinoff.

My thoughts about Home for Wounded Hearts ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Faith raised her glass of champagne for a toast. She rarely indulged in luxuries like the expensive bottle of Veuve Cliquot, but achieving one's life goals called for a celebration."

Before I started reading Home for Wounded Hearts, I hadn't realized how much I missed the Sweeney sisters. It was so wonderful to reconnect with them again and find out what was going in their lives. Listen to me, I sound like I was revisiting old friends, but that's how I've come to feel about all of them. I've been through the ups and downs of each of the sisters.

Home for Wounded Hearts is the story of Faith and what she has done with her life—creating a loving and safe place for women with wounded hearts and souls, much like what her life was before things turned around for her.

Ashley's stories are always full of love and kindness, even as her characters go through their trials and tribulations. And they always seem to come back to the importance of being surrounded by family—families related by love or just simply by caring for one another. The women who come to live at the Home form a strong family bond as they discover the true meaning of family.

I loved Home for Wounded Hearts and I loved visiting the Sweeney Sisters again. I highly recommend this 'feel good' story.

I received a copy of Home for Wounded Hearts from the author in exchange for my honest review.

About the author

Ashley Farley

Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you've read the last word, then she's done her job.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote Saving Ben in honor of Neal, the boy she worshiped, the man she could not save.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she’s lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, part of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry where she grew up. Through the eyes of her characters, she’s able to experience the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kind-hearted folks with lazy drawls that make the area so unique. ~ Goodreads

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