Thursday, August 22, 2013

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: Longing for Home by Sarah M. Eden


Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she'll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots. The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the Irish and the "Reds" the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on as his housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.



Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at


There are some authors that you just know you are going to like what they write, every time.  For me, Sarah Eden is one of those authors.  I have yet to read one of her books that I didn't just absolutely love and Longing for Home is no exception.

Wonderful characters full of depth with problems, some of them quite serious force them to grow and develop whether they wish to or not.  Katie arrives in Hope Springs looking only to work long enough to earn enough money to go home to Ireland.  She hopes desperately to reconcile with her family.  But she arrives in a place that does not live up to its name.  Firmly divided between the original settlers and the Irish, Hope Springs doesn't seem to offer much, at least at first.  But slowly as Katie gets to know the people she starts to wonder if maybe she's found home after all.  Tavish, an Irish settler, is intrigued by Katie who seems so tough and yet vulnerable at the same time, especially since she doesn't seem to like him, a challenge he can't resist.  And Joseph, who didn't intend to hire an Irish housekeeper, but can't bear to be called a liar.  These along with other great characters make this a book well worth reading.

The author also does a wonderful job with the setting, allowing the reader to practically feel the wide open spaces and the isolation.  The conflict between the different groups is rather sad but unfortunately realistic. The Irish were hated by many during that time.  Overall, a wonderful story, beautifully told.  I very much look forward to reading the upcoming sequel.


1 copy of Longing for Home
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Ends 8/29/2013

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