Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Review: "The Heart of Home" by Stephenia H. McGee

When I started reading The Heart of Home, I had no idea that it's a companion novella to McGee's In His Eyes. But now that I've read it, would love to go back and read Ella & Westley's story!

Once a wistful romantic, Opal Martin now simply aspires to scrub the remnants of the War Between the States from her tattered life. But when a nearly drowned soldier appears and asks if he can die on her porch, she must guard against the sudden revival of her heart's hope for love.

Haunted by the war, Tristan Stuart just wants to escape the pain. But when he wakes up at a house that looks too much like home with a woman determined to mend him, he may discover a new life worth fighting for. In order to save the last of what Opal holds dear, will he become the man she needs or let the troubled waters carry him away?

Opal fears she's going to be an old maid when two men show up at her door. One is a carpetbagger who wishes to buy her family's plantation; the other is a wounded Confederate soldier in desperate need of care. It's quickly apparent that the carpetbagger is not the man Opal wants. But Tristan ... may just be the man she's been waiting for.

Though this is a novella, I felt like I really got to know and care for the characters, and I appreciated the slow burn romance. While the villain was a bit too over the top to be believable, I very much enjoyed the story. 4 stars.

Buy the novella (or borrow on Kindle Unlimited).

Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. After earning a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences, she discovered her heart truly lies with the art of story. She put pen to page and never looked back. Visit her at for books and updates.

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