Healing Love

Rated 4.33/5 based on 6 reviews
Lydia is on the run from her brother, hoping for a new life. Sterling is secure & confident. An ice storm sets them on a collision course in the shelter of a livery stable. Gossip brings them to marriage for all the wrong reasons. Can a forced marriage ever honor God? When the marriage is tested by Lydia’s fear & worry, Sterling’s pride, is there enough love to grow, survive and heal? More

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About Sophie Dawson

Sophie Dawson has been making up stories in her head ever since she was a child. She lives with her husband on the family farm in Illinois. Two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter round out her immediate family.

Sophie does all kinds of needlework and was a professional machine quilter in the past. She loves to travel, read, garden and now write.

In her books, Sophie shares the wisdom God has taught her in stories of faithful living. Her hope is to demonstrate how acting and reacting in the way the Bible teaches can bring a positive impact on her readers.

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Review by: Shannon Sonneveldt on April 14, 2013 :
The author of the book provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review after reading. I am always happy to find good Christian romance novels. This book falls into that category. I enjoy both historical and contemporary romance stories and this was a very well written historical Christian romance. I was drawn to the characters immediately. I love that the author paired a couple from such different backgrounds and experiences and how she demonstrated how strong a person’s faith can become through trials and struggle. The romance was great but the way the author was able to demonstrate Christian principles and how to apply them in life, and how doing so is not always easy added a wonderful element to this story. The main couple and romantic interests were wonderful along with the application of Christian principles, but the author went one step farther by developing a whole cast of characters, those that make up the town of Cottonwood. A town of people who are not perfect but who are striving to live a good life. Add in a dose of suspense and this book is a winner. I’m a fan of Cottonwood and am looking forward to visiting again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne Gooch on Feb. 02, 2013 :
I received this ebook from Sophie Dawson to read and review and this is one of those books I fell in love with right away! She had me at the first paragraph and it was so hard to put it down at night. If you love books that take place in the 1800's and a love story with excitement then this is the book for you. Sophie has a great writing style and the characters you fall in love with. You must read this book and you won't be disappointed!

I wish I could give it more than 5 stars because it was that great!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Clare Revell on July 08, 2012 :
This book draws you in and keeps you hooked from the get go. The characters are so lifelike the reader immediately bonds with them. It's not the best start to a marriage, as Lydia is unsure if she can trust anyone, never mind the man whose house she now shares. The secondary characters take on a life of their own, bringing an additional depth to the story, which lingers on after the last page is turned. Well worth reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Diane Tatum on June 02, 2012 :
Sophie Dawson’s Healing Love is a sweet, Christian historical romance. The heroine Lydia has been abused both physically and emotionally by her brother but finds the strength to leave home with the help of neighbor Aggie. She rides the train as far as her money will take her and ends up in Cottonwood, IA. Circumstances cause Lydia to marry Dr. Sterling Graham the same week she arrives in town. Sterling takes care of Lydia in every way. His love and kindness help her discover that she is a person of worth, loved by God as well as by Sterling and the townspeople of Cottonwood. However, she lives in fear of the day her brother finds her.
I found Healing Love to be a sweet, loving read. Timeless biblical truths are woven into the story including ones about gossip, marriage, and character. One truth this book expresses is that humility is not the same as humiliation or low self-esteem. The book also allows readers a peek into the post-Civil War household and the chores women were required to do to keep a home. This book is definitely worth reading.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brenda J Wood on May 31, 2012 :
I love this book! It is soft and gentle, kind and sweet. Finally a story where people are good to one another and life has a happy ending. Congratulations to the author for the fine character development....
Brenda J Wood-Author
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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephen Olar on May 24, 2012 :
Healing Love is Sophie Dawson's debut novel. Set in the late 1800's it tells the story of a young woman, Lydia, abused by her brother, her only anchor her faith in God and how He brings about healing and peace in her life; physical, emotional and spiritual.

Ms. Dawson has crafted a wonderful story that is enjoyable to read. I am looking forward to reading more from this talented new author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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