Home for Wounded Hearts chronicles the establishment of Lovie's House by her daughter Faith. It is a stand alone book or possibly an epilogue for the Sweeney Sisters series. Faith is a survivor of an abusive marriage and establishes the home as a way of honoring her mother, paying it forward and acknowledging the fact that people sometimes need help and may not know it or, if they know they need it, don't know where to find help. Her goal was to have a safe place for women to stay while sorting things out in their lives. We meet the first residents of the home - Molly who has been homeless for several years, Caroline who struggles with the loss of her son and subsequently her husband who moves on, Tilda who struggles to find her way as a widow following a full life as the wife of a politician, and Jenny who is dealing with anger management issues. Together they form tenuous at times bonds, but when the situation presents itself, act like the team they have become.
Ashley Farley has a gift for crafting stories whose characters are realistic and thoughtfully portrayed. If you have never read any of her books, start with this one - her newest; then go back and read her Sweeney Sisters series. After that, she has ten other books including her Magnolia series.
Ashley Farley is known for her skillful way of approaching relationships between family members as well as relationships between women. Home for Wounded Hearts proves she is a master at this genre! This novel is a beautiful story of women who feel as though they have lost everything, some who have truly lost every family member, some who are lost from family due to estrangement and some who are lost as to who they are and who they could become with love, encouragement and guidance.
Farley brings back members of her beloved Sweeney family, mainly Faith, to begin a new ustory using Lovie’s home as a shelter for women needing a second start in life. Faith knows that need all too well as she is the survivor of an abusive first marriage and has been blessed with a second marriage to an ER doctor that supports her in her endeavors to help these women. Faith has an excellent staff in place & opens the doors for her first group of women. As you can imagine, it’s as eclectic a group as could be possibly gathered under one roof. Women of all ages and each dealing with their own demons. A few of the women have been referred to Faith and a few just end up there and as the plot unravels, you know that deep down, regardless of their main issue, the deepest longing of their souls is to be truly LOVED by someone and recognized individually as a person of worth. Isn’t that the longing of all our souls?
Faith’s rehabilitation program is built on building a sense of family by requiring roommates, giving everyone rotating chores to allow everyone to feel a sense of accomplishment and potentially find a new skill set. They women are also involved in personal and group therapy. The things the women find out about themselves and and each other is astonishing and rewarding. It is evident they will leave changed and will continue to change the lives of people they encounter in the future.
I was provided an ARC of this novel by the author. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
This book is a stand-alone book but it is from the Sweeney sisters series. When the series ended I was sad but ok, and have thought about them often. So when I read this book it was like coming home and oh how I missed those sisters. It was so nice getting caught back up. Faith had been through so much so to find she opened a shelter for women was so nice. So much healing, and seeing each woman come into themselves was inspiring. Everyone stumbles and falls and we all sometimes need a helping hand. The women at Home For Wounded Hearts, accepted the hand that offered them help and they became inspired, the women created bonds, and they lifted each other up. I highly recommend this book to all women. This story has women from 18 all the way up to gray-haired and I think some might just enjoy the read while others find encouragement. Thank you, Ashley Farley, for writing this new series. I didn't realize how much I missed them..
I have read quite a few of Ashley Farley's books and have yet to be disappointed. This is a story about Lovie's House, a home for troubled women to come and heal. The House was created by Faith Neilson and her husband. Faith herself needed a place to heal following the tragic circumstances of the death of her ex-husband at her hands. The house draws in women from various walks of life, both young and older. Together the women form unexpected friendships in ways none of them imagined. Great read, illustrating that with faith and work we can all live a life full of happiness and joy.
Wow! This book and these characters made me smile, laugh, and cry. I felt like I was a part of this book. I connected with the characters in a way I didn't think I would. Each character has her own issues but the bonds they formed were heartwarming. Ms. Farley always creates stories and characters that readers connect to and this book hit it out of the park!
I have read many of this author's books and love this one the most I cried, and rejoiced with the stories of each character The characters were so real and their stories were stories of so many women and girls today. If I had the means I would build a home for the same reason and would call it Louise's, in memory of my mom!
I am so thankful I have never suffered the hurt the women in this story suffered but I am even more thankful there are women like Faith and a place like Lovies where one can go for healing for their Wounded Hearts.