Abby Merganser has been in love with Dr. Seth Hendon for a s long as she can remember. After the death of his sister, she cooks for him, helps manage his medical practice, and is there every time he turns around. Set still thinks of Abby has his little sister's best friend. He's determined to keep his distance from Abby and let her down gently. But Abby has other plans, including making Seth jealous enough to propose, even if she has to fabricate a new suitor.
I enjoyed the first half of this book. Abby is one of those happy people who see the best in everything. She was exactly what Seth needed while he grieved for his sister and worried about losing his patients. But we quickly learn that Abby is having medical problems that no one knows about. This impacts their relationship and left me a bit depressed. Luckily, this is a romance so I knew there would be a happy ending. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
In the latter half of the nineteenth century in Eden's Grove, Iowa, optimist Abby Merganser seems to always obtain her goals in spite of being the looniest of a loony family. Currently, Abby works at the Weekly Herald, but her strategic objective is to marry the man she loves, Dr. Seth Hendon. However, Seth sees Abby as a close friend of his younger sister.
As part of her campaign, Abby begins to show up everywhere that Seth goes including his office. Seth continues to reject her. He is bone tired after losing a few patients. Seth not only is thinking of quitting the medical profession, but of simply leaving town. Still, the persistent Abby refuses to allow her soul mate to retire from life.
A HEART FULL OF MIRACLES is a wonderful Americana romance that vividly brings alive a piece of our heritage. The exciting story line works because the authentic tidbits are fully interwoven into the plot. The lead characters are a charming pair of opposites as Abby is full of life's vigor while Seth struggles with depression. As she has done with her previous novels like THE COURTSHIP and A KISS TO DREAM ON, Stephanie Mittman makes nineteenth century America a one-sitting affair.
This was such a great story! You'll fall in love with Abby and Seth, they're so great together. I really like the way Stephanie Mittman writes, and will be reading more of her in the future. What a page-turner!