Love’s Sweet Beginning

9780800720728Book Review: Love’s Sweet Beginning

Author: Ann Shorey

Review by Grace Olson 

The Story

Taken from Revell’s website synopsis of Love’s Sweet Beginning:

What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world?

It isn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry–and Cassie must find work to support them.

Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she’s exactly what his business needs.


Love’s Sweet Beginning was just that, a sweet love story. Unfortunately, the first one-hundred pages of this book dragged for me. I was waiting for something to happen between Jacob and Cassie, waiting for something to happen with Jacob’s past, waiting…until I got through those first one-hundred pages. After that, the book’s pace picked up more.

As the blurb above mentioned, Cassie once lived a privileged life. Instead of being used to getting her own way, however, she allows other to manipulate her. Throughout the book, Cassie takes steps forward in standing up for herself, but she also takes more than a few back. Ann did a good job of creating emotion in me, the reader, with this. I was irritated every time Cassie failed to recognize her mother taking advantage of her.

I did enjoy the last one-half/two-thirds of this book, though. The story picked up as Jacob’s past caught up with him and Cassie learned to provide for herself and grow a backbone. All together, a good read, but not likely one I’ll pick up again.

About the Author 

Biography from Amazon’s website: Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, Where Wildflowers Bloom, and When the Heart Heals. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. ~ To learn more about Ann and her other books, visit her web page:

I was given a review copy of Love’s Sweet Beginning from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group House, in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

And in case you think I forgot (which I didn’t, of course), Happy Valentine’s/National Single Awareness Day! May your day be filled with loved ones and chocolate, no matter your relationship status. 🙂 Also, there is still time to enter the 4 book giveaway I am hosting, but it only goes until Saturday! You can read more about what books I’m giving away and find the link to enter here.


One response »

  1. Thank you for your review, Grace.
    Blessings, Ann


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