Staff Pick & Review by Kimberly R.
In Honor Before Heart we are introduced to a wonderful, new voice to historical romance; Heather McCorkle. In a beautifully written, Civil-War era romance, we meet two strong-willed characters that defy the heartbreak of war and find love.
Corporal Sean MacBranian is an Irish-American, fighting with the 69th infantry – he is wounded and left to the gentle and healing hands of Ashlinn, a war nurse who is fighting inner battles of her own. The effects of war are ravaging America, and the sting of loss is ever present in Ashlinn’s life, which makes giving heart to Sean so difficult.
In a world torn apart by hatred and violence, Sean’s warm embrace and steady honor are all that Ashlinn has to cling to. While Sean knows he must return to battle, he is being pulled under by the beauty and safety that Ashlinn’s love provides. When Sean returns to battle, that love is what they’ll have to hold onto and bring them comfort.
Heather writes with a strong voice and creates a bold world from the landscape of the Civil War. If you want something to warm your heart and make you believe in love, I would pick this one up.
Risking it all for love and valor . . .
When Corporal Sean MacBranian awakens after being injured in battle, he is sure the luck o’ the Irish has run out on him. Or that he’s died and gone to Heaven. There can be no other explanation for the blond-haired, blue-eyed angel standing before him. But his “angel” is a truehearted lass named Ashlinn, and she wears a nurse’s uniform. Her tender ministrations have brought him back from the brink of death—and have given him a new reason for living.
Ashlinn knows their parting is inevitable; her handsome hero must return to the 69th infantry of the Union army, and there are no guarantees of his safe return. With most of her family already destroyed by the war ravaging America, she is sure she cannot survive another loss. Yet she feels powerless against the draw of Sean’s strong and steady heart. Neither time nor distance nor the danger of battle seems to lessen their bond. But when their secret letters are intercepted, the devoted nurse’s love will face the ultimate test . . .
“McCorkle knows how to tug at a reader’s heartstrings . . . readers fascinated by the Civil War and Irish-American history will be satisfied with this refreshing historical romance.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars