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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Led by a delightfully inspiring heroine, All Her Dreams of Love by Mary Lou Cheatham is a historical romance set in Mississippi after the end of the Civil War. As the sun sets, Nancy and her son wait on the porch for Amos, who always comes home from the lumber mill on weekends. When the night passes and he fails to show up, Nancy prays for his safety. Soon after, she sets out to look for him with Tommy but the roads are fraught with danger. Days pass without any sign of him and Nancy is forced to make difficult decisions. She has another child on the way and must decide what to do with the farm and animals. Nancy soon learns that she is not alone as she tries to sustain her young family without Amos.
Exploring positive themes encompassing faith, family, community, and finding love after loss, the novel is a wonderful read with uplifting messages. I found its post-Civil War setting atmospheric and Nancy’s strength and hope encouraging. I enjoyed the story’s exciting twists and its multidimensional characters whose lives were intriguing. The author does a brilliant job of describing the harsh realities that many families faced after the end of the war and the challenges that people encountered during that era. There were many happy moments in the story and captivating conversations that were engaging. A moving tale told through unforgettable characters, All Her Dreams of Love by Mary Lou Cheatham will be an excellent read for fans of historical romances.