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Honor before Heart (Emerald Belles) by [McCorkle, Heather]
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Honor before Heart (Emerald Belles) Kindle Edition

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Book 1 of 3 in Emerald Belles (3 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (21 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HWKNJE4
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Honor Before Heart is the first book in the Emerald Belles series by Heather McCorkle. This author is new to me, this is the first book I have read of hers and I can categorically state that it won't be the last!

Set in America during the civil war the action begins immediately, and from the very first sentence I was hooked.

Corporal Sean MacBranian is injured and left to die amongst hundreds of victims from both sides of the war. He hasn't been in America long enough to lose any of his accent, and although in time he might be expected to lose it, right now it is still strong. He has a shameful secret that he makes him feel unworthy, but he hopes that by fighting the fight for the Union, and especially to help free slaves, that he can earn some respect back in his own mind. He didn't expect to be on his deathbed quite so soon. Thankfully he is discovered by a grey Irish Wolfhound, whose owner isn't far behind.

Ashlinn is officially a nurse in the army, but acts more as a doctor thanks to learning all she knows form her father. He was a fore-thinking man, and in a time when doctors thought more of the speed of treatment rather than the cleanliness of hands, surgical instruments etc; those lucky enough to be treated by her tended not to lose limbs or their lives. She too has her demons, one of which is the feeling that she has that her youngest brother, missing at war, might actually be a deserter. She hopes she is wrong, and she constantly searches longer than anybody else amongst the dead or injured on battlefields with the hope of finding her brother, and finding him alive. If it weren't for spending the extra time on the field this time, and if not for her faithful wolfhound, she wouldn't have come across Sean.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down!!! 26 Mar. 2017
By Miriam Greystone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book! I started it friday night and then ignored my family and friends in order to finish it in less than twenty-four hours! It was truly un-put-downable! I absolutely fell in love with the heroine, she is strong and admirable while still having real vulnerabilities - in other words, everything I want a heroine to be! And I thought the love story was incredibly nuanced, and the love that blossoms between the two main characters is one that is really believable and based on so much more than just lust or a physical attraction. And the writing was really beautiful, with amazing descriptions of the setting and a huge amount of real, historical detail woven throughout. I seriously was blown away by this book - I had been looking forward to it but it was even better than I had been expecting. I cannot wait to read more from this fabulous author!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Mar. 2017
By T. Moss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Brilliant author shows us the Civil War era in a whole new light. Sweeping romance with round and relatable characters. Detailed setting that puts you in the story. You'll be cheering for the happily ever after! Five stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Civil War era story 21 Mar. 2017
By francoise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoy reading about the Civil War era. Honor Before Heart takes you right in the middle of the fighting and in the Union military camp of the 69th regiment, the Fighting Irish. The descriptions of war and battlefields were realistic and well-written. This book tells the story of Ashlinn O’Brian, a nurse tending to the wounded Union soldiers, and Sean MacBranain, a corporal in the 69th regiment.

Ashlinn is unlike any other nurse or doctors Sean has ever met. She is bold and brave, like an experienced soldier. She also has her own medical methods, inspired by her parents, and is convinced of the importance of sterilization to save lives. Her methods are usually frowned upon by most doctors, but she stands up for what she believes in. Her main focus is on saving soldier’s lifes.

Sean is a man of strong convictions. He wants the end of slavery and is willing to fight for it. Sean and Ashlinn know that they should keep their distance, they can’t be distracted by matters of the heart. But their growing mutual feelings and attraction can’t be denied. Sean wants to live and build a common future with Ashlinn, but he has to fight for honor’s sake and for the sake of his men.

Overall, I enjoyed this story, the pace was a bit slow at times, though. The author also introduced a final twist I wasn’t really keen on. I was happy to see Ashlinn and Sean get their well-deserved HEA! 3.5 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars - WARNING CONTAINS A SPOILER!!! 4 April 2017
By TracyJane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher*

I really enjoyed this book, Ashlinn and Sean are truly likeable leads and their story was a curious mix of joy and heartbreak.

Ashlinn is a nurse in the Union army, she followed her three brothers to war and has lost two to injuries and one has gone missing. After each battle, she scans the fields for him and this is how she found Sean.

Sean is a soldier in the Union army, he has been left for dead on the battlefield and awakens to find an "angel" caring for him as well as her mammoth Irish wolfhound Cliste. Ashlinn manages to save Sean's life.

This book is set in the south during the American Civil war and the author does a wonderful job of portraying not only the horrors of war, but also the friendships and bonds that are formed. I felt like the progression of the relationship between Ashlinn and Sean was very believable and extremely well paced. The sexual tension between these two is off the charts. However, when the love scene finally materializes, it is vague and (at least for this reader) anticlimactic.

**SPOILER**
The blurb for this book is misleading - I kept waiting for the letters between these two to be intercepted and some horrific event to transpire - but it never happened - there were definitely horrific events, but nothing related to intercepted letters. In fact unless I missed something, no letters were ever intercepted. **END SPOILER**

If you are looking for something historical that doesn't include the "ton" and you aren't looking for a steamy read - this is the book for you.

I highly recommend this book and will be looking for more in this series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 27 Mar. 2017
By Sissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Honor before Heart 'Honor Before Heart' by Heather McCorkle is book One in the "Emerald Belles" series. This is the story of Sean and Ashlinn. This is a different kind of story that I usually go to but I feel in love with the cover and wanted to read it. I am glad that the cover brought me into this book as I might have missed this story to be honest. I am usually not a fan of War story/ Love story but this did have a somewhat different look into their love story. This deals with how someone struggles with the lost of love ones during war. How hard it is to deal with the possibly of loosing a love one and getting the strength up to trust that all will be well. I thought both Sean and Ashlinn were good strong main characters and it was easy to want them to be together. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
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