Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Home in Drayton Valley: A Book Review

 Today I'm reviewing A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Back Cover:

A dream of a better life...
A tragedy aboard a wagon train...
A tentative agreement...
Will it lead to love for two seeking hearts?

Hoping to escape the poor conditions of 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines and her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two children set off for Kansas aboard an unusual wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into a partnership with Joss that leaves them both questioning God and their plans for the future.

As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will they give up and go their separate ways? Or will God use their time in Drayton Valley in a way they never expected? ~

 I liked this book. Historical fiction can be hit and miss for me. For example I love Francine Rivers novels, but some books just don't appeal to me. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with A Home in Drayton Valley, but was pleasantly surprised. It didn't take me halfway through the book to start enjoying it, but instead I was immediately drawn in by the characters, and the storyline.

 Tarsie was easy to get to know. She was all business, and wanting to take care of her sick friend. Yet she loved God, and tried to follow His voice.

 Joss was a hard case, but still managed to worm his way into my heart. This man really loved his family, but he had flaws that can only be fixed by The One who fixes all things.

 Mary was the sweetest thing, and I loved the children, especially the youngest boy.

 I don't want to go into too much detail, because I really think you should read this book to get the whole feeling of it; the heart, the story, the love. After reading some slower books, this was a breath of fresh air. The story kept me rooted, wanting my favorite characters to turn out well, hoping for a happy ending, knowing the book deserved one. I'm so glad I read A Home in Drayton Valley. It isn't exactly an "action packed" book as far as that goes, but this story has more going for it. It isn't just a romance, it isn't just fluff. No, this book has some meat to it- both spiritually and as far as the story goes. Mrs. Sawyer did an excellent job, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

  I give this book five stars.

~ a rambling author


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