Friday, November 9, 2012

A Home in Drayton Valley

A Home in Drayton Valley
Kim Vogel Sawyer
(Bethany House)
Kim Vogel Sawyer
ISBN: 978-0764207884
October 2012/352 pages/$14.99

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?


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information.


Kim Vogel Sawyer's books always tug at my heart and A Home in Drayton Valley is no exception. The setting made me thankful I live in modern times; life was desperately hard in the nineteenth century, especially for those with little money and fewer options. Sawyer portrays the struggles and heartaches of Joss, Mary, and Tarsie so well that it seemed at times as if I were on the wagon train with them. Tarsie's willingness to fulfill her promises to Mary at the potential cost of her own future happiness paints a beautiful picture of friendship and unconditional love. Her prayer for a godly man to influence Joss is answered in a rather unexpected way, and I loved the unfolding of Simon and Ruth's roles in the story. This one ended too quickly for me; I wasn't ready to leave Drayton Valley!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Thank you for your kind review, Linda. :o)