Nov 4, 2012

A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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 has written another fascinating historical fiction novel, and I truly enjoyed this story of Tarsie and her best friend's family.

The descriptions of the hardships experienced along the trail were heartbreaking, compassionate and extremely realistic. It is impossible to read this book without empathizing with the characters as they go through extremely difficult times. This is a glance back into historical times that we can only imagine.

I loved reading about Tarsie's devotion and unconditional love towards her best friend Mary and her entire family. When things got really tough, Tarsie demonstrated over and over what true friendship is all about.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a historical fiction story that centers around characters with a strong faith and determination to follow God's will in their lives, even when things don't make sense.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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