Thursday, March 22, 2012

Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Song of My Heart
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Historical Christian Fiction / Romance
Published February 2012
Bethany House
352 pages



About the Book
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit.

After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

My Thoughts
Song of My Heart is a sweet book that makes for an enjoyable read. I truly liked Sadie and found myself hoping for everything to work out okay for her in the end. Likewise, Thad is a great character. A sheriff who wants to be a pastor and has a few hurts in his past that he's working through. I appreciated the depth and growth in these two characters. Sid, on the other hand, drove me nuts, and I found myself skimming through the parts of the book that featured him.

Sadly, this isn't my favorite book by Sawyer. It took me about 120 pages to really get into the story. While several interesting teasers were tossed out on the back blurb, it seemed that all of the possible "questions" in the story were answered in the first few chapters. It was hard to keep reading when I already knew how the book was going to end.

Once I pushed through, though, I did find myself wanting to read to the end and see how exactly those conclusions came about. If you're already a huge fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer, you'll enjoy Song of My Heart as well. However, I might recommend Courting Miss Amsel or In Every Heartbeat if Sawyer is a new author for you. I really loved those! [3 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House and LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
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.

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