A Home in Drayton Valley - Kim Vogel Sawyer

4 Stars!

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 bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. She and her husband, Don, live in central Kansas and have three daughters and nine grandchildren. Learn more at her beautiful website - kimvogelsawyer.com

Once again I get the privilege of reviewing a book by one of my favorite authors! I am always pleasantly satisfied after each book by Kim I read. This author has such a nice way with her story lines and her characters. Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful character builder. By the middle of each story you always feel as though the characters are family to you.
"Rouse had asked whether Simon would choose to have a gimpy leg over two whole, hale legs. Even Joss, an uneducated dockworker from the poor side of New York, recognized no man would make such a choice. Joss paused, stopping to contemplate for the first time in his life that Simon had no choice over something else - his skin color."
I loved that this story partially takes place on the Oregon trail because that is one of my favorite events in history to read about. I also loved that the author wrote about prejudices. It really felt real to me. I am sure that this story could have really happened back then. 
"I want to find the good in him, as I promised Mary I would, but I'm going to be needing your eyes, Lord."
I love this line from the book because it reminds me of one of my all time favorite Christian songs - "Through His Eyes" by the group 4 Him. This song has always brought tears to  my eyes.

If we could see
through His eyes
Then we could dare to love
the way God loves
If we could see
through His eyes
Then we would understand
the way God understands
For His eyes see through the
surface right down to our needs
Far beyond where we are
to where we can be
If we could only see
through His eyes

All in all this is a wonderful, clean, Christian story. It is Historical Fiction/Romance, taking place in 1800. This is a nice quick easy read.
I would recommend it for any one (mainly women) of any age!

Thank you Bethany House for sending me this book to read and review!

Watch the 4 Him video - but warning, it is so powerful you might tear up!


  1. Great review!!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing I read this one also and love this author...great story.
    I am now reading Robin Hatcher "Betrayal"
    Love to read books and hardly ever without one beside me.
    Like your blog and always a treat to stop by..

    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)