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?
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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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Song of My Heart is the type of book that drew me to the genre of Christian fiction in the first place. While I do like when authors break out of the mold a bit, I still really enjoy reading a novel like this one: a nice, sweet story with endearing characters that ultimately rely on God for everything in their lives. I also like happy endings!
I have read one other novel by this author, and I have to say that it wasn’t my favorite. I got a little bored with it, and it wasn’t what I was expecting. However, the writing and the plot in Song of My Heart was very good. The novel had an excellent flow to it, even though the story was told from four different points of view. I also enjoyed the plot, which had a little more to it than just the romance.
Even though I really enjoyed the characters in this novel, some of them did start to grate on my nerves towards the end. But, most of the characters went through significant growth throughout the novel, and that is something that I really appreciate in a book.
This type of novel is not for everyone. I understand if others need a bit more in their books. Maybe people sometimes get tired of reading about perfect happy endings. (I know I sometimes critique contemporary novels for having everything go perfectly for the characters, which goes too much outside of reality). But in Christian historical fiction, I want to be entertained. And what I find entertaining in these novels is a good story with a happy ending.
I will say, though, that I would have enjoyed a little epilogue at the end of this one, just to see what happens a few months/years down the road. I could also envision a sequel to this book focusing on the character Sid. Just a thought.
Song of My Heart is a novel that has what I truly like in Christian historical fiction – a sweet story with a good message and a happily ever after.
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