Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"A Hopeful Heart" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Hopeful Heart
Bethany House (June 1, 2010)

Kim Vogel Sawyer

What a fun premise for this book. A widow living on the plains of Kansas opens a "school" where Eastern women can come and learn everything they need to know about working on a farm or ranch and being what the single men around there need. The end result is that she will help the girls find a husband that will be able to provide for them. In the midst of the girls comes Tessa, but she is about as unconventional as possible for being a Kansas wife. She is delicate and definitely city born and bred. Can she adapt? Will anyone want someone like her for a wife in a place where it takes brawn to be a good wife?
I loved the characters in this book as well as the unique setting and situations. Another wonderful book from Kim Sawyer to sweep you to another time and place this summer.


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen 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.


Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas, in 1888. The school's one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher--or the wife of one.

Shy and small for her twenty-two years, Tressa is convinced she'll never have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, riding a horse, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands. But what other options does she have?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the group of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once--and he got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice.

When Tressa's life is endangered, will Abel risk his own life--and his heart--to help this eastern girl?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Hopeful Heart, go HERE

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