Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Home in Drayton Valley - A Book Review

From the Back: 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?

Synopsis:  Tarsie Raines boards a wagon train with her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two children.  The train is heading west towards Kansas with the hope of a healthier life for Mary.  Unfortunately, tragedy strikes during the journey leaving Joss and Tarsie responsible for the children once they arrive in Kansas.  Joss isn't sure what he wants and Tarsie is forced to take care of the children while dealing with Joss's varying moods.  Over time they settle into a fragile routine until theft and misunderstandings force their next moves.

My Review: This is another sweet historical romance.  I love the historical novels Kim Vogel Sawyer writes.  Each book I've read has multiple layers and this one is no different. This novel chronicles a move into a new area, race relations, and the desperation that drives us toward God.  The characters are easy to relate to and I found myself wishing Joss and Tarsie would put their grievances and hurts aside and realize they are in love.  The book had enough intrigue to keep me interested and a storyline that tugged at my heartstrings.  This is also a quick read - perfect for a day by the pool.

Score:  4 bookmarks out of 5.

Note:  Bethany House Publishers gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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