Song of My Heart Paperback – Jan 1 2012
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From the Back Cover
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.
Thad McKane comes to Goldtree to investigate reports of a bootlegging operation. Once he earns enough money from the sheriff work, he plans to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately drawn to the lovely young singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house. But when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he wonders if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes Thad has come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?
"Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart."--Romantic Times
About the Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling author of more than 20 novels. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. She and her husband, Don, live in central Kansas and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
A generally expected trademark of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books is that her always colorful cast of characters will become as dear to you as beloved friends, and will captivate you from the first pages with their sweetness, and sense of physical - not merely imaginary - existence. Sadie Wagner the heroine, and Thad McKane the hero, both fulfill these expectations excellently. Likewise, Sadie’s desperation to provide for her family, and Thad’s desire to clean the blemish from his family’s name, will become as important to readers as to each character.
Originally a resident of Indiana, Sadie responds to her cousin’s invitation to join him in Goldtree, Kansas, where the ‘perfect’ job awaits her, giving her the means to provide for her beloved family while putting her beautiful singing voice to use. Soon after arriving, however, Sadie realizes that things are not what they appear to be, and that her new employer is hiding dark secrets and creating unlawful plans, both which involve her. Sadie is forced to make decisions that will affect not only herself but the entire community, especially the man she is growing to love - Sheriff Thad McKane.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Sadie Wagner came across as a very sweet tempered, gentle, loving girl. Within the first chapter, I was intrigued with her, springing easily to the next chapter to see what would happen to Sadie as she began her new job away from home. And, of course, Thad McKane made the perfect hero to complete this story as the reluctant Sheriff. Can't help but like him!
Song of My Heart weaves in a very intricate and unique plot--complete with underhand dealings, blackmail, illegal liquor, and guilty consciences. And the way Sadie was coerced into wearing the revealing gown and singing those bawdy songs...I was holding my breath for Sadie!
I really liked Sawyer's writing style. It drew me in, putting me right into the little town of Goldtree. And her characters--wow, how much fun they all were. Melva and Shelva were a hoot!
Sometimes, when authors jump between a bunch of character point-of-views, it can get confusing. But Saywer pulls it off no problem in Song of My Heart! I know for a fact that I'm more eager to open her other books in my to-be-read pile. And definitely keeping an eye out for her future books!
I reviewed this book for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Thanks to the publishers, Bethany House, for sending me my review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
I've got to start with the secondary characters, Melba, Shelba and Asa have got to be the most outrageous characters - not in a bad way - just in a bit of the ridiculous funny. Get into the way Asa (the villain) thinks and you just might want to chuckle - I did. (wink)
I loved Thad. A strapping hero, but with a heart of gold, though he isn't without his troubles for sure. I love the subtleties of his character, his growth and realization through the course of the story.
You can't get any more emotionally tormented than Sadie. Though I've never been in her kind of situation to need to provide for her family, I could completely understand and feel for that pull toward what's right and what she needs to do.
The ending was definitely my favorite part of the novel. So many parts of the story came together for a well written ending that charmed and entertained this reader.
Reading is all about entertainment and I found it easy and enjoyable to escape for a few hours into "Song of My Heart". It's a delightful read and a ready addition to my collection.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.
Awkwardness arises between them when it becomes known that Sid has feelings for Sadie that are more than friendship. Sadie doesn't have the same feelings for Sid, though, and when she starts spending time with Thad McKane (the new sheriff), Sid becomes jealous and angry.
Love starts blooming between Sadie and Thad, but will circumstances stand in their way of love?
Pretty much throughout the entire story it was known who the bootlegger was, and the whole bootlegger aspect of the story didn't really interest me.
While I did enjoy most of Song of My Heart's story, it didn't really grab my attention until mid-way to late in the book. I really liked Thad's character and seeing him grow - both in his goals in life and faith.
I loved how grace and mercy was shown (and talked about) in Song of My Heart - that was one of my favorite things in the book.
I would have liked it if there would have been an epilogue telling what certain people thought of a certain thing (not going to say who or what), but maybe there will be a sequel....
Overall, it was a good book that I enjoyed reading. I recommend it if you enjoy historical novels!
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Litfuse for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Summary: 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. Thad McKane comes to Goldtree to investigate reports of a bootlegging operation. Once he earns enough money from the sheriff work, he plans to use it to pay for his training to become a minister. Thad is immediately drawn to the lovely young singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house. But when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he wonders if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes Thad has come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?
I had a real difficult time getting into this book. I found Sadie at the beginning of this story to be unbelievable. I can see being self-sacrificing but not to the extent she was. I did not care much for Sid either. He was the kind of person to avoid. Self-serving and selfish therefore I could not understand the two ever being close. The characters grew quite a bit throughout the story and that mad continuing to read it worthwhile. I also found the swing in Sadie to be unlikely. To tolerate things that she knew to be wrong and would constantly repeat the things her father told her seemed to lend credence to the unlikeliness of these actions. Thad was the only main character I liked. He was driven to do right and never wavered from that. The Baxter sisters were great and provided the comic relief without being ogres as bosses. The ending was a little too convenient although finished the book nicely.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Sadie Wagner loves to sing, and God has blessed her with a beautiful voice. Her most cherished dream is to someday use her gift on a real opera house stage. When her cousin Sid writes and tells her of a job opening in the small town of Goldtree, Kansas, where she could work in the mercantile during the week and give some evening concerts in the opera house, Sadie sees the opportunity as an answer to prayer. Her papa has been injured in a mining accident, and the family needs her to support them, so she packs up her things with her parents' blessing, and travels to Kansas with high hopes and dreams. But neither the new job as a clerk, nor the opera house is quite what she expected! And she also didn't expect to find such a good friend in the town's new sheriff, Thad McKane. But she's confused by Sid's jealousy . . . and the strange behavior of the opera house owner, Asa Baxter. When Sadie discovers some illegal dealings going on, and is asked to compromise her own convictions or lose her job, she struggles to figure out the right decision. In the end, she learns some valuable lessons about God, faith, and love.
I have read a few other books by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and was glad for the opportunity to read Song of My Heart. I really enjoyed the main characters, Sadie and Thad. I felt Sadie's heartache and dilemma as she struggled to figure out what decisions she should make, and I got a good laugh when Thad thought he had caught a moonshiner, but got sprayed by a skunk instead. Both Sadie and Thad seemed quite "real" and I enjoyed their story. I alternated between feeling sympathy and annoyance with Sadie's cousin Sid, who has been carrying the torch for Sadie for years . . . and the twin spinsters Melva and Shelva, who ran the mercantile, were some of my favorite characters as they added a fun dose of humor to the story. This book had the flavor of a western romance, but it wasn't completely "typical" because of some of the unique plot elements. All in all I enjoyed it and it was a fun read! I give it 4 to 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
**I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.