Rating: ****– 4 Stars
GENRE: Historical Christian Fiction
BOOK SUMMARY: 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?
REVIEWER COMMENTS: This is my second novel by this author, and even though I am still not a fan of her writing style, I did enjoy this novel more than the first. Tragedy strikes Mary, a young wife and mother traveling with her family and best friend Tarsie from New York to Drayton Valley, Kansas. Tarsie and Mary’s husband Joss, are therefore thrown together and agree to a union of convenience for the sake of the children. While a little predictable, the story does unfold in a way that is interesting and unexpected in places, which kept me turning the pages. Tarsie learns to dwell in God to take upon a role that she did not ask for, and learns to view Joss through God’s eyes, which helps her develop her feelings for him. Josh, a selfish man with unhealthy habits at first, shows a progressive growth psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally that is well paced until the end. There are also several social subjects that are discussed here, from racism to prohibition, which I found interesting.
SEXUAL CONTENT: One kiss
ADULT LANGUAGE: A couple of racial slurs
*Conclusion: A nice, clean, Christian fiction story. Kim Vogel Sawyer is not one for writing intense romantic novels. You will get 3/4 into the book, and the romance has not even blossomed yet. I do recommend this book, however, because the story is compelling, and the Christian message strong and inspiring. *Thank you Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.