Wednesday, June 09, 2010

CFBA: A Hopeful Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

A Hopeful Heart
Bethany House (June 1, 2010)

Kim Vogel Sawyer


A very sweet and endearing prairie love story. Aunt Hattie is a very likable mother figure and the romance between Able and Tressa is very sweet, if not a little frustrating at first. Able is a very stubborn man. Then again, that's part of his charm.

Kim did a very good job of creating tension through not only the romance, but the mystery that was woven throughought. You can't help but empathize with Able when the truth comes out, you've grown to know and love the characters too much to take the ending lightly.

The school for rancher brides was really unique and a lot of fun. I didn't even know such a school existed, too bad there weren't more around at the time, I can only imagine how much heartache that could have prevented.

I enjoyed the book a great deal. If you enjoy the genre, you're sure to enjoy this one as well.


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


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.

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