Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Review: It was a really, really quiet day at work yesterday. I suppose it was because it was a stat holiday and all normal ... and fortunate... people are out enjoying themselves and their friends and not utilizing the healthcare system. Thus, after cleaning shelves, cleaning counters, and cleaning my equipment I decided to pull up a chair and work on finishing up this novel. Talk about a quick way to pass the last hour of a shift! A friend of mine stopped by right before the end of my work day and she was like, "Hey, how's it going?" Me: "Have you read this book? You have to read this book. It is so good. Seriously, I'm almost done. You have to borrow it. Oh....yeah, I'm doing good. You?"

Anyways, I really enjoyed it. Joss is such a tormented soul, and Sawyer pens his inner battle against alcoholism, prejudice, and an abusive father so well. You can literally hear his frustration and anger spewing off the pages. And poor Tarsie... she tries so hard to fix everyone and do things just right. She'd make a great healthcare worker.... But she learns a hard lesson in this book. There are certain things we, as women (and men!), can't fix. Only GOD can.

Back Cover: 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?

"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"

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