Friday, January 4, 2013

A Home In Drayton Valley


A Home In Drayton Valley
by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I don't know what it is about "forced" marriages, but I absolutely adore reading books about them. Maybe it's because you get to see the work that really goes into a marriage. Oftentimes, in romance novels, you get the butterflys but not the issues; I like seeing the downs just as much as the ups.

A Home In Drayton Valley reminds me of the writing style of one of my favorite authors, Jannette Oke. A classic "prairie" romance; I immediately fell into Tarsie's life. Joss is aggravating and I didn't think I'd ever really like him; although I was rooting for him only because of poor Tarsie...but I ended up REALLY liking him in the end! The intricacies of life and death and marriage and children and social issues are all explored in this novel and it's one that has found a place on my bookshelf: a favorite I will return to again!

"Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward Him?"

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - thank you!