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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol Harlow | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Kim is a good writer. I was involved in the story from the minute I started reading. It was easy to follow and just enjoyable reading. Kim has an easy style that just drew me a mental picture of all the scenes and kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Virginia Campbell | 2/8/2014

    " "A Home in Drayton Valley" seems like the answer to a prayer for three troubled souls in Kim Vogel Sawyer's thoughtful, inspirational historical romance. The rough-and-tumble world of the New York City dock area of the late 1800s is a place of despair for Tarsie Raines--so far removed from the beauty of her native Ireland. On her own after her great-aunt passed away, Tarsie found a true friendship with Mary Brubacher, a young married woman with two children. Tarsie loved Mary's children, Emmy and Nathaniel, but she had little care for their father, Josh. A hard worker, who drank and gambled just as hard as he worked, Josh seemed to show little care for his family. His own harsh childhood dominated by his father's rantings and prejudices had left Josh deeply conflicted. Mary had been the one shining light in his life, but her progressive illness had changed the course of their lives. Tarsie, a practitioner of herbal healing, taught by her great-aunt, often tended Mary during her times of sickness. By chance, one day Tarsie finds a discarded copy of a guidebook extolling the opportunities for a better life in the booming Mecca of Drayton Valley, Kansas. Tarsie persuades Mary to read the book, and the two of them determine that the way West is best for all of them. Josh is harder to convince, but his gambling debts and Mary's plea for their family make him change his mind. The journey begins, but Mary's illness is far worse than she had revealed. On her death-bead, she extracts a promise from Tarsie to always care for her children and Josh. In his grief over Mary's death, Joss decides that he must place the children in an orphanage. Tarsie is stunned, and in desperation, she asks Josh to marry her so that they can take care of the children. Josh reluctantly agrees, and so they are married, but Josh is keeping a shameful secret from Tarsie. A woman of great faith, and great heart, Tarsie tries to hold her new family together, but does fate have other plans for them all? Will the unexpected love she feels for Josh ever be returned by him? "A Home in Drayton Valley" is character-rich, with surprising twists and turns, and compelling historical detail. Many issues are dealt with including prejudice, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, and the spiritual freedom of loving others more than you love yourself. Review Copy Gratis Bethany House Books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/6/2014

    " I loved this book!! I love the way the author writes and I loved the story line. It just grabbed me from the first page and couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pat | 1/1/2014

    " Very Good! People can change and see people for who they are with God's help! "

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About the Author
Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a bestselling and award-winning author and speaker. She is the author of more than twenty inspirational novels. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. A former elementary school teacher, she now lives with her husband, Tom, in central Kansas.