Sunday, March 18, 2012

Virtual Blog Tour: Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer Book Review

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About the book:

Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. 

After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another Christian historical romance, and indeed with this book, what you see is what you get.  This book has everything you would expect:  romance, dashing romantic suitor, sweet heroine, Western town, evil vs. good, nice Christian message.  So I cannot fault this book at all for being what it is.

The highlights of the book for me is Sadie.  I was able to relate to her easily because she is a singer.  I am a singer, too.  And even one of my students said that the girl on the front of the book looks like me--nice compliment since the heroine is more then 10 years younger than I!  And much thinner.  I also enjoyed the way that the Bible and faith in God was woven so easily into the framework of the story.  While the two main characters did lose their way, they came back to the Lord, and that was the key.  I did like the way that evil was brought to justice in the book.  That was probably the most clever part of the book.

I did not rate this book as high as the others I have read recently because I felt like I was reading the same old story.  While the book has some good points and a few things that establish its uniqueness, I still felt all too often like I was reading the same story I had read lately.  And I did not feel that I was able to connect with the story and characters the way I had with other novels in the genre--just my personal preference.  I also felt the ending was very sappy and left a few unanswered questions.  But in this book's case, I really would not read a sequel.  I do not care about the characters enough to want to read a sequel.

I have agreed that the book deserves a four star rating because it does deliver what one would expect.  Perhaps if I had read it at a different time and place, I may have connected with it more.  But thankfully there is enough interest within it for me that I was able to read it in a relatively short period of time.  It is a light read, and its simple message does come across.  I liked the fact that the message was stressed that if you are doing something wrong and you know it is wrong and you still continue to do it, it is wrong--no matter what your reasons!

I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

About Kim:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen 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.

She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information. 

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