20 March 2012

Teresa Mathews Reviews Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer




Song of My Heart
(Bethany House, 2012)
Review by Teresa Mathews

Sadie Wagner is a sweet girl with a beautiful singing voice who would do anything for her family. Especially now that her step-father, who is the only father Sadie has known, was hurt in an accident and cannot work Sadie knows someone has to get a job soon, so when she receives a letter from her favorite cousin Sid telling her he has a job for her in Goldtree, Kansas working as a clerk in Baxter’s Mercantile and also maybe as a singer in the local opera house; she sees this as a blessing from the Lord. After Sadie’s mama and papa pray about it they give her permission to go.

When Sadie arrives in Goldtree, she is greeted by Sid who is really excited to see her, for reasons Sadie will soon be shocked to find out. When Sadie is introduced to the tall, matronly identical twin sisters, Shelva and Melva, that own the mercantile, she is not sure she will be able to get used to their loud obnoxious ways but she knows she has to try.

Sadie feels so blest when Asa Baxter, short, soft spoken younger brother of Shelva and Melva, tells her she has the job singing in his unconventional “opera house”. She cannot believe the amount of money he is going to pay her for using her God given talent. When Asa asks Sadie to do things that go against her Christian upbringing, will she be able to resist?

The one bright spot in Sadie’s lonely life away from her family is Thaddeus “Thad” McKane the new Sheriff of Goldtree. Thad has been hired because there are rumors of bootleggers being in the area. Thad’s abuse by his father as a child because of alcoholism makes him more determined than most would be to find the person responsible for the bootlegging. Will Thad and Sadie’s friendship develop into something more or will Sadie be persuaded to do things that might destroy their love and worse yet land her in jail?!

This was a very enjoyable read by Kim Vogel Sawyer; she does a wonderful job weaving a story that holds your attention to the very end. I promise you will love every word of it, I know I did.


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51 comments:

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  2. Really a great review, Teresa! Another one to add to my TBR stack, which after looking at the other day, is LITERALLY starting to tumble over. :)

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  3. Thanks for the review, I know I will have to read this one, great author and great story, what a combo.
    thanks for sharing today
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  4. Great Review, Teresa! I just finished this book last night, ended up reading it in a day since I loved it so much.

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  5. Thanks for this great review Teresa! Sounds like a good book!

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  6. TERESA, Thanks for the review! I hope the picture looks right, now.

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  7. Great review! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Awesome review! I just finished this book, and I highly recommend it!

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  9. Teresa is on a mission of mercy today, helping someone out, so I hope you all don't mind me until she gets back!

    PAULA and Marian, I agree it does sound like a good book! I hope we all get the opportunity to read it! Kim's great!

    JEN and FAYE, thank you for coming by and sharing how much you enjoyed this book!

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  10. Waving at you up there, GWEN, and MURRAY! Thank you for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. CARRIE, it's lovely, just like the person who put it up there! Thank you.

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  12. Hi Diana
    It has been a long day, but I'm back! Thank you for being here for me. YOU ARE THE BEST! :)

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  13. We love you, Diana! Bless you Teresa and your ministering heart and hands!

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  14. I've read many of Kim's books and enjoyed them all. It would be fun to win a copy of "Song of My Heart." Thanks for the opportunity.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  15. Pam maybe you'll be the blest one to win this time 'round. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  16. We all adore you, too, Carrie! The body of Christ is fitly joined together and we are all here in this world to help one another, in the big things and the small!

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  17. I love the author and can't wait to read this one
    ldwrncpn@comcast.net

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  18. DIANA, I find it ironic that Connie Almony referred to me as a "ligament" in her article yet the problem with my foot is in the Achilles' tendon, lol. I think I feel more like that tendon today!

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  19. TERESA, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Song of My Heart. I had such fun in Goldtree, and it makes me happy to know Thad and Sadie and the other residents are making friends. :o)

    FAYE, thank you for your recommendation, as well! Blessings to you!

    EVERYONE, good luck in the drawing!

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  20. LORI, I want to get around to listening to Kim's books. I DO have a signed copy of Volunteer of the Week from ACFW with Kim's signature on it - does that count as reading something by her, lol? Everyone seems to love her writing. Will have to get listening.

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  21. SONG OF MY HEART IS OUT ON AUDIBLE.COM!!! I just downloaded it! I do not think it was up there when I looked a week ago. They had another one, too, that was new - A Whisper of Peace. Diana reviews that book on Thursday.

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  22. Kim it was a pleasure to make friends with Thad and Sadie! I loved all of the characters, even ole Asa! Without aging myself he reminds me a little of Boss Hogg! LOL!

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  23. I haven't read this book by Kim yet: can't wait to!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. Thanks for the review, I've only read a few of Kim's books, but have enjoyed the ones I have read!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. MARISSA and PATTY, thank you for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  26. TERESA, I would never have thought of Boss Hogg, but now that you mention it, the description fits! LOL

    CARRIE, thanks for the info about audible.com!

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  27. Kim, Asa had me talking out loud to him! LOL! That's when I know it's a great book, when I become so wrapped up in the story that I start talking to the characters! :)

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  28. TERESA, you should've heard me talking to Asa as I wrote. My cat thought I was crazy. LOL!

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  29. Now I KNOW why I love your writing so much! I was afraid you might think me strange for saying I was talking to him! LOL!

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  30. Thank you for another insightful review, Teresa!

    Oh, those names...Shelva & Melva :) They sound obnoxious! How did you go about choosing them, Kim?

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  31. Another great one by Kim!
    Amy
    Campbellamyd@gmail.com

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  32. I love Kim, but definitely don't have enough of her books. I would love the chance to win a new one :-)

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  33. Oops...forgot to leave my email: catherine.dacosta09@gmail.com

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  34. Thanks ANNE, I had such fun reading this book and Miss Shelva and Miss Melva kinda grew on Sadie! :)

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  35. Catherine maybe you'll win this one! :)

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  37. This sounds like a very interesting story, thank you for hosting the giveaway this week for one of Kim's books.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  38. Just finished reading Song of My Heart last night. I loved it!

    I'd also love to win another book. Thanks for the chance.

    Andrea Cox
    andrearenee2004 at yahoo dot com

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  39. AMY, you asked about Melva and Shelva's names... I sing in the choir with a woman named Melva; and I met a woman named Shelva at a booksigning in Ohio. Both gave me permission to use their names, and the characters in SONG OF MY HEART fit them perfectly. However, the high-strung women in the book in no way reflect the characters of their namesakes! :o)

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  40. WENDY thanks for coming by, it's a great book!

    ANDREA, you're welcome, thanks for stopping by.

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  41. Hello! I love Kim Vogel Sawyer books!! I also love your blog.
    God bless you.
    ~Erin

    erin@bellcase.com

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  42. Thank you ERIN, that's so sweet! :)

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  43. ERIN, thank you for the kind words. :o)

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  44. Congrats to Mary Duff, our winner of her book of choice by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Thank you everyone for being with us this week, and a special thanks to Kim, for being such a lovely and charming guest!

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  45. Congrats Mary Duff!! I know you will love whatever book you receive. :)

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