Friday 18 October 2013

Book review: A Home for My Heart

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  From the Back:

A sweet story of hope and love set against the poignant backdrop of a 1910 orphanage

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, pouring all her energy into caring for the boys and girls who live there and dreaming of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine, and have children of her own. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the esteemed job of running the orphanage.

There's one glitch. The matron cannot be married. She must focus her attention on the financial, legal, and logistical matters of the Home. Sadie's heart is torn. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else? Does she, a young woman who was once an orphan herself, have what it takes to succeed in such a challenging career? And when the future of the Home begins to look bleak, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

 My Reflections:

This book was such a touching and sweet story. The plight of orphans hits close to my heart, as my mom was an orphan and had such a hard life because of the pain and hurt she has carried around her whole life.

This book is well written, the issues deep and faith filled. The plot is somewhat simple and a tad predictable, but not in a negative way by any means. I quite enjoyed the relaxed pace the story progressed at and didn't find that it lost my attention at any point.

Saidie Sillsby's character is well developed and true to life. The issues she deals with are typical of orphans and the grace we see her character experience are completely uplifting and make the story a real joy to read.

Blaine her intended, is also a well rounded character, although we don't really get to know him well, he feels somewhat distant in the entirety of the novel. The end of the story kind of brought it all together for me. I would love to see a sequel to this novel about Blaine's Brother Carter. His plight would make an interesting novel.

All in all I quite enjoyed reading about the Raystown Home for Orphans and Friendless Children, it made me want to revisit my desire to foster children in need of some love and stability.
I would recommend this Historical fiction to anyone who wants a heart tugging easy read, the faith elements in this book are clear, and uplifting.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

About the Author:
Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer is a three-time Genesis Contest finalist who has long had a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults.Visit for more information.
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