Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest novel, "A Home in Drayton Valley," is full of heartache, loss, pain, joy, peace and second chances.
Tarsie has no family and lives with other girls whom all sew in order to survive in New York City. Tarsie spends as much time as she can with her close friend Mary and her two children as Mary feels poorly often and Tarsie does not care much for Mary's husband Joss as he frequently drinks liquor and is not that involved in the lives of his children. When the opportunity arises to go to Kansas, they are all thrilled with the chance, for various reasons. Joss wants to escape those whom he owes money too, Mary wants the children to be raised in a cleaner place than New York and wants Joss to be away from temptations and Tarsie is thrilled to have a chance to live in a place that is so beautiful in the booklet she found. However, on the trail Mary passes away and her dying wish is that Tarsie cares for the children and Joss. Tarsie agrees, but does not see how she could ever care for Joss in that way. As time passes, Tarsie learns more about Joss and sees him changing, especially with his attitudes and opinions about spending time with Ruth and Simon. But, is it too late for Tarsie and Joss to have a real relationship with each other?
I really enjoyed this book; however it was far from a light-hearted, romantic read. The characters all faced hardships and difficulties and had much to work through. Joss and Tarsie both grew and changed and I enjoyed seeing those changes in the characters. Simon and Ruth were great characters in the story and they would be a couple that I would want to spend time with and learn from. This book is filled with so many issues: historical issues such as prohibition and racial issues, physical hardships, love, finding peace through seeking God, and changing as a parent. I highly recommend this book to those whom enjoy historical fiction.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a honest review.*