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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


From back cover copy: "Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas. The school's one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher-or the wife of one. But will Tressa have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the passel of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once-and got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa's bumbling ways that makes him take notice. When trouble strikes, will Abel risk his life-and his heart-to help this eastern girl?"

"In A Hopeful Heart, Kim Vogel Sawyer gives her readers a warm and endearing story. It is a different slant on prairie romances. Characters are so well depicted, as is the setting in rural Kansas in the 1880's. I could easily slip right into the story and be at home, feeling with the girls and the ranchers in their struggles.Kim adds elements of mystery, suspense and heart-searching, which all blend together to make this a very satisfying read. She not only addresses the emotions involved as the girls begin to court their prospective husbands, but she also depicts the struggles which Tressa faces in coming to terms with issues of forgiveness and seeing that what she thought was just a second-best chance might indeed be God's best for her.This is a story which will stay in my heart for a long time. I highly recommend this heartwarming historical fiction, and look forward to the next book by this wonderful author."

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several bestsellers.  Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational ReadersChoice Award. Kim is active in her church, and in her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy.  Kim and her husband live in Kansas.  They have three daughters and six grandchildren.  For further information, please see Kim's website at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.

A Hopeful Heart is available now at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Thanks to the publisher and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. for providing a copy for review purposes.
This book is available at www.amazon.com.

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