Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer

I received a copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: Sadie Sillsby works at an orphanage in 1910, caring for orphans or children whose parents cannot financially support them. When she is offered the position of matron, Sadie has to choose between a life of service and having a family of her own with Blaine. Along the way she confronts many obstacles and temptations that will test her faith in God as merciful and loving.

Characters: Sadie is one of those hero characters you root for even in her weaknesses. Her fiance Blaine is the quiet boy-next-door often overlooked for being 'too nice'. There are wonderful supporting characters who provide a sense of wisdom and stability. Not much character development, as the story is mainly plot-driven.

World Building: I would have liked to see more impressions of life in the early 1900's. Besides a description of town stores, there is not much in the way of painting a scene.

Writing Style: The author writes straight-forward and simply, with emotion.

What I Liked: A heartwarming story, Home for My Heart shows how difficult life was for women who chose to have purpose beyond the home back in the early 1900's. Although still a struggle today, I can never imagine working for an employer who required I remain unmarried. It was interesting to feel a connection to a fictional woman from such a time long ago.

Deal Benders: I can't think of anything frustrating besides this book is generally forgettable. A nice beach or vacation read, as it doesn't command too much attention.

Overall Rating: I gave this one three stars because I liked it - nothing earth shattering, but I liked it. If you're in for a light and sweet read, this one's for you. Happy reading.

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