I received this novel from Bethany House Publishers for no charge in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own!
United by blood, divided by time, will three orphan train siblings ever
find one another again? Orphaned in a tenement fire, three Irish
immigrant children are sent to Missouri to be adopted. Despite eight
year old Maelle's desperate attempts to keep her siblings together, each
child is taken by a different family. Yet Maelle vows that she will
never stop searching for her brother and sister . . . and that they will
be together one day in the future. Seventeen years later, Maelle is
still searching. But the years have washed away her hope . . . and her
memories. What are Mattie and Molly doing now? Where has life taken
them? Will she ever see her brother and sister again?
My Heart Remembers is the first novel in Kim Vogel Sawyers series My Heart Remembers and is the first novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer I have had the pleasure of reading. I have a few of her novels on my To Be Read pile. Maelle, Mattie, and Molly are siblings who despite Maelle's attempts of keeping them together find themselves sent to Missouri to be adopted separately. Maelle makes a promise to Mattie and Molly that she will find them and they will be together again. She spends 17 years looking for them and finds herself losing hope that they will be together.
My Heart Remembers is a beautiful story set during 1886 that depicts the struggles of immigrants at that time. I really enjoyed this novel. Kim Vogel Sawyer writes with authority on 1880's time period in the United States, adoption process then, and the places Maelle looked find her siblings. I found myself truly involved in this novel and could not put it down. Kim Vogel Sawyer's A Heart Remembers shows the separate lives these three siblings had and how they finally found each other. Truly a heartfelt story of love, perseverance and faith. This novel is definitely a tear jerker so really need the tissues. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction, you won't be disappointed. I cannot wait to dig into the other novels by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I have. I give this novel 4 Stars.