Saturday, October 30, 2010

Book Review - In Every Heartbeat

In Every Heartbeat
by Kim Vogel Sawyer                                                   
Bethany House

Friends Libby Conley, Pete Leidig, and Bennett Martin grew up together in an orphanage in Shays Ford, Missouri, so it's fitting that they attend college together too. September 1914 ushers in a new and exciting chapter in their lives. Libby will major in journalism, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett plans on joining a fraternity.

An introduction to the campus sports star provides a rocky start, but they soon settle into the campus routine. Interesting adventures follow the trio, who spent their days at the orphanage climbing trees and getting into scrapes.

The transition from childhood buddies to adult friends proves challenging; redefining such lines can be difficult. As orphans, each one struggles with a sense of belonging. Their past lives  intersect with their future plans, particularly when Libby learns something about Pete's past. To further complicate things, Libby realizes that she loves Pete. But does he love her? And if so, where does Bennett fit into these changes?

It was interesting to see the story unfold as they dealt with memories and events. I looked forward to reading this; Sawyer always tells a great story. She keeps you on your toes from beginning to end. I was left wondering just a bit about one character at the end - no cliffhanger or anything like that. Just some room perhaps, for a future story. Otherwise it was a wonderful tale sure to please her fans and those who enjoy historical fiction.

What's on your "to be read" pile these days?


Many thanks to Bethany House for supplying this review copy. No compensation was received.


  1. Good review Karen. I just popped over to say thank you for all the lovely comments lately. ;)
    Means a lot.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  2. Hi Karen .. it sounds an interesting read - the development of the characters from as you say their lost world .. to turn and grow into adults at the campus.

    I've just got The Samson Effect by Tony Eldridge, whom I guest posted for recently .. so it'll be a good read I expect .. and a lot of others ...

    Have a good week .. Hilary

  3. Jules,
    You are welcome. Glad to stop by when I can!

    It was interesting to see them develop, and I wonder about writing like that.

    Blessings to each of you,

  4. Karen:
    I've got my to read stack buried under stuff. May I get back with you on this?

  5. Cecelia,
    My TBR pile is tall. Of course you can get back to me. No pressure at all!


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