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Song of My Heart (Heart of the Prairie #8)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  749 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer Delivers Heartwarming Historical Romance
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised oper
Paperback, 348 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2012)
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First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

While I have several of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books in various levels on my to-be-read pile, her newest release, Song of My Heart, is the first one I’ve read. And it was great—the characters, the story plot, the writing style…it all pulled me deep into the story.

Sadie Wagner came across as a very sweet tempered, gentle, loving girl. Within the first chapter, I was intrigued with her, springing easily to the next chapter to see what would happen to Sadie a
Ruth Hill
Another Christian historical romance, and indeed with this book, what you see is what you get. This book has everything you would expect: romance, dashing romantic suitor, sweet heroine, Western town, evil vs. good, nice Christian message. So I cannot fault this book at all for being what it is.

The highlights of the book for me is Sadie. I was able to relate to her easily because she is a singer. I am a singer, too. And even one of my students said that the girl on the front of the book looks l
Sadie’s Stepdad is injured and can’t work and since Sadie is the oldest she is looking for work to help support her family. When her cousin writes her and tells her he found a job for her as well as the chance to sing at an opera house she is excited yet sad to leave her family. Sadie gets to work at a store with two old maids who she grows to love and she also gets to sing for there brother Asa in his underground Opera house. Sadie also finds herself smitten with the new Sheriff in town. But so ...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
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Song of My Heart was a solid and enjoyable read, albeit quite predictable. The story didn't really draw me in until the 100 page mark, but then it picked up and maintained a good pace through to the end. There wasn't really any suspense surrounding who the bootlegger was but how the main events played out were interesting and even humorous. The whole feel of the plot felt very reminiscent of the Prohibition era with the underg
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Sadie Wagner has taken a job away from her hometown and family in order to provide for her parents and siblings. Her stepfather was badly injured and is unable to work. An long time family friend recommends Sadie for a job as store clerk in Goldtree, Kansas. She not only has a job to be a store clerk but also the chance to sing in the town's Opera House. God had given Sadie an amazing talent for singing.

Thad McKane is also a new resident in town. But he does not plan on staying in town very long
Tina Peterson
Kim has created another winner! Song of My Heart is about love - love for family, love for others and fear - fear of doing the wrong thing and not knowing how to fix it.

With characters like Shelva & Melva (that takes imagination!) who add some comedy, Sadie who is innocent and naive, Thad the Sheriff with dreams of becoming a minister (he's a little "strait-laced" & was hired to investigate signs of bootlegging) and Sid. Sid is the "bad-boy" - the one who helps Sadie find a job and then
“Song of My Heart” is a completely charming story filled with quirky characters, escalating tension, sweet romance and just a few chuckle-worthy fiction moments.

I’ve got to start with the secondary characters, Melba, Shelba and Asa have got to be the most outrageous characters – not in a bad way – just in a bit of the ridiculous funny. Get into the way Asa (the villain) thinks and you just might want to chuckle – I did. (wink)

I loved Thad. A strapping hero, but with a heart of gold, though he is
Alexandra Morris
So I'm going to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It was sweet, interesting, and at moments pretty exciting, but it really just didn't make an impression on me. There are some books that I finish them and I instantly just want to read them again to experience it all again, this is not one of those books. This more goes into the category of, I enjoyed reading it, I may read it again someday, but if it wasn't sitting right in front of me I would probably forget all about it.
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Kim Vogel Sawyer's westerns are sweet romances with great messages and Song of My Heart is no exception. I usually like her stories even though they can be a bit slow but unfortunately I could not connect with Sadie Wagner, the heroine of this story at all so this book wasn't one of my favorites. Often times in romance the heroine is a bit naive and I can live with that but Sadie was so naive that she almost seemed without sense.

The lack of communication in this book was also unbelievable to me.
Feb 19, 2012 Jolene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian Fiction
Sometimes life circumstances make it hard to make the right choice. Sadie moved to Goldtree, Kansas to take a job as merchantile clerk and opera house singer on the weekends in order to support her family while her step-father heals from an injury. Unfortunately, her cousin, Sid, begins to act strange and the opera house owner, Asa Baxter, demands that Sadie perform a repertoire she is not comfortable with or lose her job. Included in the turmoil are her feelings for the town's new sheriff, Thad ...more
“Song of My Heart” is an entertaining and quirky story that is filled with awkward moments, tension, mystery, and a sweet romance!

Sadie is the oldest in her family and when her father has a devastating injury that leaves him unable to work and her mother at home to take of him she feels it is her responsibility to provide for the family. So when her cousin Sid tells her of a clerk job in Goldtree she decides it is the best way to care for her family. Little did she know that Goldtree would have
First, a big thank you to Bethany House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

To be honest, I have been out of the historical fiction (especially of the western type) loop for a loooooong time, and I had a difficult time getting back into it. But, once I got back into the groove with this book, I really enjoyed it! Sawyer is a very talented writer, and I felt a quick connection with the main characters, Sadie and Thad. I very much admired Sadie's devotion to her
Victor Gentile
Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book “Song of My Heart” published by Bethany House takes us to Kansas in 1895.

From the back cover: Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can’t work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent–though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing eve
Maureen Timerman
This is a really sweet story, with some really enjoyable characters.
When Sadie Wagner's Dad is injured and unable to take care of his family, she moves for Indiana to Kansas. Her Cousin Sid had written that he was able to procure her work, at the mercantile, and singing [which Sadie is thrilled about].
Also moving to Goldtree, KS is Thad McKane, he has been recruited to be the Sheriff. The Mayor wants to kept it quiet, but he has fears of bootlegging going on.
I enjoyed the way Thad is drawn to
Renn Shearin
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured in a mining accident and is unable to work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at a mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity for Sadie to use her God-given singing talent -though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

Thad McKane comes to Gold
Virginia Campbell
Richly written, "Song of My Heart", by Kim Vogel Sawyer, offers a vivid portrait of Kansas in the late 1800s. The author perfectly captures the rough and tumble times of an era in which so much occurred during a relatively short period of time. Changes to technology, transportation, communications, social mores, religion, fashion, science and medicine, literature, art and entertainment. The long-lasting aftereffects of the War Between the States. The glory and grit of the American Old West. A ve ...more
Sadie Wagner has the perfect opportunity. When her stepfather is horrifically wounded, she must figure out some way to earn money for her family’s support. When she receives a letter with a job offer from her favorite cousin, Sid, she decides to take a job as a clerk in Goldtree, Kansas. When she is forced into more than she bargained for at work, as well as starting to fall for the ruggedly handsome sheriff, she questions if it was really God’s will for her to be in this small, cute town. When ...more
I’ve had the pleasure of reading Kim’s Amish books before and this one is the same, it was my pleasure to read her newest, Song of My Heart. At first I had a hard time getting into the book, not because of her writing but because I’m so used to Amish fiction and putting it together with her that it took me a chapter or two to recognize that I wasn’t reading another great Amish novel from Kim but historical fiction that is awesome. Kim Vogel Sawyer has yet again won readers with her in depth char ...more
Song of My Heart
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Summary: Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job. Thad McKane comes to
The Cover: I don't like this cover. I want to- I really do. I love the colors and how the model is standing- but I don't like the model. She is very pretty, but not what I imagine Sadie to look like. Sadie is described as angelic and very beautiful- I imagine have very small feminine features. The model on this book just doesn't line up for me. I don't know if it is the hand, the expression the model has, or the lack of hair- but it isn't my favorite cover.

The Characters: Sadie, Sadie, Sadie. I
Jen W.
As soon as I got this book in the mail yesterday I could not wait to read it. The cover is so beautiful and so I settled down to read it, though not planning to end up finishing it within the day. Sadie Wagner's character just fascinated me and drew me right in. I could feel her emotions of having to leave her family in order to provide for them or when she was wrestling with what to do do about a certain situation. I can't forget to mention the Melva and Shelva Baxter, the twin sisters that own ...more
was excited to receive Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer to review. Kim is one of my favorite authors and I have collected all of her books.

Sadie Wagner, loves her God, her family, and singing. When her stepfather is injured in a mining accident she is willing to find a job to help replace the lost income and support her family. When her cousin, Sid, sends a letter about a job at the mercantile and the possibility of singing in the new Opera House in Goldtree, Kansas, she shares it with her p
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Song of My Heart
by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Sadie Wagner has dreamed of using her gift to honor God. When her cousin Sid writes that there is a position in Goldtree, Kansas as a mercantile clerk and a possible singing position in the town's new opera house it seems to be an answer to prayer. With her step-father injured from a mining accident the family needs the money. With her parents blessing Sadie travels the long distance from Indiana to Kansas.

But Goldtree, Kansas has a hidden side that no one seem
I have to be honest. When I first started off this book and for about the first half off the book, I thought it was just okay. I was going to rate it three stars. Sid (Sadie's cousin that first writes to her about the opportunity to move to Goldtree) annoyed me at first. I figured out who the bootlegger was on very early on. The love triangle aspect of the book bored me quickly. It felt a little predictable at first. But as I moved into the last third of the book, I found myself really enjoying ...more

When Sadie Wagner arrives in Goldtree, Kansas, the only person she knows is Sid Wagner - her cousin, though not by blood.

Awkwardness arises between them when it becomes known that Sid has feelings for Sadie that are more than friendship. Sadie doesn't have the same feelings for Sid, though, and when she starts spending time with Thad McKane (the new sheriff), Sid becomes jealous and angry.

Love starts blooming between Sadie and Thad, but will circumstances
At the age of twenty-two Sadie Wagner was a woman, but she still hadn't found the freedom to do what she wanted most. After an accident where her step-father is injured she knows someone needs to help provide for the family and doesn't mind being the one to do it. When she receives a letter from her step cousin Sid who lives in Goldtree, Kansas telling her he has secured her a job clerking in a mercantile she thinks its an answer to a prayer, and something else that he mentions is that there is ...more
Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Sadie has her hopes up that her Papa will ok her chance to move from Indiana to Kansas where her cousin Sid has been working and secured a job for Sadie at a general store and also a chance to sing in a opera house. Sadie has wanted to sing since she was a little girl, God has given her a great talant and she wants to share it...
Sadies family has been in dire straights since her stepfather became injured and she could work and send monies home to help out. T
Sadie Wagner knows she must leave her beloved family to work and send money home to them. Her step-father is injured, and she is oldest. However, the added bonus of getting a job and being paid to sing – which she loves - in an “opera” house lessens the homesickness she feels. Another benefit is that a favorite cousin lives and works in Goldtree, Kansas too. However, her Cousin Sid’s feelings and the friendship/attraction she feels for the town sheriff, Thad, complicate her life in her new surro ...more
My favorite Kim Vogel Sawyer book yet!

Filled with a delightful cast of characters, some more colorful than others, and set in an 1800's Western town, you can't help but let your heart sing along with this enjoyable novel.

I loved the depth and relatability that Ms. Sawyer brought to the characters, as well as the light-hearted humor represented by characters such as the Baxter sisters, Shelva and Melva. I loved so many things about this book, the setting was one of them. I just cannot help but l
Song of My Heart
by Kim Vogel Sawyer

In an effort to help support her family when her father is injured in an accident, Sadie Wagner leaves home to join her cousin in Goldtree, Kansas. There she will be paid well to work as a store clerk and also get to fulfill her dream of singing at the town’s Opera House. Sadie arrives at her new home full of anticipation mixed with a little fear and is determined to succeed. Her cousin Sid is a familiar face from home and she quickly learns to love her two spi
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Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligrap ...more
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“You, offend me?” He let a soft chuckle roll. “Not likely.” Then he forced an apologetic grimace. “But I figure my taking off offended you. So would you let me make it up to you? I’d like to take you to supper tonight.” She looked surprised. And a little nervous. Maybe he was moving too fast. “Or tomorrow,” he said, “if that suits you better.” “N-no. Tonight . . . would be fine.” 0 likes
“You don’t want to be my friend anymore?” He shook his head. Sadie looked down, blinking back tears. His rejection hurt more than she could understand. “Oh.” He wheeled on the seat of his pants, taking her chin in his hand and lifting her face. His eyes smoldered with deep emotion. “I wanna be more.” Sadie sucked in a sharp breath. “M-more?” Sid gazed directly into her face, his fingers possessive on her jaw. “I wanna be your beau, Sadie.” “Sid!” Sadie pulled back, out of his reach, but his hand hovered in the air in front of her face. She inched sideways, putting a little more space between them. “You can’t be my beau.” The dark scowl of days past returned, giving him a stern appearance. “Why not?” She held out her hands. “We’re cousins!” “Not by blood.” He rolled to his knees, anchoring her skirts to the ground with his weight. Then he leaned in, like a cat cornering a mouse. “You ain’t really a Wagner. Oh, sure, you call Uncle Len Papa, but he’s not your real pa. So that means we aren’t real cousins.” Sadie’s heart raced so fast, she could hardly draw a breath. “But . . . but . . .” “I tried to tell you how I feel by takin’ you to dinner. An’ givin’ you those flowers.” His familiar face, so close his breath touched her cheek, lit with fervor. “Those’re things a beau would do. Didn’t you understand?” 0 likes
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