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My Heart Remembers

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,753 ratings  ·  250 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 348 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Christina Knotts
This was, overall, an excellent read. (Heart-wrenching, tear-jerking parts!)

I was not impressed with the writing, however. It has a "modern" feel to it, with very short sentences for which I don't really care.

Also, there were some parts where the unmarried couples would touch, etc. In one part, one of the main characters shied away from being hugged by a man and then later on, she realizes that she enjoys his touch now and that God brought her that "healing." I disagree whole-heartedly that a ma
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Marge
I took advantage of a "free" Kindle book offer and downloaded this book. It is a story about three orphans who board an "orphan train" on their way to an orphanage. The year : 1886. The parents who were Irish immigrants perished in a fire leaving them to fend for themselves. Maelle is 9 and a half years old, Mattie, 6 years old and one-year old Molly. Predictably, they are adopted by three different families. But just before the younger kids are taken by their adoptive parents, Maelle manages to ...more
Becky
Mar 20, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a light, quality read
This was actually a really great read. The writing was tight, the characters well developed and unique, the plot engaging, and the conclusion satisfying. It even has a social message.

Erin
" Take care o' the wee ones. Don't let them o' yer sight. D'ya hear me,lass?" These are the last words that eight year old Maelle Gallagher hears before her mother and father perish in a fire in their tenement house. With their only family gone, Maelle, her brother Mattie, and baby sister, Molly are thrown at the mercy of a New York City orphanage. Soon the three Irish immigrants find themselves on an orphan train headed for Missouri. Upon learning that she will be separated from her siblings, M ...more
Erin
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Sawyer covers a lot of ground in My Heart Remembers. Immigration, Ellis Island, crowded tenements, sweat shops, foundling asylums, orphan trains, early photography and religion. Against this backdrop she relates the story of three siblings, separated by tragedy and united by a common cause.

The Gallagher kids survive terrible misfortune only to be divided by circumstance. Left in an orphan asylum, the
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Kara
About 75 percent into this book I knew that I could not give this book more than two stars. I also knew that I had to review it, which I don't do very often.The plot was extremely predictable to me. I knew what was going to happen, and found myself wanting the siblings to meet each other so it could be done with. The characters fell flat. A lot of these characters were suppose to have a lot of different issues in their lives, and yet the back story to most of them fell short. I found myself wond ...more
Rebecca Haughey
This was a surprisingly good novel. I received it as a Christmas gift from my grandmother, and while I ordinarily do not dabble in the Christian fiction genre for one reason or another, I figured there was no harm in giving it a try. The story really sucked me in, especially with the three altering narratives from each of the protagonists. A quick read, but an enticing story that I couldn't put down. While the characters were all Christian, they certainly weren't perfect and were all the more be ...more
Sevimli Hırsız
3,5
Ailemin Savrulan Külleri / Kim Vogel Sawyer
Başlarda çok güzel bir girişi olmasına rağmen kitabın ilerleyişinde çok hızlı ve eksik olan bi’şeyler vardı.Özellikle sonlarına doğru üç kardeşin yeniden birbirlerine kavuşmaları hiç beklediğim gibi olmadı.Yani nasıl desem ? Maelle’nin kız kardeşi Molly’i gördüğünde verdiği tepki o kadar tuhaftı ki 17 senedir birbirini görmeyen sanki onlar değil. Tamam belki şok etkisi var ama bence yazar o kısımlarda duyguları hissettirememiş. O yüzden kitaba pek s
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sabisteb
New York City 1886. Die Geschwister Maelle, Mattie und Molly Gallagher verlieren bei einem Brand ihre Eltern. Als Einwandererkinder haben sie keine Verwandte zu denen sie Geschickt werden könnten. So werden sie, wie 150 000 Tausend andere Waisenkinder zwischen 1854 und 1929, in den sogenannten "Waisenzügen" aus den überfüllten Städten im Osten in eine neue Heimat im Westen geschickt.
Eingedenk des letzten Versprechens, dass Maelle ihrem Vater gegeben hatte, sich um die Kleinen zu kümmern, verklei
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Anne OK
A sweet and tender, sometimes heartwrenching story of three immigrant orphans who are separated and sent to three different homes. Right before the three parted ways, the oldest, Maelle gave each one a personal item hoping that it would give them hope and help them remember they once belonged to a family. A journey of fifteen years has separated their lives and each have a story to tell. Though heartbreaking and tearful, this was such a wonderful story with an inspirational message. Finding each ...more
Celia Yeary
I always say "I don't read Inspirationals," yet I do pick one up here and there and read it. Thank you, Kim Vogel, for this free copy on Amazon, for I most likely would never have read it. A good story is a good story, whether a romance, a western, a historical, or...an inspirational. And this was definitely a good story. You did a wonderful job with the three siblings, the way they talked, and as they grew up I could see each one. Oh, and yes, I shed a tear or two when Matthew discovered his si ...more
Kara
This was a really touching book. I cried a couple of times during it. I loved that most of it was about overcoming adversity. Getting past selfishness, discovering what's important in life and turning to our Heavenly Father. This was a Christian book with a lot of the themes throughout it. At times it didn't seem like they delved into the thought processes enough with regards to Christianity but what can you expect? That would have turned the book into a much longer read. I liked how she told th ...more
Joleen
This was my kind if book!!
Maelle, Matt and Molly, left orphaned by an apartment fire, were forever separated after a train took the siblings west to a town expecting a load of orphans.

Each had something of their parent's as proof of who they were, and to always remember. Growing up in different places and in totally different ways, only two of them remembered the others, as Molly was just a year old. Maelle was always looking for her brother and sister, and Matt was always hoping to be found. M
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Regina Garza
Apr 19, 2014 Regina Garza rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys a perfect read
AMAZING! SPECTACULAR! TRULY WONDERFUL
And in few words: I wholeheartedly approve
I just finished reading this book for the tenth time, and that's when I realized this book demanded, cried out for and deserved a review. Normally, I just rate the book and let the readers decide for themselves; actually, this is only the fourth review I've written in my whole life. A small number if you take into consideration that I have read at least four thousand books.
But enough with my feeling of astonishment, b
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Kelly
In 1886 New York City, the Gallagher family is ripped apart by a tenement fire, leaving the three children (Maelle, Mattie, and Molly) at the mercy of an orphanage. Selected as members of an Orphan Train headed out west, the children are separated in Missouri, their only tokens of the family they had split between them for safe-keeping and proof of identity should they ever meet again.

I didn't realize when I selected this book somewhere along the way that it was an inspirational Christian book.
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Lora Cumbie
This is a beautifully written story of three small immigrant children, orphaned, who are sent across the country on the orphan trains, and adopted out to three different families.

While the story may not have touched on all the harsh realities of the orphan trains, it did leave me with a deep sense of what life may have been like for these children. The story begins with the event that took away their parents, and continues with their journey into a local orphanage, then on through their trip on
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Sarah
I need to stop reading free books just because they're free (#postgradproblems). Also, a woman from the 1800s who goes by "Mike" ... ? Pretty sure I've see that before.
Kayla
Sen nasıl bir kitaptın öyle! Ağlamaktan helak oldum.

Aşkı meşki boşver, kardeşlik bağları bu kitabı mükkemmel yapmaya yetiyor da artıyor bile...

Kesinlikle tavsiye ediyorum.
Kim
Downloaded free to my kindle and wasn't sure how it would be. Ended up really enjoying it. I can't imagine being separated from my family!
Janice
I took advantage of a "free" Kindle book offer and downloaded this book. It is a story about three orphans who board an "orphan train" on their way to an orphanage. The year : 1886. The parents who were Irish immigrants perished in a fire leaving them to fend for themselves. Maelle is 9 and a half years old, Mattie, 6 years old and one-year old Molly. Predictably, they are adopted by three different families. But just before the younger kids are taken by their adoptive parents, Maelle manages to ...more
Abigail Richmond
Sep 29, 2012 Abigail Richmond rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This story was Great!!! Couldn't help but cry at the Reunions.
Tracy
I overlooked the Christian tag that accompanied this book so I was bit surprised by the religious nature of My Heart Remembers , especially in Part 2. I thought that part of it and the overall plot itself was a slightly overwrought. Yet, while I figured out exactly where this story about three separated orphans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries was going to go, I genuinely wanted to see where the book and the characters ended up. Maelle is the most interesting sibling. She's the olde ...more
Shari Larsen
This is the story of 3 Irish immigrant siblings, who lost their parents in a tenement fire in New York City. 8 year old Maelle makes a promise to her father to look out for younger brother Mattie, and baby sister Molly. They are sent to Missouri on an "orphan train", where they are separated. Maelle makes a vow though to find them again one day, but as the years go by, her hopes start to dim.

The story also follows the lives of Molly and Mattie, and the very different paths all their lives took.

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Rachel Thompson
I downloaded a free copy of this book for my e-reader.

Three siblings are separated by a series of events after their parents are killed in a fire. At the orphanage, infants, boys, and girls are all kept separate, but luckily with her short hair and manner of dress, Maelle is thought to be a boy and able to stay her with her little brother, Mattie. I never felt as if Mattie's boy-like features were adequately explained -- this just seemed like a convenient plot-point so she could stay with her br
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Karyl
A quick read, one meant to tug at the heart strings. Three siblings, Maelle, Mattie, and Molly are orphaned when their parents do not survive a tenement fire in NYC. The children are sent west on an orphan train and split up, as was the case for many orphans. After many years apart, they finally find each other while working to outlaw child labor.

There wasn't a whole lot of "meat" to this book, making it ideal as a break from weightier things or as a beach read. You kind of know what's going to
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Alleluialu
This book made me cry...twice! It was soooooo good. It's the story of 3 children who lose their parents in a tenement fire New York in the late 1800's. They are sent West on an orphan train and subsequently separated. Maelle, the eldest, promised the other two that she would find them again and gave each of them one of "ties to home" that her father had given her when he made her leave the tenement with her brother and baby sister. He also made her promise to "take care of the wee ones". The thr ...more
Tanya
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Rachel
This is the story of three siblings separated at a young age. Their parents were killed in a fire and they were sent on an orphan train each being adopted by different families. Years later they held on to the hope that they would one day meet again. Maelle travels with her photography business searching new places hoping to find her brother and sister. Mattie moves from ranch to ranch hoping that Maelle can find him even though he is moving so much. Molly (Isabelle), who was just a baby when ad ...more
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The author
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 calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six g
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Darci
This is an OK- good book. It's absolutely as far from literary fiction as one can get without delving into the realm of ridiculous, but it is a good book. The topic is fascinating, and the characters are interesting but perhaps I'm too much of a cynic to have enjoyed this as thoroughly as some people have. It seemed a little crazy that these 3 individuals, siblings who were separated as very young children, would not only find each other again, but would happen upon each other in the way that th ...more
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