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A Whisper of Peace (Heart of the Prairie #7)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  438 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Tender Romance from Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Ostracized by her tribe because of her white father, Lizzie Dawson lives alone in the mountains of Alaska, practicing the ways of her people even as she resides in the small cabin her father built for her mother. She dreams of reconciling with her grandparents to fulfill her mother's dying request, but she has not yet
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2011)
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May 02, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Alaskan beauty

A heartwarming story set in Alaska giving insight into the Athebascan people living there and missionaries from San Francisco hoping to teach them the word of God. A love story entwined with sadness but with a happy ending
Sep 10, 2014 Christin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed the other Kim Vogel Sawyer books I have read so I was looking forward to this Alaskan adventure. Sadly, I was disappointed. I didn't agree with their approach to missions, I thought it was reaaaaaallly slow, and it made a flip reference to a MASSIVE theological heresy. I can usually count on Mrs. Sawyer to be gospel-centered--it's one of my favorite things about her books and I was very taken aback and grieved when she casually referenced people within the mission who died ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable historical fiction read with a different than usual setting.
Apr 16, 2014 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Kim Sawyer's books but I was not so pleased with this one. I need the book to grab me from the get go and this one didn't so I skipped ahead (after 5 chapters, mind you) and read the end. From what I gather Lizzie mother died, her father left them and her grandparent's excommunicated them out of the village because her father was white. 2 Missionaries (Clay and his step-sister, Vivian) come to teach the villagers how to read and write and about God love. That was the gist of the entire bo ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Clay Selby and his stepsister, Vivian, are heading to Alaska to become missionaries among the Athabascans Indians. Clay is trying to be the man is father is and Vivian is trying to earn forgiveness as she blames herself for her father's death. Clay becomes so focused on getting the mission building built so they can begin the school and so that he can stand behind a pulpit and preach that he loses sight of just ministering to people. A bit of pride in the bu
Oct 15, 2011 Wendi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Whisper of Peace
By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by Thomas Nelson

A Whisper of Peace is the story of a young missionary who yearns to lead like his father and two very different young women burdened by a similar need for forgiveness and redemption.

Clay Selby and his stepsister Vivian are determined to bring the Good News to the Athabascan people of Alaska and teach them to read and write. While they both knew their undertaking would require a great deal of hard work and sacrifice, neither could ha
Oct 14, 2011 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kim Vogel Sawyer has won my loyalty as a reader with her sweeping stories of life and love in an array of settings with a variety of characters. This book is one of my favorites with the diverse characters of Clay and Vivian Selby, missionaries to Alaskan natives who have stumbled on an interesting situation. Lizzie is a native that is an outcast and lives by herself not far from the people that should be her family but won't accept her. She is outside their protection and yet her grandmother an ...more
Jun 29, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0764207853
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Lizzie Dawson is cut off from her Native tribe because of her white father. She lives alone in the mountains of Alaska. She lives in the small cabin her father built surrounded by her dog teams and wildlife.

Clay Selby is a missionary. His parents served a native American tribe in Oklahoma, now Clay and his sister are planning to serve as missionaries to a tri
Dec 08, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
It is the late 1890's and Clay Selby and his step-sister Vivian are on their way to the Alaskan Frontier to begin their Missionary work among the Athabascans, the local natives of the area. Then there is Lizzie, the ostracized native of the Athabascans. As the story unfolds, Clay and Vivian are arriving at Fort Yukon, Alaska on the final leg of the journey to the Alaskan frontier and their mission work. Clay Selby is chomping at the bit to get his work started, but he needs to confront some diff ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reviewing Christian fiction for a long time now and there are certain constants in this arena that I know I can rely on. One such constant is that Kim Vogel Sawyer writes fantastic books. I have yet to read one of her books that I didn’t enjoy tremendously. When I first found out that her newest book was set in Alaska instead of Kansas where most of her books are set, I had mixed emotions. On the one hand, I was glad because I love historical novels that take place in Alaska. They fa ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lizzie Dawson is determined to fulfill her mother's dying wish - that Lizzie reconcile with her grandparents. Once peace is made, Lizzie plans to go to California to live with her father. The mountains of Alaska have always been her home, though. She is concerned about fitting into 1898 society in San Francisco. Surely it will differ from the wilds of the Yukon, won't it? No matter, she must join her father.

Clay Selby and his stepsister Vivian are headed to minister to a native tribe near Fort Y
Amber Stokes
3.5 stars

With the Alaskan wilds as the backdrop, Sawyer sets the stage for a struggle between heritage and an uncertain future, a desire for purpose and a desire for love, pain and peace. All three of the main characters have inner turmoil but long for "a whisper of peace" to blow across their hearts.

Lizzie Dawson is the epitome of independence as she survives living away from her village and away from human love. That is, until she meets two people on whom she might depend (and two children who
Trinity Rose
A Whisper of Peace is a good book, but for me it really started slow. It didn’t seem like a lot happened in this book and it was easy to guess the ending. It took me longer than normal to read because it just wasn’t that interesting. I know Kim Vogel Sawyer is a sweetheart of a person and has written many wonderful books, but this just isn’t one of them.
Don’t get me wrong this is a fun read if you don’t have any other books to read. It is full of encouraging thoughts.
I would have liked the ch
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Forgiveness sounds so simple to do yet so often becomes the hardest act for some of us to perform. Striving to show people what God's love is all about, Clay Selby and his step sister, Vivian set out for the Alaskan frontier in the late 1800's, as missionaries to the native people of the Athabascans, who have seen many white people by fear what their ways will bring to their small village.

Fueled by a desire to follow in his father's footsteps, Clay begins to build a school house within the villa
Nov 14, 2011 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come along with Kim Vogel Sawyer to the beautiful land of Alaska!

Well written, in Ms. Sawyer's typical fashion, the writing instantly draws one inside the story. The Alaskan setting is beautifully done, and the characters are utterly charming though flawed.

My impression of this book, is a bit mixed. I really wanted to love everything, but I personally found certain things that didn't quite work for me. This was just one of those books where the characters who like each other, tended to pop rando
Oct 14, 2011 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1898, this is the captivating story of a young woman living alone in the Alaskan wilderness. Lizzie’s childhood is perfect with her Indian mother and white trapper father until he decides to return to his white family in San Francisco. Her father chooses to leave his wife and daughter behind, stating that they will not fit into the white world. The trouble is that they are already ostracized by her mother’s Indian tribe because of her white father, and therefore mother and daughter are le ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Whisper of Peace” is a story that breaks traditions that might be expected of a Sawyer novel, but one, I believe, I was still pleased with.

As I read the novel, I thought the romance between the hero and heroine a bit slow, but there were a few different circumstances about this novel that made me think it was more than just a ‘romance’. I was given a glimpse into the mind and struggles of several different characters, besides the hero and heroine. This wasn’t just their story, which I enjoyed
Kathleen E.
Dec 06, 2011 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monday, October 24, 2011
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This story begins as Clay Selby, a missionary's son, and his stepsister, Vivian, are enroute from Oklahoma to Alaska to begin a church and school among the Athapascan Indians in 1898. They meet Lizzie Dawson, a young woman who lives in a cabin near the Indian village. They beco
Aug 31, 2012 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Alaska in the late 1800’s, Lizzie Dawson lives alone after she lost her mom, and her trapper dad moved back to California. She was not welcome in the tribe living nearby because was part white woman. She lives for the day she can join her Pa in California, and finally have family to love and care for her.
Clay Selby follows his father’s love for the native people and moves to Alaska to build a school and church among the Athabascans. His step sister Vivian decides to come along as his hel
A WHISPER OF PEACE by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an interesting inspirational historical fiction set in 1898 Near Fort Yukon, Alaska.This is the story of ostracized Lizzie Dawson,an Athabascan Indian with a white father and missionary Clay Selby. It has romance,faith,missionaries, reconciling with one's relatives,Alaska,mountains of Alaska,natives,love, life's choices and finding a way a bridge a gap between a Lizzie and her tribe. This is a complex,compelling story of the differences between the nativ ...more
Lynne Young
Oct 28, 2011 Lynne Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Kim Vogel Sawyer! When I read the synopsis of this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it but being that it was a book by an author I have never been disappointed by I was going to read it. I am so glad I did! This book had everything, trust, betrayal, love, friendship, honor, etc.

I thought I wouldn't be able to connect with an Indian theme, especially after I started reading names and places but I was so wrong! I was not only able to connect with the characters, I co
Sarah Adamson
This book was the first I had read by this author. I was not very impressed. Interesting setting, has some historical accuracy to it, is an interesting blending of the local natives beliefs and Christianity.

spoilers alert.
I appreciate the missionary work needed but did not like how this was explained in the book.
Lizzie's conversion was rapid - too fast and too convenient.
Clay is just irritating. I cannot see the self sufficient Lizzie falling for him.
Patricia Hullet
I usually love Kim Vogel Sawyer's books but this one was a bit slow for me. I had a hard time staying interested and even found myself skimming over paragraphs. I wanted to finish it as it is very rare that once I start a book I don't finish it - unless it is too graphic with language/sex. The last few chapters got much better and then I was interested and didn't want it to end. Ms. Sawyer did a wonderful job of describing the Alaskan tribe and the complex way of life for that time. I did enjoy ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From no fault of her own, Lizzie was forced to live outside the tribe. She met a couple of missionaries and become friends with them. Lizzie tried so hard to get back on good standing with her Grandparents since this was her Mother's dying wishes. And then she planned to go to San Francisco to be with her father, that had left her and her Mom years ago.

Things don't always turn out as planned, but did enjoy the book.
Charity U
Mar 22, 2014 Charity U rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this book didn’t grab me as much as some of Kim’s have. She’s had some books (like “Courting Miss Amsel”) that I’ve absolutely loved. This wasn’t one of them, but I don’t regret reading it. For one thing, I absolutely loved the Alaskan setting! Right in the shadow of Denali (aka Mt. McKinley). It was awesome – cause I’ve been there! All in all, this was a good book, just didn’t grab me as much. Definitely worth my one-time read though.
A Whisper of Peace was an interesting new story by Kim Vogel Sawyer. A young Indian woman shunned by her tribe because of her "white blood", and a man determined to be a fulfilling missionary to the people who cast her out. Also, the missionary's sister was part of the story, as she had traveled to Alaska with her brother to witness to the Indians. But it turns out her motive was different than his.
Grudges, mistrust, and secrets are woven throughout this book. An estranged father living in San
Cyndi Beane-Henry
Nov 26, 2011 Cyndi Beane-Henry rated it it was amazing
When Clay Selby and his step-sister Vivian travel to the frontier of Alaska to be missionaries to the Athabascan people, one wonders just how they will make it in the rough wilderness.

Clay has a heart for winning the native people to the Lord. Vivian wants to teach.

When Vivian is befriended by an ostracized native girl, their mission almost comes to a screeching halt. But when God has a plan, Man need only hold on for the ride!

This is a must read for good Christian historical novels. It is also
This was a good book. An Interesting story about those cast off either because of their actions or someone else's. A great story of redemption and that you can do Gods work wherever you are.
Margaret May
Apr 29, 2016 Margaret May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. Story of a brother and step sister going to Alaska to minister to natives. Meet a girl who feels rejected by family cause is half white. How all cope with problems and the forgiveness
I liked the story but way too long. I think I am done with this author.
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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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“They ain’t gonna be interested in no church service. I’m for certain-sure those poker-faced heathens don’t even have souls.” He looked Clay up and down. “’Pears to me you an’ yer woman’re folks o’ quality. Folks such as you shouldn’t waller low enough to spend time with the likes o’ them.” Clay had encountered this negative mindset toward natives many times before. Even though it irritated him, his father had taught him to overcome evil with good. “Mr. Burke, have you considered how much Jesus lowered Himself to leave Heaven and spend time with us on earth? Should we do any less than He did?” 0 likes
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