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A Home in Drayton Valley (Heart of the Prairie #9)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  277 ratings  ·  65 reviews
When tragedy strikes on the prairie, throwing Tarsie and Joss into an unexpected arrangement, can they trust God with their dreams for the future?
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Published October 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Maureen Timerman
I enjoyed this fast pace read of living in 1880's Kansas. The author takes us from the streets of poverty in NYC to the shores Mississippi River Kansas.
Tarsie Raines loves her friend Mary Brubacher and gives her her life savings to get her out of NYC. Mary turns around and makes her husband Joss take Tarsie with them.
We experience taking the train and then wagon train to the promise land of Kansas. We meet prejudice head on with the wagon master being black. Joss has had a hard bringing up, his
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Janine
"A Home in Drayton Valley" by Kim Vogel Sawyer is book with two wonderful story lines that went together so well that I got lost in the wonderful world of Drayton Valley, Kansas.

The stories both include amazing and wondrous transformations. Since what I need to say does sort of spoil the book I thought to put it under a spoiler.

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Ellie
One of Kim Vogel Sawyer's best novels to date! Reminded me of Janette Oke's classic Love Comes Softly, only better, if that's even possible ;-)
Tasha
This is a really good book but it drags just a bit. Tarsie marries her best friends husband after she dies trying to make it to Kansas and making her promise to love her husband because there is good in him. The husband, Joss really doesn't marry her but pretends that a bartender he meets is a preacher, therefore, their marriage is a sham. Joss has lot of issues to deal with such as drinking, gambling and not enough money. But the good Lord looks out for fools too and uses a black man, Samuel to ...more
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Bethany House. It is another example of excellent historical fiction with romantic and religious undertones. I absolutely adore historical fiction and wagon trains were favorite topics of mine when I was in elementary school. This story took me right back to those times.

I’ve enjoyed other books by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so I knew it would enjoy this one. A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY begins in New York City, in the year 1880. Tarsie (
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Heidi

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and th
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Laura
A Home in Drayton Valley by author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a beautiful love story that speaks to the heart of new beginnings and redemption.

Tarsie Raines has left the harsh living conditions of 1880 New York with her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two children. They are hoping to start a new beginning in Kansas, but when tragedy strikes and Mary dies, Tarsie finds herself with two wee children to care for and a man who loves to drink more than he loves his kids.

As Tarsie tries to show Jos
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Virginia Campbell
"A Home in Drayton Valley" seems like the answer to a prayer for three troubled souls in Kim Vogel Sawyer's thoughtful, inspirational historical romance. The rough-and-tumble world of the New York City dock area of the late 1800s is a place of despair for Tarsie Raines--so far removed from the beauty of her native Ireland. On her own after her great-aunt passed away, Tarsie found a true friendship with Mary Brubacher, a young married woman with two children. Tarsie loved Mary's children, Emmy an ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful Historical Fiction set in 1880 Kansas. A heart wrenching tale of tragedy,faith,and love. Tarsie Raines,her friends,Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two young children dream of a better life than the slums of New York City in Drayton Valley, Kansas. On the wagon train,tragedy strikes on the trail,a partnership is formed between Joss and Tarsie. Money is low,but Tarsie's faith will carry her through hardship,and struggles.But she also st ...more
Itsjustme-wendy
Once again I get the privilege of reviewing a book by one of my favorite authors! I am always pleasantly satisfied after each book by Kim I read. This author has such a nice way with her story lines and her characters. Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful character builder. By the middle of each story you always feel as though the characters are family to you.

"Rouse had asked whether Simon would choose to have a gimpy leg over two whole, hale legs. Even Joss, an uneducated dockworker from the poor
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Tammi
A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer
I have read and enjoyed many of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books over the years, and they just seem to get better and better.

Twelve years ago, Tarsie Raines along with her Great Aunt Vangie arrived in New York from Ireland to start a better life. It is now 1880; the only family she has is her best friend Mary Brubacher and her children. And then there is Mary's husband Joss, whose drinking and gambling prevents him from being the husband and father he has the
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Lisa
There are several very talented authors of Historical Romance in the Christian market right now, but Kim Vogel Sawyer always rises to the very top of my list of favorites. She puts heart into her stories like very few authors do. When I pick up one of Kim's books, within the first few pages I *know* her characters. I understand, from the beginning who they are and why I should care about them. This story was not different. Tessa, Joss, Mary and all the many other lovely characters in this story ...more
Louise
Story Description:

Baker Publishing Group|October 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-0788-4

A compelling pioneer story from bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer.

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by
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Paula-O
Novel written by Kim Vogel Sawyer "A Home in Drayton Valley"

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangeme
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Sabrina Guthrie
Synopsis:
A Compelling Pioneer Story From Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown
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Alison Stanley
After reading `A Hopeful Heart' by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I was keen to check out another of her books. While overall I enjoyed `A Home in Drayton Valley', there were a few things that I had mixed feelings about.
The book is based in Drayton Valley, Kansas, during a time when there was a divide between black and white communities. I felt the author dealt with the issues sensitively, although I found the way the dialect was depicted in the text got a bit tiresome after a while, eg `Lawd' instead of `Lo
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Wendy
Tarsie Raines became friends with in ill Mary Brubacher and did what she could to doctor her. After losing her aunt Mary was the only true friend Tarsie had. Mary was married to Joss who spent most of his money in the saloons and kept just barely enough money to keep the run down apartment and enough food to feed his family which included little Emmy and Nathaniel. Not only did he squander away money drinking in the saloons, he also gambled and owed a huge debt, which was about to come due or he ...more
Casey
Marriage of convenience stories can hold some of the best conflict in this reader’s opinion and this latest historical in “A Home in Drayton Valley” certainly has much conflict and reader likeability going for it.

I honestly wasn’t sure about Joss for the first half of the novel. It’s obvious from the start he’s going to be our hero, but a hero that drinks and carouses and is a general no-good? Hmm. But in faith, I kept reading. Believe it or not, the character that is his own worst villain becom
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Donna
It's always sad to lose your best friend. But to lose them and be left with the promise of continuing with "Their life and making it Your own". That is what Tarsi is faced with. I can imagine adopting children, but I don't know if I could ever imagine stepping into the role of being wife to a man who just lost his most beloved wife, by honoring a promise. Guts is what it took, determination and a best friend's love.

I would recommend this book if you need a book to bring to you down to earth and
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Shannah Mauney
Joss and Mary Brubacher, their two children, and Mary's friend Tarsie Raines are determined to leave the destitution and oppression of 1880 New York behind and head for the "promised land" of Drayton Valley, Kansas. When tragedy strikes their little group, Tarsie makes a promise to care for Joss and the children and Joss sets up a "marriage" as Mary wished. Can Tarsie show Joss the love that Mary so wished for him to know? Can she love him the way God loves all of His children? Can Joss put asid ...more
Eve Victorié
I had heard a lot of good things about Kim Vogel Sawyer's books in the past, so I was very excited to finally get to read one! I had relatively high expectations for this book... a little too high, in fact. Although I loved the characters & overall story, I found the beginning to be very slow. The story took too long a time a time to unfold. I generally like to be able to sink my teeth into a good book right off the first few chapters & this one didn't really make it happen for me. I was ...more
Bethany
I liked this book. Historical fiction can be hit and miss for me. For example I love Francine Rivers novels, but some books just don't appeal to me. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with A Home in Drayton Valley, but was pleasantly surprised. It didn't take me halfway through the book to start enjoying it, but instead I was immediately drawn in by the characters, and the storyline.

Tarsie was easy to get to know. She was all business, and wanting to take care of her sick friend. Yet she lo
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Lisa Johnson
Title: A Home in Drayton Valley
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages: 352
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany
Unconditional love and transformation from God are the two most compelling truths mankind could ever hear and know. How does a woman who is not taken care of or loved by her husband find hope when all seems lost? When racial prejudices are taught to a man since he was a young boy, now learns to love another as God loves all, how is his life changed? At first it seemed that being arrested for a robbery
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Kay Defreese
Joss and Tarsie are thrown together in a marriage of convenience when Joss's wife and Tarsie's dearest friend dies of cancer. It was Tarsie's dying wish that Tarsie take care of her two children and her husband Joss. Joss is anything but an ideal husband. He drinks too much, gambles away his paycheck, surly, neglects and ignores his children, prejudiced against people of color, combative and prone to losing his temper. He is also illiterate and a non-Christian. Tarsie married this man because sh ...more
Rachel Brand
GENRE: HISTORICAL ROMANCE
PUBLISHER: BETHANY HOUSE
PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 01, 2012
RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 – GOOD

PROS: Bravely introduces the hero’s first wife alongside the heroine; historical details about travelling by wagon train and race relations; marriage of convenience story is a favourite in the genre

CONS: Simple misunderstanding keeps hero and heroine apart for a while; Ruth and Simon felt a little too caricatured and perfect; Joss’s struggles with alcohol could have been approached bette
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Elizabeth
Tarsie traveled from NYC to Kansas with her friend Mary, Joss (Mary's husband) plus their 2 kids. As soon as they arrived in Kansas, Mary died due to cancer. Before Mary died, she made Tarsie promised that she will care and love Mary's family. Tarsie agreed, even tho it would be difficult with Joss, who is downright rude and mean and a man without faith. Over time, Joss's attitude changed. He was considerate and sweet and turned to God for help. Tarsie and Joss ended up together!
Heather Eslick
This is a story about a woman keeping a promise to a dear friend even though it turns out to be the most difficult thing she's ever done. Through caring for children that are not her own, trying to reach the soft places of a hard, difficult man, and nurturing a culturally inappropriate friendship, God proves Himself faithful in a small Kansas town.

The characters are well-developed and the story is easy to read and follow. I was pleased to find terms and parts of the story that were true to the t
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Kate
Promises are housed in the kindness of thoughts.

Tarsie Raines and Mary and Joss Burbacher are eager to leave hehind a home and city with all of its challenges. With arrival in Drayton Valley, Kansas, which appears to a be as a star in the far off distance, with it brings heartbreak and sadness.

Joss needing a promising income to right a wrong sets his hopes and dreams off in the distance. But with a familiar family trait following his shadow the choices of his actions falls upon one person stron
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Mom2nine
Formulaic Christian romance. The man is muscular and good-looking and all alcohol is evil. It is okay to marry a non-Christian and hope to love and pray him to faith. Dangerous proposition and one that I would rather my daughters did not rely on, esp after having friends for whom it did not turn out well. Sorry, but Sawyer has done better with other novels.
Lynne Young
I loved this book! I was completely drawn in from the first page and the book kept getting better and better!

Kim Vogel Sawyer has a way of telling a story so you not only believe it, you live it. The reader becomes entangled in the lives of the characters and before you know it they have stolen your heart. Tarsie,Joss,Ruth and Simon along with the children did that for me. I hope to see them again in a future book.

I have read all of Ms. Sawyers books and I can say this one will stand out as one
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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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  • A Promise for Spring (Heart of the Prairie #3)
  • Fields of Grace (Heart of the Prairie #4)
  • A Hopeful Heart (Heart of the Prairie #5)
  • Courting Miss Amsel (Heart of the Prairie #6)
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