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Fields of Grace (Heart of the Prairie #4)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  408 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
With their eldest son nearly to the age when he will be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America, the land of liberty, with their three sons and Reinhardt's adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the voyage, Lillian and Eli are forced into an agreement neither desires. Determined to fulfill his obligation to Re ...more
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Feb 28, 2011 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Fields of Grace” spans seas and countries, tragedies and joys set against a historical prairie backdrop.

The catalyst to the story instantly puts the characters at odds as the Vogts must leave their home country to keep their son from fighting in the army. There isn’t much room for any other choices as their faith propels to go to America, the land of new opportunities.

The first few chapters of the book are heart wrenching. This story reminded me of a combination between Janette Oke’s Love Come
Apr 15, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing story by this wonderful author

Well I am totally hooked. Another story steeped in history that tugs at the heart strings. Did not wAnt it to end but a mother book to read so another story of the Mennonites. The heartache this family endured and with God's Grace how they survived. Read it if you can. You will enjoy this family tail
Mar 27, 2014 Arnetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It felt like I should know the author. It chronicles the story of a fictional family who leave Russia to protect their son from forced military service. They travel to Kansas and settle near the non-fictional town of Newton-where I was born and raised. Since my great grandfather was a scout for the Mennonites searching out good farming land for them to settle on near Newton-the story really was like reading my family history. That made me a bit prejudiced I'm sure-but it is st ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually like this book. Its about a Mennoite family who has to leave their home in Russia to keep their oldest son, Henrik from going to war. Their friend, Eli is going with them so that he can start a new life in America too. They travel by ship but tragedy be falls Lillian's family taking away her husband and her youngest son. She is left with just two sons and her husband friend Eli. They make it too America but not as Lillian had hoped for with other trails and tribulations happening alon ...more
Maria Thomas
This was a really slow moving story. I wanted to find out how it would end enough to keep reading but it felt like it took forever to get there.

And although I'd say overall the book is clean, there was a lot of sexual undertones and innuendo. Nothing explicit but for example at the end of the book the husband asks the wife how long the child will be gone and her response is "Long enough". It is obvious in the context there is sexual reference even though they don't say it. Lots of referring to
Sarah Adamson
Jul 10, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an Amish Romance. I really enjoy books about the Amish as a break from the modern book as they are so much more thought-provoking in very positive ways. I'm not usually so keen on romances but did enjoy the dynamics between all the family members. This was a gentle fun read with some historical circumstances thrown in enough to make me think the author did a fair amount of research. I am inspired to go and learn more about the time period and the transition of the Amish from Russia and p ...more
Dec 27, 2009 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt are living a peaceful life in their Mennonite village in Russia, but their oldest son is soon to be of age to be drafted into the military. War goes against the Mennonite faith, so Reinhardt and Lillian do the only thing they can do to protect their family. They leave everything they know and love and head to America to start over to keep their family safe. Reinhardt’s adopted brother Eli accompanies the family with hopes of working his own land.
When the unthinkable ha
Clockstein Lockstein
Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a gentle love story with Mennonites in 1872 Kansas. Lillian and Reinhardt Vogt must leave their home in the steppes of Russia to protect their son, Henrik, from forced military service. Traveling with them is Reinhardt's foster brother Eli Bornholdt, who will use his farming know-how to help them prosper in their new home in Kansas. But two tragedies aboard their ship forces Lillian to radically change her view of the future and will challenge the faith of ...more
Jennifer AlLee
When their eldest son nears the age when he can be drafted into the Russian military, Reinhart and Lillian Vogt look to a new world which offers them freedom and opportunity. Along with their three sons and Reinhart's adopted brother, Eli, they immigrate to America. But on the long sea journey from Russia, tragedy strikes, ripping apart the family as it was and joining them together in ways they never expected.

Fields of Grace is another moving historical novel from beloved author Kim Vogel Sawy
Oct 03, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1872 Russia, Mennonites Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt fear their oldest son will be forced into military service, which is against their religious beliefs. Because of this, they decide to immigrate to America, where they will be free to practice their faith. Joining the couple and their three sons on the journey is Eli, Reinhardt’s adopted brother.

The journey that should have been the start of their new life ends in tragedy, however, when Lillian’s husband and youngest son die on the sea voyage.
Gloria Sherwood
Nov 27, 2015 Gloria Sherwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clean Christian book

I enjoyed the history of the Mennonites I related due to living in the area 7yrs myself so it was like I was there. They faced such terrible sorrows and losses but I enjoyed reading on how they put their trust in Jesus and when they strayed they turned back to their salvation in the Lord. I recommend this book and this author. I hope you are blessed as I was
Another mennonite story. But it was set back in 1873, and they immigrated to America and lived on their own for most of the book. So there was no community aspect that I love about the Amish books. This was a sweet story, although in some parts it was frustrating. A lot of the problems between Eli and Lillian could have been solved if they would have communicated. Especially at the end. Lillian drove me nuts at the end of the book. I didn't understand how she could apologize to Joseph, and then ...more
Sep 25, 2009 Janna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Fields of Grace, Kim takes us to a Mennonite village in Russia in 1872 as a family is immigrating to America so their soon to be 18 year old son, Henrik, does not have to join the military which is against their religious beliefs. Tragedy strikes on the voyage over and lives are changed forever. Henrik feels guilt over everything since he views the immigration as his fault in the first place. Lillian, the mother, adjusts but then deals with guilt, anger, abandonment and betrayal by God and th ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read and will be looking for more Kim Sawyer books. A story of European pioneers and their trials and tribulations during their first year in the United States. I found it to be a light enjoyable read.
Robert Kradoska
Feb 23, 2014 Robert Kradoska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mennonites emigrate to Kansas from Russia with the father and youngest dying on the voyage. The Uncle marries the widow and the children learn to be a family
Apr 12, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
Love reading about people who have my ancestor's faith. Good clean godley reading.
Aug 12, 2016 Des rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fields of grace. A very fitting title for this book.
Courtney Buchan
Was an amazing book! Kept me up reading due to suspense!
Feb 09, 2015 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was just an average read for me. I think most of the Kim Vogel Sawyer books I read are. They seem to be set up a little too typical romance style for me and this one was no different. It just seemed to take forever to get to anything. Henrik was a constant aggravation that just went on too long. I just got bored with Eli and Lillian. Just not enough story line for me. There was no communication once again in a story. Lillian's wavering and indecisiveness just ruined what could have been a n ...more
Jan 07, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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This book follows a Mennonite family that immigrates from Russia (present-day Ukraine) to the United States. It has an easy-to-follow storyline without it being to dry and boring. Sawyer smoothly incorporates the family's German/Dutch dialect into the English dialogue of the story making the sentences more interesting. Although I don't like all immigrant stories, this is my favorite book so far from Sawyer! :)
Nov 03, 2015 Dorrice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was in many ways a heart-rending book, but all was well at the end. I would have loved to have the next book in the series take this family to the next step in their lives, but such is not the case.This was book #4 in the series and so far each has been about different characters entirely. But all have been readable, with a well developed plot and believable characters.
Kelly Anne
This book lost me in Chapter 32. It is the story of a marriage of convenience and for a while, it was a tender story. But then the author made the wife turn bitter and I just was shocked at how unlikeable she became. The author also did this with the oldest son as well.

I am all for having real characters, with flaws but this was a real disappointment.
Dani Moore
Sep 06, 2010 Dani Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How much more enjoyable is reading a book that is set in places you know! Being a widow myself, I feel for Lillian as she loses her husband and child. Looking inside her pain and turmoil as she tries to heal is painful, but lest us know how the struggle shapes and changes her views of life. A wonderfully easy read.
Jamie Splinter
OK book, lots of drama to keep one interested. Based a lot on religion, which seems to be a theme for this author. I do like stories set in the old west, which this one was. I don't think I would read another book by this author.
Nov 13, 2009 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really good book! This is about a Mennonite family who comes to Kansas from Russia so their son won't have to go to war. Quality love story and main theme: how we respond to our trials.
Feb 08, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy historical fiction and found this book very much to my liking. The characters are coming from Russia. Fields of Grace is about their adventure to get here and settle in a new place.
Sep 07, 2009 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hardship, hurts and pains by these Mennonite settlers who leave their village in Russia to come to Kansas. I especially took to heart the scriptures on accepting God's grace.
Aleida Oskam
Nice story but a bit predictable. Involves alot about food perperation which makes you hungry sometimes. And I could feel along with all the emotions of the characters
Valerie Collins
Jan 19, 2011 Valerie Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book so far. The first chapter has got my attention. If a book doesnt get my attention by the first chapter, I usually won't keep reading it.
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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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