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

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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 ever ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2012)
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
My Rating: 3 stars
Age Suggestion: 12+

-the plot-
The plot of this book is actually quite unique for a Christian romance novel. It's not all about the romance...there's other conflict going on that makes for an interesting and gripping story. There were some holes, though, and I wasn't always clear on character motivations for certain things that they did.

-the characters-
Sadie and Thad were both pretty cliche. They were likeable, of course, and both had a faith that was inspiring to read about, b
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
Ruth Hill
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
“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
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great historical romance!
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
The thoughts and actions of the main character of this book were so heartless that it made me angry.
The author wants us to believe that the main character thinks she’s witnessed a murder. But she shows the same remorse for a broken glass bird in equally amounts as a person’s death. Her conscience causes her grief for days when she sings a lusty song, but she goes about her business when she’s done nothing to prevent a death. She calmly prays for forgiveness and sings to comfort herself after she
Rachel Brand

PROS: Good moral lessons; sweet romantic story

CONS: Secondary characters seem caricatured; mystery isn’t much of a mystery; romance is a bit predictable

Sadie Wagner would do anything to help support her family financially, but her true dream is to sing. When a job opportunity opens up in the small town of Goldtree, Kansas and comes with the possibility of being able to sing in an opera
Victor Gentile
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
When Sadie Wagner receives news from her cousin Sid that his new hometown of Goldtree, Indiana has need of a clerk in a female-owned store and there's also an opera house in need of a singer, it seems like an answer to her prayer. Her beloved Papa is bedridden with an injury and the family needs the money. Sadie is eager to give back to her Papa who has given her so much and use her Fod-given talent for singing to make people happy. She arrives in Goldtree eager and excited to begin a new life a ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Sadie is a young woman who leaves home with the hope of assisting to her family's sustenance after her father is injured and no longer able to provide for them. She is invited to Goldtree, where she would be a mercantile clerk and had the opportunity to sing in the new opera house of the town. Innocent and with little experience outside the protection of home, Sadie learns that her singing dream and her responsibility as a provider for her family might become the greatest hindrance in her relati ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Sadie Wagner now lives away from her family and works in Goldtree, Kansas and sending money back to her family because her father can no longer work because of an injury. And since her cousin is there she will at least have some family with her. She starts working as a mercantile clerk but when Asa opens the opera house Sadie will be singing as well. This is the way it suppose to happen, and it did for a while, until Asa decides to go with round two of his opera plans,
Renn Shearin
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Gayle Fontenot
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Keeper!

I still have tears after reading this story.. It makes one stop and think about choices, and reminds us that God is the One in control. For me it was perfect for my choice in books as I love Christian Historical Western Romance! Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors and I highly this book .
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
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sadie Wagner will nach einem Unfall ihres Stiefvaters künftig für ihre große Familie sorgen. Mit einer Stelle als Verkäuferin im entfernten Goldtree, Kansas scheint dies gut zu funktionieren. Gleichzeitig geht dort aber auch ihr größter Wunsch in Erfüllung: Sie darf ihr Gesangstalent im hiesigen Opernhaus unter Beweis stellen. Auch wenn ihr das Opernhaus im Keller des Gemischtwarenhandels etwas seltsam vorkommt, so verzaubert sie doch die ganze Stadt mit ihrer liebreizenden Stimme. Selbst
“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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Christian Fiction Addiction
Kim Vogel Sawyer writes books of the heart, filled with characters that soon feel like friends. Sadie Wagner is one such character, one whose devotion to her family and her innocence make her utterly likeable and one you will be cheering on as she grows and develops. The zany mercantile sisters, Melva and Shelva, are equally fun to meet, providing many moments of hilarity. Unfortunately, I found that Sadie's cousin, Sid, and his unwanted attention towards Sadie made up a character who annoyed me ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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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