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A Home in Drayton Valley

(Heart of the Prairie #9)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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 chil
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kate Willis
I borrowed this from the library because it looked interesting.

I read the blurb and guessed at what would happen.

I started reading it and knew what was going to happen.

And I still loved it and need a copy because this book is not about the events but about the people. I think I’ll review the characters…

Mary was so sweet and hopeful and kind. I’ll hide this spoiler in case you didn’t guess it, but (view spoiler)
This was a really well-done portrayal of some of the issues in the 1920s, from alcoholism to race relations. I really enjoyed these characters, and wow did KVS end up selling me on a hero that began by being very unsympathetic!
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down! I started it around 11 pm last night & it's 4:53 am as I type! I'll miss my sleep later, but I couldn't find a good stopping point, so I just kept on reading! ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ;-) ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a lot about a journey, not only physically but also for the characters emotionally. For a lot of the book Joss is in a dark place emotionally and spiritually, and even though those surrounding him are believers, his attitude and actions brings the rest of the characters trials and turmoil. From this perspective it is not a very happy book. It is more about faith and love growing through the struggles. However despite his negative attitude, the depth of faith and the lessons shared b ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her books are always feel good books with happy endings. The characters have lots of struggles and tragedies but they always make it through with the help of God. Always uplifting, her books are a joy to read.
Karen Fredhoff
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down. It was full of faith,joy, the real pains of life and Gods shining light. Awesome!
Rachel Brand
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Lovely Christian fiction book, really! One of the best parts in the story was when Reverend Mann said: God’s ways aren’t our ways, Joss. Sometimes He uses unexpected means to bring about His will. But I do know this, everything He does is out of love for us. It’s to make us stronger or draw us closer to Him. …

This book shows the effects of worldly cares and sins on individuals, both born again and rejectors of Jesus Christ. Kim Vogel Sawyer did a masterful work in giving thoughtful insight into
Becca-Rae Weidel
I listened to the audiobook of this story and thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator did a good job of matching her voice to the energy to the story and altering her voice for different characters. I have to be honest that I struggled with the pitch of her voice particularly during specific accents, but I had no issues with her regular reading voice.

I can honestly say that I was shocked by the turn of events multiple times in this story. It easily held my attention and had my mind deeply thinking.
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Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bellevue-library
I listened to this book through my RB Digital App. It finishes up the series that I was reading by this author. I love westerns so was interested from the beginning when they decide to move to Kansas and have to join a wagon train. Joss' bitter feeling with it being an "all black" group fits right into how feelings were during this time period. Trail was hard on Mary and it was sad that she died right as they made it to Kansas. After they got to Kansas, I couldn't leave this book alone. So many ...more
Diana C. Kobylak
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The setting is 1880’s beginning from life in cramped and smelly New York then to Kansas. Tarsie is a single young woman whose best friend Mary is married to a man with a temper and drinking problem. Mary is dying of cancer, but at the suggestion of Tarsie, she convinces her husband Joss to travel to Kansas, away from temptation and a new start for her children. On the journey, right before her death, Mary asks a promise from Tarsie. To look after and love her two children and Joss unconditionall ...more
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If there was an option to give 10 stars, I would give this 10 stars!
I don't even know where to begin. I'm having a hard time finding the words to write this review :)

This book was so beautifully written that it has left me thinking. I know, it's a historical romance novel. But it was so much more than that. It was a story of redemption, reconciliation and forgiveness, a story of how someone who thinks "how could God possibly love me because of all the bad things I've done" and how God got of h
Jodi Deters
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Wish I could just make notes here for my own reference that were not public.

While the story was pleasant enough and well written, most of the women were not respectful to men. Nor did they try to be.

The messages presented in the story also tended to be legalistic at times and the plot was not very realistic.

I appreciated her attempts at theology, though I did not fully agree with her statements, especially the ones that tended toward legalism.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A honestly true and miraculous story.

I love the stories Kim Vogel writes . She has become one of my favorite authors. The story pulls you in the first two pages and it is difficult to put the book down. This at our is very realistic, and so many passages seem to relate to my own family from Missouri. Any one would enjoy it's marvelous lessons. Thank you Kim.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was a hard one for me to get into. I liked Tarsie okay, but didn't like Joss at ALL at first, so that made for difficult reading for me. But, once Simon and Ruth entered the picture with their examples of faith and trust in the Lord, things started to pick up, and I ended up really enjoying this book!
4.5 stars
Vikki Vaught
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book . I became enmeshed from the first page to the last. Loved the characters and the plot. There’s a great message of God’s power ti transform one’s life when one gives themselves up to him. I’m so happy I found this amazing book. Happy reading/listening!
Leah Cochran
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't finish reading this book. It was not bad, just predictable. I enjoy Kim Vogel Sawyer books but I think I have read enough of the fictional history in the Kansas praire books from her. ...more
Terry Yaceyko
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really didn't like this story - didn't finish it actually. ...more
Deborah Hecht
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
She's a very good writer. ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS...
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance touching on race, salvation, and keeping your promises.
Edra Green
Oct 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Home In Drayton Valley

A story of American history, great loss, and redemption. I recommend this author, her research, this story, and her characters.
Linea Winter
Dec 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great story.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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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