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A Home for My Heart

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Heartwarming Historical Fiction Set at the Turn of the Century

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an or
Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Amanda Tero
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one made a great late-night read. It was a little predictable (okay, so I predicted most of it, but I think that's due to me thinking through story structure), but I suppose that's what made it nice for a late-night read. There wasn't a crazy amount of tension, just mainly a sweet story. There was conflict, yes, but I can't go into that lest I spoil anything. ;)

I thoroughly enjoyed Sadie. There were many ways in which I could identify with her (her dedication to the children, namely). I als
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anne Mateer's heart for God is so clear in her writing. This story encouraged not only my heart, but my soul. You can be sure that I will be reading more of her books in the future.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Written in the simple, but compelling style of Janette Oke, Anne Mateer weaves a sweet, heartwarming story of faith, sacrifice, and loyalty.
Miss Sadie Sillsby made a charming heroine with a strong faith and a touching passion for children! I found myself able to relate to her in some ways, from her love for kids to her exasperation with math!
I really enjoyed her enemy-to-friend relationship with Miranda, and Mrs Fore's mother hen tendencies to all living at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Frie
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Home for My Heart is a poignant and tender story, guaranteed to tug at your heart. Ms. Mateer's writing is impeccable, her plot, compelling, and her characters, complex. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Rachel Brand
Sadie Sillsby is the matron’s assistant at Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and has a special heart for these children because she lost her own parents at a young age. When the opportunity arises to become the matron of the Home, Sadie accepts immediately—even before she talks to her fiancé, Blaine. Blaine has been waiting until he can own a farm outright before he and Sadie marry, but neither of them ever discussed the possibility of Sadie becoming matron to the Home. As the Hom ...more
Apr 02, 2017 marked it as dnf
Dnf. It started well and showed promise, but very quickly descended into the painful and predictable. I found the mc hard to like and rather frustrating. Historical Christian fiction isn't my favourite genre so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But my husband got it as a freebie for me and I wanted to try.
Paula Vince
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
As I loved the way Anne Mateer wrote her child characters in Wings of a Dream, I was looking forward to this new book, which is set in a home for destitute children, in the same time period, 1910.

Sadie Sillsby is a young woman happily working as assistant to the matron and looking forward to the time she can marry her sweetheart, Blaine Wellsmith. Hazel, the matron, announces her engagement and Sadie is offered the promotion. The matron is supposed to be a single woman, yet it seems unthinkable
Rambling Readers
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Anne Mateer tugs on heartstrings in "A Home for My Heart," a gentle love story. The characters and setting combine to create a tender plot. Although it is slow in places, there is enough conflict to keep attention and interest. Not only is Sadie nursing a breaking heart and settling into a new job, but the futures of the Raystown Home and its children are at stake. It was nearly impossible not to be moved by the plight of the orphans and think about real-life orphans of the past and the present. ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars
Having read Anne Mateer’s first two books, Wings of a Dream and At Every Turn, I was really looking forward to reading A Home for My Heart. I love the stories that Anne Mateer creates and I love the way her stories touch your heart and leave you yearning for more.

A Home for My Heart is the story of Sadie Sillsby. Sadie grew up in an orphanage, and now that she is older, she is working in the orphanage to give back to what the orphanage provided for her. Sadie absolutely loves the childr
Alicia Willis
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
13+ for mild romance.

This sweet tale of a young woman's desire to serve the Lord in the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children was a simple, yet inspirational one. When Sadie has a chance to become the next matron, she jumps at the chance...perhaps a little too soon. Problems arise between her and her beau - problems that seem just too insurmountable. But the Home is more important than marriage, right? After all, she is perfectly qualified for the job of matron...or is she?

So m
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a special novel for so many reasons. Children in need, all children, have a special place in my heart. If others had not been there for my mom, I don't know how she would have survived. I do know that it was The Lord who provided these people in her life. This book tells the story of one fictional Children's Home for orphan and friendless children, with Sadie as the heroine.

Sadie came to this home, sick and starving, as a young child. The people at the home nursed her, schooled her, tau
Rachelle Cobb
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I Loved

Aw, Sadie. So sweet and caring and compassionate and ambitious. With a nurturing mother-heart she cares for the children in her charge--and jumps at the chance to serve them in a greater capacity and leadership role as matron.

But then there's Blaine. The boy who's loved her since their growing-up years in the very orphanage that holds Sadie's heart. How can she choose between the part of her heart committed to the children--and the part of her heart committed to the man?

But choose sh
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wings of a Dream is still deemed my favorite after I finished this book, but A Home for My Heart held just as good lessons and Christianity to it that I look forward to reading more by this author.

Sadie's struggle was real. I could sympathize with her confusion of having a relationship and working at the orphanage. There were times I wanted to hit her on her head, but her character became more real because she had flaws.

Sadie's relationship with Miranda made me happy. I'm glad what came of it a
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Home for My Heart is a sweet story of a woman who loves children and wants to make sure that they are cared for, even when their parents may be unable to provide that care anymore. Sadie grew up in the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. Now she has accepted the title of matron, and all of the responsibilities that come with the position. One of the hardest tasks to attend to is the mending of her broken heart. As long as Sadie is matron, she can not marry her long-time sweethear ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to find a signed copy of this book by Anne Mateer sitting on the shelf at a book store. After reading two other books by her, I was excited to get this one and begin. This book was just as good as the other two I read.

This author is so talented and her strong faith in Jesus Christ shows in her writing. The theme of all her books that I've read so far is clearly spoken in Proverbs 16:9, "A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps." With each book, Mrs. Mateer shows
Anne Campbell
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a heart-grabber. I knew when I saw the sweet little girl on the cover this story would be one I'd love, and boy was I right.

Sadie Sillsby, assistant matron, is handed the position of matron at the orphan home where she grew up, and she is overjoyed--until, on the same day, her beau, Blaine Wellsmith, informs her he's also gotten his heart's desire. A ranch. One where they can raise a family. At last they can marry. There's just one problem. She can't be married and be the matron. Th
This was a library copy.

A fast-moving tale of dreams and faith in an orphanage in a bygone era. Another fine, fine book by one of my favorite authors, Anne Mateer. I love the story, based on an historical place using fictitious plot and believable characters, their complex problems, and their personal God.

My favorite characters were Blaine and Miranda, because they were faithful and steady in their faith and work. They are both pictures of God's grace manifest in their lives and in their actions
I am so torn on this book. I think I would give it a 3.5. I enjoyed reading it but it was so frustrating that the main character was soooo naive. Almost to the point of missing things that were RIGHT in front of her face. She was extremely immature and I kept thinking she was going to get better as the book progressed - but right up to the last chapter she was accusing people without proper knowledge.. UGH! I mean.. I know she was young and was taking on too much responsibility, but still - I ke ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at running an orphanage and the constant struggle to bring in donations and funding. Sadie was far from perfect, but her vulnerabilities made her easy to relate to. She took on a big job that she thought she was prepared for, but had her eyes opened to how an administrative job has different challenges. I felt that the romantic chemistry was lacking with her and Blaine. I would have liked to see more background about how their relationship developed in order ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Between 3 1/2 and 4 stars.
Cute historical Christian story.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is such a sweet story! I'm looking forward to reading more books by Ann Matter!
Cathy Daniel
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think I could just sit here and cry! What a beautiful book and ending. Perfect!!!! Sorry to say goodbye to them.
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the style of Janette Oke comes this heartwarming story from author Anne Mateer, set in the 1900s over the backdrop of the charming Home For Orphans and Friendless Children orphanage.

This is the second book that I've read which was written by Anne Mateer, and once again I've been extremely impressed with her novels! I loved A Home For My Heart so very much, and am very glad I had the opportunity to review it as I'll probably want to re-read it one day.

This story is set at the Raystown Home For
Kathleen E.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Friday, September 20, 2013
A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer, ©2013

I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and He hears me when I call
I have a Father
He calls me His own
He'll never leave me
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
and He hears me when I call

A Home for My Heart is so aptly named for this beautiful story of grace. I really liked t
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If anyone has a heart and understanding for the children at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, it is Sadie Sillsby. She was once one of those children. Her dedication, hard work, and love for the children cannot be matched. While she is very happy to be assistant matron at the orphanage, she is looking forward to marrying her sweetheart, Blaine. They are waiting for him to save enough money to buy land for their new home. Everything is neatly planned out. That is until the hea ...more
Reet Champion
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nothing was holding her back. Her marriage to Blaine was still a ways off into the future and the chance to become matron of the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children would be a dream come true for Sadie Sillsby.

Sadie knew what it was like to be rejected by a mother; she grew up in the orphanage. To do for the children what her benefactors did for her would give her great satisfaction. And not only that but surely it is God's will. Yet Blaine persists - choose the orphanage or choose
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I finished reading Anne Mateer's second novel, At Every Turn, I have been really looking forward to reading A Home for My Heart. The novel's bright, fresh, beautiful cover drew my eye first. I already expected great things from Mateer's writing, and the back cover blurb intrigued me as well. I mean, who doesn't want to find out how this "glitch" is going to be fixed? It was well worth the wait.


A Home for My Heart is Mateer's third novel. Like I said, I was eager
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A Home For My Heart by Anne Mateer reminded me--purely in a good way--of some of my favorite episodes of Little House on The Prairie--"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." (It is not that these episodes are perfectly perfect. Almanzo's decision making at the start is problematic at best. But his sacrificial love, his working extra hard to make money to help Laura and Mary out so they can open the school for the blind more than makes up for it. Not to mention all the lovely Nellie and Percival bits.) S ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sadie Sillsby is the assistant at a home for orphan and "friendless" children (children whose parents can't afford to keep them but promise to return when their fortunes change). She feels a special bond with this place because she was once there herself, a lonely four year old no one wanted. Her life is going better now. She's practically engaged to Blaine, who has promised to marry her once he can afford to buy his own farm, and loving her job working with the children.
But when Hazel, the curr
Melissa Lee
Life as the assistant matron for Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children has been very fulfilling for Sadie, while she awaits a proposal from her beau Blaine. It was decided that they would wait to be wed until Blaine had saved up enough money to buy a farm of their own. When the head matron resigns from her position she offers the reigns to Sadie. Not expecting a proposal anytime soon, she takes the position. She can’t wait to share her news with Blaine, but it turns out that he has a ...more
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While I have been writing for what feels like my whole life, I began seriously studying the craft in 2000. Since then I have completed five novels, had several pieces published in local periodicals, attended six writing conferences and managed to final in ACFW's Genesis contest in 2006, 2008, and 2009. My first historical novel, Wings of a Dream, released in September 2011. My second, At Every Tur ...more
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