Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In Every Heartbeat” as Want to Read:
In Every Heartbeat
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In Every Heartbeat

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  680 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a cherished dream. Libby wishes to become a famous journalist, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett wants to join a fraternity and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspiratio ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 2010 by Bethany House
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about In Every Heartbeat, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about In Every Heartbeat

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of sweet romance
Kim Vogel Sawyer has written some wonderful stories these past few years, it's easy to see why she's made a name for herself as a top Christian fiction author. With her knack for telling sweet stories with faith and love at the heart I always find her books to be enjoyable reads and recommend them to those who love romance.

Her latest book, In Every Heartbeat takes place in the early part of the 20th century with three very different characters who are coming of age and attending university. Whi
There are things I liked in this book but ultimately, it seemed to go the way of all Christian fiction. I'm not even entirely certain exactly what frustrates me so much about Christian fiction. There are specific things I can point to in this book like Libby's constant unapologetic scorn of her roommate who, while clearly not perfect, doesn't get credited by Libby for her clear good intentions, or the repeated certainty to know God's specific will and calling and thus not worry about circumstanc ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If, like me, you fell in love with Kim Vogel Sawyer’s highly acclaimed My Heart Remembers, don’t miss In Every Heartbeat. It’s even better. Though billed as the follow-up to My Heart Remembers, it can be enjoyed without having read the first book. (You won’t want to miss that one, though.) Beginning years after Remembers ends, In Every Heartbeat is the story of three childhood friends’ first months at college. If that sounds ordinary, it is far from that. Filled with fascinating details of colle ...more
Lydia Howe
This book is the sequel to a book I read growing up and greatly enjoyed, so I was excited to read it when I discovered it existed.

Sadly, it didn't meet my expectations, although that's not too surprising since I had enjoyed the first book so much, but it's been years since I read it so I most likely have a glorified memory of it.

The romance in this book seemed a little bit too much to me, which is funny because part of the book is actually *about* how romance can be bad when it's centered on t
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This review first appeared on my blog:

Libby: Headstrong, independent, and "unladylike", has a dream of becoming a famous journalist. Orphaned at 8, she was taken in by the Isabelle and Aaron Rowley, who lovingly run a home for orphaned children. Maelle is Isabelle's sister, married to Jackson. Libby looks to her as a mentor, but resents the fact that although Maelle had somewhat promised to adopt her after she was married, the adoption never came through,
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was very good.All of Kim Vogel Sawyers' books are good.Somehow I missed this one when it came out!
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This had quite an involved backstory, and as a result, it was slow to get to the heart of the story. It may have been more beneficial for this story to begin earlier in the characters' lives. That would've also helped me be more emotionally connected to what was going on in the plot. As it was, I flipped through a lot of it until it finally caught my interest.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Libby is a young woman full of imagination, passionate and ready to act, able to see worlds and stories arise from even rocks that once were the foundation of a building. Pete was thrown out of his home at a young age, but his new parents loved him and taught him well; he is the thinker and prefers courtesy and a correct use of words instead of disrespect or confrontation. Bennett is the strong, flirty one, with good instincts and leadership abilities. Libby enrolls in journalism, Pete in theolo ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was the first time I read a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I would definitely like to read her work again. The story introduces us to three close friends who grew up in the same orphanage and are now heading off to college. Libby is a feisty, young woman who hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete, who suffered a childhood accident and now wears a peg leg, wants to become a minister. He is also in love with Libby. And Bennet is the tough street fighter ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Visit my blog (kissed books) at:

This was a really good book but it took me a long time to read because I have had a few busy weeks lately. I have mentioned before that I am in some AP classes this year and they are really taking a toll on me. My AP Chemistry class is very frustrating and has practically been consuming my life, not to mention I feel like I'm not retaining any of the information. On top of that stuff, I have been doing stuff for Homecoming that ju
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Libby, Petey, and Bennet are three friends who have a common background. They were all raised in an orphanage. They all had the same feeling that no one truly loved them. Petey, the young man led to be a pastor, had contempt for his ma and pa who dismissed him after he lost his leg. He was ready to find them and tell them what awful, horrible people they were and how much they had hurt him. Bennet was a “class clown,” the attention getter, who provoked others and didn’t ever really feel loved by ...more
In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the story of Libby Conley and her friends Pete and Bennett. They are off to attend college together after having grown up in an orphanage. As each one pursues their own ambitions, they struggle with the different directions those ambitions seem to be taking them. They quickly learn that adulthood brings changes and choices, and they wonder if they will be able to remain friends.

It was an enjoyable story in that it contained a little romance, talked about
Amber Stokes
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heart--the message--of this book is beautiful, and when the title In Every Heartbeat appears multiple times in the second half of the book, it is very uplifting. However, while the story is inspiring, it also left me a bit unsatisfied.

I love the characters, but at the same time I don't like how they are portrayed. There were some parts of the book that certainly captured the "feel" of college life, but for the most part I was surprised at the immaturity displayed. Certainly, we all act at ti
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In Every Heartbeat centers on three friends, all orphans and all starting off their first year at college, together. Bennett Martin has only one goal while at college; to get in to a fraternity. Pete Leidig is on a mission to become a pastor, but not before he confronts the family who abandoned him. Libby Conley wants to be a journalist, but feels the teachers are holding her back. Bennett did add life to the plot, which I like and Pete with his family trials made the story line all that more in ...more
Holly Renee
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
In 1914, three friends who grew up in an orphanage together, head off to the University of Southern Missouri to pursue their dreams. Libby Conley longs to pursue journalism, and report on facts that will impact readers. Pete "Petey" Leidig plans to become a minister. And Bennett Martin, who sees the perks of a fraternity, decides to join one. As these friends engage in the daily activities of college life, their ideals begin to shift, forming a rift between them.

Soon, Libby uncovers something ab
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Maelle, Matt, Isabelle (Molly), and Petey in My Heart Remembers; and hated to leave them once the book ended. So I was very excited when I found out that Kim had written another book continuing their story. In Kim Vogel Sawyer's newest book In Every Heartbeat I was reacquainted with old friends and met new ones - - Libby, and Bennett.

Pete Leidig, Libby Conley, and Bennett Martin head off to college in the fall of 1914. Libby wanting to study journalism, Pete following his ca
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I first stumbled upon Kim Vogel Sawyer as an author when I read her book, My Heart Remembers. Even though that was about a year or two ago, I remember wondering what happened to the characters and wishing that the story continued. I was so thrilled to find that some of the characters from My Heart Remembers such as Maelle, Jackson, the Rowleys, Pete, Libby, and Bennett all came back to play a part in this story! Absolutely THRILLED.

In Every Heartbeat tells the story of Libby, Pete, and Bennett'
Mandy J. Hoffman
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, blog-reviews

In Every Heartbeat is proof that a good novel can be written without even the "acceptable sensuality" that is in many Christian fiction reads.

I really enjoy Kim Vogel Saywer's writing style and appreciate how she is able to give us an enjoyable novel while holding to high standards. While this book is written and aimed at an audience of women, I would not hesitate to allow my teen daughter to read it. I enjoyed the overall story, and followed along easily even though I had not read the
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hannah by: Amber Stokes
First of all, let me thank Amber so much for sending me In Every Heartbeat. I am so glad you did!!

This was my first book by Kim Vogel Sawyer and most definitely will NOT be my last. I was so pleasantly surprised on so many levels.

This book follows three best friends as they venture into a new part of their lives as college students. The year is 1914 as Libby, Petey, and Bennett become freshman in college. All three are orphans, raised in the same orphanage, but all having different experiences
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Petey's story was my favorite part.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Friends Libby Conley, Pete Leidig, and Bennett Martin grew up together in an orphanage in Shays Ford, Missouri, so it's fitting that they attend college together too. September 1914 ushers in a new and exciting chapter in their lives. Libby will major in journalism, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett plans on joining a fraternity.

An introduction to the campus sports star provides a rocky start, but they soon settle into the campus routine. Interesting adventures follow the tri
Trinity Rose
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “In Every Heartbeat,” three orphans that grew up together begin their college life.
Libby wants to be a famous journalist. Petey wants to be a minister. Bennett wants to pledge a fraternity, find a place where he belongs and have all the things he felt he missed out on growing up.
Both Petey and Bennett would like for Libby to notice them, but Libby only sees them as brothers and best friends at first. All of them go through many hardships and failures at school to start, but they don’t
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Every Heartbeat will take us into the lives of three young people, Libby, Pete, and Bennett, were all great friends and grew up in an orphanage school together. Even though Pete wasn't an orphan, his parents had put him out when he was only a small boy, to take care of himself. Now they have grown up and are off to university, each with a different course of study, but each one of them determined to succeed.

Libby is a headstrong young woman determined to be a writer, Pete is called to the mi
Janet Sketchley
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
In Every Heartbeat brings a slice of American history to life. Social conventions carry great weight on- and off-campus. It’s a rarity for a woman to have a career as a writer (or to wear her long hair down, let alone wearing “britches”). And physical discipline is matter of course behind family walls—making abuse almost impossible to prove.

This is a delightful story of friendship, faith and love, and of learning to know God’s presence “in every heartbeat”. Libby (or Elisabet, as she wants to be
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Every Heartbeat has a little bit of everything in it and I really enjoyed reading it. Libby and Pete are more of the main characters while Bennett is kind of in the background. I'm hoping that she writes another book with Bennett has the main character because I would like to see what happens to him. But anyway, In Every Heartbeat is a story about discovering life. Libby has dreams of becoming a famous journalist and wants to run before she crawls. Then you have Pete who wanted to be a minist ...more
Christy Lockstein
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the sequel to My Heart Remembers. Pete, Libby, and Bennett grew up as friends in an orphanage run by Isabelle Rowley. Pete was abandoned by his parents to care for himself on the streets when he was just seven, and shortly after that he lost his leg in a trolley accident. His survival of that miracle set his heart on serving the Lord as a minister at a young age. Libby was orphaned when her parents died before she could remember them, and she took Isabel ...more
Dec 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
IN EVERY HEARTBEAT by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an inspirational historical fiction set in 1914
Chambers, Missouri. It is well written with depth,details and a page turner. It has love, redemption
tension, orphanage,abandonment, independance,journalist, life's journey,finding a place to belong,
differing aspirations and different opinions. Three orphan friends, Pete, Libby and Bennett, goes to collegetogether. Each looking for their own place in the world. This is during the time when on where on the bri
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you read and fell in love with the characters and story from My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer, you aren’t going to want to miss her latest extension of that story, IN EVERY HEARTBEAT. Though they do not have to be read in order, it warmed my heart to encounter favorite characters in this book such as Isabelle, Maelle, Matt and Petey. Introducing a few new characters as well that warmed my heart.

When I read Sawyer’s fiction I feel like I have come home. Her cadence of the words, the rhyt
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it

In Every Heartbeat explores the lives of three best friends who grew up in the same orphanage and have been granted scholarships to the same college. Libby Conley’s heart’s desire is to become a journalist. The other two orphans, Pete Leidig and Bennett Martin, have conflicting plans. Pete has always dreamed of being a pastor, while all Bennett wants to do is belong somewhere—no matter what the cost.
During the course of her goal to excel at journalism, Libby makes a shocking discovery that thr
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 08, 2015 11:04AM  
  • The Homeplace (Singing River Series #1)
  • Sophie's Secret (Sophie, #2)
  • Where Heaven Begins
  • Day By Day (Steeple Hill Home Ties, #2)
  • The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (Women of the West Series #1)
  • Whisper on the Wind (The Great War, #2)
  • Sophie's Dilemma (Daughters of Blessing, #2)
  • A Matter of Character (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #3)
  • The Bride Blunder (Prairie Promises, #3)
  • A Heart Most Worthy
  • More Than Words (Daughters of Amana, #2)
  • Until We Reach Home
  • Love on Assignment (Ladies of Summerhill, #2)
  • A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance, #2)
  • Love Blooms in Winter (The Dakota Diaries #1)
  • The Vigilante's Bride
  • Masked by Moonlight
  • Sweeter Than Birdsong (Saddler's Legacy, #2)
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
More about Kim Vogel Sawyer...

Share This Book