Kim Vogel Sawyer â 4 ReadAve a very low tolerance of cheesiness This one wasn t the cheesiest book but it had its fair share Maybe what irks me most is how in Christian fic characters pray and then everything magically works out Sometimes this happens but often it just isn t realistic I guess what grates on me is the behind the scenes notion God s ltimate goal for peoples present lives to negate misery I like happy endings as much God s The Riddle of the Yellow Canary ultimate goal for peoples present lives is to negate misery I like happy endings as much the next person but I think I agree with CS Lewis when he says God doesn t necessarily wants to be happy but rather to be lovable with pain and suffering often Inside the Asylum used to makes lovable25 Three and a half starsIn Every Heartbeat tells the story of Libby and Bennett who are orphans and Petey who was abandoned by his parents at a young age These three have had been firm friends since their time in the Orphanage and Children s home Libby always longed to be adopted by Maelle No one could have been like a mother to her yet reasons nknown to Libby it never happened Petey who has a wooden leg after an accident with a trolley car has no reason to ever want to see the parents who sent him as a young child out into the world Petey wants to be a minister But resentment towards his parents eats away at
*him libby wants *Libby wants be a journalist With the world on the brink of World War 1 Bennett would join p in a heartbeat if war happens Meanwhile all three are in college all on scholarships Despite their different outlooks they have a strong friendship that nothing can break Or can it I rarely have books sitting in my bookcase that have not been read But I found this one I d grabbed one day from the donations grab and go area of our library before it closed down I had forgotten it was on the shelf ntil in desperation I was looking for something to read I wasn t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did It helped that I liked the main characters Libby and Petey I struggled a bit with Bennett Some of the other characters like Maelle and her husband Jackson and Aaron and Isabelle who have a great influence on the young people in this story were well drawn too Of course there are others who are far from pleasant with bullying and egotistical attitudes Although it covers some hard subjects like abuse I found this an easy read and one that ltimately is tinged with hope and positive attitudes One Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo uote really struck me She d been too busy trying to make God fit her idea of what He should be Seems to me that line sumsp a number of people s attitude toward God Yes this book is very obviously written from a Christian perspective but I thought it all come across naturally and in keeping with. 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 aspirations and op. .
This book is the seuel to My Heart Remembers and features three of the original orphans in Isabelle and Aaron s orphanage Libby Petey and Bennett They are now old enough that the three have all headed off to college This was a sweet tender story as Libby finds her way back to God Petey reconnects with his family and Bennett still struggles to find his place in the world With twists and turns a beautiful love story trials of faith hardships and misunderstandings all set on a college campus once again Sawyer has penned a wonderful historical read I would love to see one book in the series featuring BennettDefinitely recommended for readers
OF HISTORICAL FICTION I DIDN T REALIZE THIS WAShistorical fiction I didn t realize this was seuel to My Heart Remembers The Shadow at the Bottom of the World until I was partly into the book But since I never actually read the first book but just skimmed it I didn t really feel like I missed anything I think this could be read as a stand aloneWhile I enjoyed the story it wasn t my favorite The characters were enjoyable for the most part and felt real but I wasn t all that interested in life on a college campus in 1915 Libby bugged me by never talking about what she really wanted and dreamed of Pete bugged me because even if he was studying to be a minister he seemed to have never read about forgiveness They did get straightened out and I wasn t bothered by those things all the time It also confused me when it was mentioned that Pete was going to Bible School but it was the same college and not a Bible college Things started to pickp about half way through the book and were interestingOne thing I did appreciate was the author s stance on purity in books and the comments in the book about when stories focus on the physical between the guy and the girl is can stir Design for Six Sigma up wrongful passions were so true Sadly this seems to be creeping into even Christian books these daysOverall I did enjoy this book and will probably read another one by this author There are things I liked in this book butltimately 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 *not even entirely certain exactly what frustrates me so much about Christian fiction There specific things I can point to in this book like Libby s constant Otis Oldfield 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 circumstances when in reality God s will and calling for a person are often revealed by circumstances as opposed to circumstances being ignored because of an individual s notions of what God s will is also I As three friends who grewp 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 The characters rather than in a tacked preachy way as sometimes happens Although this is book two as I found out later it fine as a stand alone A sweet gentle story despite some of the sub plots and their themes I enjoyed this one I didn t realize that My Heart Remembers had a seuel proves my lack of research cause I so don t like spoilers so when I recognized characters I was happyThis was such a good book It has the sual Sawyer flavor with colorful believable characters and a strong Christian messageIt s amazing to me how Sawyer can take an almost cliched idea and turn it into a believable masterpiece impacting *FictionLibby Journey Was Beautiful Her Feeling *s journey was beautiful her feeling nacceptance her journey as a writer all of this was lovely I may or may not have released a happy clap at the turning point of her life one of my sisters asked What just happened It was very happily doneBennet was also a well thought out character Because I like realism I really liked his whole story and struggles and how it endedPetey was truly amazing He I loved this book So glad to hear about the lives of the 3 orphans Petey Libby and Bennett I agree with others that I would like to know about what happened to Bennett I feel that his story was not completed Well I didn t like this Wciv, Volume 1 uite as well as the first book because much of it is in college and focuses on which fraternitiessororities each character wants to get intoGreek life is just SO not my thing and I didn t enjoy reading those parts Also I neverite Even Monsters Need Haircuts understood why Libby didn t just come out and ask to be adopted instead of stewing and longing to herself That statement makes sense in the context of the storyBut once we got to the part with the Leidig family I couldn t put it down And I loved the very clear Christian message So while it isn t another new favorite it s definitely a solid five stars Now I need to read a story about Bennett s next chapter in life Sadly I didn t connect with this book as much as the first There were parts in the second half that were gripping that brought itp to 4 stars for me But I needed something satisfying in details about how people felt or what truly happened after a display of emotion Talking things out and the reader being privy to those conversations would have been a plus for meVery clean great message and a sweet romance Final rating 35 starsAfter reading My Heart Remembers and having a fantastic experience reading through all of its charm and character I was thoroughly excited to begin diving into it s seuel In Every Heartbeat For a seuel I thought this 3rd time reading it and it s still a gem Inions begin to divide them as well And when Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated.
Kim Vogel Sawyer