Thursday, January 13, 2011

Excerpt - A HOPEFUL HEART by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Camy here: Kim is one of the nicest, sweetest people I know, and while I haven't yet read this specific novel of hers, the others I've read are AWESOME! You won't regret picking this one up!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Hopeful Heart
Bethany House (June 1, 2010)

Kim Vogel Sawyer


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 calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.


Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas, in 1888. The school's one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher--or the wife of one.

Shy and small for her twenty-two years, Tressa is convinced she'll never have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt's hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, riding a horse, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands. But what other options does she have?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the group of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once--and he got his heart broken. But there's something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice.

When Tressa's life is endangered, will Abel risk his own life--and his heart--to help this eastern girl?

Excerpt of Chapter One:

A Hopeful Heart


  1. CAMY!
    I just finished In Every Heartbeat tonight! It was by far one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. By the 2nd or 3rd chapter to the end I had shivers running up and down my spine. Libby's transformation and fulfillment with finding God stole my breath away. Petey had my heart from the beginning! But by the end I was in tears. It touched me in ways I never ever would have expected.

    And this one I just bought today!!! I cannot WAIT to pick it up : )

    Phenomenal job, Kim. I look forward to reading much, much more by you!!

  2. That's awesome, Hannah! I love it when I feel that way about a book I read! Thanks for posting about that!