Book Review: A Home in Drayton Valley by 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 wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward him?
One of Kim’s crit partners is a friend of mine. She said this is Kim’s best book yet. Since it’s my first of Kim’s novels, I can’t attest to that, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Tarsie and Joss are real, believable characters, saved only through the grace of God – just like all of us.
Kim does a wonderful job portraying the difficulties the characters face as they head west and, if possible, moreso once they arrive.
Joss and Tarsie have obstacles galore to overcome and Kim does a fabulous job showing how they do so.
Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars