I received a copy of A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Bethany House. It is another example of excellent historical fiction with romantic and religious undertones. I absolutely adore historical fiction and wagon trains were favorite topics of mine when I was in elementary school. This story took me right back to those times.
I’ve enjoyed other books by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so I knew it would enjoy this one. A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY begins in New York City, in the year 1880. Tarsie (I love the name Tarsie – it kept me more engaged as I read) hates how her friend Mary suffers under poor living conditions, so she convinces Mary’s husband, Joss, to take them out west to Kansas. Tarsie goes too, hoping for a new life, and to help take care of Mary during the journey. Tarsie has a strong knowledge of herbs, although she isn’t a doctor. Sadly, Mary passes away. Tarsie had promised her she would look after the family, so she convinces Joss to marry her.
The chapters switched between Joss and Tarsie’s points of view. I found that very interesting, to see two sides of the same story. All of the characters were engaging and realistic. I loved and hated in all the right places.