Friday, September 17, 2010

Book review: In Every Heartbeat

Historical fiction is one of my favorite categories of books, so I was happy to receive a new historical fiction novel from Bethany House Publishers.  I picked it up just to scan the first chapter and barely put it down again for the next day and a half. This great book is called In Every Heartbeat, by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  Here's some information on the book from the publisher's website:

Three best friends, three cherished dreams, three searching hearts...
As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a special plan for the future. Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong, 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 opinions begin to divide them, as well.

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 is not an author that I was familiar with before receiving this book, but I will be definitely reading more of her novels in the future (and as I've mentioned in other reviews, that's a sure sign that I really like a book!).  I enjoyed following the adventures of the three main characters as they adjusted to life in university and tried to find their place in the world and in each others' lives. This book is very well-written with interesting characters and a plot that's full of twists and turns. I hope that these characters feature in future novels from this author, because I'd like to see what happens next in their lives! Throughout it all, there is a strong message of faith and God which is realistically woven in to the characters' words and actions.  If you're a fan of Christian historical fiction, definitely take a look at this book!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.