Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Goodreads Summery: Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can’t work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent—though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.
Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter’s unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she’s far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he’s come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?
Sadie’s Stepdad is injured and can’t work and since Sadie is the oldest she is looking for work to help support her family. When her cousin writes her and tells her he found a job for her as well as the chance to sing at an opera house she is excited yet sad to leave her family. Sadie gets to work at a store with two old maids who she grows to love and she also gets to sing for there brother Asa in his underground Opera house. Sadie also finds herself smitten with the new Sheriff in town. But soon things start to change and Sadie finds herself making choices she is not proud of and jeopardizing everything she is working for. Will she make the right choices and find love along the way?
Thad has come to Goldtree to help the mayor find the bootlegging operation. Once he does that he hopes to become a minister. While he tries to find the person doing the bootlegging he gets to know the towns people and finds himself getting to know Sadie and her cousin Sid. As his feeling deepen for Sadie he becomes concerned she might be involved with the wrong doings. Will the truth allow them to find happy every after?
When I first heard about this book it sounded like it would be a fun book and I looked forward to reading it. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book as I had hoped. The author is a good writer but the storyline did not hold my interest.
What I liked: I liked Sadie and felt bad for her that she had to leave her family in Indiana and move to Kansas but understood why she was doing it. I also liked the ladies that owned the store she worked for they where funny and added a lighter tone to the story. I liked the idea of the plot. There seemed like there was going to be some suspense and I was excited to see how it turned out.
What I did not like: I want to be careful here every book takes a lot of sweat and blood and I don’t want to bash this book. My biggest issue with this book was it was to predictable. The story is told by Sadie, Sid her cousin, Thad the sheriff and Asa the store owners brother. The problem with this for me was it pretty much gave away what was going to happen and made it less interesting to me. There was no who is the bad guy or even a climax scene that leaves you sitting on the edge of your reading seat. There was sort of a love triangle as well but it was only luke warm and did not add a lot to the story. I had to force myself to keep reading.
The story does have a good story line about Jesus forgiving our sins and not having to repay others sins. I would honestly probably not recommend this book to others but I will say read other reviews and make up your own minds you might really like it. It was just not a great book to me.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this paperback from the publisher Bethany House to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.