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My Heart Remembers

My Heart Remembers

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by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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United by blood, divided by time, will three orphan train siblings ever find one another again?

Orphaned in a tenement fire, three Irish-immigrant children are sent to Missouri to be adopted. Despite eight-year-old Maelle's desperate attempts to keep her siblings together, each child is taken by a different family. Yet Maelle vows that she will never stop


United by blood, divided by time, will three orphan train siblings ever find one another again?

Orphaned in a tenement fire, three Irish-immigrant children are sent to Missouri to be adopted. Despite eight-year-old Maelle's desperate attempts to keep her siblings together, each child is taken by a different family. Yet Maelle vows that she will never stop searching for her brother and sister...and that they will be together one day in the future.

Seventeen years later, Maelle is still searching. But the years have washed away her hope... and her memories. What are Mattie and Molly doing now? Where has life taken them? Will she ever see her brother and sister again?

Editorial Reviews

Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves the lives of the three siblings together in a way that not only exposes the plight of children during this era, but also explores the hope that remains in the midst of difficulty. It is a touching story that will remind you to cherish your children and to thank God for the providence and care he provides, regardless of the circumstances.
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When a tenement fire in 1866 New York City leaves three Irish immigrant siblings parentless, the children are placed on an "orphan train" and sent to be adopted out West. The children are separated when each is taken by a different family, and eight-year-old Maelle, apprenticed to a traveling photographer, vows to be reunited with her brother and sister. A sympathetic protagonist and interesting historical detail enhance this sweet, simple story of family bonds and faith that spans nearly 20 years. A good family read, this title is appropriate for both adult and YA readers. Recommended for inspirational historical fiction collections. Sawyer, winner of the American CF Writers' 2007 Book of the Year award (Waiting for Summer's Return ), lives in Kansas.

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Vickie McDonough
"It's been a long time since I read a book that brought tears to my eyes, but My Heart Remembers did, both sad and happy tears. This emotionally packed novel is sure to tug at your heartstrings as you read the story of the Gallagher children, who represent so many children who actually rode the orphan trains and were separated from their loved ones and thrust alone into unfamiliar circumstances. Readers will experience the children's feeling of total loss, their fears, and longings through each of their points of view and will find it difficult to set this long book aside until it is finished. Some interesting and unique twists enhance the plot and add intrigue. Have a Kleenex handy. My Heart Remembers is definitely a book for your keeper shelf."--(Vickie McDonough, titletrakk.com)
Tina Ann Forkner
"In this wonderful historical novel, Kim Vogel Sawyer knits a moving story that is both fresh and meaningful. She even manages to shed light on the many injustices shown to poor and orphaned children in the 18oo's without disrupting the flow of the storyline. And of course, it wouldn't be a Kim Vogel Sawyer book without the element of the love story, which she is so good at writing.

Woven with rich, fascinating historical details, and filled with captivating characters, romance, faith, and a compelling story that will keep the pages turning, this novel is destined to become a favorite on CBA lists. The threads about the orphaned children will challenge the hearts of readers, but My Heart Remembers will no doubt touch readers and fill them with hope and inspiration."--(Tina Ann Forkner, WriterInterrupted.com)

Meet the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen 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. She invites you to visit her Web site at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.

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My Heart Remembers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1886 New York City, the tenement fire killed Ma and Da Gallagher, leaving their three offspring orphaned. The oldest eight year old Maelle has no time for grief as she watches adults split the trio into different families. She gives the new parents of baby Molly the family bible and she gives her brother Mattie the family photo. She vows to them to one day find them even as everyone calls her Mike as her short haircut leaves her looking like a boy. In 1902 Louisiana, traveling photographer Mike Watts continues her search for Mattie and Molly. Mattie has spent a lifetime being discarded by one family after another as he currently lives in Texas. Teenaged Molly was too young to remember the fire, her siblings, her biological parents, or even her birth name as the only family Isabelle as she is called ever had was the Standlers of Kansas City and they just died but her older Standler brother scornfully informs her who she truly is. --- Although the plot device of having siblings separated via the orphan trains with one eventually seeking the others has been used a lot, Kim Vogel Sawyer refreshes it in MY HEART REMEMBERS by rotating the story line between the three lead characters. Thus the audience obtains a deep look at what happened to the trio a decade and a half after the fire radically changed each of their lives. Historical fiction fans will appreciate the saga of the three Gallaghers. --- Harriet Klausner
Cindy Dicken More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews, but when an author brings you so totally into the lives of her characters that you literally cry and rejoice right along with them, she deserves the small amount of time it takes to write about it. This is one of the best reads I've had in quite some time. I highly recommend this book to all readers. It is wonderful to find a storyteller that realizes that you don't have to fill the pages with graphic sex and coarse language to make a story believable! Just make sure you have plenty of tissues available. I will definitely be looking forward to reading many more of this author's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer has hit another home run with this latest historical novel. Three orphaned Irish-immigrant children become separated when they are sent to Missouri to be adopted. Maelle, age eight, remembers her father¿s last words, ¿Watch the wee ones.¿ But circumstances have ripped her siblings from her sight. Seventeen years later, she still longs to find them. She wonders if she will ever see Mattie and Molly again. Matt remembers he had two sisters, one older and one just a baby. His adopted life has meant a series of temporary homes¿some good and some abusive. He hopes to find a new life when he accepts employment as a ranch hand. Molly only remembers her name as Isabelle, the loved daughter of a wealthy family. When her parents die, she is unwilling to accept her brother¿s story that she was adopted and is the youngest of three orphaned Gallagher children. With the years, hope of a reunion seems impossible. But whispered prayers and a faith that sustains proves to be greater than the obstacles. Kim Sawyer has weaved another heart warming story. She has taken a little known piece of history, the Orphan trains that churned their way out West form 1854 to 1929, the desperate solution to find homes for the thousands of children who crowded city orphanages, and brought the plight of thousands alive in the hearts of three unforgettable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is on my top 10 book list!! I'll love this book forever!!! I couldn't stop reading the book,it was that good!! You MUST BUY it!!
gingerzing1967 More than 1 year ago
I got this as a free nook book and was happily surprised how much I enjoyed it. The "orphan trains" are often a footnote in history. I loved the story of how the children grew up in such different families. Also liked the side story of child labor of the time and that not everyone who got an orphan wanted to have a child to raise, but forced labor. A well written story with historical and spiritual themes tied quietly throughout. Feel the need to check out more books by this author and more about the orphan trains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I just couldn't stop reading. A page turner at its best. I think that very person who loves Inspirational Fiction should read this book. I cannot wait to read more books by Kim Vogel Sawyer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first became acquainted with Kim Vogel Sawyer when I read the three books that now have been republished as Kansas Weddings. Her courage and skill in addressing difficult subjects such as mentally disability and alcoholism made me seek her out again. My Heart Remembers tells the story of three siblings who traveled west on one of the ¿orphan trains¿ and were separated. Others have written orphan train stories, but rarely so well. Hope, love and joy flow in spite the hardships that the oldest two children endured, and the betrayal that the youngest experienced. Predictably, the siblings reunite by the end of the book, but road they each travel and the dreams God gives for the future make it well worth reading. If you are already one of Kim¿s fans, delve into her latest story. If you have not yet read anything by Kim, My Heart Remembers is a great place to start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Heart Remembers captured my heart from Chapter One and I could scarcely put the book down until I could find out if the two sisters and their brother would ever be reunited or not. Filled with captivating characters, faith, and a story that will keep the pages turning, this novel will touch the hearts of readers and fill them with hope and inspiration.
nicky5053 More than 1 year ago
I love that it walked us through something that happened to many families. If you have not read this one, I recommend it highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY HEART REMEMBERS By Kim Vogel Sawyer Reviewed by Marion Kelley Bullock It¿s 1886. Three Irish immigrant siblings are orphaned when their parents die in a tenement fire. Destitute and with no family in New York, they are placed in an orphanage. Eight-year-old Maelle Gallagher determines to keep her younger brother and baby sister with her, but the orphanage decides differently. The children are placed on an orphan train and sent to Missouri to be adopted. Each child is given to a different family, but Maelle vows to bring them together again¿ someday. Seventeen years later, Maelle is still searching. But her hopes and her memories have grown dim. She wonders if she¿ll ever find Mattie and Molly. Kim¿s rich and tender story is based on a time in history when orphan trains really did carry homeless children from New York to new beginnings. Maelle¿s experiences¿ some good, some bad¿ are interwoven with those of her brother and sister. As I read their stories, I felt their anguish, imagined their turmoil, and gloried in their triumphs. I believe you will, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read about orphaned children in the early 1900s. A love story about families. 287 pages, making it a quick read for a weekend. Have a box of tissues ready!
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I liked this book. It was a nice story and the characters were good.
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I've had the book for months, last week I finally started to read it. This book made me cry from page one, loved the story, I just wish Ms. Sawyer would have made it a bit longer. I now find myself wondering what happened to Maelle and Jackson :(. GET THE BOOK, YOU WILL LOVE IT TOO
Bethers More than 1 year ago
My Heart Remembers is the first novel in Kim Vogel Sawyers series My Heart Remembers and is the first novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer I have had the pleasure of reading. I have a few of her novels on my To Be Read pile. Maelle, Mattie, and Molly are siblings who despite Maelle's attempts of keeping them together find themselves sent to Missouri to be adopted separately. Maelle makes a promise to Mattie and Molly that she will find them and they will be together again. She spends 17 years looking for them and finds herself losing hope that they will be together. My Heart Remembers is a beautiful story set during 1886 that depicts the struggles of immigrants at that time. I really enjoyed this novel. Kim Vogel Sawyer writes with authority on 1880's time period in the United States, adoption process then, and the places Maelle looked find her siblings. I found myself truly involved in this novel and could not put it down. Kim Vogel Sawyer's A Heart Remembers shows the separate lives these three siblings had and how they finally found each other. Truly a heartfelt story of love, perseverance and faith. This novel is definitely a tear jerker so really need the tissues. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction, you won't be disappointed. I cannot wait to dig into the other novels by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I have. I give this novel 4 Stars. I received this novel from Bethany House Publishers for no charge in exchange for my honest review.
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This is a very good book. Well written. I love historical novels and especially christian ones. The story keeps you on your seats edge wanting to know what happens next. It would make for a good series. Thank you Mrs. Vogel-Sawyer.
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