A Home for My Heart

A Home for My Heart

by Anne Mateer


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Heartwarming Historical Fiction Set at the Turn of the Century

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.

But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it's revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it's taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210648
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Anne Mateer has a passion for history and historical fiction, and her vacations often revolve around research trips in different parts of the country. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults. Learn more at www.annemateer.com.

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A Home for My Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
If anyone has a heart and understanding for the children at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, it is Sadie Sillsby.  She was once one of those children.  Her dedication, hard work, and love for the children cannot be matched.  While she is very happy to be assistant matron at the orphanage, she is looking forward to marrying her sweetheart, Blaine.  They are waiting for him to save enough money to buy land for their new home.  Everything is neatly planned out.  That is until the head matron resigns to be married herself, as all matrons must remain single.  Sadie is appointed new head matron and jumps at the chance, quickly signing the contract before even consulting Blaine.   She is sure he will be surprised and happy because her higher salary will increase his savings toward the land.  Well Blaine is surprised, but he is not happy!  He wanted to surprise her and he had just signed a mortgage on the land so they could be married right away!  Blaine wants Sadie to quit her new job and she feels she is obliged to work for one year.  Where would they find a new matron that truly knows the children and the orphanage in such short notice?  He tells her she must choose between him and the children.  She chooses the children believing it is the right thing to do.  Both of their hearts are broken, each believing the other does not truly love them or they would yield.  Very quickly Sadie learns there is much more to being matron than meets the eye.  Not only the load of responsibility for the children and running the home, but the severe financial trouble the home is in. The board tells her they must close the home in 1 year unless money is raised to meet its financial needs.  She must somehow raise funds and keep the closing a secret from everyone!  She also feels she must prove herself because is looked down upon being an orphan herself once.  I could feel her pressure and frustration in trying to do everything in her own strength. She still loves Blaine and the pain of their broken relationship never stops hurting.  Then Earl, a dashing, charming representative from the Children’s Aid Society appears, offering his expertise to help her save the home.  Is Earl all he professes to be, or has Satan sent his best to confuse Sadie’s affections?   Sadie’s great faith in God and constant prayer, even in the face of defeat and impossibilities leads her through many difficulties and uncertainties.  This is a beautiful story learning that circumstances do not always dictate God’s plan for us.  Through her trials and suffering Sadie grows and matures.  She learns there are people she over looked as she had been overlooked and she judged because of their humble beginnings as she had been judged. Most importantly, she recognizes when you turn everything over to God, He can bring about the perfect solution to our problems in ways we never imagined.  A beautifully written book.  I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this historic Christian fiction Nook book. The character development was good and the setting in a home for abandoned children was something I had never read before. It was a compelling story. I do recommend this book to other readers.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
This book is a heart-grabber. I knew when I saw the sweet little girl on the cover this story would be one I'd love, and boy was I right. Sadie Sillsby, assistant matron, is handed the position of matron at the orphan home where she grew up, and she is overjoyed--until, on the same day, her beau, Blaine Wellsmith, informs her he's also gotten his heart's desire. A ranch. One where they can raise a family. At last they can marry. There's just one problem. She can't be married and be the matron. There are rules at the Raystown Home for Orphans and Friendless Children. Blaine thinks she should drop her heart's desire for him. She thinks he should understand how she loves these children, this orphan home, and the job. At least she thinks she loves the job. The matron doesn't get to interact with the children as much as the assistant does. And the assistant who took her place has eyes for Blaine. And for the handsome representative who comes from the Children's Aid Society in Philadelphia, Earl Glazier. Earl, however, has eyes for Sadie, and he begins to court her. Who will win?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say upfront that this book will tug at your heart. It is going to make you wish that you could reach out and hug an orphan. Sadie is someone I could relate to because she is impulsive and driven to follow God will. At times, those two things do not always line up. I often found myself shaking my head as she plowed ahead in "her" plans while forgetting to ask God about His plans. Her heart was always in the right place, as she sought to put the needs of "her" kids ahead of her own. I loved seeing how this character changed and developed as the story unfolded. As always, my favorite books have a bit of romance added in. Anne Mateer did not disappoint. The tension between Sadie, Earl and Blaine was perfect! I loved it!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Home For My Heart is about Sadie Sillsby who hopes to marry Blaine one day. When she becomes matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children in 1910, she cannot be married as matron. Now, she must turn her attention to financial and legal affairs of the Home. She's torn between he love of Blain and her love of the children of the Home. Will Sadie find out what truly matters in her life? This is such a sweet, wholesome, and heart warming story. I kept imagining watching this story unfold in a Hallmark movie. I highly recommend this book for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Mateer's books can best be described as heartwarming. They show how the impossible becomes possible through belief in the power of God. Always enjoy her books and look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Home for My Heart is a sweet story of a woman who loves children and wants to make sure that they are cared for, even when their parents may be unable to provide that care anymore. Sadie grew up in the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. Now she has accepted the title of matron, and all of the responsibilities that come with the position. One of the hardest tasks to attend to is the mending of her broken heart. As long as Sadie is matron, she can not marry her long-time sweetheart. Will Blaine be able to forgive Sadie for choosing the Home over him? This book was easy to read and the love that Sadie had for the children really shined through. She made a hard choice and many times I felt that she was trying to solve things on her own strength rather than relying on God to carry her through. It was a lesson she had to learn. I also found it interesting to read this book completely through her point of view. Since I only saw things through Sadie’s eyes, I found myself worried about Blaine’s actions and intentions toward Viola, a young woman in the book. This is good book that left me with a hopeful feeling at the end.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
A Home for My Heart By Anne Mateer I loved this book by Anne Mateer! If you like a book that will tug at your heartstring this book is for you. Sadie Sillsby is a wonderful character. She’s assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan & Friendless Children. She loves these children as her own. She understands them as no one else could; she grew up there as well. All she remembers as a child is being brought there when she was four years old from her mother’s jail cell. Blaine Wellsmith and his younger brother Carter came to the home as well. He has since moved out, but he and Sadie are going to get married as soon as he buys land. Carter keeps getting into trouble, one little girl needs glasses, the Home is struggling financially, and the matron has decided to marry and turn over the position to Sadie. That should be a happy time, right? Unfortunately, the matron cannot be married. Sadie can’t turn her back on these kids. Who will take care of them? But Blaine doesn’t want to wait. He now has the farm and it’s time to get married. Can Sadie overcome her past to be the matron she needs to be? Can she turn the Home around so it doesn’t have to shut its door? Will Blaine wait for her? Pick up this book today to find out! The plot keeps twisting and the characters will touch your heart. You’ll wish you could take a boy or girl home with you by the time you finish this book! I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadie Sillsby is the assistant at a home for orphan and "friendless" children (children whose parents can't afford to keep them but promise to return when their fortunes change). She feels a special bond with this place because she was once there herself, a lonely four year old no one wanted. Her life is going better now. She's practically engaged to Blaine, who has promised to marry her once he can afford to buy his own farm, and loving her job working with the children. But when Hazel, the current Matron, becomes engaged she offers the position to Sadie. As Matron, Sadie's responsibilities become more overseeing the home, raising funds, finding homes for the children. She believes this is what she's been called to do and accepts the job without hesitation. But when Blaine announces he's bought a farm and wants to marry her, she's caught in the middle. The Matron isn't allowed to be married but she's been in love with Blaine for years. What to do? All that happens within the first five chapters (out of 46). What happens in the rest of the book? Much growing and soul searching on the parts of all the characters. The storyline never seemed to drag, something was always happening to draw you in, to move the people involved closer to their ultimate decisions. This was the first book I read by Mateer (she's written two others) and I love how deep her characters are. The more you read the more you learn about them. Sadie starts as a young woman determined to help her childhood home thrive and offer the children the love and attention she received there. After becoming Matron, she changes to a woman concerned about raising money, promoting herself to others, and seeing her own faults and shortcomings. By the end, Sadie has been humbled, taught to be selfless, and made to realize she needs to depend on people other than herself. There were a few things I felt were mentioned and never addressed again but all in all the strings were well tied and put in order by the end of the novel. I look forward to reading more from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions of this review are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way by the publisher.
malmal0505 More than 1 year ago
This was definitely a great, sweet book to read!!!  I enjoyed reading Sadie's story.  Anne Mateer weaves a story that has you guessing and rooting for the underdogs all at the same time.  I won't give anything away so I'll just say get this book!  You will enjoy it!  It is definitely one of those books that should be made into a movie or tv movie :)
CLPadgett More than 1 year ago
Anne Mateer’s newest is a tender tale of forgiveness, letting go, and trusting. It’s 1910 and Sadie Sillsby is the assistant to the matron of Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. She has a special tie to the home: she was once a resident before being adopted into a loving family. When the current matron resigns to get married, Sadie joyfully accepts the position. Although she and Blaine have an understanding, they both know it will be several years before they can afford to marry. Except Blaine has a surprise of his own: he purchased a farm and is ready to propose. But the matron must be a single woman and Sadie has given her word. They decide they have different goals and part ways. At least that’s what they tell themselves while hoping their hearts will go along. The job is bigger than Sadie bargained for. Especially having to do it without Blaine in her life. I’m a big fan of Anne’s first two books, Wings of a Dream, and At Every Turn, so I was eager to read her latest. I love Anne’s way with words, they suit the historical genre like a high button shoe under a gingham skirt. With a nod to “The Gift of the Magi,” A Home for My Heart explores themes of mercy, leaving the past, and making a fresh start. I loved it and recommend it for anyone, but especially for those who love historical novels. ~ I received a free copy of A Home for My Heart in return for an honest review. I'm happy to say I honestly loved it.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is a special novel for so many reasons. Children in need, all children, have a special place in my heart.  If others had not been there for my mom, I don't know how she would have survived.  I do know that it was The Lord who provided these people in her life.  This book tells the story of one fictional Children's Home for orphan and friendless children, with Sadie as the heroine.   Sadie came to this home, sick and starving, as a young child.  The people at the home nursed her, schooled her, taught her of Christ's love, and found a real family for her to grow up into the young lady she has become.  Now she is the assistant to the matron in that same home.  She adores the children, and puts their needs front and center in her life.  When the head matron offers Sadie her job, as she was getting married, Sadie jumped at the chance to further help these kids.  She was convinced that this was God's leading for her life.  But being matron, meant that she could not marry, and her long time boyfriend has just been able to purchase a farm for them to begin their future married life together.  Is Sadie following Christ? Why does her heart break because her boyfriend wants her to get married NOW?   This book is very interesting, heart warning, and relevant for most any reader.  As Christians, we want to be following the path that Christ has designed for us.  Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determine whether something is our will or God's will.  The story and characters revolving around this Children's home exemplify this dilemma in a lovely, emotional story that toughed  at my heart strings all the way through the story, resulting in an unexpected, and wonderful ending!! 
CEW88 More than 1 year ago
A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer was heartwarming, uplifting, and had me on the edge of my seat! I love Anne Mateer’s writing style and was eager to read her newest book. This book is full of life! I loved the setting…a children’s home in the early 1900’s is a great setting for any story, especially to someone who is a teacher and holds children at the core of her heart ¿.  Sadie is a character that you will fall in love with. She has issues from the past that must be resolved, along with her situation with Blaine. I will not give any more information because I do not want to spoil the plot for those reading this review. Sadie is a believable character with great determination and love for God and children. She takes upon herself a job that she believes she can do, but in the end she finds out things about herself that had to be apparent in God’s time.  I think Mrs. Fore was one of my favorite characters! She was an older woman with great insight into all that went on around the house. Viola got on my nerves with her flirtatious ways and the way she did not care about the children. She was a very believable character for her background as a wealthy child who probably got all she wanted in life. Earl was a character I did not like from the start. I am glad he was woven into the book to help with the twists and turns and trials Sadie had to overcome. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book. I just could not wait to see what would happen next to the character. There is nothing bad about this book! Heartwarming, uplifting, a love story that will truly find a home in the readers heart for years to come! *I received this book on behalf of the author and Bethany House Publishers to read and review. 
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
I read through this book in 2 days—not just because I’m a book reviewer and am used to that but because I really enjoyed the story. The premise for the book is that Sadie works in an orphanage and gets promoted to head matron. Then, her long time beau suddenly proposes to her. Sounds great, right? The only problem is that the head matron is not allowed to be married. Sadie’s boyfriend Blaine wants her to quit her new job and marry him. Drawn to her own dreams, Sadie tells Blaine to wait. Hurt and impatient, Blaine leaves Sadie behind. As I’m sure you can gather from even such little information, there is a lot of emotion leaking through the pages as we enter Sadie’s mind. Things get further complicated when she meets a new man named Earl who showers her with attention. Meanwhile, her new assistant at the orphanage constantly flirts with both Earl and Blain. With some good old 1900s drama, this book will keep your interest. When you get to the end, you will be surprised by who you judged and what characters’ motives really were.
Alice_Knightly8 More than 1 year ago
Written in the simple, but compelling style of Janette Oke, Anne Mateer weaves a sweet, heartwarming story of faith, sacrifice, and loyalty. Miss Sadie Sillsby made a charming heroine with a strong faith and a touching passion for children! I found myself able to relate to her in some ways, from her love for kids to her exasperation with math!  I really enjoyed her enemy-to-friend relationship with Miranda, and Mrs Fore's mother hen tendencies to all living at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. The entire cast of characters was so varied and unique, and I found that by the end there wasn't anyone I didn't like!  I love stories of small town folks sticking together through thick and thin! Mr and Mrs Lawson particularly made me smile. ;)  Blaine was the perfect gentleman and hero, while remaining realistic and human. His selflessness and devotion to the kids and the Raystown Home was really sweet! Earl Glazier made me laugh out loud at certain parts with his flamboyance- a strange thing in such a quiet, down to earth town! The cover for this book is what first caught my attention! It's simply beautiful! to be precise, beautifully simple. ;) I love the bright colors! Also, I appreciate that Sadie is described as she looks on the front- a little thing, but convenient. (She even wears the blue dress! :D) There were so many quotes from this book that made me stop and think and get choked up!  I am looking forward to reading more from this author in the near future. :)
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