A Home in Drayton Valley

A Home in Drayton Valley

by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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A Compelling Pioneer Story From Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441260437
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Series: Heart of the Prairie , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 422,240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. She and her husband, Don, live in central Kansas and have three daughters and nine grandchildren. Learn more at www.kimvogelsawyer.com.
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 website at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.

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A Home in Drayton Valley 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A HOME IN DRAYTON VALLEY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful Historical Fiction set in 1880 Kansas. A heart wrenching tale of tragedy,faith,and love. Tarsie Raines,her friends,Joss and Mary Brubacher and their two young children dream of a better life than the slums of New York City in Drayton Valley, Kansas. On the wagon train,tragedy strikes on the trail,a partnership is formed between Joss and Tarsie. Money is low,but Tarsie's faith will carry her through hardship,and struggles.But she also starts to question her future. The unexpected happens, Tarsie finds love with a man she never dreamed to, Joss. Fast paced and filled with adventure,tragedy,love,faith,life on a wagon train through the rough prairie lands and life in early America. Ms. Sawyer has done it again with "A Home in Drayton Valley" with her engaging characters,and intriguing plots. I would recommend this title if you enjoy American history,historical fiction,early American life and a great story than "A Home in Drayton Valley" is the story for you, you will not be disappointed. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: My Book Addiction Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written with well developed characters but it read like one long religious laden sermon.
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GodBlessAmericaJB More than 1 year ago
I really loved A Home In Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Set in 1880, this book takes the reader from New York City to a beautiful valley in Kansas. Tarsie Raines was a women of high morals and plenty of love to share. Joss was a man who was influenced by his own non-Christian upbringing and has to learn what it means to be a real father to his children. It was good to watch God use Simon a man of color to influenced him in so many ways. Tarsie was a wonderful example of Christian love to her friends as well as to Mary's children. The friendship between Ruth and Tarise was one of my favorite parts of the book. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I received this book from Bethany House for my honest review.
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
It opens with Mary being sick, and Tarsie thinks the only way she could possibly get better is by getting out of the city. But Joss is against the idea. He doesn't want to leave the city and life he knows, until one day he finds himself backed into a corner and the only way he can get out, is by heading to Kansas with his family...and Tarsie.   Tarsie would never of guessed that her friend and confidant would die before they reached Kansas, the place that they thought would be a new beginning for all of them...together. But will Mary's last dying request put Tarsie in an awkward situation? Will she be able to fulfill it?  This was a good book, I think it's a fun read, that you can pick up on one of those lazy rainy afternoons. Kim always has a way of doing these period pieces with such fun and interesting twist and turns in the plot. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to sign up to read this book and give my honest opinion about it, I had a great afternoon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit it took me a while to get into this book. It took me a while to get past the first few chapters. Likely, it was because I tried to start reading it at swimming lessons. There were enough distractions, that I found myself reading the same paragraph over and over and therefore just couldn't get into the story. Once I finally found a period of time to sit down and actually get started in the book, I quickly got caught up in the story and found myself sneaking any few minutes that I could string together to read the book. It was a good story. I enjoyed following the story as the family of four and their friend traveled together with the wagon train west from the dirt and grime of New York City to the promised benefits of Drayton Valley, in Kansas. Unfortunately for the group, the journey was fraught with challenges and things didn't get easier once they were in Kansas. The story addressed not only the challenges of the family, but also addressed the issues of racism - in both directions. Through the course of the story, new, and unexpected bonds were formed. Friendships were formed and love found, as the group completed their journey. We found those without faith come to find God through the examples set by others. I am generally a fan of period literature. I find something so fascinating about the simpler times, and enjoy learning new perspectives on the challenges faced by those that lived in those times. This book, being set in the 1880s, certainly fit into that category. This book is an enjoyable story of journeys - physically, emotionally and spiritually. I received a copy if this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not one for lengthy reviews that summarize the story so simply said, A Home In Drayton Valley will not disappoint anyone who enjoys historical fiction with Christian undertones. This is the first book I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer (who was recommended by a friend) and it won't be the last. Through her ability of storytelling and development of characters she takes the reader along on the journey and we are able to care about Tarsie, Joss, and "their" children. I look forward to reading more from Mrs. Sawyer. I received a copy if this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
"For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." Romans 8:24 Joss and Mary Brubacher, their two children, and Mary's friend Tarsie Raines are determined to leave the destitution and oppression of 1880 New York behind and head for the "promised land" of Drayton Valley, Kansas. When tragedy strikes their little group, Tarsie makes a promise to care for Joss and the children and Joss sets up a "marriage" as Mary wished. Can Tarsie show Joss the love that Mary so wished for him to know? Can she love him the way God loves all of His children? Can Joss put aside his past and accept the love that Tarsie, his children, and ultimately God want for him to share? A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story that touches my heart deeply. I can relate to it in a extremely personal way. The characters are well-developed and you can relate to them. Tarsie, from the beginning of the book, is a spit fire who stands up for what she believes in no matter the cost. Joss is hard-hearted, yet tender enough that you don't hate him, and his struggles are very human. The story is a message of learning to trust God and believe in his promises. It's a story about how God allows things to happen in our lives that we don't understand, but we have to learn to trust that God knows what he's doing. Tarsie, already being a Christian, understands this concept and we see her struggle to maintain her faith in the face of adversity. Joss, not yet accepting Christ and his love, doesn't fully understand this concept, and we see him struggle to overcome his past prejudices and finally accept what God has been trying to tell him all along through the witness of several characters in the book. Overall, this is not an action packed, comedic story. It is a soft story of God's love and acceptance that will leave your heart full and your spirit light. I would definitely recommend it.**I received this copy free from Bethany House Publishers.**
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Lizzie_23 More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story!!!!! It was hard to put the book down! You quickly fall in love with Tarsie and want what is best for her. Kim Vogel Sawyer paints a vivid picture of life on the trail and in the housing in both the city and Drayton Valley. Thank you Bethany House Publishing for a free copy of such a fantastic story!!!!!
sparrow16 More than 1 year ago
A Home in Drayton Valley is a sweet pioneer story and I read it at the time my students were studying pioneer travel. What impressed me most was the historical detail in the story. I used much of her thoroughly researched information during class discussions. The central plot revolves around Tarsie Raines. A young woman from Ireland and stuck in poverty in New York City, Tarsie dreams of a better life for herself and her best friend, Mary and Mary's family. The dream is fraught of conflicts including Mary's debilitating disease, Mary's alcoholic gambler of a husband and two young children (whom the husband doesn't want). Tarsie convinces Mary to travel to Drayton Valley. When Mary approaches her husband, he scoffs at the idea until he needs to go out of necessity three days later (don't want to spoil the plot). Tarsie pays for the tickets and most of the supplies and they begin their journey first by train and then by wagon. The travelers have all of the conflicts of a pioneering group and then some. Tarsie, who is a devout Christian, does her best to help lift up the family, ease Mary's sickness and care the children. As one situation leads to another, a promise is made and the plot takes an interesting turn. A Home in Drayton Valley is written beautifully and an ease to read. It is a story filled with hardship and happiness with a few surprises along the way. (Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for allowing me to request a free copy, I truly enjoyed it.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all of this author's books, I want the story to continue in a sequel! This book has the romance, but also some great life lessons.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Will Tarsie be able to fulfill Mary's dying request? Tarsie Raines became friends with in ill Mary Brubacher and did what she could to doctor her. After losing her aunt Mary was the only true friend Tarsie had. Mary was married to Joss who spent most of his money in the saloons and kept just barely enough money to keep the run down apartment and enough food to feed his family which included little Emmy and Nathaniel. Not only did he squander away money drinking in the saloons, he also gambled and owed a huge debt, which was about to come due or he would probably lose his life. Dreams of going to Drayton Valley, KS were always in Tarsie's mind and she shared the book about Drayton Valley with Mary. Mary knew that she didn't have much time left in this world so she managed to talk Joss, who really did love Mary but was unhappy that they had children, to move the family to Kansas and she included Tarsie. Joss was not happy about Tarsie going along but he would do anything to please Mary and since he didn't have the money to pay his gambling debt he knew he had to get out of New York and fast, so it didn't take a lot of convincing from Mary. The five of them take the train to Des Moines, IA, then have to take a wagon to Drayton Valley. The only wagon train that is leaving immediately is an all black wagon train and Joss, thanks to his drunk of a father detests blacks. But, he knows he needs to move on and Mary's health is deteriorating so he agrees to go. He refuses to camp in the circle with the rest of the wagons and doesn't even associate with them. When they arrive at the Missouri River where they would cross to go through White Cloud, Mary was so weak Joss had to lift her out of the wagon and carry her to the banks so she could see Kansas. Mary's prayers were answered, she'd seen Kansas, the place she wanted Joss to live and raise Emmy and Natty. As they were waiting to cross the river, Joss went to see if they could cross first so they could go find a doctor and Mary drew her last breath after asking Tarsie to promise to marry Joss, bring him to God and to raise her children. Joss reluctantly agrees to marry Tarsie, so he goes to town to find a preacher, when he returns they are married. When they arrive to Drayton Valley, Joss locates a small house for them to live in and gets a job doing dock work. Joss refuses to spend nights in the house and plans on leaving Tarsie and the kids for Chicago after he gets enough money saved up to sustain them for 3 months. When the dock breaks loose and floats down the river Joss finds himself without a job so he goes looking at the vineyard outside the other side of town. He gets the job but the foreman is a black man, now he's even more determined to get out of Drayton Valley. When he eventually moves to the vineyard, avoiding Tarsie and his children Tarsie takes the first chance she gets to leave town forcing Joss to raise his own children. Soon Joss finds himself in jail and Tarsie is picked up by a couple of thieves and is forced to pretend to be married to one of them. With them being separated and in different towns, oh yes, and not really married, will Tarsie fulfill Mary's last request? How will Joss handle working for a black person, being in jail, and who's going to raise his children just when he was getting close to them and learning how to be a papa to them? The faith Mary had that her plan would be carried out was very touching and as you read this book you'll find yourself wondering if it's going to happen. Do you think when you make a promise to someone who is dying that you have to carry it out no matter what? Is it right to promise a dying person something, knowing you possibly/probably can't keep that promise, just so they can die in peace 'knowing' in their mind that you would never break a promise to them? If you break that promise is it the same as lying to them? The book was a pretty good read and I would probably choose it again. I can recommend it to others that like books set in pioneer times. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
CPier More than 1 year ago
I have not read this yet, but I am sure it will good.