The Wagner family is in trouble. With Mr. Wagner ill from the coal mine and receiving a poor prognosis from the doctor, someone has to work to support the family – and jobs are scarce. At least, they are until cousin Sid sends a letter from Kansas with two jobs for Sadie, the oldest. Leaving her Indianian home to work in a general store and sing in a new opera house wouldn’t be easy, but it would allow her to step out on her own and help her family.
That’s what Sadie tells herself until she arrives. With no opera house in sight and her boss asking her to sing questionable songs, Sadie begins to long for a friend, but instead finds herself with two would-be suitors: Thad McKane, the new sheriff, and her own childhood friend, Sid.
With her new boss seemingly up to something, her singing job in jeopardy, the sheriff determined to find troublemakers in town, and Sid foisting his attentions on her, can Sadie stand up to the pressure and be the woman that God is calling her to be?
Sadie seems just like the girl next door – fresh-faced, innocent, eager to help, and in the beginning of this story that makes her feel just a little too lily-white, if you know what I mean. She seems to be the perfect employee, friend, and date; however, just when I began to think that this story could become sappy, life changed for Sadie. With her employer demanding bawdy songs and revealing stage costumes, with Sid pressuring Sadie for more than friendship, and with Thad trying to tell God just which career he should have, these characters soon showed their true colors. With all of this action happening at once, this story went from slow to rolicking.
Sawyer not only chose the perfect characters but a great mix of emotional levity. The general store owners, spinster twins, often throw in humor just as Sadie adds drama, adding depth without despair.
Kim Vogel Sawyer gives great attention to detail. Not only does her writing flow and the characters welcome you into the story, but she adds quirks and tidbits that remind you of the story’s time period throughout.
If you enjoy historical fiction, check out Kim Vogel Sawyer’s work. They’re wonderful – and you should start with Song of My Heart.
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