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My Heart Remembers

My Heart Remembers - Kim Vogel Sawyer The authorKim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen 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. Visit her web site at for more information.The synopsisOrphaned 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. The reviewI have been reading various books tagged with Christian Fiction this year. The first time I picked up a book with that tag I was very interested in the story but scared of the level of Christianity the book would have as I am not a religious person and can get annoyed when I get the feeling there is a message that being Christian is the only right way. True by picking up books with a Christian fiction tag you know you are taking a risk but you might scare yourself out of a good story too by avoiding it and honestly I have been reading a few of them now and none where annoying until now. My Heart Remembers is everything I was afraid to find by dabbling the Christian Fiction tag. The way Mrs. Smallwood told Mattie at least twice how happy she was he picked up a bible. One time was enough and the second time it happened it did not even make sense. There are more examples where religion is written in the story without it making sense. If the author would have chosen to leave it to the more subtle messages the book would have been more enjoyable for me. Characters are various. While I felt really for Molly and Mattie I had a harder time placing Maelle specially in the whole setting of time and religion. I cannot imagine a woman behaving like that. The story is written pretty solid though flaws can be found. The two star rating is really based on my annoyance so please do not take this review as your only source there are plenty of people who really liked this. I might just have to duck and hide from the Christian tag for a while again.