Monday, September 20, 2010

In Every Heartbeat

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

In Every Heartbeat
Bethany House (September 1, 2010)

Kim Vogel Sawyer


Kim 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.


As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a cherished dream.

Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong, and have as much fun as possible.

But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well. And when Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?

If you would like to read the first chapter of In Every Heartbeat, go HERE.

In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the sequel to My Heart Remembers. Pete, Libby, and Bennett grew up as friends in an orphanage run by Isabelle Rowley. Pete was abandoned by his parents to care for himself on the streets when he was just seven, and shortly after that he lost his leg in a trolley accident. His survival of that miracle set his heart on serving the Lord as a minister at a young age. Libby was orphaned when her parents died before she could remember them, and she took Isabelle's sister, Maelle, as a surrogate mother. Libby is determined to be a writer and make her name in the world. Bennett was dropped off at an orphanage as an infant and left that one as a young child when he didn't feel loved, then Isabelle's husband discovered him and brought him home to be loved as part of their children's home. The three are heading off for college with very different goals in mind, and for the first time, they find themselves pulled apart. Sawyer excels at creating sympathetic characters who readers quickly grow to love, and this trio is no exception. Libby and Pete are fighting their mutual attraction, and Bennett still struggles at feeling that he's never found a place to fit in. Readers don't need to have read the previous novel to enjoy these characters and be moved by this touching story.