Monday, August 1, 2016
Review: Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors! I was so excited to receive an Advanced Reader's Copy of her newest historical fiction, Guide Me Home, which is releasing tomorrow!
Guide Me Home is set in the Kentucky hills near Mammoth Cave in the year 1910. Rebekah Hardin's family, like many others in that place and time, were poor, hardworking farmers. Rebekah seeks a job to help pay for a headstone for her brother's grave to help preserve his memory. She ends up working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Tour guides have always been men, but Rebekah, or Reb as she is called, is determined to prove that she is capable of the job. Tolly Sanford, the head of the tour guides is determined to help Reb's family and to keep her safe. Over the summer they are joined by Devlin Bale, a university student who is mapping the caves as a school project. Devlin also has a personal agenda for mapping the cave system, one that could upset Reb's life and those of her neighbors.
One of the reasons I love Kim Vogel Sawyer's books so much is that they feel so real, just like you are part of the story. The characters are well developed and believable, and you get to know them well throughout the course of the story. Guide Me Home is told through the viewpoints of Rebekah, Tolly, Cissy, and Devlin giving you insight into all of their thoughts and feelings. I have never been to the Mammoth Cave in real life (my daughter has), but after reading the descriptions in this book, I felt like I have actually been inside the cave.
Of course I loved the main characters, but also Rebekah's family, neighbors, and especially those who were working at the cave with her. They treated Reb with respect and did all they could to watch out for her and help her. I just loved that. I loved the journey all of the main characters went on, but especially Cissy and how she was changed through her experiences. I will not spoil the book for you by telling you anything you need to read for yourself, but the ending was awesome. It made me cry!! but it was just perfect.
I love to read and often reread my favorites. I have only had Guide Me Home for a few short weeks, and I have already read it twice. If I were putting this book on a scale of 1-10, it would be a 10+. This story will entertain you and uplift you. I love how all parts of it point back to the One who created everything, including the Mammoth Cave and those who will be reading this story.
For more about Guide Me Home and Kim Vogel Sawyer visit her website: http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.