Book Review: A Home for My Heart

10 Mar

210648Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she’ll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.

But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it’s revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it’s taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

annepicAnne Mateer is a three-time Genesis Contest finalist who has long had a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults.

Twitter @annemateer

My Impressions:

Anne Mateer’s, A Home for My Heart is a sweet historical romance set in the early 1900s in the fictional Raystown Home for Orphans and Friendless Children. Sophie Sillsby was helped by the home years before and wants to extend God’s grace to children just as it had been extended to her. Sadie sees her promotion to Matron of the home as her opportunity to help children as well as validate her own life, one that includes a shadowy past. But Sadie’s quest to be an advocate for helpless children may grow out of her own insecurities rather than God’s plan.

Mateer based A Home for My Heart on the true life Huntingdon Home for Orphans and Friendless Children and the many stories surrounding it. Well-researched, she does a good job of introducing the reader to the early efforts of child welfare. The story is a bit predictable and I was very frustrated with Sadie’s character, but I think that was the desired effect. Sadie is determined to be prove she can be an effective and capable Matron, more to win the acclaim of men than to please God. Others in the story have the same problem. The characters use works, man’s approval and self sufficiency to try to attain self-worth, rather than looking to God.

If you like a sweet romance, with a good historical background, then definitely check out A Home for My Heart.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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