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The written word has always been a joy for me.  I can not remember a time in my life when I did not have books. Before I was able to read them, my mother read books to me. As soon as I could read independently I was never without a book in my hands or very nearby.  As years passed, writing developed into a passion for me as well. I tried novel writing while home with my two children during their early years and was challenged to focus on the craft.  I never gave up the love even when I had to give up the pursuit.  Now, with grown children and the fact I am sitting on the other side of fifty I can pursue my dream of writing.  I have continued the reading quest but now the writing is attainable as well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Guide Me Home


The Appalachian mountains have a rich culture that includes a strong sense of family, faith and the land that has brought the people together.

In Kim Vogel Sawyer’s novel, Guide Me Home,  Rebekah Hardin learns the difficult lessons of loss, grief, guilt, and the acceptance of God’s forgiving grace while living in a poor, but strong of faith Appalachian farm family.  Rebekah hires on as an assistant guide for the Mammoth Cave estate, a tourist attraction near the harding farm. She is old enough to marry, yet she chooses to work in the caves  in order to earn enough money to help her parents purchase a headstone for her brother Andy.  Andy was tragically lost in an incident in the Mammoth Cave.  While working at the estate, Rebekah meets Devlin, a cartography student from the university who is focusing his senior project on  mapping the tunnels in Mammoth Cave.  Through working with the cave’s main guide, Tolly, and helping Devlin, Rebekah learns that her love of God and her faith can see her through any dark passage.  As she lives her faith, she also helps to light the love of the Lord in Devlin’s heart.

Once again, Vogel doesn’t disappoint.  Her engaging narrative, well developed characters, and
delightful setting create a story that engages the reader from page one clear through to the end.  Rebekah, is a strong willed, independent, kind young woman that the reader learns to love.  The story moves right along and is a definite page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Vogel’s book, Guide Me. Home and would strongly encourage anyone that enjoys an uplifting faith filled story read it as well.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review