Home for My Heart, A - eBook
If anyone has a heart and understanding for the children at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, it is Sadie Sillsby. She was once one of those children. Her dedication, hard work, and love for the children cannot be matched. While she is very happy to be assistant matron at the orphanage, she is looking forward to marrying her sweetheart, Blaine. They are waiting for him to save enough money to buy land for their new home. Everything is neatly planned out. That is until the head matron resigns to be married herself, as all matrons must remain single. Sadie is appointed new head matron and jumps at the chance, quickly signing the contract before even consulting Blaine.
She is sure he will be surprised and happy because her higher salary will increase his savings toward the land. Well Blaine is surprised, but he is not happy! He wanted to surprise her and he had just signed a mortgage on the land so they could be married right away! Blaine wants Sadie to quit her new job and she feels she is obliged to work for one year. Where would they find a new matron that truly knows the children and the orphanage in such short notice? He tells her she must choose between him and the children. She chooses the children believing it is the right thing to do. Both of their hearts are broken, each believing the other does not truly love them or they would yield.
Very quickly Sadie learns there is much more to being matron than meets the eye. Not only the load of responsibility for the children and running the home, but the severe financial trouble the home is in. The board tells her they must close the home in 1 year unless money is raised to meet its financial needs. She must somehow raise funds and keep the closing a secret from everyone! She also feels she must prove herself because is looked down upon being an orphan herself once. I could feel her pressure and frustration in trying to do everything in her own strength.
She still loves Blaine and the pain of their broken relationship never stops hurting. Then Earl, a dashing, charming representative from the ChildrenÃ¢ÂÂs Aid Society appears, offering his expertise to help her save the home. Is Earl all he professes to be, or has Satan sent his best to confuse SadieÃ¢ÂÂs affections?
SadieÃ¢ÂÂs great faith in God and constant prayer, even in the face of defeat and impossibilities leads her through many difficulties and uncertainties. This is a beautiful story learning that circumstances do not always dictate GodÃ¢ÂÂs plan for us. Through her trials and suffering Sadie grows and matures. She learns there are people she over looked as she had been overlooked and she judged because of their humble beginnings as she had been judged. Most importantly, she recognizes when you turn everything over to God, He can bring about the perfect solution to our problems in ways we never imagined. A beautifully written book.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
March 4, 2014
Mostly orphanage, little romance
I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at running an orphanage and the constant struggle to bring in donations and funding. Sadie was far from perfect, but her vulnerabilities made her easy to relate to. She took on a big job that she thought she was prepared for, but had her eyes opened to how an administrative job has different challenges. I felt that the romantic chemistry was lacking with her and Blaine. I would have liked to see more background about how their relationship developed in order to have a deeper understanding of their present behavior and choices. The author focused much more on some of Sadie's personal and work-related obstacles. Her character development by the end of the novel was gratifying and led to a sweet ending.
February 21, 2014
The intriguing backdrop of an early-1900s orphanage makes this a unique, engaging read.
Sadie 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?
As always, I just LOVE Mateer's writing! I could write a novel trying to describe how amazing her books are. This one was no exception, and the journey to discover how things were going to turn out was a literary journey that kept me guessing the entire ride.
Sadie's character development was well done, and I loved how we got glimpses of Sadie's past little by little. I eagerly anticipated all the clues from the past that made her the woman she became. What I took away from the story was that who we are, the way we are raised, and the mistakes we make don't have to define our future. I would say it's Mateer's best work yet, but I loved her previous novels and I know she'll write fantastic novels in the future. Recommended to every lover of Christian fiction.
This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
December 20, 2013
A delightful historical fiction that you will love
Anne Mateer has written a completely enjoyable book. I loved it, couldn't put it down, well, except for one night to sleep. I loved how she wrote the characters where she kept pulling and tugging on each one of their hearts for them to do the right thing, the right thing in God's eyes. So many of the characters, not just the two main ones, ended up being taught lessons they had no idea they were even learning.
From the beginning to the end the twists and turns and lots of surprises are interspersed throughout.
You never know what to expect, you can't see around the corners. It was hard not to love all the characters, but a lot of the children living in the orphanage especially. Some so quiet, shy and living more within themselves, and others loud, boisterous and making a lot of trouble. Sadie and Blaine and his brother met in the orpahnage when they were young children. You will laugh and cry with them as their story is told. When I read a book I want the writer to describe in lots of detail the characters and the settings of the story. I believe that Anne Mateer totally did this in the book.
I would recommend this book to all who love historical fiction.
November 18, 2013