A fast-moving tale of dreams and faith in an orphanage in a bygone era. Another fine, fine book by one of my favorite authors, Anne Mateer. I love the story, based on an historical place using fictitious plot and believable characters, their complex problems, and their personal God.
My favorite characters were Blaine and Miranda, because they were faithful and steady in their faith and work. They are both pictures of God's grace manifest in their lives and in their actions toward others.
Nothing is wasted in the writing. It all comes together through many twists and turns. I confess to being kept up at night, in search of resolution to Sadie's problems. No one tried harder than Sadie. In that sense I identified with her (and because that was my grandmother's name).
I highly recommend this book. It is an excellent clean read with a strong faith line. The characters work together (even the protagonists) to lay out the story with lively description and conversation.
This book is set in 1910 and is a beautiful story of love and commitment. Sadie is the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. She is extremely dedicated to her job and loves the children very much. When she is offered a promotion, she must decide which is more important, her "children" or her impending marriage. I enjoyed this book immensely and would recommend it to my friends because of its engaging characters and well-written dialogue.
A Home for My Heart is a sweet story of a woman who loves children and wants to make sure that they are cared for, even when their parents may be unable to provide that care anymore. Sadie grew up in the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children. Now she has accepted the title of matron, and all of the responsibilities that come with the position. One of the hardest tasks to attend to is the mending of her broken heart. As long as Sadie is matron, she can not marry her long-time sweetheart. Will Blaine be able to forgive Sadie for choosing the Home over him?
This book was easy to read and the love that Sadie had for the children really shined through. She made a hard choice and many times I felt that she was trying to solve things on her own strength rather than relying on God to carry her through. It was a lesson she had to learn. I also found it interesting to read this book completely through her point of view. Since I only saw things through Sadie's eyes, I found myself worried about Blaine's actions and intentions toward Viola, a young woman in the book. This is good book that left me with a hopeful feeling at the end.
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 Children's 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 Sadie's affections?
Sadie's 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 God's 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.
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.