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Grams4 Stars Out Of 5Really EnjoyedJuly 8, 2019GramsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I was so happy to finally have the time and opportunity to read this highly anticipated book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I have been a Kentuckian for forty years now, and live about forty-five minutes from Mammoth Cave, the setting of this story. Sawyer's well-researched story opens up the history of the cave area, telling of a culture very similar to that of the Smokey Mountain National Forest. Some claimed a Scottish heritage, and many had a deep faith that supported their love of family and their piece of God's creation.
Guide Me Home is a story of foolishness and wisdom, misguided guilt and forgiveness, loss and discovery, and determining what really matters in this life and the next. Readers will experience appreciation of Rebekah Hardin and exasperation with her sister, Cissy, admiration for Devlin Bale and frustration with Nick Ross. Most important is the prevailing message of the peace that comes with a personal relationship with Jesus.
I highly recommend Guide Me Home and all of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novels. Happy Reading!
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Setting with Heart Capturing Characters!September 30, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Are you trapped in darkness today"?
Devlin Bale, an aspiring cartographer, has his sights set on mapping the expansive caverns of Kentucky's Mammoth Cave. Using his senior term as a means of accelerating the project, he begins by taking a series of daily trips underground, led by a seasoned guide and his young assistant, Rebekah Hardin. As Devlin, Tolly and Rebekah spend more and more time together, the more intrigued Devlin becomes with the lovely mountain girl; she's surprisingly educated, quite intuitive, and emanates kindness towards everyone she meets.
Rebekah Hardin is determined to earn enough wages from her Mammoth Cave position to erase the pain from her mother's eyes. A tragic accident, for which Rebekah feels responsible, stole Nell Hardin's joy. As she and Tolly assist Devlin Blake with his cartography, she can't help but wonder at their natural connection, even though there is nothing remotely similar about their backgrounds. Rebekah senses that Devlin is not being completely honest about his motives for mapping the area's cave systems, but it's his view of eternity that grieves her the most; how can she direct him towards the One true light?
An exquisite story with all the right ingredients; great characters, lovely setting, fascinating history and an endless maze of truth and inspiration.
BevjKYAge: Over 655 Stars Out Of 5Extraordinarily good!September 13, 2017BevjKYAge: Over 65Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I thoroughly enjoyed this book and since I live in KY, this made this book even more special. Also, I learned a lot about Mammoth Cave.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!November 21, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've had a secret fascination for the Appalachian culture since reading Where the Lilies Bloom when I was a kid so it thrilled me to my toes when I started reading Guide Me Home and immersed myself in the lives of the people of the hill country.
And, goodness, but isn't that a stunning cover? Captures Rebekah perfectly. Definitely eye-catching and promises what the text delivers. Told from four points of view -- Reb, Devlin, Tolly and Cissy (Rebekah's younger sister), Sawyer gives each character a unique voice and it was easy to lose myself in their simple but oh-so-complicated lives. Tolly in particular has a special place in my heart. An older African American gentleman with the wisdom only true faith can bring. He knows what's right and he isn't afraid to say so. Everyone needs a Tolly in their life.
Rebekah and Devlin's friendship seems doomed to stall right there. Class distinction, educational differences and family backgrounds all seem insurmountable stumbling blocks to their budding romance. Plenty of fodder for angst!
And I so appreciated the guileless way the author wove faith throughout the story...and the lives of these endearing characters.
This is the kind book you willingly lose yourself in only to emerge hours later all discombobulated over finding yourself in the 21st century. Love losing a piece of myself in a good book!
Ruth5 Stars Out Of 5Guide Me HomeOctober 24, 2016RuthQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Guide Me Home, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is set at Mammoth Cave, which is a real-life site. Rebekah Hardin needs a job at Mammoth Cave to raise money for a headstone for her younger brother who had died in that very cave over a year ago. But the only available position is to guide tour groups through the cave. So Rebekah disguises as a man, calls herself Reb, and applies for the job.
Devlin Bale is a college student studing cartography who thinks turning Mammoth Cave into a national park would benefit everyone, especially his father who is running for Senate. Devlin agrees to map the cave, since the best map they have is desperately outdated.
Tolly, the steadfast old guide, and Reb are assigned the task of escorting Devlin through the entirety of Mammoth Cave--not an easy job as the cave is indeed, mammoth. It takes all summer to get the task done.
When Rebekah realizes Devlin's second reason for being here, she isn't pleased. Her neighbors are not going to agree to sell their land, their heritage, so the government can have a park.
I enjoyed the storyline, and how it is written from different viewpoints. Rebekah's sister, Cissy, is a sub-main character, and her story is told here as well. I have read Kim's books before, and this is written very much in her style. I can't decide if a second book could be written or not. The story ends, but there are a few threads that could be picked up.
I recieved this book from BLOGGING FOR BOOKS in exchange for my honest review.