Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer

Thanks to NetGalley, I had the opportunity to read Anne Mateer's newest book, A Home for My Heart.

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, pouring all her energy into caring for the boys and girls who live there and dreaming of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine, and have children of her own. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the esteemed job of running the orphanage.

There's one glitch. The matron cannot be married. She must focus her attention on the financial, legal, and logistical matters of the Home. Sadie's heart is torn. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else? Does she, a young woman who was once an orphan herself, have what it takes to succeed in such a challenging career? And when the future of the Home begins to look bleak, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

It's been a long time since a book made me cry...and A Home for My Heart gave me a case of the sniffles! This is the second book I've read by Anne – I read and loved Wings of a Dream (which also made me cry)! In A Home for My Heart, Anne captures the struggle between duty and love in a realistic and tender way.

I empathized with Sadie, because I've got a pride problem, too! It can be so difficult to humble yourself and give up jobs that you are capable of doing to others who are God-gifted in the task, despite their appearance or background.

The entire story flowed so well and the characters were genuine and easy to love (or be frustrated with, depending on the moment). I read it in less than a day and loved it!

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book HERE.

Thank you to Anne and Bethany House through NetGalley for sending me an ebook to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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