"Song of My Heart" by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Sadie Wagner will do anything for her family so when her stepfather is injured and can no longer work, as the eldest child she decides it is time for her to take on a job. The town of Goldtree, Kansas offers her everything she could ever want - a job as a clerk at the mercantile and the opportunity to become a professional singer at the local opera house. Though the opera house isn't what she thought it would be, she can't risk the money her family needs so she will do anything to keep her job.
Thad McKane is the new sheriff in Goldtree. It's not quite what he wants to do but it will earn him the money he needs for training to become a minister. Goldtree isn't the type of town that would need a sheriff, but it has been plagued by bootlegging operations and the town council wants Thad to find the culprit before word gets out to the people living there.
When Thad and Sadie meet, there is instant attraction. But when Thad hears Sadie practicing the bawdy tunes she sings at the opera house, he begins to wonder if she is as innocent as she seems. And as he does a little digging, he finds that Sadie may be a part of the crimes he is investigating.
Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a beautiful work of historical Christian fiction. Readers are instantly transported back to a different time and caught up in a different world. It isn't just a simple love story, it has scandal, blackmail, illegal dealings, and enough intricacies to keep the reader turning the pages. Most importantly, it has strong Christian messages that readers can appreciate and relate to.
The best thing about the book is the fabulous characters that make for a very interesting town! Sadie is a girl that everyone will relate to and empathize with, Thad is a dashing suitor, Asa Baxter is a great villain, and twins Melva and Shelva Baxter are a right laugh!
I think it may be time for me to quit saying I'm not a big fan of historical fiction because this is another fantastic offering from the genre. I know that I can at least say I'm now a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer and will definitely be looking for more of her books.