A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a well written christian romance story that touches on some difficult subjects. Within the pages of the book you will read about alcoholism, gambling and racial prejudice, but you'll also read about faith, love and forgiveness.
The book starts out in New York City where you find Tarsie, a young women with no family of her own, caring for Mary, her husband Joss and their two small children. Mary's health is bad and Joss has a gambling and drinking problem, but that does not keep Mary from dreaming of a better life in Drayton Valley. After Joss gets himself into trouble over a gambling debt, Mary is able to convince him to travel by wagon train to Drayton Valley. She convince Joss that Tarsie must go with them. Along the trail tragedy strikes and before Mary dies she asks Tarsie to take care and love her children, she also asks her to show God's love to Joss and take care of him as well.
After Mary dies, Tarsie convinces Joss to marry her and fulfill Mary's dream. Once in Drayton Valley, Joss has a plan of his own, but much to his dismay the only work he can find is in a vineyard, where he has to work under the orders of a Simon, a black man with a great faith in God. As Tarsie continues to pray for Joss and show him the love of God, she realizes that another kind of love has grown in her heart for this man. Will Joss's hatred, drinking problem and grief for his wife Mary ruin the chance of happiness he now has?
This story had several twists and turns in it and that kept it interesting and unlike a lot of the christian fiction books I read. It was a pleasure to read about a life reformed and a God work in the lives of the people that are trusting in Him. A delightful read indeed!
***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.