This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Hopeful Heart
Bethany House (June 1, 2010)

Kim Vogel Sawyer


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.


Dowryless and desperate, Tressa Neill applies to the inaugural class of Wyatt Herdsman School in Barnett, Kansas, in 1888. The school’s one-of-a-kind program teaches young women from the East the skills needed to become a rancher–or the wife of one.

Shy and small for her twenty-two years, Tressa is convinced she’ll never have what it takes to survive Hattie Wyatt’s hands-on instruction in skills such as milking a cow, branding a calf, riding a horse, and cooking up a mess of grub for hungry ranch hands. But what other options does she have?

Abel Samms wants nothing to do with the group of potential brides his neighbor brought to town. He was smitten with an eastern girl once–and he got his heart broken. But there’s something about quiet Tressa and her bumbling ways that makes him take notice.

When Tressa’s life is endangered, will Abel risk his own life–and his heart–to help this eastern girl?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Hopeful Heart, go HERE.


I loved everything about  A Hopeful Heart. The characters were delightful and portrayed realistically. The plot was a unique take on the common mailorder bride story with young women brought in to learn skills needed to live on a ranch – before accepting a suitor from the single men available. The details about the herdsman school were quite interesting.

A Hopeful Heart has just the right amount of drama, romance, and humor to keep it moving. Tressa’s transformation from a shy, inept girl to a confident young woman was remarkable, especially her spiritual growth. Abel was the perfect hero for Tressa with his own inhibitions and caring disposition.

I really don’t want to give away more of the story so all I can do is encourage you to pick up a copy of A Hopeful Heart asap. I don’t think you will be sorry.