Book Review | A Hopeful Heart

Title: Hopeful Heart, A

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

My Review:

Tressa Nell is on a path to find a new life. Of course in the 1800’s when this novel is set, women are expected to marry, but life has not been what Tressa had thought it would be. She decides to set out on a new adventure where she will be taught how to be a rancher {or a rancher’s wife} at the Wyatt Herdsman School. She struggles to fit in and has really no experience working on a farm. She has a lot of bumbling moments on her way to becoming a successful rancher.

Abel Samms is quite content… he’s already had his heart broken once and is not looking for a wife. The men on th ranch are falling over themselves trying to get glimpses of the new girls coming to the school, but he plays it pretty cool, although he can’t help but notice Tressa. They seem to end up next to each other in awkward situations on frequent occasions and it turns out that he is quite taken by her.

Tressa has one “secret” she does not want the others to know and that is that she is from a rather “well-off” family. She does not want the other girls or people on the ranch to judge her because of that.

I found this book to be very captivating. I was charmed by both Tressa and Abel and was very interested to see how it all turned out. As in a lot of these type of books, the inevitable starts to happen… two people not looking for love {and even trying to avoid it} start to imagine what life would be like if  they were together.

This book is Christian Historical Fiction and it does not disappoint. It’s a wonderful story and personally I think it could be a series {or at least a book 2} because these characters are memorable and likeable and you want life to be good for them. I loved it.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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