Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On My Nightstand - A Promise for Spring by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Historical Fiction writer, Kim Vogel Sawyer, writes a gentle tale of growth and painful adjustments. Emmaline Bradford agreed to marry Geoffrey Garrett before he traveled to America. Although she expected him to bring her there within a few months, the wait stretched to five years.

The delicate beauty is finally summoned by Geoffrey to the Kansas prairie. By this time, the fires of love are ashes. When she arrives, the strange landscape and the older, more mature Geoffrey send Emmaline into a panic. They agree she'll stay until the spring. If she still wants to go home, he'll pay her passage.

The author creates a realistic picture of prairie life. I could feel the scorching sun on my neck, as well as see fields of wildflowers.

Characters are an essential element to a great story. I couldn't help but laugh at the misunderstandings between a man and woman. They were so typical of real life situations. The supporting cast provided humor, pathos, and wise advice to the heroine and hero.

For a genre I'd never read prior to blogging, I've become quite a fan of historical fiction. When I see Kim Vogel Sawyer's name on a book cover, I'll know there's a lot of hours of reading pleasure ahead of me.

16 comments:

Shmologna said...

I have a few posts that are scheduled to go up automatically on 12-24 and 12-25. My post tomorrow will have my CBA book wishlist and this is one of them! I'm thankful for your review!

Merry Christmas and God bless!

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Thank you so much for the kind review, Susan. I truly appreciate it. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Isn't that the best feeling--to see the name and know you're in for something so wonderful?

Have a beautiful Christmas, Susan!

Jill Kemerer said...

I love historical fiction--thanks for the recommendation!

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

sherrinda said...

I love historical fiction and this one looks like a good read! Thanks for the review. I'll have to put in on my list. ;)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

My book buying decisions are based on the author and the book itself. If I've read about the book on blogs and am familiar with the author's work, I'm more likely to plunk down my money.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)

Note: There will be posts every day through Dec. 28th. After that, the regular blogging schedule will resume.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shmologna -

I'm glad the timing of this post worked out so well for you. This book delivered on all counts.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kim -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your book was a joy.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)

P.S. I appreciate how you emphasized Christ in CHRISTmas.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

I'm grateful to you and the others for taking the time to comment.

Prior to writing fiction, I read a lot from the suspense genre. Now, romantic historicals are near the top of my list.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sherrinda -

You'll enjoy this one. I'm looking forward to reading more of Kim's books.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

I enjoy Kim's books, but somehow I missed reading this one. I will have to remedy that! Thanks for the review, Susan:)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Thanks for the testimonial. I know you'll like this book.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)

Jessica said...

What a sweet review! I love historical romances, not so much plain fiction. She's a name I've seen a lot but haven't been able to read yet.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I've been reading quite a few historical romances lately. This was my first book by Kim. I'll be picking up more of her titles.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)

quietspirit said...

I recently finished a triology of Kim's. My friend loaned me the set before she read them. I really like the way she writes.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quiet Spirit -

Thanks for the big thumbs-up for this author. I'm sure you'd enjoy this book as well.

Merry Christmas,
Susan :)