Friday, September 27, 2013

Another Red Head on the Cover


A Home for My Heart

     Anne Mateer

A sweet story of hope and love set against the poignant backdrop of a 1910 orphanage

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, pouring all her energy into caring for the boys and girls who live there and dreaming of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine, and have children of her own. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the esteemed job of running the orphanage.

There's one glitch. The matron cannot be married. She must focus her attention on the financial, legal, and logistical matters of the Home. Sadie's heart is torn. Should she give up her plans for a life with Blaine in order to continue serving these children who have no one else? Does she, a young woman who was once an orphan herself, have what it takes to succeed in such a challenging career? And when the future of the Home begins to look bleak, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

      I have to be honest. Out of all the books that I have read this one is just not cutting it. It is a good book. The story is technically well written, it was just really angst-y. I know that sounds whiny, but I couldn't help but think that the characters were over extending themselves. They went beyond what we could see is their stopping point, they were constantly overreaching themselves and we never got away from that. 

     On the flip side, you could say that this overreaching is only human and that it is a relatable quality, that we as humans are never satisfied. I found this annoying. When I read books I don't read to read the same faults I see in myself (although if you like this, you might enjoy the book). I read to see the other positive qualities and abilities other characters possess, I read for the story. 

     The novel was well written, with a mildly interesting plot line that was done correctly, and actually wasn't just fluff. If you really enjoy reading soul searching, not fluffy books than this might appeal to you. Overall, I just wasn't satisfied with what happened. 

I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  

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