A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a novel of one family and their friend leaving their dreary life as the poorest of the poor in New York City in 1880 and going into the wilds of Kansas. Tarsie Raines who is the very dear friend of Mary Brubacher leave for Kansas along with Mary’s alcoholic husband Joss and her two children. Mary is dying of cancer which she is keeping quiet from everyone in hopes of getting her family to Kansas and away from Joss’s addiction to alcohol. Along the way when she finds that she will not make it to Kansas she makes Tarsie promise to take care of her family.
This is a good story combining the difficulties of settling Kansas in the 1880’s along with having the same problems that people have today of accepting God’s grace and curing addiction. This family has the additional problems of grinding poverty with no welfare system to pull them through. These people must pull together and work hard in order to survive. This story can safely be read by any age group, young girls to older women will enjoy it.
This book was provided by Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group for this review.