In the year 1910, Rebecca Hardin is a twenty one year old living in the southern Kentucky hills. She made a commitment to provide for her family. During a time when only men were allowed to do difficult jobs, in order to make the best wages, she disguises herself as a man ... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 2, 2016
- UPC: 9780307731395
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Aug 2, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0307731391
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- A story not to be missed! by Kathleen E. on 8/30/2016
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer, © 2016
Automobile vacationers brought comparison to the families near Mammoth Cave in Kentucky in the early 1900s. Summer visitors had a style of dress, speech, and money to leisurely stay, so different from the local culture.
A young college student, Devlin Bale, comes to map the cave. His schooling has prepared him for measuring, but... he has never been in a cave before.
My favorite character was Tolly Sandford, a third generation guide. Very central to the story, Tolly was so level-headed, the other characters would be wise to heed his advice.
Rebekah Hardin comes to work at the cave to earn money to pay a debt she perceives she owes. Because of Tolly's knowledge of her family's sorrow, he hires her although at the time only males are guides. Her next sister, Cissy, also begins a summer job as an assistant to a tourist photographer who can't tame his unruly burro without her. Cissy has far-reaching dreams, hoping to take herself far away to experience the world beyond Appalachia.
The contrast between those who take the opportunity to exploit and those who have been cared for and lovingly guided by their families is wide. The Hardin family has modeled this strength in a life submitted to God.
The interesting portrayal of Mammoth Cave is educational and the interaction between characters in their daily lives very active. I enjoyed this story and liked how it was written from the aspect of individual outlook.
***Thank you author Kim Vogel Sawyer for inviting me to be part of the book tour for Guide Me Home and for sending me a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- Guide Me Home by kap on 8/9/2016
Guide Me Home is the latest from Kim Vogel Sawyer. This book contains the tale of Rebekah Hardin, a young woman who has grown up in poverty with her family in the hills of Kentucky. Rebekah is determined to help her six younger sisters and her mother, who has been in a state of depression since her only son's death. Rebekah needs to find a way to earn some money to pay for a stone to mark her brother's grave. The only job that Rebekah can find is working as a guide in Mammoth Caves. The only catch is that Rebekah must attempt to pass herself off as a boy!
University student, Devlin Bale is currently residing with his wealthy parents in Lexington, Kentucky. He has decided to obtain his land surveyor degree by completing his senior project: to create a chart of the tunnels of the Mammoth Cave system. You will get to watch a friendship grow as Rebekah assists with Devlin's work in developing a chart of this very dark place under the ground!
You will be surprised to see how God finds a way to capture Devlin's heart and to bring Rebekah and Devlin together in more than just friendship by the end of this tale!
I received this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my unbiased review.
- Another Home Run! by Laura on 8/3/2016
If you're familiar with Kim Vogel Sawyer, you know her stories start out sweet, but always include great characters and twists within the story line. "Guide Me Home" is not any different! Rebekah Hardin needs a job and pretends to be a boy in order to work at Mammoth Cave. Of course, her gender is discovered, but the predictability of the story ends there. She works closely with Tolly Sandford, a father-like guide, and Devlin Bale, a handsome cartographer, and soon all of the characters because a natural blend of the story.
Whether or not the reader has visited Mammoth Cave, it is intriguing to read about the history of the cave, in a very natural manner, and also learn about the local people at the turn of the century. Again, this is a book that I highly recommend! Not only is this a work from a great author, but it is a unique topic and adventure. You won't be disappointed when you read this book!
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
- Wonderful book by Debora on 8/2/2016
Kim Vogel Sawyer's newest book Guide Me Home which will be released tomorrow August 2nd is one of the best story lines she has come up with to date. I was blessed to be given a Reader Advance Copy by the author for an honest review; I was given no other compensation.
This story is a warm and touching one set in the hills of Kentucky in the Mammoth Cave Region. The main, character, Rebecca also known as Reb, carries a painful guilt concerning the death of her brother. Because of this guilt she sacrifices so much of herself by trying to earn enough money to help heal the grief of her mother. Reb shows matchless care and concern for her family and eventually overcomes her guilt with the help of God. The story follows other characters who learn how to overcome resentments, follow the call of God and turn their lives around toward faith and love. The ending of this book is amazing and perfect. Kim always gives us books that constantly remind of us the abiding love, care, and concern the Lord has for us even if we have to go through some difficult times to learn valuable lessons.
I highly recommend this beautiful book and I am thinking that a trip to Mammoth Cave just might be in my future. A+++++++ AND 10 stars for Guide me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer.