I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Another Keeper from Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer's newest release doesn't disappoint!

Anne Mateer's third work of historical fiction is just as delightful as her previous releases.

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she'll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.

But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it's revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it's taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

I love Mateer's writing style. Her plots, sharp dialogue, and sympathetic characters weave together to create compelling novels, and her early 20th-century settings evoke a familiarity and nostalgia that strike a chord in me.

A Home for My Heart is no different.

Sadie cares deeply for the children at the orphanage. But Blaine, the boy who's loved her since they were kids themselves, can't be part of her life if she takes the job as matron. Sadie therefore faces the difficult choice between the children and her beau--and finds living with that choice isn't as easy as she'd hoped it would be.

Blaine doesn't disappear, of course, although the romance is not the driving force of the story. The focus is on Sadie and her growth. She is sweet, but she can be stubborn, too, and she works hard to "make up" for the ugliness in her past that she feels defines her. She has to learn that it doesn't matter where we come from, God loves us as we are and claims us as His own because He is good, not because we've earned it.

Readers of inspirational fiction will appreciate the spiritual elements and well-crafted story.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. A positive review was neither promised nor expected.


Anne Mateer said...

Bless you, Susie!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Anne! How kind of you to drop by! I loved your latest book and I'm delighted to share the news with everyone!