Imagine three orphan children. The youngest is just a baby, the eldest is only eight. Their parents have died in a fire and they’re left on the streets with no one to turn to. When a police officer comes upon them he takes them to the orphanage and mistakes the eldest girl for a boy. Her name is Maelle, but everyone thinks she said ‘Michael’, so that’s who she becomes.
The three children are sent away on an orphan train and the baby is taken from Maelle, her younger brother Mattie is taken by a family who lost their little boy, and Maelle falls into the hands of a photographer who wants an apprentice. But all Maelle wants is to get her brother and sister, the only family she has left in the world, back into her arms.
Kim Vogel Sawyer’s novel, My Heart Remembers, broke my heart right in two. She expressed the feelings of the three orphans so powerfully that I felt this inward ache and I too was longing to find out whether or not these three children would ever see each other again.
You are drawn into the story so quickly. Each child is left with what Maelle calls a ‘tie to home’. Mattie has their family picture, Molly (the little baby) has their family Bible, and Maelle has kept her mother’s letters. They each have their tie to home. But Molly is seventeen now, and was given the name Isabelle by her adopted parents, Mattie is grown into a fine young man and has been moving about the country all his life from one ranch to another and Maelle has taken over the photography business and she too has been going from state to state.
The chances of these three orphans ever finding each other is so slim…even when they’re right under each others’ noses.
My Heart Remembers, made my eyes burn with tears and my heart ache. Kim Vogel Sawyer has written a strong novel of faith, hope and the everlasting love between siblings. This book was one of the best I’ve ever read!
Coming Soon: ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him’…Look for my review of A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, tomorrow!!