Monday, November 21, 2016

Guide Me Home

GIVEAWAY

SAWYER, KIM VOGEL
GUIDE ME HOME

Working in the massive cave might allow
Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.
But will it claim more than it gives?


After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin's family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother's memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky's renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined, and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she's up to the job.

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford. "Reb" begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young Cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels -- not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin's ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?

My Review:

I've had a secret fascination for the Appalachian culture since reading Where the Lilies Bloom when I was a kid so it thrilled me to my toes when I started reading Guide Me Home and immersed myself in the lives of the people of the hill country.

And, goodness, but isn't that a stunning cover? Captures Rebekah perfectly. Definitely eye-catching and promises what the text delivers. Told from four points of view -- Reb, Devlin, Tolly and Cissy (Rebekah's younger sister), Sawyer gives each character a unique voice and it was easy to lose myself in their simple but oh-so-complicated lives. Tolly in particular has a special place in my heart. An older African American gentleman with the wisdom only true faith can bring. He knows what's right and he isn't afraid to say so. Everyone needs a Tolly in their life.

Rebekah and Devlin's friendship seems doomed to stall right there. Class distinction, educational differences and family backgrounds all seem insurmountable stumbling blocks to their budding romance. Plenty of fodder for angst!

And I so appreciated the guileless way the author wove faith throughout the story...and the lives of these endearing characters.

This is the kind book you willingly lose yourself in only to emerge hours later all discombobulated over finding yourself in the 21st century. Love losing a piece of myself in a good book!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Guide Me Home please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the  subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 27 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

47 comments:

  1. I've always thought that Mammoth Cave must be a fascinating place and I'd enjoy reading about it.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I'd never heard of it before but after reading about it, I agree. Fascinating stuff. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  2. Love the cover as well. I read "Christy" by Cathrine Marshall a few years back and WOW! Absolutely LOVED that book. So looking forward to this too!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Oh, that's a good comparison, actually. Good luck, Elly.

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  3. Don't enter me Kav as I have already read this book too. I am glad you loved Tolly too. I think he was my absolute favorite character in the book and that Cissy, oh my! I agree with you that the cover captures Rebecca's image perfectly.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Yes...that Cissy...sigh! And Tolly made the book for me.

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  4. Love Kim's books! Can't get this one at library so would like to enter your drawing! Thanks, Kav.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're entered, Jackie. I was lucky enough to get this one from my library...one of the books I requested and they got it. Woot! Good luck, Jackie.

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  5. I have wanted to read this one for awhile. It is a stunning cover, that is what caught my eye first. Please enter me.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. I love this cove!!! Good luck, Boos Mum.

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  6. Hmmm, I think I need to read this one. ;)
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. You won't be disappointed if you do. Good luck, Susan.

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  7. Boy woman had to be creative and tough back then. One of my favorites of her books.

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    1. I think she just keeps getting better with each book.

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  8. what a review! Would love to read it.

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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  9. I love books that take me away for a journey I would never have in real life. Great review! Thank, Kav.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  10. AMEN! :) That cover is what drew me to it and knowing that it delivers is excellent! I'm especially excited to meet Tolly!!! Those wise, faith filled, opinionated, characters are always my favorites!!!!

    Many Blessings, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You'll love Tolly, Amada. Good luck.

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    2. YAY! :) Thank you and have a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!!

      Hugs, Amada

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  11. I always like Kim's books. She lives less than an hour from me and has met with my book club several times. In August I went to a book signing she had with Melissa Jagears. That's Kim's niece on the cover of Guide Me Home. I haven't yet read this book.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Wow -- what an exciting book club you have! I'm jealous!!!! And got to meet both Kim Vogel Sawyer and Melissa Jagears??????? Thud. And neat info on the cover. Good luck, Pam.

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  12. I haven't read any books by this author, but this one sounds so interesting! I loved visiting caves in different states with my late husband. Such precious memories! I know I'd love this book!
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)come

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    1. This is a great book to start with, Susan. Good luck.

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  13. An intriguing plot! And I do like her writing too :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I don't think I've ever read a book with quite this setting. Count me in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. It's pretty unique, I think. Good luck, Cheryl.

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  15. I've been interested in reading this book for a while. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Deborah. Good luck.

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  16. Would love to be entered! I need to read more from this author.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. There's tons of books to choose from, but I'm really partial to her latest releases like this one. Good luck, Nicole.

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  17. This was such a sweet review that matches its sweet cover. Your review definitely turned me onto this one. tlhcoupon(at)comcast(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Terrill, glad I could excite you about this book. And isn't that cover sweeeetttt? Just begs to be read. Good luck!

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  18. Wow, this sounds like a great one!! What an interesting twist in this story, Rebekah becoming Reb. I can hardly wait to meet these characters! Thanks for this review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. It's a captivating read for sure. Good luck, Donna.

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  19. I've heard of Mammoth Cave, and always thought it would be interesting to visit!

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You'll want to after reading this book. Good luck, Patty.

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  20. Looks like a great book. Thanks for sharing with us. Thanks for the giveaway iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck.

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  21. Sounds like a good book :D

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  22. Love the cover...looks great. truckredford(at)gmail(D0t)com

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  23. Sounds very interesting! And I love the "dressing" novels, they usually offer a a good psychological twist.

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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