Saturday, September 25, 2010
In Every Heartbeat By Kim Vogel Sawyer
As a blogger for Bethany House publishers I had the opportunity to read Kim Vogel Sawyer's historical fiction novel, In Every Heartbeat. Set in the historical period of WWI, this book tells the story of three young adults, who are friends- and their individual paths in life. While the story is well written, with authentic historical details, it would most likely appeal to those readers who enjoy love stories and romance novels rather than history fans. One all too common underlying assumption, of many romance novels and fairy tales, as well, is also perpetuated in this book: this story encourages the common antiquated, yet strongly held theme in society that a woman's self worth and value is based on a man rather than her own self worth. A woman's happiness is usually linked to a man and if she happens to be single, it is always her choice, (at least temporarily- until she comes to her "senses"). There is always a suitor around the corner as a fall-back option to provide the heroine with a life of security, whose own life is on hold, as he patiently waits for her approval and acceptance in marriage. The entire story line is wrapped up in the tension or interaction between the heroine, and her future husband. The last lines sum up the basic theme of the story: a woman's dependancy on a man for happiness and fullfillment: "Libbey closed her eyes and allowed her other senses to soak up....the warmth of Petey's embrace....It was enough to rest blissfully in Petey's arms." (page 346) Obviously this final line speaks for itself. For those who appreciate historical love stories, the authentic details of culture and society will be enjoyable setting for this story. This book would be a good choice for any reader who enjoys idealistic, happy romance stories. I recieved a free copy of this book from Bethany House publishers and the opinions expressed are my own.