“[An] enjoyable faith-filled adventure . . . Sawyer’s episodic narrative and rich assortment of characters fighting for freedom provide the story with many twists and unexpected side-plots.”—Publishers Weekly
Indentured servant Fanny Beck has been forced to sing for riverboat passengers since she was a girl. All she wants is to live a quiet, humble life with her family as soon as her seven-year contract is over. So when she discovers that the captain has no intention of releasing her, she seizes a sudden opportunity to escape—an impulse that leads Fanny to a group of enslaved people who are on their own dangerous quest for liberty. . . .
Widower Walter Kuhn is overwhelmed by his responsibilities to his farm and young daughter, and now his mail-order bride hasn’t arrived. Could a beautiful stranger seeking work be the answer to his prayers? . . .
After the star performer of the River Peacock is presumed drowned, Sloan Kirkpatrick, the riverboat’s captain, sets off to find her replacement. However, his journey will bring him face to face with his own past—and a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be free. . . .
Uplifting, inspiring, and grounded in biblical truth, Freedom’s Song is a story for every reader who has longed for physical, emotional, or spiritual delivery.
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Expert storyteller Kim Vogel Sawyer delivers another five-star novel with Freedom’s Song! Her expressive prose and meaningful, well-written dialogue kept me hanging on to every word. I fell in love with strong yet vulnerable heroine and hero Fanny and Walter. They quickly made my list of favorite fictional couples. The secondary characters—the escaped slaves, Josephine, and Sloan—are also richly drawn and memorable. The story, set in 1860, moves quickly and flows smoothly and held me captive from beginning to end. I greatly appreciate the faith element that flows freely through the story filled with spiritual truths regarding trusting God for His provision and how He puts people in our lives to help us see His plan for us. The theme of freedom—physical, emotional, and spiritual—permeating the story is beautifully expounded and thought provoking. The romance is slow-building and sweet. The “embarrassing moments” between Fanny and Walter are precious. Freedom’s Song is a wonderfully inspiring and absorbing read whose stirring message will resonate with you long after you finish the final page. This book easily made my Best Reads of the Year list—a book to read and reread, and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Another absolutely heartrending story by Kansas native KVS. I absolutely love every book I read by this author. Freedom’s song was such a warm story that not only touches on physical freedom but ultimately our spiritual freedom in Christ. I personally devoured this story and was left thirsty for more. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the ability to read and review this book. All opinions are my own.
Whenever I see one if this author's books I always grab it because I know I'm going to love it. She is a talented writer with a theme always in mind and I love her research. I am never disappointed with her books. I laughed so hard at one of the scenes because for some reason it tickled me pink. My husband asked me what was so funny. So I had to tell him. He laughed too. I love how God puts people in your path that he knows who will help and who will not. No matter what walk of life you come from. Everyone needs someone. Messages of faith are throughout this sweet novel. Good always wins over evil even in real life. People aren't born bad it's where life sometimes takes them and who they hang out with. But I overall, I was pleasantly pleased with how the ending turned out. My thanks to Waterbrook and Multnomah for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Kim Vogel Sawyer has quickly become a favorite author of mine. She writes true to Christian fiction but in a way that delivers deep understanding of scriptures and a relationship with Jesus Crhsit--which I'm sorry to say is rare in many other Christian fiction novels. Sawyer stands above the pack and I was very excited to receive this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Without going into spoilers, I loved Fanny and her personality--she was shy and inexperienced, but her grit and her relationship with Jesus bolstered her to have strength. Every step of her journey was full of fear but overcome by faith of many others. I could really get behind her experiences and I found myself racing to the end of the book to see what would happen--would she go to the River Peacock and finish her term? Would she move to the prairie? Would she go on to New York City to see her family? I could feel the conflict in her and in Walter and Sloan and it made for a riveting, believable novel of God's grace and the freedom found in Jesus' sacrifice.
This story was fantastic! I feel in love immediately with Fanny. My heart hurt for her lot in life but then God takes her on a journey of loving and helping slaves by risking her life. Her huge heart only garners her trouble but brings her love like she never knew. This story wraps around your heart and pulls you in completely. The love and sacrifice that two people give brings a beautiful story of Gods redeeming love. A roller coaster ride of emotion that will have you smiling with each page. Beautifully written, beauty for ashes.
Freedom's Song was the first title I have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I thoroughly enjoyed her unique storytelling in this upcoming release. The character growth was well matched with the storyline's progress. There were some unexpected turns, building to the climax, that pleasantly surprised me. I liked not being able to predict what would come next. I am not a huge fan of detailed descriptions in books, but the author crafted the scenes in a way that appealed to all five senses without boring. A very short way into the book, I sat aside my reviewer hat and just enjoyed the journey and the message of true freedom throughout. I look forward to adding more of this author's work to my TBR.