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Title: A Home for My Heart
Author: Anne Mateer
First Published: September 2013
Published By: Bethany House Publishers
Format Read: Kindle for PC, eBook
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
Read: March 14 2015
Life as the assistant matron for Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children has been very fulfilling for Sadie, while she awaits a proposal from her beau Blaine. It was decided that they would wait to be wed until Blaine had saved up enough money to buy a farm of their own. When the head matron resigns from her position she offers the reigns to Sadie. Not expecting a proposal anytime soon, she takes the position. She can’t wait to share her news with Blaine, but it turns out that he has a surprise of his own. He bought them a farm! This aspect of A Home for My Heart reminded me of the book The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. Unfortunately Sadie can’t have both the title of matron and be a married woman, so she has a tough decision to make. Determined to rise above her past (she was an orphan herself) and give the children she loves so dearly a second chance at life, she stays with the orphanage.
Set in 1910 Pennsylvania, Sadie doesn’t just inherit a house full of children and a small staff, but an almost non-existent budged too. The board in charge of the home stresses that in order to keep their doors open an entire years worth of funds must be raised.
One way I was able to connect and relate with Sadie was in the aspect that we are both terrible at math. I was able to feel her anxiety when she struggled to make sure the ledger balanced. I only wish she would have swallowed her pride and sought help sooner.
Looking back I don’t think that Sadie made for the strongest protagonist, although her heart was certainly in the right place. She came across as very fragile to me, always being knocked down, bumping into Blaine and being helped along. I realise that this is how women were portrayed during this specific time period (and those before it), however there are times that this trait turns me off from the character.
All things considered I thought that Anne Mateer’s A Home for My Heart was a sweet inspirational story that I would recommend to others.