Friday, September 24, 2010

In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer

4 out of 5 stars
In 1914, three friends who grew up in an orphanage together, head off to the University of Southern Missouri to pursue their dreams. Libby Conley longs to pursue journalism, and report on facts that will impact readers. Pete "Petey" Leidig plans to become a minister. And Bennett Martin, who sees the perks of a fraternity, decides to join one. As these friends engage in the daily activities of college life, their ideals begin to shift, forming a rift between them.

Soon, Libby uncovers something about Pete's brother--he's been wrongly convicted of murder. As Pete and Libby work to prove his brother's innocence, Libby's own thoughts begin to shift--thoughts that may allow their unrequited romance to bloom.

As a continuation from her last book, My Heart Remembers, we learn about Maelle, Isabell/Molly, and Mattie-- though in this one they are only secondary characters. I like that Mrs. Sawyer moved Petey to a primary character, as he was a very interesting character in her last novel.

Mrs. Sawyer also does an excellent job of making the reader feel the rift between these three friends. It is a rift that most readers can identify with, because we all have experienced the natural distance that grows between friends--despite the best intentions--when we progress in life.

The romance between Petey and Libby had me wanting to know what would happen between them, as did the fate of Petey's brother.

I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. In Every Heartbeat will especially please those who enjoyed My Heart Remembers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. 

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