MY HEART REMEMBERS
This is a wonderful story with memorable characters. Historical details are vivid without being overbearing, and the characters' struggles are helped by their faith and beliefs. Sawyer is a gifted author who knows what readers want -- and she delivers.
Orphaned in 1886, the three Gallagher children are adopted by different families. Eight-year-old Maelle, the oldest, promises that she will someday be reunited with her siblings. But after 17 years, she is still searching for them, and her hope is fading. (Bethany House, Mar., 220 pp., $13.99)