Highly educated Sophia Velikonja of Czechoslovakia longs to become a U.S. citizen. When her name comes up on the list to emigrate, SOPHIE'S HEART (3) breaks to leave behind her grandmother, but she is soon caught up in survival in America. Nothing is as she imagined. What purpose could God have for bringing her to Chicago to bus tables at a restaurant? Then the chance and challenge of a lifetime opens up when Sophie is asked to keep house for a widower and his three children. Can one quiet Czech with a heart the size of Illinois rescue a family lost in grief? Lori Wick delivers a gentle charmer with this novel of dreams lost and found. At times, the story drags, but the characters are well drawn. (Sep., 425 pp., $6.99)

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Jill Elizabeth Nelson