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In Every Heartbeat Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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It’s 1914, on the brink of the Great War, when three longtime friends who grew up together in an orphanage are awarded scholarships to the University of Southern Missouri. But Petey, destined for the ministry, harbors revenge in his heart against the parents who cast him away when he was only seven years old, resulting in the loss of one foot and part of his leg. Libby’s impetuousness repeatedly lands her in trouble and hinders her ambition to become a top-notch reporter, and Bennett substitutes food and fighting for the respect, admiration, and sense of belonging he desperately craves. As the school year progresses and their beliefs are tested, their ambitions take them in different directions until they are brought together again by an impending execution. Sawyer’s stand-alone Christian historical is more judgmental than her usual fare, but there is still plenty of action, emotion, and background color to carry the story. --Lynne Welch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Three best friends, three cherished dreams, three searching hearts... As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a special plan for the future. Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong, and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well. When Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated? "Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart."--Romantic Times
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,958,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Samuelson on November 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been putting off writing this review for ages because I just don't enjoy writing negative reviews. In Every Heartbeat, by Kim Vogel Sawyer is presented this way in the synopsis from the publisher:

"As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a special plan for the future. Libby Conley hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete Leidig believes God has called him to study to become a minister. And Bennett Martin plans to pledge a fraternity, find a place to belong and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well.

When Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?"

In reading the book, I found very little of WWI ever mentioned, and it certainly did not play as strong of a role in the plot as I had assumed and hoped. This was disappointing.

I also found the story hard to get into, and I really had to force myself to finish it. The characters did not "feel" real. Libby especially was a bit unreal. Apparently we are supposed to believe that she grew up as more of a tomboy than a "girly-girl" (the type of girl she disdains on every other page in the beginning of the book); however, she is constantly on the brink of tears, rolls her eyes an awful lot, has stomach flutters as she reads a romance story, does some angry stomping off, has a few cute temper tantrums, and all in all behaves like a young, and pretty immature, girl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Granola Mom 4 God on October 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Normally, I finish historical fiction novels in two nights tops. However, I slowly made my way through this book. Perhaps I simply wanted to go westward in my mind. Ride a horse or participate in a gun fight (though one does happen a the end of this novel).

I suppose my struggle with this book lies in the fact that it confused me. There existed three main characters, Libby, Pete, and Bennett. All best friends joined at the hip due to their upbringing in an orphanage. Pete is in training to be a pastor and for a major assignment decides to write editorials condemning the writing of romantic story writing in women's periodicals. Libby, however, is quite enthralled with this subject and accomplishes the task of writing such stories with great ease.

Yet, I wonder: why does author, Kim Sawyer, go to such great lengths at writing such a persuasive argument against romantic fiction . . . yet her book is that very thing which was so eloquently critiqued?

I don't have an answer, but it was an issue I struggled with.

So, my recommendation . . . borrow the book from a friend or check it out from your local library. My copy will be found on Paperbackswap.

Thank you Bethany House for sending me this book to review for free. I did enjoy having some light reading to occupy my mind. I was not paid for this post, nor do I have to return the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you read and fell in love with the characters and story from My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer, you aren't going to want to miss her latest extension of that story, IN EVERY HEARTBEAT. Though they do not have to be read in order, it warmed my heart to encounter favorite characters in this book such as Isabelle, Maelle, Matt and Petey. Introducing a few new characters as well that warmed my heart.
When I read Sawyer's fiction I feel like I have come home. Her cadence of the words, the rhythm of the characters and their human ability to stand up from the page and speak to my heart.
I am continually amazed at the way Sawyer's characters grow and I feel like I mature with them, without being pushed or preached at. But I also love how in the end they still have growing to do. She doesn't stilt or rush the process.
This book was a joy to read. I come home when I read her fiction, cozy in the knowledge that I will be entertained, spiritually fed and eager for the next book. This is more than a prairie romance, this is a joy and an art buddled up in one highly recommended novel.
Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review through CFBA. This review is my honest opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ereader on September 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Horrid, simply horrid.

Don't let the positive reviews fool you.

It is littered with numerous historical errors, continuity errors, etc. Slow narrow plot, shallow characters.

I only finished reading it, via pure obstinate principles, not wanting to quit a book I started; I should have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Fabiani on January 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was the first time I read a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I would definitely like to read her work again. The story introduces us to three close friends who grew up in the same orphanage and are now heading off to college. Libby is a feisty, young woman who hopes to become a famous journalist. Pete, who suffered a childhood accident and now wears a peg leg, wants to become a minister. He is also in love with Libby. And Bennet is the tough street fighter who longs for a place to belong.

The author builds these characters so well, I felt I knew them. I was quickly pulled into the story because I liked them and wanted to know more. The themes of friendship, loyalty, morality, family and finding God are dominant in the book. Pete is secure in his relationship with God but not so Libby and Bennet. I found their trials and struggles realistic and poignant. After all, they are all orphans and the loss of their parents, either in death or abandonment affected each differently and profoundly. This was well explored in the story. I also liked the setting - college in the early twentieth century and the brink of WWI. Although the latter didn't affect the story too much, it explained adventurous Libby's desire to be an independent woman with equal rights to report what was happening as a journalist.

The only part that caught me a little off guard was Libby's transformation towards the end of the story when, after a heartfelt prayer, she feels God's presence and has now found God in her life. She becomes too suddenly pious and all-knowing regarding God. Usually, it takes time to acquire spiritual maturity. It requires diligent study of the Scriptures and exercising faith.
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