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4.6 out of 5 stars 251 customer reviews
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"...a touching story that will remind you to cherish your children and to thank God..." -- 5MinutesforBooks.com

"This emotionally packed novel is sure to tug at your heartstrings .... definitely a book for your keeper shelf." -- Vickie McDonough, titletrakk.com

"This is a wonderful story with memorable characters..." -- Romantic Times

"Woven with rich, fascinating historical details, and filled with captivating characters, romance, faith, and a compelling story..." -- Tina Ann Forkner, WriterInterrupted.com

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United by blood, divided by time, will three orphan train siblings ever find one another again?

Orphaned in a tenement fire, three Irish-immigrant children are sent to Missouri to be adopted. Despite eight-year-old Maelle's desperate attempts to keep her siblings together, each child is taken by a different family. Yet Maelle vows that she will never stop searching for her brother and sister...and that they will be together one day in the future.

Seventeen years later, Maelle is still searching. But the years have washed away her hope... and her memories. What are Mattie and Molly doing now? Where has life taken them? Will she ever see her brother and sister again?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764202626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764202629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Farey VINE VOICE on March 2, 2008
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This is the first book by Ms. Sawyer that I've read, but by the end of the first chapter I'd become a fan.

"My Heart Remembers" is the story of three Irish-immigrant siblings, orphaned in a tenement fire. After traveling on an orphan-train to Missouri, they find themselves split up, taken by three different families. Maelle, the oldest at eight years old, vows to find her brother and sister one day. But time stretches on, and though her promise burns within her, hope grows dim.

Ms. Sawyer weaves a beautiful story. It's a tapestry of heartache, joy, hope, pain, faith and love. As we follow the paths of the now-grown children, we see how even in the midst of trouble, they have never been alone. And out of their pain, God creates something precious and meaningful.

Not many books bring me to tears, but by the last chapter, that's where I was. I highly recommend this moving, lovely book. Long after you read the last line, your heart will remember the Gallagher children and Kim Vogel Sawyer.
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Maelle Gallagher and her little brother, Mattie and baby sister, Molly have just been orphaned in a tenement fire. As recent immigrants from Ireland, they're put on an "orphan train" and sent west to Missouri to find new parents and a new home. As the oldest, Maelle had been charged by her father to "look after the wee ones." Maelle does her best, but her little siblings are literally torn from her arms by the separate families who adopt them. But Maelle will never forget them and will never stop searching for the only family she has ever known.

This is another heart-tugging story from best-selling author, Kim Vogel Sawyer. It bounces from Maelle to Mattie to Molly and tells their plights. Each story has its own conflict as they all three come together at the end. It's great entertainment, very touching, and fans of Mrs. Sawyer will devour it. I'm only hoping there's a sequel, because I really loved the character, Matt, and I want to read a romance with him as the hero!

Even though this isn't necessarily a romance, there is some happily-ever-after kind of stuff. I highly recommend it.
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I believe this is Kim's best novel yet. I was a little concerned when I realized she intended to take me on a journey with three different storylines... but she did it well.

At a tender age, Maelle, Mattie, and Molly Gallagher's parents are killed in an apartment fire. The three orphans are put on a westbound train to be adopted out. Their only ties to home are the family Bible, a photo, and a stack of letters exchanged by their parents. When the three siblings are separated, will they ever be able to find each other again?

Molly is adopted by a weathly family who gives her the name Isabelle. She's never told anything about her past until her adoptive parents die and her brother, who always resented her, disowns her. Forced to work as a servant for a family in Shay's Ford, Missouri, Isabelle can't believe how her life has changed. Then she meets Aaron Rowley, a shopkeeper's son, who opens her eyes to the plight of local orphans. Can Aaron open her eyes to her need for a Savior? Will she find room in her heart for this man who she would've previously considered below her station?

As a kid, Maelle pretended to be a boy - Michael - in order to stay with her brother at the orphan's home. Now she's all grown up, but "Mike" still wears trousers. After inheriting her adoptive uncle's travelling photography studio, Maelle made it her mission to find her long-lost brother and sister. When she arrives in Shay's Ford, Missouri, she has no intention of staying, but a local lawyer, Jackson, changes her mind. Is he interested in her just for the promotion she can provide through her pictures of working children from across the country? Or could Jackson be interested in her for another reason?

Mistreated as a child, Mattie left Missouri and never planned to return.
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A very good book. The book is about 3 children who become orphans in a tenement fire in New York City in the late 1880's. They go to an orphanage and then later are shipped west on an orphan train. They are eventually split up. Seventeen years later, the oldest, Maelle, is still looking for her brother and sister.
I enjoyed learning about some of the struggles of orphan children from this era. The book held my interest for the entire book. A good read.
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I first became acquainted with Kim Vogel Sawyer when I read the three books that now have been republished as Kansas Weddings. Her courage and skill in addressing difficult subjects such as mentally disability and alcoholism made me seek her out again.

My Heart Remembers tells the story of three siblings who traveled west on one of the "orphan trains" and were separated. Others have written orphan train stories, but rarely so well. Hope, love and joy flow in spite the hardships that the oldest two children endured, and the betrayal that the youngest experienced.

Predictably, the siblings reunite by the end of the book, but road they each travel and the dreams God gives for the future make it well worth reading.

If you are already one of Kim's fans, delve into her latest story. If you have not yet read anything by Kim, My Heart Remembers is a great place to start.
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