Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer follows her own well-established stylistic
tradition in which the heroine is a girl of strong faith while the hero is one
who does not yet know of God’s love and mercy.
Hardin is the oldest of seven children. She lives with her hardworking parents
and her younger sisters. The family, far from well off, suffers further after
the death of Rebekah’s younger brother, 15-year-old Andy, who died in the local
tourist attraction, Mammoth Caves, with Rebekah’s mother becoming a shadow of her
feels responsible for Andy’s death. She had snapped, “Get lost,” to him at their
last interaction, following which Andy entered the caves and really got lost
there. Rebekah feels that if Andy were laid to rest in the woods near their
home, with a headstone, it would be a fitting gesture and give her mother
Since they don’t have the $26 required to buy the marker, Rebekah gets
a job as a guide at Mammoth Cave, taking rich folks to show them around the
of Rebekah’s sisters, Cissy, who resents her life and longs for a prince to
rescue her out of poverty. Her stubbornness gets her into trouble, seeing love
where there isn’t any, and not being able to see it where it exists in
university student Devlin Bale comes to Mammoth Caves to chart out a more
accurate map of the caves and to further the political ambitions of his
professor-father. Devlin hails from a very wealthy family. His world is as far
removed from Rebekah’s as possible and yet the two come together.
the two come close, they are watched over by Tolly Sandford, the elderly black
guide of Mammoth Caves, who feels responsible for Rebekah’s safety.
will the friendship survive the class differences between the two? What will
happen when Tolly and Rebekah get to know of Devlin’s agenda for the caves? Will
he accept the faith that drives Rebekah? And will Cissy get into trouble on
account of her attitude?
story is told in the third person past tense point of view of Rebekah, Devlin,
Cissy and Tolly.
author creates a world, filling it with the details of life as it must have
been in that time. It is a world in which women can’t vote and professional
jobs such as guides are the preserve of men alone.
learn more about the era from the fact that Rebekah’s parents have seven living
and four babies stillborn and 15-year-old Andy dead. Life is hard and they are
pitted in a battle for survival against nature.
also liked the author’s trademark of shifting viewpoints in the middle of a
found Rebekah to be a sweet character who puts her family before her own needs. The caves have swallowed her brother, and she
displays courage in her willingness to seek employment there.
liked Rebekah’s description of a good marriage, such as the one her parents
have. Sparks that never need somebody puffing at them to make them flare up
again, sparks that didn’t die even when hardships came along.
Mammoth Caves, and their history, form a large portion of this story. I was
surprised to note that these caves are real, not imaginary. The narrative, as
it relates to the caves, is very well told. We get an idea of the excitement
and intrigue generated by the caves as also the very real danger they pose.
While this was a sweet book, I didn't find it as engaging as one of her previous books, Echoes of Mercy.
(I received a copy of Guide Me Home from WaterBrook Multnomah.)