Oct 062010

Are we a product of genetics, or our circumstances? Or even what we have decided to become? That is the theme of In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

The book follows the story of Bennett, Petey and Libby as they leave the Orphan’s School to head to college on scholarship. Each of them is as different as different can be. And they each are seeking to fill the void left inside from not having a family of their own. What is their place in the world? To whom do they matter? Questions that most people ask over the course of their lives, but for those without a family, they are harder to answer.

Libby wants recognition for writing. Will she achieve it? Will it come between her and her best friend Petey?

Petey feels called to be a pastor. However, after finding his family and learning of his brother’s death sentence, will he put aside the call to save them instead?

Bennett just wants accepted and will do anything to do so. However, a few attempts for the limelight backfire, will that drive a wedge between him and his friends?

Add in an incessantly talking room mate for Libby and a campus bully and you can have the recipe for quite the disaster. The question is, will everyone come through better than before or more broken than at the beginning?

Kim Vogel Sawyer swept me into the story with the characters. I felt their longings and pain and hopes. I only wish that the character of Bennett was developed a little more fully along with Libby and Petey. Or that they each perhaps had their own separate books. It was still an enjoyable read though. I plan on looking up more of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books in the near future.

I was given a copy of In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer to review by Bethany House. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received..

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