Guide Me Home: A Novel

Guide Me Home: A Novel

by Kim Vogel Sawyer


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Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow 
Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.
But will the cave claim more than it gives? 
After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.  
Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?    

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307731395
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 541,710
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as When Love Returns and Room for Hope. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and their families.

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Guide Me Home: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Christianfictionandmore 6 months ago
I was so happy to finally have the time and opportunity to read this highly anticipated book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I have been a Kentuckian for forty years now, and live about forty-five minutes from Mammoth Cave, the setting of this story. Sawyer's well-researched story opens up the history of the cave area, telling of a culture very similar to that of the Smokey Mountain National Forest. Some claimed a Scottish heritage, and many had a deep faith that supported their love of family and their piece of God's creation. Guide Me Home is a story of foolishness and wisdom, misguided guilt and forgiveness, loss and discovery, and determining what really matters in this life and the next. Readers will experience appreciation of Rebekah Hardin and exasperation with her sister, Cissy, admiration for Devlin Bale and frustration with Nick Ross. Most important is the prevailing message of the peace that comes with a personal relationship with Jesus. I highly recommend Guide Me Home and all of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novels. Happy Reading!
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BirdFlight More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer brings us another historical fiction that brings the reader into a world where times are hard, family is all you have, and accidents happen far too easily. Leaving those behind to handle the pain and the guilt. Tragedy leaves Rebekah's family in shatters. Nothing is the same, and their all struggling to make it one day after the next. In an attempt to help her family Rebekah dresses as a man and takes a job as a guide through the beautiful, yet dangerous, Kentucky Mammoth mountain caves. The stakes are high, but Rebekah is willing to do what it takes to heal her family. I have made no secret that I am a fan of Kim Sawyer's books, but I can't say this one is a favorite. Like all of her books I have read this one was good, but to me it dragged a little. A lot of detail was put in to describe the Mammoth caves and surrounding areas. Yet I felt the characters hardly moved from point A to point B throughout the entire novel. I wanted to watch the characters grow, to get to a better place then where they were. And I did, but it moved in such a slow pace that it felt unnatural. It's still a good book. New and old fans of Kim Sawyer will enjoy this heartwarming story. So if you're looking for a good historical read I suggest this book for sure. That's all I have for now. Until next time, I hope you have a blessed day! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
amvkv More than 1 year ago
Do you ever have a book that you love every page and you never have the desire to skim a page or a paragraph? Kim Vogel Sawyer has written a book that falls into that category in GUIDE ME HOME. I loved this book and I love Kim Vogel Sawyer’s writing. Besides the story being great, Vogel Sawyer adds such wit into some of the dialogues and a clever play with words. The setting is Kentucky Mammoth Cave and the hill people of Kentucky in the early 1900’s. 20 year old Rebekah’s family is dirt poor, but she has no intention of courting the man from the hills who wants to marry her. She is going to work as a tour guide in Mammoth Cave so that her family can purchase a tombstone for her brother’s grave; a death she feels is her fault. Rebekah becomes a capable helper to cave tour guide, Tolly, and the two of them become the guides for University of Kentucky student cartographer, Devin Bale. Devin is a city boy who comes from money, but he and Rebekah connect even though they know a future is not possible for two people from such different backgrounds and different cultures. There is a sprinkling of faith mixed into the story, including the importance of being able to forgive oneself and to get over the feelings of guilt which can wrack havoc on a person’s life and plans for the future. Rebekah blamed herself for her brother’s death because she was reading and told her pesky brother to “Get lost!” He did so – in the cave – and was finally found – dead. Rebekah has not read a book since, feels responsible for her mother’s depression, and has decided to give all the money from working at the cave to her family to help with the cemetery and family needs. I was sad when I turned to the last page. It was enjoyable to read due to the story line, but also because of the historical tidbits which are inserted into the story such as the slave labor which mined saltpeter from the cave for gunpowder. I highly recommend this book. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Author Bio
Ziff130 More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Hardin's family is still struggling to move past the death of her younger brother. All her mother wants is a headstone for him, but they're struggling financially. Rebekah decides to help bring in the money and tries to get a job at the local Mammoth Cave Estate. Unfortunately, the only job available is as a guide which is traditionally a man's job. She decides it makes sense to arrive as a he instead. She and Tolly begin working together when a city boy arrives, Devlin Bale. He's a young college boy who is working on his senior project for his degree in cartography. He has chosen to map out the caves. Tolly and Rebekah are assigned as his guides. Together, they teach each other things that will change their lives forever. I loved this book! It was so fun. I always love books where a woman/girl has to dress as a man/boy in order to do something. Then the people learn a female can do it, too. I also loved the bit of romance in it and the coming of age story that was going on with Rebekah's little sister, Cissy. I didn't even mention this in the synopsis above because there is just so much going on. It's all a great story with mystery, romance, and drama all rolled into one fun book that I read in a day. Seriously, all 333 pages just absorbed in a day. It was very good and I just couldn't put it down for long.
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
Great book! This book is full of so many surprises and a great story of; love, a faith in God and a journey of self-realization. Their are many characters in this book, each with their own set of problems and their own stories. This became confusing at times because their were so many things going on at one time. BUT.... The author was able to bring it all together in a very amazing way at the end, which made it worth the confusion in the end. I am a big fan of this author and she definitely didn't dissapoint with this novel. Rebekah is trying so hard to get over the loss of her little brother and works so hard to make sure her family has everything they need. So even though there are no jobs available at the Mammoth Cave estate for women, she takes it upon herself to dress as a man and do a man's job. It is no easy task and she definitely has her problems with it but she shows time and time again that she is worthy of being a cave guide assistant. She is amazing, she takes on a man's job and never once complains and everything that she makes goes to her family to help buy a burial marker for her little brother. Her little brother Andy had gone into the cave and didn't make it back out alive. It was a very sad story and her whole family had a hard time getting over the death of Andy. Devlin, a college student from the University of Kentucky, came to Mammoth Cave to map the caves, he never planned on falling in love with a back country woman. He was a city man, at the cave for a purpose. He was a gentleman through and through and felt his heart being exposed little by little to love. He tried to fight it and so did Rebekah, they were from two different worlds. Cissy, Rebekah's sister was the worst character of the entire book. She was self centered and was just a horrible spoiled little brat. The entire book she was conniving, and trying to find a way to get away from her family and her horrible life. She felt like she was owed something more, that she deserved better clothing, a better house and so on. She moaned and groaned about everything. Honestly, it was so annoying and I dreaded the parts of the book that included her. Then she found a boy she liked and she did everything possible to be with him as much as possible, even if it meant denying her momma and daddy's wishes. Overall an annoying character. Tolly was by far my favorite, he was a loveable character that kept you laughing. He was an experienced tour guide that had history in the area surrounding the Mammoth Cave, including being a slave in the past. He was a knowledgeable man that helped keep Rebekah out of trouble and was a man revered by everyone he worked with. Overall, this book was great! It had a bit of a slow opening, but after it finally gets the characters introduced it is a race to the finish. Not only is it a great love story between Rebekah and Devlin but it is also a story of family bonds and the strength of a brave woman. She is a force to be reckoned with, taking a man's job just to help provide for her family. She has a faith in God that is unfailing even despite the tragedies that have befallen her. There are many stories being told and each one of them are important and tie in together at the end to make it come together so nicely. It is really such a great book and the family's faith in God is so reassuring. Great book! I will be recommending!! I recieved this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Guide Me Home is a sweet Christian Historical Fiction about the power of prayer. Rebecca wants so desperately to help her family and ease the ache in her mother's heart from losing her only son. While working at Mammoth Cave, she meets the handsome Devlin Bale. Will they be able to overcome their differences? Will Cissy find the love that she desire? Will Devlin find out what is missing in his life? I absolutely loved this book! Cissy was surprisingly self-centered. She thought that everything was about her. I enjoyed learning about Mammoth Cave and the beauty of God's creation. My favorite character is most definitely Tolly, his faith was so strong. All in all this was a fantastic novel. If you like historical fiction or even a clean romance, this is the book for you!
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer, © 2016 Automobile vacationers brought comparison to the families near Mammoth Cave in Kentucky in the early 1900s. Summer visitors had a style of dress, speech, and money to leisurely stay, so different from the local culture. A young college student, Devlin Bale, comes to map the cave. His schooling has prepared him for measuring, but... he has never been in a cave before. My favorite character was Tolly Sandford, a third generation guide. Very central to the story, Tolly was so level-headed, the other characters would be wise to heed his advice. Rebekah Hardin comes to work at the cave to earn money to pay a debt she perceives she owes. Because of Tolly's knowledge of her family's sorrow, he hires her although at the time only males are guides. Her next sister, Cissy, also begins a summer job as an assistant to a tourist photographer who can't tame his unruly burro without her. Cissy has far-reaching dreams, hoping to take herself far away to experience the world beyond Appalachia. The contrast between those who take the opportunity to exploit and those who have been cared for and lovingly guided by their families is wide. The Hardin family has modeled this strength in a life submitted to God. The interesting portrayal of Mammoth Cave is educational and the interaction between characters in their daily lives very active. I enjoyed this story and liked how it was written from the aspect of individual outlook. ***Thank you author Kim Vogel Sawyer for inviting me to be part of the book tour for Guide Me Home and for sending me a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
MotherofPeace More than 1 year ago
Rebekah wanted to be a guide in the Mammoth Caves to help support her mother and father and six brothers and sisters. The loss of her brother is still a tragedy that leaves its mark on the family. The only problem is, they only hire men. Rebekah is determined, and she is willing to present herself as a man. So being trained by an experienced guide, Rebekah, now, "Reb" begins learning the complexities of the cave. They are joined by Devlin Bale, who is there to map tunnels. What will "Reb" discover in these caves? Will she find more than what she's looking for? Pick up a copy and travel along with Rebekah to see what is in store for her. Good Reading!!! I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.
Writer4God More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors and once again she did not disappoint. She always keeps her stories moving, never lingering too long on the same scene or bogging the story down with too much description. I like that the idea for this story is new and fresh; how many stories can you think of that the plot centers around a cave? She did well writing it, and it kept me interested as far as plot. However, I didn't much like either of the two main characters. They just felt a little bland in my opinion, and it was like they fell in love simply because they were the hero and heroine and that's what was supposed to happen. There was no chemistry between them, no real reason for them to fall in love. Honestly, my favorite character was Rebekah's sister, who had a side story in the novel. I don't know if this will be part of a series, but if so, I hope the next book is about her! Also, there seemed to be a few plot holes and it felt like the story hadn't fully concluded by the end (which is another reason I'm hoping for a sequel!). I give the book 4 out of 5 for the original plot, good writing, and interesting side characters. Overall an enjoyable read! Many thanks to Waterbrook Press for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
Guide Me Home is the latest from Kim Vogel Sawyer. This book contains the tale of Rebekah Hardin, a young woman who has grown up in poverty with her family in the hills of Kentucky. Rebekah is determined to help her six younger sisters and her mother, who has been in a state of depression since her only son's death. Rebekah needs to find a way to earn some money to pay for a stone to mark her brother's grave. The only job that Rebekah can find is working as a guide in Mammoth Caves. The only catch is that Rebekah must attempt to pass herself off as a boy! University student, Devlin Bale is currently residing with his wealthy parents in Lexington, Kentucky. He has decided to obtain his land surveyor degree by completing his senior project: to create a chart of the tunnels of the Mammoth Cave system. You will get to watch a friendship grow as Rebekah assists with Devlin's work in developing a chart of this very dark place under the ground! You will be surprised to see how God finds a way to capture Devlin's heart and to bring Rebekah and Devlin together in more than just friendship by the end of this tale! I received this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my unbiased review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I loved reading about Mammoth Caves. I remember going there when I was in fourth or firth grade. This was a while ago. I remember the rickety bridge over the bottomless pitt. It was scary. The blind fish were neat also. If you go there now it is much safer and the river has gone underground more so you can't see the fish anymore. This book took me back to my childhood and it was a nice romance. I had a hard time putting this down to go to work or to sleep. I enjoyed Rebekah and her family and Devlin but my favorite character was Tolly. I would have loved him to be a guide for me. I received this book from bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Guide Me Home is yet another fabulous read by one of my favorite authors, Kim Vogel Sawyer. Every one of her books are different, making it refreshing to read each time I pick one up. Guide Me home is no exception. This time she takes the reader to early twentieth century Kentucky at Mammoth Cave. I have heard of this before but never knew much about it until now. I loved learning the historical background of it. I think Devlin and Rebekah were two strong, fun and believable characters. Lovable Tolley had to be my favorite of all of the characters in the book. I thought this book to be fun, intriguing, full of faith with several lessons to learn at the end. Highly recommended. 5 plus stars.
DeboraL More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer's newest book Guide Me Home which will be released tomorrow August 2nd is one of the best story lines she has come up with to date. I was blessed to be given a Reader Advance Copy by the author for an honest review; I was given no other compensation. This story is a warm and touching one set in the hills of Kentucky in the Mammoth Cave Region. The main, character, Rebecca also known as Reb, carries a painful guilt concerning the death of her brother. Because of this guilt she sacrifices so much of herself by trying to earn enough money to help heal the grief of her mother. Reb shows matchless care and concern for her family and eventually overcomes her guilt with the help of God. The story follows other characters who learn how to overcome resentments, follow the call of God and turn their lives around toward faith and love. The ending of this book is amazing and perfect. Kim always gives us books that constantly remind of us the abiding love, care, and concern the Lord has for us even if we have to go through some difficult times to learn valuable lessons. I highly recommend this beautiful book and I am thinking that a trip to Mammoth Cave just might be in my future. A+++++++ AND 10 stars for Guide me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
As always I was not disappointed with a Kim Vogel Sawyer book. When you see her name you know it is a well researched, well written book, as she gives her all to the story. I loved the setting and plot line and found the characters to be well developed and believable. Cissy is a secondary character, but I enjoyed her story and how she grew and learned from her mistakes. This is a book of Faith, family, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love. Rebekah is a strong woman dealing with blaming herself and trying to help her family, at the same time she is learning what love is. I throughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it, especially if you love learning something historically while reading a book about family dynamics and first love. I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review and I have done that.