Book Review: In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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?

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information.


My Review: I liked it. I didn’t love it. I was originally intrigued by the storyline. The journey to college made by three orphan friends held the promise of a unique and satisfying story. However, the plot ran a little thin for me, and it was just…okay. Initially, I loved the friendship between the three main characters, but was disappointed as the story unfolded. I appreciated the Christian message spread throughout the novel, but I thought the sudden conversion of one of the characters seemed a bit too tidy. The characters personality seemed to change dramatically as well, which didn’t seem very realistic. Likable characters, a unique storyline, but ultimately just a fair book.

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House.


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