Excerpt: "Girls! Why must they be so . . . girlish?"
Bennett threw back his head and guffawed. Irritation puckered Libby's lips. She wished she could clop him over the head with her leather case. But his hard head would probably damage the satchel. "Stop that! It isn't funny."
He sobered, although his gray-blue eyes twinkled with suppressed laughter. "Sorry, Lib. But sometimes I think you forget you are a girl."
"How can I forget?" Being a girl had been a problem for years. Her uncle had turned her over to an orphanage after her parents' deaths, unwilling to raise a girl on his own; perspective adoptive parents passed her by because they wanted sturdy boys to help with chores." In Every Heartbeat, pg 44.
Back Cover: 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?
My Review: I loved this story! Kim does an amazing job in this wonderful tale. Each of the three friends are so different, but yet they are bound together, almost like family. The journey that each of the three takes leads them in separate directions. They each make mistakes, trying to live life the way that they think it should be lived, rather than relying on God and His plan for their lives.
I've always loved stories about orphans, and this story tugged at my heart. This is the story of three children who never were adopted, and they are all hurting inside because of the seeming lack of acceptance. The powerful message of this novel will linger with me for a long time.
My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction. Kim Vogel Sawyer does a masterful job relaying the story of these three friends and their struggle to find peace and acceptance.