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A Whisper of Peace (Heart of the Prairie Book #7) [Kindle Edition]

Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Ostracized by her tribe because of her white father, Lizzie Dawson lives alone in the mountains of Alaska, practicing the ways of her people even as she resides in the small cabin her father built for her mother. She dreams of reconciling with her grandparents to fulfill her mother's dying request, but she has not yet found a way to bridge the gap that separates her from her tribe.

Clay Selby has always wanted to be like his father, a missionary who holds a great love for the native people and has brought many to God. Clay arrives in Alaska to set up a church and school among the Athabascans. He is totally focused on this goal...until he meets a young, independent Indian woman with the most striking blue eyes he's ever seen.

But Lizzie is clearly not part of the tribe. And befriending her might have dire consequences for his mission. Will Clay be forced to choose between his desire to minister to the natives and the quiet nudging of his heart?

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    About the Author

    Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling author of eighteen novels for the inspirational market. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. She and her husband, Don, reside in Central Kansas and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1539 KB
    • Print Length: 355 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764207857
    • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Sept. 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005GMYA4O
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 29 July 2013
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    I found this book disappointing after enjoying first 6 in series. Not much of a story line. However I have just downloaded the next! So I am not too easily put off.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked 13 July 2013
    By cj14reg
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    Can't read enough by this author become at total junkie, love the serial ones, running out of titles still to read!!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Oct. 2014
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    Vrry good
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Felt Story Could have been stronger but enjoyable 7 Sept. 2011
    By Deborah - Published on
    I love books set in Alaska because the setting is both foreign and familiar all at the same time. I actually would have loved if the story was focused more on Lizzie and Vivian. Even though the two are from different worlds, I enjoyed reading about their similarities as well as their reactions to each other. Both are coming from pasts where they've been sheltered in different ways and now must go out in the world on their own. Even though I didn't necessary agree with everything the two said or believed in, I felt that both of their "fish out of the water" stories made for good reading.

    I felt nothing for Clay and personally felt like he was a hindrance to the story. He didn't add anything for me, seemed to get in the way a lot, and frankly judged people quite often. It really didn't like how he just pretty much fell in love with Lizzie from just looking at her alone and from what I read, didn't really get to know her that well. Plus he has the whole pompous missionary attitude that I didn't like as he tries to convert everyone.

    I was a bit put off by the whole "Teach me to be white" dialogue. I know what Sawyer is trying to say about Lizzie but it just comes across as being very politically incorrect. I'm disappointed that the portrayal of Lizzie on the cover makes her look very white with no trace of all of her Athbascan heritage. I also get bothered at how much emphasis is place on her eye color. I swear, it's only in romance books where people who are half Native American have bright blue/green/purple eyes. What happened to genetics playing a big role and your eyes turn out brown?

    Even though I had issues with how racial views were presented, I still enjoyed reading the story for the most part. As I said, I liked reading about Vivian and Lizzie's relationship with each other as well as their own personal stories. This book does seem very Christian-y so the target audience seems to be readers who are already Christians and know the ropes.
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars History comes to life in Alaska 10 Sept. 2011
    By Mary Hake - Published on
    Lizzie Dawson, an Athabascan Alaskan native who had a white father, has survived on her own since her mother died. She gardens, hunts, traps, and cures hides. An outcast from the village and rejected by her grandparents, she finds companionship in her loyal sled dogs. When missionaries Clay Selby and his stepsister, Vivian, arrive to start a church and school, Lizzie thinks teaching white ways will have a negative effect on the community. Yet she feels attracted to the friendly pair, and a relationship is slowly forged. Vivian trades lessons with Lizzie, learning cooking and other skills while teaching Lizzie "to be white" so she can go live with her father in San Francisco.

    When the tribal leaders forbid further contact with Lizzie, will Clay and Vivian obey? They long to see all of the people come to the Lord, including Lizzie. Can Lizzie make peace with her grandparents before she goes to find the father she hasn't seen for years? Will Vivian be able to find peace about her father's death and the guilt she's carried since childhood? Can Clay live up to his missionary father's legacy of reaching native peoples? What will happen to the sweet orphaned brother and sister they've befriended? The lives of all are intertwined in this endearing tale from the late 19th century.

    Kim Vogel Sawyer brings history to life as she places strong characters in realistic settings and pens their experiences onto the page. Readers feel as if they're living alongside the cast of the novel, experiencing the drama, pain, heartache, thrills, and love. This story will touch your heart.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay, but not the best! 28 Nov. 2011
    By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews - Published on
    A Whisper of Peace is set near Fort Yukon, Alaska in the year 1898, and follows twenty-one year old Lizzie Dawson who lives alone in a cabin after her mother's death. Her father was a trapper and married her mother who was from a tribe. The tribe didn't see eye to eye with their marriage and her mother was banned from the tribe. Lizzie wants to reconcile with her maternal family before she heads to San Francisco to reunite with her father. She soon befriends Vivian Selby who teaches her how to survive in a big city. Vivian along with her brother, Clay, are missionaries and their goal is to help the local tribes.

    I have enjoyed reading other novels by Kim Vogel Sawyer, but I had trouble reading A Whisper of Peace. The picture of the woman on the book cover doesn't represent Lizzie from the book as she is suppose to be mixed race. I wished the book focused more on Lizzie than on Clay and Vivian, as I liked her character more. I didn't care for Clay at all. I thought the character was shallow and could have been written better. I did like the Alaskan setting and the conflict between Lizzie and her family. If you are a fan of Alaska romance novels, then you might enjoy A Whisper of Peace. The book is alright, but I was a little disappointed in it.

    *I would like to thank Bethany House for sending me a copy to review!
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Whisper of Peace 5 Sept. 2011
    By Pamela A. Burke - Published on
    In A Whisper of Peace, Kim Vogel Sawyer took me to a time and place I had never visited before -- just before the turn of the 20th century in the "wilds" of Alaska. And I very much enjoyed the visit!

    It took all of a couple of pages to become drawn in by Lizzie "White Feather" Dawson, a young, self-sufficient Athabascan woman with a strong need to belong to someone. Alone since the death of her mother and banished by her tribe because of her white father, she longs to fulfill her mother's dying wish of reconciling with her grandparents. If that fails, her only other hope is to go to her father in San Francisco, where he returned after abandoning Lizzie and her mother years before.

    Clay Selby, accompanied by his step-sister Vivian, follows his dream of being a great missionary like his father and moves to Alaska to set up a mission in the Athabascan village. Earning the confidence of the native people is a big challenge, especially after Clay and Vivian become friends with Lizzie. And Clay is driven to get the mission building completed, anxious to stand behind the pulpit and preach so that he can bring the natives to God.

    As is often the case, things don't always go as planned. But God's plans for all of the characters are much better than their own. Lizzie finds a place to belong -- where she never would have expected. Clay gets his chance to minister -- not in the way he had expected. Vivian finds peace -- after first finding truth.

    As expected, this is another great book from Kim Vogel Sawyer. The characters come alive, the story keeps you wanting more, and God is honored. I would highly recommend A Whisper of Peace.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Caught in the middle 9 July 2013
    By Kindle Customer - Published on
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    I found this book when I was searching under "romance" books but I did not find it to be a love story as much as it is the story of the conflict between two ethnic groups and how a child who is the product of those two groups finds that she is not accepted by either one.

    Lizzie Dawson's mother's parents, who are members of the Athabascan tribe of Native Americans in Alaska, think their daughter shamed them by marrying a white man and even though their daughter died several years ago they have transferred their hostility to their granddaughter. They believe she has "tainted" blood and refuse to have anything to do with her. Not only will they not see her, they also have had her banished from their village and ostracized by all the village people.

    After making his fortune in the fur trade in Alaska, Lizzie's white father left her and her Native American mother behind and went to San Francisco. Lizzie has not heard from him in several years but she dreams of moving to San Francisco to be with him. In the meantime, having been left behind by her white father and having not been accepted by her Native American grandparents, Lizzie, for the past few years, has lived alone in a cabin in the mountains. Sadly, her only friends and companions are her sled dogs. When Clay Selby arrives in Alaska to open a mission for the benefit of the Athabascan tribe, he meets Lizzie and is immediately attracted to the beautiful woman with the dark skin and the blue, blue eyes. However, he doesn't want to get too involved with her because he knows she plans to leave Alaska and go to San Francisco to live with her father.

    I was afraid she would get to San Francisco only to find out that, just like her grandparents, her father would have nothing to do with her. I was very interested in learning how this would turn out. Other reviewers have said that this is not their favorite book by Kim Vogel Sawyer but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a "gentle" love story.
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