My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a warm and touching story of three children left orphaned when their parents die in a tenement fire. Sent to an orphanage, they soon find themselves on an orphan train bound for Missouri.
Although Maelle tries to keep them together, her baby sister Molly is adopted first followed by her brother Mattie. Posing as a boy, Maelle is also adopted and takes the name “Mike.” It is years later when her adopted father, a photographer, discovers her true identity.
Mike learns the photography trade and travels around trying to find her lost brother and sister.
Grown up, they all three end up in the same town and the story has a happy ending.
The writing is a wonderful mix of history with enough description to draw you into the lives of the main characters. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see Maelle’s story end with a little more certainty.
A very nice read, especially if you like Christian historical fiction.