Sophie’s Heart, written by Lori Wick and published by Harvest House Publishers, is a book you will have a very hard time putting down. The character descriptions are so well done that you will feel as if you know the people in the book. It is a good read for teen and adult women. God’s character is revealed through Sophie’s relationship to Him and the challenges she faces.

The story starts with Sophie’s grandmother, Kasmira, telling Sophie that Sophie’s name has come up on the list so she can now leave Czechoslovakia and pursue a better life in America. Her grandmother will need to stay behind and Sophie struggles with leaving her.

Sophie moves to Chicago where she finds a small rundown apartment and a job at an Italian restaurant. She also finds a church and a Bible study. She becomes friends with her Bible study leader, Janet Ring. After she and Janet have met together several times, Janet has a brilliant idea. She calls her brother, Alec, who lives in Wisconsin. He has three children the same ages as Janet’s. Nine months ago, he lost his wife Vanessa in a car accident. Janet suggests to him that perhaps her friend, Sophie, could help him take care of the house and the children. She knows that Sophie would very much like to leave the big city of Chicago. Alec is hesitant, but he decides to give it a try.

Sophie moves into a vacant apartment above Alec’s garage and begins taking care of Rita, 16, Craig, 13 and Tori, 11. She falls in love with the children immediately, although Craig doesn’t warm up to her right away. Alec sees that she is doing fine work with the house and the kids, but his job keeps him away quite often.

Vanessa’s mother, Peg, feels threatened that another woman might be taking her daughter’s place. She tells Sophie that she will be coming for a visit and that Sophie should take some time off. This is rather difficult for Sophie and she thinks she will soon lose her job. But after a week, Peg and her husband, Jim, leave, and Sophie gets back to work.

Sophie’s faith in God sustains her even during the times of sadness when she is missing her grandmother. She finds a church and friends in this new community.

Towards the middle of the book, Alec Riley, who is ten years Sophie’s senior, notices her kindness and faith, and becomes drawn to her in a romantic way. Sophie knows nothing of this, although she admires him greatly.

In time, Alec reveals his feelings to Sophie and is surprised that she also has feelings for him. Sophie moves into her own place to put a little space between them and after a reasonable period of time, they become engaged. All of the children agree that Alec and Sophie should marry. Even Peg’s heart softens toward Sophie.

A beautiful wedding takes place with all the relatives in attendance. Soon Sophie becomes pregnant and gives birth to twin boys. When they are toddlers, Alec arranges for Sophie’s grandmother, Kasmira, to come and live with them in Wisconsin. Sophie’s Heart ends happily as Sophie realizes God’s plan has been good, and her heart for her family is indeed God’s heart as well.

Patsy Ledbetter says she has many titles, but her favorite is being mom to her five children. Her two daughters, two sons and one son-in-law are her joy. A teacher with forty years experience, Patsy has taught children of all ages and also special needs children and adults. She writes occasionally for a local newspaper and performs in church theater productions on a regular basis. Her husband is the church choir and orchestra director. They have been married for 32 years. She says, “It is my desire to bring honor and glory to my Lord Jesus in every area where He has allowed me to minister.”

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