Guide Me Home

Written by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Review by Viviane Crystal

Rebekah’s story begins with her hearing and partially seeing a heartbreaking scene in which her father feebly attempts to comfort her mother. They are mourning the loss of their 15-year-old son, Andy; Rebekah’s Mamma wants only a proper shroud to bury her son in, but they can’t afford it. It’s April 1907 in Kentucky, and sufficient money is constantly absent. However, Rebekah and her sister, Cissy, refuse to give up hope. To raise the money, Rebekah decides to disguise herself as a man and get a job at the nearby, famous Mammoth Cave.

There are some fascinating scenes describing the danger, the beauty and the magnificence of this national tourist site. Rebekah is assisted in her quest by an old black guide, Tolly Sandford. A new obstacle arrives with ambitious Devlin Bale, a cartographer, who envisions creating a national park, all in the service of helping his father win a political position. Cissy has her own plans to escape what she feels is eternal boredom, which soon changes into danger beyond her experience. Rebekah and her family, and even more importantly their faith in God, becomes active opposition to this narrow-minded, self-serving goal.

The outstanding essence of this simply-plotted novel is the hardy, feisty, enduring, and loyal bonds of family and Kentucky residents. It makes the reader stand back and recognize what the phrase “loving one’s country” truly means, even before its citizens enter a local or national conflict. Guide Me Home is an uplifting, proud work of faith-filled historical fiction.