Character Spotlight: Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Rebekah & Devlin with a giveaway

Guide Me HomeMeet a pioneer girl and a college boy in

Kim Vogel Sawyer’s

historical romance

Guide Me Home

Waterbrook Press

*****

The Story

Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow 
Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family.
But will the cave claim more than it gives? 
 
After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.  
    
Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?   

Introducing Rebekah & Devlin

Brief physical description

REBEKAH HARDIN is tall for a girl, slender but strong from working in her daddy’s tobacco fields, with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Resembles… KVS

My niece Mallea, who appears on the cover of the book!

Strengths and weaknesses

Rebekah’s greatest strength is her loyalty to her family because if guides her into making wise decisions with her time and behavior. Unfortunately, it also becomes her greatest weakness when a displaced sense of guilt combined with loyalty to her family convinces her to set aside a God-planted dream to fulfill her father’s desire to build a legacy in a tiny cemetery plot on their property.

Your inspiration for the character

Rebekah was inspired by the brave pioneers who carved a living in the hillside of the Appalachians. I’ve long been intrigued by the Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled that land, and it was a joy to bring Rebekah’s family to life and honor the customs and hardworking attitude of those people.

Brief physical description

DEVLIN BALE is a college boy from a wealthy family, and his attire reflects his upbringing. He is tall, with broad shoulders, and his wavy blond-brown hair curls up at his collar and distract Rebekah when she should be focused on her job. Of course, his sky blue eyes also haunt her dreams.

KVS2Resembles…

My nephew Nathan

Strengths and weaknesses

Devlin, like Rebekah, is devoted to his family. His father wants to land a Senate seat, and Devlin wants to help him fulfill his dream. Like Rebekah, his desire to help his father leads him into ignoring the desires of the “common folk.”

Your inspiration for the character

Devlin came about when I began pondering the best opposition for Rebekah. I wanted someone who was opposite her in every way, so he needed to be educated, wealthy, from the city and accustomed to all of its luxuries. But then I gave him a dose of her loyalty, which gave her a reason to admire him.

Background to the story

The Hubs and I spent time in Kentucky in April of 2014 where I did some book signings and speaking events and visited with friends. On the way home, we “stumbled upon” Mammoth Cave. We arrived too late to do much more than visit the gift shop, but I came away with a stack of books that sparked my interest. I returned a year later with my parents and explored the cave’s tunnels, visited small cemeteries, and visited with park employees who kindly answered dozens of questions. By the time I came away from that second visit, I was fully in love with Mammoth Cave and was eager to share its mystery and majesty with readers. I hope readers will love it as much as I do by the time they finish the story.

Thanks Kim

Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlights on Briley & Alexa and Lydia & Micah
Interview with Kim
Visit Kim’s website and blog
Buy at Amazon: Guide Me Home or Koorong

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18 Responses to Character Spotlight: Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Rebekah & Devlin with a giveaway

  1. Thinking in terms of historical fiction, I would probably select from among the pictures I have of my G-Grandfather. He was a very striking man with an interesting background, being born during the decade after the Civil War.

  2. I honestly don’t know who I’d choose.

  3. Love the cover art! If I had to choose???? I guess that would be my daughter Abby. She’s a beautiful inside and out and her smile lights up the world!
    Thanks for the chance to win! Have a Blessed Day!

  4. Though I never got to meet my grandpa as he passed away when I was a baby, I’ve seen pictures of him. He was a handsome man with a giving heart! He also served in WW2 over in Germany. I think he’d be a great candidate for a book cover!

  5. My kids. The big ones are beautiful inside and out and the younger ones are just adorable. Yes I am biased.

  6. I think my 2 year old niece would be cute on a cover. She loves to pose!

  7. My youngest daughter.

  8. My daughter. She is incredibly photogenic and would love the experience.

    Thanks for the chance to win! So looking forward to reading Kim’s latest.

  9. I have read a few of your books and I must say I enjoyed them alot

  10. I would have my sister-in-law be on a book cover, she’s from Mexico and has beautiful dark eyes and always has a smile on her face,

  11. My nephew. He was so cute as a baby and now he is very handsome as a Marine.

  12. I choose my 2 1/2 granddaughter. She has beautiful curls, a gorgeous smile and eyes and eyelashes that are amazing. Yes, I am very partial but there is surely an author that could use these attributes 😀 And babies and children are very big attention getters for book covers!

  13. I would put my Dad on the cover of a book. He was a really good person, inside and out.

  14. I would put my Dad on the cover of a book. He was a really good person, inside and out.

  15. Probably my sister. She can look pretty sexy when she wants to!

  16. Definitely my older sister, she is amazing.

  17. It’s really hard not to be biased when asked a question like this. :) I would choose my young adult/teen children for a contemporary cover, but my handsome Uncle for an historical. I would use his age 20 pictures, because they are so indicative of the 1950’s.

  18. I would definitely pick my brother! He was a Marine during World War III and served in France and fought at Iwo Jima, one of the fifteen survivors who later died from Hodgkins Disease when I was nine years old. there would be the most beautiful cover with him in his uniform, a very handsome man!

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