Freedom’s Song by Kim Vogel Sawyer (review)

With this being my first book by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading Freedom’s Song. What I found was a delight. A story that swept me along as Fanny Beck escapes the riverboat where she is kept locked away when not singing for passengers, encounters a group of escaped slaves joins their journey for a time, then singing for coins to earn train fare from station to station, traveling alone and on foot she hears the cry of a child in distress and the course of her life changes once again.

What a faith filled story, from Fanny’s clinging to her childhood faith, to widower and father Walter Kuhn’s reliance on God, and even to the softening of riverboat captain Sloan Kirkpatrick as he contemplates the faith of his father while first searching for Fanny and then for her replacement. And what a lovely story on the romance front, with unexpected aspects to the characters of Fanny and Walter, and the complications of his mail order bride.

If you enjoy Historical Romance with a strong faith element and journeys that are both physical as well as spiritual, taking the characters and the reader in unexpected directions, you might find this story delightful as well. Highly recommended.


Freedom’s Song by Kim Vogel Sawyer | Waterbrook, October 19, 2021 | ebook, 352 pages

This review refers to a temporary digital galley that I voluntarily read through NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.


About the Book

Indentured servant Fanny Beck has been forced to sing for riverboat passengers since she was a girl. All she wants is to live a quiet, humble life with her family as soon as her seven-year contract is over. So when she discovers that the captain has no intention of releasing her, she seizes a sudden opportunity to escape—an impulse that leads Fanny to a group of enslaved people who are on their own dangerous quest for liberty. . . .

Widower Walter Kuhn is overwhelmed by his responsibilities to his farm and young daughter, and now his mail-order bride hasn’t arrived. Could a beautiful stranger seeking work be the answer to his prayers? . . . 

After the star performer of the River Peacock is presumed drowned, Sloan Kirkpatrick, the riverboat’s captain, sets off to find her replacement. However, his journey will bring him face to face with his own past—and a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be free. . . . 

Uplifting, inspiring, and grounded in biblical truth, Freedom’s Song is a story for every reader who has longed for physical, emotional, or spiritual delivery.