In 1886 New York City, the tenement fire killed Ma and Da Gallagher, leaving their three offspring orphaned. The oldest eight year old Maelle has no time for grief as she watches adults split the trio into different families. She gives the new parents of baby Molly the family bible and she gives her brother Mattie the family photo. She vows to them to one day find them even as everyone calls her Mike as her short haircut leaves her looking like a boy. In 1902 Louisiana, traveling photographer Mike Watts continues her search for Mattie and Molly. Mattie has spent a lifetime being discarded by one family after another as he currently lives in Texas. Teenaged Molly was too young to remember the fire, her siblings, her biological parents, or even her birth name as the only family Isabelle as she is called ever had was the Standlers of Kansas City and they just died but her older Standler brother scornfully informs her who she truly is. --- Although the plot device of having siblings separated via the orphan trains with one eventually seeking the others has been used a lot, Kim Vogel Sawyer refreshes it in MY HEART REMEMBERS by rotating the story line between the three lead characters. Thus the audience obtains a deep look at what happened to the trio a decade and a half after the fire radically changed each of their lives. Historical fiction fans will appreciate the saga of the three Gallaghers
I was so glad to find that there was more to the story. I don't read much, but by accident, I got the sequal, but stopped and got this book first and then continued. It was easy to read and kept my interest, which is hard to do, as I'm not an avid reader. Even more, I was surprised about the talk of God and what he does. I was very pleasantly surprized. Wonderful and uplifting.....
Great read by author! Some parts were a little slow, but by the middle of the book I couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait to see how they found each other, and by the end of the book I was in tears wishing there was more to read.
This was a very touching story. Each of the siblings' lives are eye-opening to the conditions of many orphans from the time period of the "orphan trains" of 1854-1929. I enjoyed following each child's journey of faith and the search back to each other.