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After the tragic death of his wife, Alec Riley struggles to put his life back together. He and his three children are lost in their grief... until Sophie walks unexpectedly into their lives. Having left her native Czechoslovakia, Sophie has discovered the land which seemed so bright with promise is far from her dream. A highly educated woman, Sophie now finds herself keepi After the tragic death of his wife, Alec Riley struggles to put his life back together. He and his three children are lost in their grief... until Sophie walks unexpectedly into their lives. Having left her native Czechoslovakia, Sophie has discovered the land which seemed so bright with promise is far from her dream. A highly educated woman, Sophie now finds herself keeping house for Alec and his family. How can Sophie find peace in her new job? Will God use her gentle spirit to help heal Alec's broken heart? From the author of The Visitor and Bamboo and Lace comes a warm contemporary story of God's tender mercies and loving intervention in the life of one family.


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After the tragic death of his wife, Alec Riley struggles to put his life back together. He and his three children are lost in their grief... until Sophie walks unexpectedly into their lives. Having left her native Czechoslovakia, Sophie has discovered the land which seemed so bright with promise is far from her dream. A highly educated woman, Sophie now finds herself keepi After the tragic death of his wife, Alec Riley struggles to put his life back together. He and his three children are lost in their grief... until Sophie walks unexpectedly into their lives. Having left her native Czechoslovakia, Sophie has discovered the land which seemed so bright with promise is far from her dream. A highly educated woman, Sophie now finds herself keeping house for Alec and his family. How can Sophie find peace in her new job? Will God use her gentle spirit to help heal Alec's broken heart? From the author of The Visitor and Bamboo and Lace comes a warm contemporary story of God's tender mercies and loving intervention in the life of one family.

30 review for Sophie's Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Mishne

    I read this EVERY year, it's a tradition. Timeless story, amazing characters, wonderful lessons, awesome ending. What more could you want? I read this EVERY year, it's a tradition. Timeless story, amazing characters, wonderful lessons, awesome ending. What more could you want?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was extremely disappointed in this book. I've read one other book by Lori Wick and I really enjoyed it. But this one was way over the top and too much. By the end I couldn't get through it fast enough and I ended rolling my eyes and some of the cheesy conversations. I thought the characters were too sentimental. They cried way too much and too often, they prayed ALL the time. It seemed like there was at least one prayer on every page. I remember there was a time that Sophie and Mr. Riley were I was extremely disappointed in this book. I've read one other book by Lori Wick and I really enjoyed it. But this one was way over the top and too much. By the end I couldn't get through it fast enough and I ended rolling my eyes and some of the cheesy conversations. I thought the characters were too sentimental. They cried way too much and too often, they prayed ALL the time. It seemed like there was at least one prayer on every page. I remember there was a time that Sophie and Mr. Riley were at McDonalds and they decided to pray. I just think that is too much praying. The thing that really had me rolling my eyes is towards the end of the story Sophie helps her dying neighbor convert and come unto the Lord. All the lady had to do is say she believes in Christ and say this prayer and she was forgiven of everything and she was saved. I'm a Christian and I think there is more to it than that. I think repenting takes more than just saying you believe and praying.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nelly

    This book was on my to-read list for a while and I bought it a few months ago, but just now got around to reading it throughly. I actually do like some christian fiction, sometimes I'm in the mood for a clean romance,so the point is I didn't miss the smut, but I did miss a good entertaining plot, the whole book was just about how she baked, cleaned, and in the middle of the book her boss noticed she was a woman and a not-so-dumb one, because she can speak FIVE languages, yeah that's it FIVE, I'l This book was on my to-read list for a while and I bought it a few months ago, but just now got around to reading it throughly. I actually do like some christian fiction, sometimes I'm in the mood for a clean romance,so the point is I didn't miss the smut, but I did miss a good entertaining plot, the whole book was just about how she baked, cleaned, and in the middle of the book her boss noticed she was a woman and a not-so-dumb one, because she can speak FIVE languages, yeah that's it FIVE, I'll write it again in case you didn't understand F-I-V-E. I'm stressing the fact that she can speak five languages because the author did so too, anyway Alec finds out he's in love with her and they start "dating" and there's also a bunch of kids, and a lot of churchgoing, grocery shopping and blahblahblah, boring! That's all I can say about this book, which is sad because when I begun reading I thought it was rather nice, and because I wasted my money on it In short this is what the book is all about using the main character's own words, it contains spoilers, read at your own risk. "(...) Her grandmother telling her to leave Czechoslovakia. Living in Chicago. meeting David and janet. Coming to the living room of this house on Holly Court and seeing the faces of the Riley Children. Meeting Gladys. Falling in love with Alec. Watching Mrs.Kent come to Christ and then Mr.kent a year later.(...)" This book was just ok, didn't love nor liked it very much, 2 stars because I'm feeling charitable

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Dodson

    I really liked this book. I love the way the story turned out and I enjoyed each of the characters. I felt that they were all well developed and believable. My only real dislike was the length of the story. The edition that I read was over 400 pages long. I really felt like there were a few spots that could've been edited down to shrink it and the story wouldn't have suffered. The content of this book is also extremely spiritual which can be a good thing. Just to let you know this isn't just a c I really liked this book. I love the way the story turned out and I enjoyed each of the characters. I felt that they were all well developed and believable. My only real dislike was the length of the story. The edition that I read was over 400 pages long. I really felt like there were a few spots that could've been edited down to shrink it and the story wouldn't have suffered. The content of this book is also extremely spiritual which can be a good thing. Just to let you know this isn't just a clean romance the evidence of Christ jumps right off the page. Overall a great story and I can't wait to read more by Lori.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    This is another of my favorite books. It is about a woman who moves to the US from Prague in the 1980s. She has to find her place in this country while she works as a house keeper for a family that has recently lost their mother/wife. As with all of Lori Wicks books, it involves a romantic relationship between an man and woman as well as different character's relationship with God. It is uplifting and almost every time I read one of her books I find something that applies to my life right now ei This is another of my favorite books. It is about a woman who moves to the US from Prague in the 1980s. She has to find her place in this country while she works as a house keeper for a family that has recently lost their mother/wife. As with all of Lori Wicks books, it involves a romantic relationship between an man and woman as well as different character's relationship with God. It is uplifting and almost every time I read one of her books I find something that applies to my life right now either my relationship with someone else or my relationship with God. I love most of her books for this reason.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Out of 5 Style of Writing: 1 Originality/Creativity: 3 Character development: 2 Plot development & flow: 2 Enjoyment Factor: 1 Overall Rating: 1 I give this book a one based on the fact that I didn't finish it. I bought this book on my kindle but returned 3/4 of the way through because I really didn't care how it ended and wanted my money back. This book is about an immagrant named Sophie during the late 1980's who travels to America fulfilling her and her grandmothers life long dream. In Chicago she m Out of 5 Style of Writing: 1 Originality/Creativity: 3 Character development: 2 Plot development & flow: 2 Enjoyment Factor: 1 Overall Rating: 1 I give this book a one based on the fact that I didn't finish it. I bought this book on my kindle but returned 3/4 of the way through because I really didn't care how it ended and wanted my money back. This book is about an immagrant named Sophie during the late 1980's who travels to America fulfilling her and her grandmothers life long dream. In Chicago she meets a woman through church who leads her to a new job as a housekeeper/nanny for a recent widower (the lady's brother). Sophie moves in an makes herself a fixture in their home and lives and the man eventually begins to fall in love with her. This book has the stuffs I love but the style of writing just doesn't deliver for me. It's choppy and lacks depth. A would-be somewhat major conflict can occur and the author would more or less drop it the following paragraph. The plot wasn't too original but started strong and could have developed nicely but just didn't. As I said early I didn't finish the book because I no longer cared how it ended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joy Melville

    I think this is one of my favorite Christian Fiction books. It's the first Lori Wick novel I ever read. I've put it on my 'keeper' shelf in my personal library. This book will be on the list of 'must-reads' for my granddaughters. Sometimes we see Christian Fiction as either preachy or fake - this is neither. I've seen first hand the kind of grief, survivors guilt, growing love between a child's nanny and her employer (not myself) and am able to see this character-driven story as true to life. It I think this is one of my favorite Christian Fiction books. It's the first Lori Wick novel I ever read. I've put it on my 'keeper' shelf in my personal library. This book will be on the list of 'must-reads' for my granddaughters. Sometimes we see Christian Fiction as either preachy or fake - this is neither. I've seen first hand the kind of grief, survivors guilt, growing love between a child's nanny and her employer (not myself) and am able to see this character-driven story as true to life. It may have some less realistic dialogue between the children but I have to say I've heard some rather over-protected children speak that way. I have no problem with it and will highly recommend this book to anyone - Christian or non-Christian. But - not my copy - I'm protecting that one with my life. ;0 I read it first when it was released but re-read it this Spring. Just as I'd remembered - it's my favorite Lori Wick book with The Princess a close second.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Webb

    I love this book. I have read it so many times that I am on my 3rd copy of it. It tells a story or redemption after pain, of forgiveness and finding your way back to God, and a young woman, far from home, showing the love of Christ in all she does. I wouldn't really call this a contemporary romance, but there is a happy ending. Every time I read it, I cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. A really good book. If you want to know how a courtship should be between two Christ-followers, one with ch I love this book. I have read it so many times that I am on my 3rd copy of it. It tells a story or redemption after pain, of forgiveness and finding your way back to God, and a young woman, far from home, showing the love of Christ in all she does. I wouldn't really call this a contemporary romance, but there is a happy ending. Every time I read it, I cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. A really good book. If you want to know how a courtship should be between two Christ-followers, one with children and a widower, one single and never been married, then this is the book for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Johnson

    Ugh... this was so good. Sophie is so awesome and when she has trouble with her language it is so funny. Now I want to hear Czechoslovakian to see what it sounds like. There are some times when I feel bad for Sophie. Sometimes I wish she would just say something instead up putting up with everything though. I really wish there was a sequel to this book. If there was I would totally read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Everydayreader1

    Sophie wants to come to America, and when her name comes up on the immigration list, she leaves her native Czechoslovakia, and begins working in a restaurant in Chicago. But she is lonely. One day, she attends a Bible study. She is a believer, and there she meets Janet. Janet's brother is struggling to raise his three children, after the tragic death of his wife, and Janet, knowing of his need, and Sophie's wish to live somewhere more quiet, brings Sophie and the family together. Everyone is ner Sophie wants to come to America, and when her name comes up on the immigration list, she leaves her native Czechoslovakia, and begins working in a restaurant in Chicago. But she is lonely. One day, she attends a Bible study. She is a believer, and there she meets Janet. Janet's brother is struggling to raise his three children, after the tragic death of his wife, and Janet, knowing of his need, and Sophie's wish to live somewhere more quiet, brings Sophie and the family together. Everyone is nervous about the arrangement, but they agree to give it a try. Their lives are changed forever as they struggle to adjust to the changes life often brings. This is a wonderful story of love and faith and God's provision. I read this marvelous book many years ago, and have just revisited it again. It is a treasure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    One of my all-time favorite books. I read it at least once every year. Good sweet story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I've also read this book several times over the years. It is a bit more of an undertaking than The Pricess but still every bit worth it. This is another modern day fiction book that takes place after the mother of the family dies and Sophie, a new immigrant, comes to live with the family. There are many funny parts as Sophie tries to fit into the culture and many serious moments as she tries to help this family with their grief. This book always makes me cry! (in a good way, I love when a book c I've also read this book several times over the years. It is a bit more of an undertaking than The Pricess but still every bit worth it. This is another modern day fiction book that takes place after the mother of the family dies and Sophie, a new immigrant, comes to live with the family. There are many funny parts as Sophie tries to fit into the culture and many serious moments as she tries to help this family with their grief. This book always makes me cry! (in a good way, I love when a book can bring out emotion in a reader). I truly love this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Re-read today and remembered why I didn't like it all that much. There are some sweet moments, but it's not a very well-crafted or well-written book, and it seems like many elements are only included for their "preach factor". Jesus and Christianity are so much bigger and more beautiful than a few tacked-on moral sentiments or a deathbed conversion scene can hope to convey, and while some of the ways the characters lived and/or expressed their faith were more realistic and deep, the incongruitie Re-read today and remembered why I didn't like it all that much. There are some sweet moments, but it's not a very well-crafted or well-written book, and it seems like many elements are only included for their "preach factor". Jesus and Christianity are so much bigger and more beautiful than a few tacked-on moral sentiments or a deathbed conversion scene can hope to convey, and while some of the ways the characters lived and/or expressed their faith were more realistic and deep, the incongruities made it hard for me to appreciate the story overall.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    I read this book many many moon's ago but I still remember it. I might even have to reread it. Its a great story and I remember not being able to put it down. The story line(a bit hard to remember since its been at least 10 years since I read it) was about Sophie who be comes a nanny to three children who's mom has died. The father is still dealing in his grief. Sophie slowly starts to bring love and God back into the family and ends up finding love alone the way. I read this book many many moon's ago but I still remember it. I might even have to reread it. Its a great story and I remember not being able to put it down. The story line(a bit hard to remember since its been at least 10 years since I read it) was about Sophie who be comes a nanny to three children who's mom has died. The father is still dealing in his grief. Sophie slowly starts to bring love and God back into the family and ends up finding love alone the way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judine

    This is quite possibly the perfect romance, with all the right themes and messages. Rita was by far my favorite character and I'd love to see her return in a later novel -- maybe finding her own unique path to love the way Alec and Sophie did. I fell more in love with the children than the main characters. This is quite possibly the perfect romance, with all the right themes and messages. Rita was by far my favorite character and I'd love to see her return in a later novel -- maybe finding her own unique path to love the way Alec and Sophie did. I fell more in love with the children than the main characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    Too much for me! I am a practising Christian but could not help rolling my eyes throughout the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I have this book if you would like to borrow it! Lori Wick it one of my favorite authors. She is a christian fiction author who writes of things we can relate to in our everyday lives. โ€œSophieโ€™s Heartโ€ is a story Godโ€™s tender mercies and loving intervention in the life of one family.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This book really interested me because the main character was from Prague, where my husband spent a couple of years. It was an enjoyable book, clean, interesting. It seemed to me that it took a really long time to tell the story. It was good, though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was such a wonderful book. It is a well written and truly sweet Christian novel about both romance and family. I really loved the characters and their development throughout the book, which has definitely earned a place on my favorites' list. This was such a wonderful book. It is a well written and truly sweet Christian novel about both romance and family. I really loved the characters and their development throughout the book, which has definitely earned a place on my favorites' list.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Donner

    A sweet love story about the power of God when we follow His path. I found myself really caring for the characters. While no real twists or turns, it held my attention and I enjoyed this recommendation.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    A bit predictable, but a beautiful read. Lovely how Sophie gently works her way into the hearts of the children.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    all Lori Wick's books are pretty cheesy and this one was no exception... I was left wondering, "why exactly did I read this??" probably because I don't know what to read and it's driving me crazy. all Lori Wick's books are pretty cheesy and this one was no exception... I was left wondering, "why exactly did I read this??" probably because I don't know what to read and it's driving me crazy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara R.

    I smiled, and i cried. A lot! But oh so good. If you have a couple slow days and want a really good story, read this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Pauline M

    This was one of my first Christian fiction reads and I wished it would have never ended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I loved this book! It's been a while since I've read it but I remember it very well. Wonderful book! I loved this book! It's been a while since I've read it but I remember it very well. Wonderful book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angie Thompson

    DNF about 95% in - I'm just not comfortable hearing that characters are/aren't being intimate, even if there's no description DNF about 95% in - I'm just not comfortable hearing that characters are/aren't being intimate, even if there's no description

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liza Lehman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While there were moments in the story that tugged at my emotions, I had 2 main issues with this book. The first was that it reads more like a Christian instructional book on how to respond in difficult situations than a novel. The main character is so nearly perfect that she almost always responds exactly as she should with the perfect amount of patience even in the most stressful situations. The teen girl she cares for is so wise that she often gives her dad just the advice he needs, and she ne While there were moments in the story that tugged at my emotions, I had 2 main issues with this book. The first was that it reads more like a Christian instructional book on how to respond in difficult situations than a novel. The main character is so nearly perfect that she almost always responds exactly as she should with the perfect amount of patience even in the most stressful situations. The teen girl she cares for is so wise that she often gives her dad just the advice he needs, and she never gets irritated at her emotional siblings. l prefer to read about more "real" people who struggle to overcome their battles. My second reason for not loving this book was that it moves very slowly. It takes Alec the first half of the book to even notice Sophie. When the romance finally begins, it comes to an agonizing crawl because they both want to do the right thing. During this awkward period, Sophie is constantly misinterpreting Alec's words and actions. They FINALLY figure their relationship out, but I had to force myself to read that far.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emmayana

    5.0 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ "If God has a mate for you, it will be a most wonderful thing in your life. No matter how long or short a time we have with someone, our life is bigger than if we had never had them at all.โ€ ย โ€œBecause although I respect your view, Brad, I do not share it. If God has laid this belief on your heart, then He will bring you woman who agrees. It would be lie for me to pretend that I do.โ€ I learnt so much. So much. It was warm, very full to the end, all conflicts were well solved and love was w 5.0 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ "If God has a mate for you, it will be a most wonderful thing in your life. No matter how long or short a time we have with someone, our life is bigger than if we had never had them at all.โ€ ย โ€œBecause although I respect your view, Brad, I do not share it. If God has laid this belief on your heart, then He will bring you woman who agrees. It would be lie for me to pretend that I do.โ€ I learnt so much. So much. It was warm, very full to the end, all conflicts were well solved and love was well poured. I prayed along so many times and i am so grateful it high lighted so much i should pray for in my life. It was funny and so well written. I would give it more stars if i could. The love was beautiful.ย  It was very warm and something i could desire in my life.ย  Some thing i could believe in. The slowย  beautiful love. Thank you again Lori Wick.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    A sweet story. It's a story, no real or big plot. I liked the progression of the kids especially. But for a 400+ page book... It was a lot of story. It was alright but not my favorite. Not really what I like to read. But it was sweet. I don't want to list what I didn't like about it. I will just mention that though Sophie is sweet, I felt like her character was not realistic. Someone that was fluent in five languages wouldn't be struggling with verb conjugations. I get prepositions being a strug A sweet story. It's a story, no real or big plot. I liked the progression of the kids especially. But for a 400+ page book... It was a lot of story. It was alright but not my favorite. Not really what I like to read. But it was sweet. I don't want to list what I didn't like about it. I will just mention that though Sophie is sweet, I felt like her character was not realistic. Someone that was fluent in five languages wouldn't be struggling with verb conjugations. I get prepositions being a struggle but not the verbs. Also, being raised in another country, cooking in America would be vastly different and a struggle. She wasn't that exposed at Tony's restaurant ๐Ÿ˜‚ Cute story but not my favorite.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kah Mary

    Well written story, I specially liked the depiction of Christian faith and relationships. It brought me comfort when I could identify to the main character struggles and inspired by how she relied on God. It is extremely slow in some parts, but I understand why the author decided to write the dating part the way she did. All in all, it is a book about an immigrant who just wants to find her place while missing her grandmother. How a family struggles to overcome the loss of someone special. It amaz Well written story, I specially liked the depiction of Christian faith and relationships. It brought me comfort when I could identify to the main character struggles and inspired by how she relied on God. It is extremely slow in some parts, but I understand why the author decided to write the dating part the way she did. All in all, it is a book about an immigrant who just wants to find her place while missing her grandmother. How a family struggles to overcome the loss of someone special. It amazingly describes grief and how God loves all of us. How He is control and how all things work for the good of those who believe in Him. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Christian romance and enjoys slow-burn romance.

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