Through the Deep Waters
Kim Vogel Sawyer
I’m a big fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s works of historical fiction, I really enjoy the fact that she bases the stories around actual places and events. It makes the story so much more meaningful and interesting. Kim’s latest novel, Through the Deep Waters, is no different.
Born to a prostitute in a Chicago brothel, Dinah Hubley has lived a life full of secrets and shame. Determined to escape her past, Dinah sets her eyes on becoming one of the world famous Harvey girls, waiting tables at a fancy restaurant. When she’s just seventeen, and a bit too young to become a Harvey Girl, Dinah’s mother passes away leaving her to find her own way through life. In an effort to get her foot in the door with the Harvey company, Dinah takes on a job as a chambermaid for the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas.
Life at the Clifton offers Dinah a life she never expected, full of friends and the prospect of love, but Dinah can’t seem to get over her past so that she can embrace her future. While working at the Clifton, Dinah meets a young man named Amos who takes an interest in her. Soon after the two begin courting Dinah’s past is thrown right into her face in the form of a sleazy businessman who becomes a customer at the Clifton. Just when she thinks her life is beginning to work out, it all starts spiraling downward. Will Dinah find the forgiveness and restoration she so desperately desires?
I’ve yet to find a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I didn’t enjoy reading, but I think this is one of my favorite books by her. I found myself lost in Dinah’s story, cheering for her when it looked like her world was crashing down. The love story of Dinah and Amos is beautifully crafted, despite its ups and downs. If you’re a fan of Christian historical fiction, you need to get your hands on a copy of this book.