Book Review: Room for Hope

Room for Hope
by
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Neva Shilling is used to being a part-time single mom.  Her husband, Warren, travels every other month in order to buy items to stock the mercantile they own in Buffalo Creek. When Warren suddenly passes away, Neva is in for the shock of her life.  It turns out that Warren was leading a double life, those months he supposedly traveling he was actually living with another wife and children in a nearby town. His dying wish was that Neva raise his other children as their “Aunt Neva”. When a deputy shows up with a wagonload of Warren’s belongings, as well as his three other children, Neva has a choice to make. Can she find a way to love and raise these children as her own or will she send them away to life in an orphanage? Her own children and the residents of Buffalo Creek don’t make her choice easy, but it’s not long before she realizes she might just have room for hope.

Room for Hope is another fantastic novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  I really enjoy the way to she’s able to intertwine historical fact with a captivating story. This book is no exception.  Neva’s story is an interesting one and it’s told in a way that draws the reader in. it’s as if you find yourself right there with the characters feeling their emotions and joining in their story. Readers of historical fiction will not regret adding this book to their shelves.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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A few months ago I was given the opportunity to read and review Kim Vogel Sawyer’s book, Through the Deep Waters. You can read that review here, but to make a long story short it was a really good book and I really enjoyed reading it.

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PS. The contest starts on July 31, 2014 at 6:00am EST and ends on August 20th, 2014 at 11:59pm. One winner will be chosen at random on August 21st, 2014 and will be alerted by email.

 

Book Review: Through the Deep Waters

Through the Deep Waters
by
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.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.


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Book Review: Echoes of Mercy

Echoes of Mercy
by
Kim Vogel Sawyer

After an incident involving a fellow investigator, Caroline Lang is sent to the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas to do some investigation of her own. Undercover as “Carrie”, she takes on a job at the factory in hopes she can uncover the truth about what really happened while at the same time checking on how the factory treats the children that work there. While working she meets Ollie Moore, whose real name is Oliver Dinsmore – heir to the chocolate factory. The two become fast friends while helping three children in need and even start to fall for one another, but things change fast when they discover each other’s secrets.

This book had me at chocolate….haha.  I also really enjoy reading books by Kim Vogel Sawyer; her stories are well written and very entertaining. Not long ago I’d have turned my nose up at historical fiction becauseI found it to be boring and hard to relate to, but authors like Vogel Sawyer and others have changed my mind. This book was very interesting and fun to read.  The characters were easy to relate to and the writing really makes the reader feel like they’re a part of the story.  I found it very easy to craft the town of Sinclair in my imagination given the descriptions and interactions between characters. The only bad thing about this book was the fact that it made me crave chocolate even more than I usually do. 🙂

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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Book Review: Song of My Heart

After her father is injured in an accident, Sadie Wagner moves from her home in Dalton, Indiana to Goldtree, Kansas so that she can work and earn money to help support her family. Shortly after her arrival, Sadie meets Goldtree’s handsome new sheriff, Thad and enjoys spending time and getting to know him better.  But before long, she realizes she’s inadvertently gotten herself into more than she bargained for, including being involved in an illegal boot-legging and gambling operation. There’s also the matter of Sid, who isn’t related to Sadie by blood, but grew up as her cousin. When Sadie arrives in Goldtree, it’s Sid’s agenda to make her his wife.

This was another great book by Kim Vogel Sawyer, she has a great way of making the reader feel as though they’re in the  middle of the story with the characters. She really tries to keep the story true to the setting and time period, down to even the smallest details. This is the second book I’ve read by her and both times I was easily able to get into the story and lose myself as I read. It’s exactly the effect I’m looking for when I read fiction. I’d really love if Kim picked up the story again at a later time so we could follow the characters even more.

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This book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

 

Book Review: A Whisper of Peace

A Whisper of Peace
By
Kim Vogel Sawyer

A while back a I received a list of books to review from Bethany House Publishers, I can’t remember what originally drew me to this book. When I received this book in the mail I didn’t even remember choosing it, but I’m glad I was given the opportunity to read it.

When Clay Selby and his step-sister, Vivian,  embarked on a missions journey to a remote Alaskan village they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. Clay’s father had ministered to the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma so Clay thought it only right that he choose to follow in those footsteps and bring the gospel message to the people of the Gwich’in village. Clay  and Vivian soon discover that some of the people in the village harbor resentment toward white people, even going so far as to excommunicate the tribal leader’s daughter and her family because she married a white man. The mutual unfamiliarity of the Selby’s and people of the village lead to some interesting encounters, sometimes making Clay and Vivian feel as though they live under a microscope. On top of this, they unknowingly befriend the excommunicated grand daughter of the tribal leader, Lizzie, and are faced with the decision of breaking off all ties with her or leaving the village. Will Clay ever feel as though he has reached the people in the village with the message of the Bible? Will they have to sever all ties with Lizzie? What does the future hold for the village and the missionaries?

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I promise you won’t be disappointed if you read this book. It is different than most Christian historical fiction because it is set in Alaska, not in Amish country or the prairie. It was refreshing to read something that was set in a place so different than most other books in this genre. Kim Vogel Sawyer develops beautiful relationships between the characters and really makes the reader feel connected with them. As I read the book I wished that I could be there in the village looking up at the great Denali with the people. If you like Christian historical fiction, I hope you’ll give this book a try!

If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.