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Stories for His Glory

The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer September 3, 2020

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My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this read. The setting was unique and struggles were interesting. I can’t imagine living in that time period with so much uncertainty and everything you thought about your future can be taken away. Of course we live in uncertain times now, but I don’t believe it compares to what these people had to deal with.
I was curious when and how Addie and Emmett’s paths would cross as they only had a brief interaction early in the book and then it took a while for them to see each other again. But the reader knows it’s going to happen.
I don’t read a lot of Kim’s books but when I do I am always pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy them. If you enjoy historical fiction set in the depression era I am sure you will enjoy this book.
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A copy of this book was give to me. All opinions are my own. 
 

Review and Giveaway: When Mercy Rains and Kim Vogel Sawyer November 28, 2014

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About This Book

She left, heavily weighted with secrets.
But God reveals all things, in His timing.
And He redeems them.

Suzanne Zimmerman was only seventeen and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. With her old home, family, and first love firmly behind her, Suzanne moved to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised a daughter, Alexa, on her own.

Now, nearly twenty years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love.

Paul, widowed with an eight-year-old son, is relieved to see Suzanne again, giving him the chance to beg her forgiveness for his past indiscretion. But when he meets Alexa, his guilt flickers in the glare of Suzanne’s prolonged secret—one that changes everything.

Suzanne had let go of any expectation for forgiveness long ago. Does she dare hope in mercy–and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This a great story with more secrets than first meet the eye. My jaw nearly dropped when about eighty pages in a new secret was revealed. I did not see it coming.

I love the different point-of-views (POV) that Kim uses in the book. Very affective. Every character is struggling with something and their own thoughts reveal this.

Suzanne frustrated me because I just wanted her to be honest and tell the truth, to tell Paul about their child.

We soon learn that Abigail, Suzanne’s mom, isn’t as grumpy as we first think her to be and actually just wants what is best for her daughter. But what she thinks is best might not be what the Lord thinks is best.

I think this story especially touched me because it reminded me of my sister when she came home to the family after living in Las Vegas. The longer she was home the more secrets were uncovered and the more she was set free. The same is true with Suzanne.

This is a great start to a trilogy that Kim is writing. I can’t wait to read more.

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Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer August 14, 2014

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A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her.  Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

My thoughts:

This is the first book by Kim I have picked up, although I have heard she is wonderful writer. I’ve discovered myself it’s true.

In Through the Deep Waters Kim weaves a story of heartache and hope.

From the first chapter this book gripped me and drew me into Dinah’s story. She is living under horrible conditions and reaches a point of wanting to escape and help her mother all at the same time. She tried to be honorable and to the right thing but when things don’t work out she does what she never thought she would do.

Wounded and afraid Dinah tries to build a new life in Florence, Kansas but her past is always right behind her. She lives in fear of someone finding out her secret, the horrible thing she did.

My favorite line in the whole book is when Dinah meets Amos for the first time and she sees his limp. She asks him, “What broke you?” It reminded me that some people’s brokenness is on the outside for all to see while others carry their brokenness inside and we can hide it more easily, such is the case with Dinah, but it always spills out.

Another important character in this book is Ruthie, Dinah’s roommate at The Clifton. Ruthie tries to reach out to Dinah but Dinah continually pushes her away, she won’t let anyone get too close.

Being in Dinah’s head is a bit depressing at times, she’s so sad. But Kim does a great job of having a thread of hope as Amos sees more in Dinah and as Ruthie struggles with her own feelings toward her new roommate. I knew redemption would come but I didn’t know how and you’ll just have to read the book to see how Kim works it all out.

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