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September 1, 2013

WHAT ONCE WAS LOST by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Publisher: WaterBrook Press to be released (September 17, 2013)

A Novel
by Kim Vogel Sawyer


A historical novel set in 1890s Kansas.

A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart—can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them?

On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house inhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear “family.”

With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she's dedicated her life. And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally—or more—in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?

The author  wrote a loving story in WHAT ONCE WAS LOST. Christina cares for a little blind boy and a young woman who is pregnant and trying to hide it.  She has many others she cares for in The Mission Board-supported Asylum for the Poor. One night, tragedy struck.  The house catches on fire, leaving all of them out in the cold with very little clothing, no shelter and wondering what will happen to them. She takes them to the community and found people who would take them in for a short period of time.  The only one left that Christina couldn't find a home for was little Tommy, the blind boy.  Finally she goes to Levi Johnson and convinces him to take Tommy in..  Levi ended up being a blessing not only to Tommy but to Christina too. The author wrote with such descriptive words that you could picture what was happening. Christina went to the mission board about rebuilding the Asylum for the Poor and they said no.  They had their reservations about Christina's  ability to serve as the director of the Asylum for the poor.  This reasoning was mainly because she was a woman.  I felt so bad for Christina.  She was doing a wonderful job of taking care of her wards.  She always thought of their needs instead of her own.  She was doing a far better job than any man could ever. Back in the 1800's this was the mentality of men,  women were to have babies and tend to the men and their homes. This book can't help but warm your heart.  You just want to walk alongside Christina and help her fight for what is right. This book is a definite page-turner and one you won't want to put down.  It's a book of LOVE.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction with a spiritual lesson.  Don't miss out on Ms. Sawyer's work.

I would give this book 5 Solid Stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, WHAT ONCE WAS LOST, by Kim Vogel Sawyer from for my honest review.

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.

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