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May 23, 2014


A Novel
Kim Vogel Sawyer

A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731296

(from Amazon)
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?


Kim Vogel Sawyer

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 in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their four feline companions. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and nine grandchildren.

Setting- Kansas, end of the 19th century

the main character is Dinah Hubley. She was raised in a Chicago brothel, being born to a prostitute.  Her mother didn't care about Dinah.  She lived in a dark, filthy room which to her was home.  Dinah decides to escape this awful life and go to Florence, Kansas.  Her dream is to become a Harvey Girl. She finds out she is a year shy of the required age so the only choice she had was to become a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel. where she meets Ruthie, her roommate perspective friend.
Ruthie is just the opposite of Dinah.  She is an extrovert who loves to talk and is always joyful.  Her father is the minister of the town and just the opposite of Dinah, she grew up with two loving parents.
 Dinah had so much against her to begin with.  She had a dark past.  To make matters worse, Dinah makes a single bad decision that made her feel more worthless than before.
The Clifton Hotel give Dinah a life she has never even dreamed of.  She is so filled with the sin of her past, she doesn't see the love around her.   One day Amos Ackerman came into the hotel and began to show an interest in Dinah.  Dinah backs into herself further, with the idea that no one could care or love a woman with a past such as hers. Amos has a physical disability and hopes he can show Dinah God's forgiveness and love.  Will she be able to let go of the past and accept God's love? Dinah discovered that she wasn't the only one that was hurting or needed healing?
As you turned the pages, it seemed that there were new obstacles for Dinah to face.  The author made it impossible to not turn that next page.  The story tore at your heart and yet it showed how people who are torn, with dark pasts and secrets can find God and accept his love.  God's love will heal the heart aches of the past.
The author shows many lessons in her book.  That even if our past is tarnished, there is hope for a future with salvation.  She also shows how you have to let people and God into your heart or you will never  find that brighter future.  You will be stuck in the darkness with no light to be found.
I would recommend this book to anyone.  It's a wonderful story of love, heartache, letting go and salvation.  It's a read that just might help a reader out there discover that their dark past can become a bright future. 

I was given a complimentary copy of THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS by Kim Vogel Sawyer from the Blogging For Books program for my honest view.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book a SOLID 5 STARS.



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