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March 8, 2016

ROOM FOR HOPE by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer

(from Amazon)
In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?

Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins.

When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out—and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with “Aunt Neva.”

Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does?

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731371

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as What Once Was Lost and Through the Deep Waters. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. 

Let me warn you before you start reading.  YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!
Kim Vogel Sawyer never fails to deliver a good, satisfying read.  She's done it again with ROOM FOR HOPE. The setting of this historical fiction is Buffalo Creek, Kansas in 1936 during the Depression. Life being as hard as it is with the Depression, Neva Shilling runs the Shilling Mercantile while her faithful, (whoa, did I say faithful? more on that later) husband travels for a month at a time.Warren sells items from his traveling wagon.  At least, it appears so. While her husband is out doing what he does, Neva runs the mercantile and raises her 14 year old twins.
The children are happy, their father is coming home.  They rush out to meet him but it's not their father, it's a deputy, a deputy with a wagon of furniture and 3 little children. The deputy tells her that Warren and his wife have died.  Warren wanted the children to be raised by their "Aunt Neva". What will she do with the children of her unfaithful husband?  A husband she thought was faithful.Will the children go to an orphanage or will she keep them? Follow Neva and the 5 children.  Will Neva ever be able to love her husband's 3 children? Will God help her find a way?  What about another romance?  Perhaps the deputy or Randall? The author gives you an eye view perspective from each of the characters.  The characters were well developed, so much so, you felt as though you were in the mercantile with Neva or little Charley on the playground.   This is all you get from me.  Grab a copy and go on Neva's journey through heartbreak and joy.  You won't be able to stop reading until the book is finished.  Then, you'll be left wanting more, much more.  Perhaps Ms. Sawyer will give us a sequel?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Kim Vogel Sawyer and Blogging For Books in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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