What Once Was Lost
A touching novel
What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a touching novel. It reminds us that sometimes we think we're doing a good thing for the right reason, but it's not always true. The characters were well-written, allowing me to identify with their struggles and, in the end, their triumphs. I enjoyed this novel a great deal.
***I received this novel from the author/publisher for purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
February 18, 2014
Great Story with Wonderful Characters
From the beginning pages this story grabbed me, the storyline and the characters. The author does a masterful job telling this story. The main story line was strong with the subplots adding additional tensions and insights to the time period and the nature of God.
I loved the heroine, Christina Willems. She passionately loved those in her care and strived to provide for not only physical needs, but emotional, and spiritual. She was smart, hard working, and had a strong faith in God. Levi Jonnson was also an interesting character and his interactions with Tommy were priceless. I really appreciated how he handled Tommy.
As I read this story and watched things unfold I was reminded of so many truths. One important lesson is bad things happen to good people. Christina was a Christian woman who served people she faced hardships and loss.
This was my first story by this author but it wonÃ¢ÂÂt be my last. The authorÃ¢ÂÂs writing style is easy to read and flows well, making her stories a joy to read.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Waterbrook Press for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than my honest opinion.
January 30, 2014
Many people who were Lost find Christ
God put this book in my hand just when I needed it. Walking through obstacles and adversity, this book encouraged me. Little did I know what I would face yesterday.
Christina and Levi may seem the characters that weave the story together. But Tommy, Cora, Louisa, Rose, and all the others of the Poor House will touch your life. You will feel all they endure.
Even Mr. Dresden who caused so much trouble will show how God used all the bad for good.
So many lost find their way after a fire displaces all those who lived at the Poor asylum.
This whole story is about God's plan. It shows how something meant bad can be turned into good for God. Spiritual eyes are opened. A community comes together.
You will find it hard to lay the book down.
January 27, 2014
Realistic Historical Fiction
hat Once was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer is set in the late 1800s in Kansas. Christina Willems is running the "poor farm" by herself after the death of her father, and a fire in the kitchen of their home forces her to separate the residents to different homes in the community while she works to re-open the poor farm. The mission board is not interested in re-opening the poor farm as Christina wants, mainly because she is a single woman running the home my herself, and this is not very acceptable in that time or place. Christina has to deal with adversity and trust others as she works at a solution that is best for everyone. One of the orphans, Tommy, is left to stay with Levi, the mill owner and somewhat of a recluse, even though Levi is opposed to the idea.
When a former resident of the poor farm begins to cause problems for Christina, Levi steps in and they begin to develop a stronger relationship.
Sawyer does a good job of setting the story in this timeframe - noting the common dress, the extensive use of horse and buggy/car, and the role of women. It was interested to follow the stories of all the residents of the poor farm and see how their stories turn out.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook in exchange for my honest opinion.
January 25, 2014