Thursday, February 18, 2016
Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer
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?
About The Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-one novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.
This book will tug at your heat strings from beginning to end, while I was trying forever trying to put myself in the main character Neva’s shoes. Would I have the Grace to accept the lot that God was about to hand me, and you can see her struggle to live, as she believes.
The story takes place 1936 Kansas, the nation is still in the grip of the depression, and there is little money to go around. We hear of the hobo’s who roam the country trying to find work, hopping trains from town to town. Niva’s name is on their route as a generous soul who leaves food out for them.
Now you meet heart ache head on when a wagon arrives, at the same time Niva and her children are expecting their husband and father to come, but at their door is what is going to tear their world apart, nothing will ever be the same.
Loved that the family takes in three little children, but can they make them their own, will they become family or will an orphanage win out. Will Niva ever be able to hold her head up in her small town, and will she be able to go on with the business she has run with her husband?
Things were a lot different back then and people held different values, but the preacher here does a wonderful job in telling them biblical values.
I highly recommend this book, once you start, be ready to keep reading, I couldn’t put it down.
I received this book through Blogging For Books, and was not required to give a positive review.