Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Songbird of Hope Hill by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Driven by survival to a life at a house of ill repute, Birdie Clarkson now longs only for escape. So when Reverend Isaiah Overly and his son, Ephraim, appear and offer a better life, she jumps at the chance. Ignoring the furious raging of the madam, Birdie climbs into the back of the preacher’s wagon. 
The men take her to Hope Hill, the haven the reverend and his wife, Ophelia, founded so women like Birdie can be taught skills to help them rise above their pasts. Soon a resistant Birdie finds herself singing in the choir Ephraim leads at revival meetings, even though she’s certain she’s the last person who should be representing God. 
Reverend Overly teaches that no one is irredeemable, but even as Ephraim is falling in love with her, Birdie remains convinced that she’s past saving. After all she’s been through, can she ever believe that God’s redemption wipes every soul clean? And can Ephraim convince her that God loves her more than she can grasp—and that he does, too?



About The Author

 Award-winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, gramma, chocolate-lover, cat-petter, and--most importantly--a daughter of the King! With more than 1.5 million books in print in seven different languages, Kim enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Her "gentle stories of hope" are loved by readers and reviewers alike. Kim and her retired military husband, Don, reside on the plains of Kansas, the setting for many of her novels.


My Review

 A total page turner from beginning to end. Yes, I loved this read, and there is so much forgiveness here, to others and to ones self!

The author gives us a Preacher along with his wife that have devoted their lives to helping Soiled Doves, and putting them back on the right path, not all succeed but we do meet some that do and travel with them!

There are secrets here, but there is so much love of God and the sharing of his Love. This is story takes place in the late 1890's in Tulsey, Texas, and I would love to see the house they lived in, because it sure seemed big with many bedrooms, an office, and music room. Yes, there are those here that are really gifted, and one of the rescues Birdie, as her name kind of states, sings like a bird. Then there is the pastor's son Ephraim, and they bring joy in hard times.

These poor people have been run out of other towns, and we wait for the same thing to happen here. Keep turning the pages for answers, and yes, they do come!

Wish I could continue on in these peoples lives!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Waterbrook, and was not required to give a positive review.

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