Title: Room for Hope
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
My rating is 5 stars.
Change. The word alone can bring a host of feeling and thoughts to anyone, and in Kim’s latest novel this is a major theme. In the novel, readers will go back into the early 1900s where people found daily living a harsh reality. Some were able to work as well as had homes in the small town of Buffalo Creek, Kansas.
Neva Shilling believed she married a good man in Warren and during their years of marriage she bore a set of twins. Afterwards, Neva could no longer bear children. Some children without parents went to an orphanage. Neva had personal experience with living in one. When three youngsters are deposited on her back door one evening, Neva’s world is rocked!
Readers will be drawn in by the emotional turmoil occurring as children and a wife have to come to terms with a harsh, ugly truth. Not only that now Neva must support five children instead of two with just the mercantile to support her, now she is a widow. Gossip in her small town spreads like wildfire and the preacher has his hands full ministering to the needs of individual hearts as well as confronting the community not living according to God’s Word.
I just kept turning pages late into the night. I felt the weight of various characters’ concerns, the broken hearts of the children and their uncertainty of a future unless Neva opened her heart to really love them. The other theme was hope that shines brightest during some of the characters darkest nights. Neva’s character is formed into being such a singing example of care and compassion to many who came through the town on trains.
The Scriptures are shared boldly and appropriately either when the preacher is preaching, meeting one-to-one or when a character hears the whisper of God’s voice in his/her heart. Throughout the work of fiction at times it seemed very real and lifelike; there is no glossing over wrongs or quick fixes to problems. As we journey with the characters, we see how God can restore hope, trust, and love and redeem those who come to Him with an open heart. I loved how having the Lord close was more important than anything the world has to offer in the book. Please read another wonderful tale filled with so much that will lift up your heart and soul!
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