Some books just have a happy, cozy feel to them. That was totally the case for me with Room for Hope. Ms. Sawyer tackled a tough case with the Shillings–unfaithfulness, adoption, forgiveness, thievery, rejection, acceptance, and trust. Wow, so much skillfully portrayed in one book!
Ms. Sawyer had a very good balance with the romance in this novel (for my preference). The theme of the story was definitely more about family and their trials than one finding their “happily ever after.” I can honestly say that I enjoyed practically every minute of reading this book.
I did find it a little strange with the pastor and his visions–it was just a hint of strangeness.
Younger readers might want not want to read this book because of the very circumstance that threads the story together. Ms. Sawyer was very discreet as she dealt with the dad’s unfaithfulness, and even in occasions when someone called the children a vile name, she never wrote what the word was.
Beautiful quote from there:
“I can’t look at year’s and weeks. I have to look at souls and sales. What would God have me view as the most valued?”
*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review*
About the Book
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 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.
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