Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?
I have read several books by Kim and have yet to be disappointed by her ability to draw from real life and paint beautiful relationships into her characters that are Christ centered in nature. Excellent book that is easy to relate to and draw comfort from. What I really enjoy about this author is the way she gentle mixes in her relationships with God for each character. She does not come across as preachy, judgmental or overbearing in her approach that might push other readers away. Instead her approach is subtle enough that a non-christian would still enjoy her readings and still clearly see her faith played out in each story.
Dinah's light bulb moment in coming to grips with who God is and His love for her and His desire for a closer relationship with her despite her past sins and lineage was very moving and easy to relate to from a personal standpoint. It reminds me that no matter what you are never to sinful or "dirty" to be cleaned and healed by the Almighty and brought back into a perfect relationship with Him.Just a beautiful picture of redemption and forgiveness painted throughout the book by Kim.
I really adored Amos and just how sweet he was and his perseverance while he was in chasing down Dinah. Both the main characters are so broken and fearful, that your heart breaks for them. True healing for them both came with acceptance of their past and comfort of the security of their future with God as the foundation.
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KimVogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.
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