Thursday, February 18, 2016

Room for Hope

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731371

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?

My Impressions: 
What a beautiful story of a woman that looses all hope and struggles to regain that which she lost. Told through different view points the reader is able to get in touch with each character through their own emotions and internal dialogue. This book had me in tears at times over the redemptive power of God when all things seem bleak and hopeless. Wonderfully written story line that will have you enthralled from beginning to end. In times of depression and hard decisions Neva held fast to her faith and although times were difficult God led her to to not look at  her husbands 5 children as a punishment, but a gift, no matter how dire the circumstances were or how much easier her life would be without them. 

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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