Saturday, September 28, 2013

*What Once Was Lost*

What Once Was Lost: A Novel

'Slightly care-worn, with a face that often expresses love and tenderness and has also seen its share of tears.' That's how I imagine Christine Willems.

As the lady in charge of The Brambleville Asylum For the Poor, carrying this responsibility since her parents died, Miss Willems is a wonderful example of a woman who ministers to others.
She cares for her charges like a mother hen, pouring her concern for them into her efforts to shelter and protect them... yet perhaps she protected some of them more than was needed.

When a fire drives Christina and her friends out of their peaceful, beautiful home they are all set off on an adventure of growth and change.

The residents find themselves divided up and parceled out into a world that too often doesn't recognize the person beneath the label of Poor Farm Outcast.

The stories of individual residents meld together to form this novel, making it a thickly plotted tale with many characters giving it many themes. {My favorite was Cora's Story, and her's was my sister's favorite too.}

Some of the residents need to face their pasts; some need to stop hiding their shames; some need to find warm, open arms to welcome them.

For Christina, the main catalyst for change is her relationship with Tommy's temporary guardian, Levi Jonnson, and their very differing opinions on how to treat this blind young man.
How do you carefully guide someone and yet instill confidence in them at the same time?
Levi, a man who has avoided forming ties with just about everybody for just about forever, may just be the man to teach them all about how powerful accepting someone can be.

Now, I presumed that her and Levi's romance would be a straightforward, predictable thing.
Oh no no no!
I was surprised by the amount of steps and missteps and retraced steps that formed their dance as they
realized that they were made for each other.

Along the way, Christina learns that some of her charges may be destined to travel down the road of life, away from her helping hands that gave them their good start, but they will never travel far from her loving heart.

One last thought: I really like the way Kim Vogel Sawyer writes, and it makes me happy to think about reviewing more of her books in the future. I see Echoes of Mercy listed as "Coming Soon!"

Thank you Waterbrook for my copy of What Once Was Lost!

Kim Vogel Sawyer Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at for more information."

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