Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Christina oversees a mission home housing a group of poor and misplaced individuals. When a fire breaks out leaving the home inhabitable, she must find shelter for all those she has been caring for. She even approaches Levi, a reclusive mill owner, to take a young blind boy.

Christina is nearly overwhelmed when obstacles to rebuilding the home pile up. And then an old adversary returns to the town, determined to ruin Christina.

This novel is a character study of a young woman who is dedicated to helping those in need. She is strong-willed, determined to see “her” home rebuilt and care to the needy restored. Levi has issues of his own he must overcome and taking care of the blind boy helps him do just that. It seems like the future might be bright for Christina and Levi except for the obstacles that keep coming.

This is a pretty good historical novel, taking place in 1890. Christina's struggle to get the home rebuilt was done well but I was disappointed in how the ending came to be. Christina is rescued, so to speak, and does not have to fight to the end. I would have rather seen her have to battle to the desired result herself.

You can read chapter one here.
You can watch the trailer here.

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author of stories of hope. She has more than a million copies of her books in print. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She and her husband run a bed and breakfast in central Kansas. Find out more at

WaterBrook Press, 352 pages.

I received a complimentary galley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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