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Sweet Sanctuary




Title:  Sweet Sanctuary
Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:  344
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
                First off, don’t let the cover of the book fool you into believing this is a light-hearted romance.  There is so much more to the story.  This is a historic fictional story set in the year 1944.  War World II is still going on so rationing is in effect, making certain products scarce and hard to come by.  Families across the country are being notified every day of the loss of a loved one in the fighting.  There are thousands upon thousands of poor people around the nation desperate for food, jobs and medical care.
                Micah Hatcher is a doctor dedicated to serving the poor immigrants in Queens, New York.  He receives a letter from Lydia’s father four years after he had last seen her, demanding Micah due his duty.  Micah is stunned and then angry.  He takes off for Boston to find out what in the world is going on.  He sees Lydia and again and sees great change in her, spiritually.  He meets Nicky and instantly falls in love with the little boy.  However, Micah has a secret that would put certain people’s lives at risk if he shared it.  Can he trust Lydia enough to tell her what it is?  I liked Micah’s strong faith, his willingness to share it openly and to acknowledge he will follow wherever God leads him.
                Lydia Eldredge has a secret, and she will endure public scorn and social ostracism to keep it.  She knew Micah from their time serving together in the early 1940s in Oahu.  She had a crush on him, but never acted on her feelings.  She unexpectedly receives a letter from home and quickly leaves Oahu for home never to be seen or heard from again by Micah.  Suddenly, four years later, she opens the door and there stands Micah!  He soon discovers her secret and admires her for it.  Lydia is full of energy and determination when she sets her mind to something, and she is determined to protect Nicky at all costs.  Who is Nicky?  He is an adorable, precious, 4-year-old boy readers will fall in love with right off the bat.  Lydia learns through tough times to stand firm on the higher ground of God.
                As the story progresses, there are some very heart-wrenching scenes where I had tears running down my face.  That to me is the sign of a good author when he/she can evoke emotions at that level. This is an outstanding story of rescue, in more ways than one, of several characters.  Readers will also encounter faith, humility, anger, love, obedience and much more in this excellent novel.  Great character development and storyline are incorporated as well.  Don’t miss this one!
                My rating is 5+ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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