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What Once was Lost

Title:  What Once was Lost
Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
When I started the novel, the faith of the young caretaker, Christina, shown praying about the needs of those in her care, it reminded me of a real man of faith who trusted God for the needs of those entrusted to him.  The man’s name was George Mueller whose legacy is still making an impact on many lives today.  Soon the home that housed the caretaker and her charges is engulfed in flames.  Once the fire is out, the group has to sleep in a barn.  All this takes place in cold weather and those fleeing the fire came out with only what they wore or could put on before rushing out of the house.  The next day this brave young woman must find temporary homes for those society deemed unwanted, even unloved.
Kim Vogel Sawyer writes a very captivating novel set in Brambleville, Kansas in the late 1800s.  The place where the home is located is outside of town, and without her father’s help, the food choices were very slim for all the people.  The group that lives in the home varies in ages, limitations and each has a story to share that is unique and sometimes heartbreaking.
With each encounter with the towns folk, Christina has to reach way down deep in her soul to help not lose faith when turned away from people who seemed not to care for the least of these.  As the plot begins to really develop, the audience will begin to gain a sense of the change that takes place within all the characters’ hearts.  We see the townspeople begin to embrace the poor and unlovely unlike at the beginning of the story.  We’ll read too how Christina, along with a man named Levi, learn that they don’t have to rely on their own strengths but the Lord’s strength, love and ways even if they don’t understand them at first glance.
What begins to develop in this historical romance will keep the readers turning pages for hours!  The way the author reminds us we need to love the least of these and rely on God in her historical writing is awesome.  I hope you take time to enjoy the novel really soon.
My rating is 5 stars.

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