25 February 2016

Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer

★★★★★ Start reading Room for Hope here.
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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?

Pick up Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Room for Hope for an authentic and emotional trip to Depression-era Kansas. Fans of historical fiction will not regret it.

Neva Shilling discovers, in one conversation, her husband’s death, infidelity, and three orphaned children, and her life changes dramatically. The aftermath of this devastating discovery brings a persistent struggle with a wide array of feelings - anger, betrayal, bitterness, doubt - to Neva and the family surrounding her. Yet, through it all, a reliance on faith, hope, and love permeates and encourages.

From start to finish, Room for Hope is a touching and heartfelt story. With well-developed characters and realistic challenges, it kept me eager to see how the story would unfold. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it to interested readers.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Room for Hope and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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