Neva doesn't mind shouldering the responsibility of her home, business, and children while her husband, Warren, is away. Times are hard in 1931, and she knows he'll return. Then---on the same day she's widowed---she learns Warren's been leading a double life! Will she care f... Read More
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 16, 2016
- UPC: 9780307731371
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Feb 16, 2016
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0307731375
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- Room for Hope by kp on 3/22/2016
The latest novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer is entitled Room for Hope. This tale begins with Neva Shilling, along with her fourteen-year-old twins, preparing dinner to celebrate the return of her husband from a lengthy business trip. What greets Neva at the door that evening is not her husband, but rather three young children!
Neva does not know how to respond when she is informed that not only has her husband Warren died; but he has also sent these children to make their home with her. When Neva learns that they are Warren's children from a second marriage, she definitely does now how to respond! Neva, herself, grew up in an orphanage. Knowing what would be in store for them, Neva cannot bring herself to send them away; however, she cannot imagine living with them either. Now Neva must figure out how she can run their general store, as well as raise five children by herself. Fortunately, Neva's twin daughter, Belle, takes both six-year-old Cassie and three-year-old Adeline under her wing; however, her other twin, Bud, does not even want to look eight-year-old Charley in the eye. You wonder how Neva will be able to bind this disjointed family together!
Will Neva survive informing her twins about their father's infidelity? Will her family survive the disdain that the townspeople extend toward them when they learn the truth? You will watch and see how God will touch many lives in the midst of this difficult situation!
I received this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my unbiased review.
- Great book by Debora on 2/22/2016
Kim Vogel Sawyer’s new release “Room for Hope” is a beautifully written book set in 1936 during the Depression Era. The main characters are confronted with betrayal, lies and loss. Through faith, hope, and love of their friends the characters work through this difficult time in their lives to a triumphant ending. The reader will experience a range of emotions and possibly cry a tear or two. Ms. Vogel Sawyer really needs to consider a sequel to this one; I don’t want this story line to end the characters are so enduring. As always, Ms. Sawyer writes lovely, inspirational and moving books that are a must to read. This one will not disappoint! #RoomForHope A++++++++
**Disclosure: This book was given to me by the author for my honest opinion of the book.
- So wonderfully developed, the community and families come alive by Kathleen E. on 2/17/2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer, © 2016
Suppertime. Waiting for her husband to arrive from his month-long travels out of town selling their wares. Only he isn't returning, but sends his other children to her.
During the Depression Era, a man has two families forty miles apart. In both communities, he is well respected. This story tells of those left behind upon his demise.
My first thought was that Neva was not the true wife, which would turn this story around, with her twins being the ones left behind rather than the orphans that show up at her door. The love of a mother dispels any quandary, as Neva is true to her heart, full of love.
Bud took his time walking home. Only three blocks from the school to the mercantile. If he ran he could make it in two minutes. Most times he ran, eager to get home and put on his starched cobbler apron and give Ma––or Pop on the months he was home––a hand in the store. Bud had always loved the mercantile. Especially the way it smelled, like apples and leather and spice. The same way Pop always smelled.
--Room for Hope, 91
My very favorite protagonist is Sheriff Jesse Caudel. He is indeed a peacemaker. Caring for the schoolchildren, he goes to the playground meeting them each day, building relationship. He hopes to have a good foundation with them as they grow.
I love Kim Vogel Sawyer's stories. I want to come back to Buffalo Creek, Kansas, and follow the characters in their new days. So wonderfully developed, the community and families come alive, gathering at Sunday services, drinking Royal Crown Cola, paying nineteen cents a pound for Thanksgiving turkey. A melding of a family that is suspect by others, as truth prevails. I am not ready to let them go.
***Thank you to author Kim Vogel Sawyer for inviting me to be a part of her review team for Room for Hope and for sending me a review copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- What would you do if you found out your spouse had a secret life? by bobbileeg on 2/12/2016
She’s done it again! In the words of my 16-year old daughter, Kim Vogel Sawyer “cannonballs” into this novel. You will quickly follow, as Neva Shilling discovers her husband led a secret life with a second family. Betrayal, pain, rejection, shattered dreams….Life is about choices and the impact of the choices we make every day. This book follows the lives of people whose choices intersect in a town called Buffalo Creek, Kansas during one of the most uncertain (and possibly hope-less) times in our history, the Great Depression. When Neva finds herself bearing the consequences of her husband’s choices, is there any hope for her family, her business, her future? I could not put this book down. I had to know if she found room for hope.
Unlike so many Christian fiction novels today, I find Ms. Sawyer’s writing style and content extremely refreshing and truly inspiring. Technically, her writing is extremely descriptive, well organized, and interesting. As someone who appreciates historical fiction over romance, I most appreciate the believability of the characters and story-lines as being “real” and “possible” instead of “flawless” or “untouchable.” I also greatly appreciate the fact I can hand this book to my teenage daughter without any concerns.
I received a copy of this book for a true review but I must say reading it has been a complete pleasure and blessing. It truly is a beautiful story.