Sunday, September 15, 2013

"What Once Was Lost" by Kim Vogel Sawyer

 About this book:

“A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart—can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them?

On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house inhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear “family.”

With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she's dedicated her life. And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally—or more—in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?

 Series: No, but has a Prequel “The Grace That Leads us Home”.

Spiritual Content-
Proverbs 16:9 in the front; Christina prays many, many, many times; Levi says Christians are hypocrites *SPOILER*{{ but accepts God later in the book.}}

Negative Content-
It’s 1890 so People kill animals with their bare hands for food, Mrs. Beasley tells Cora & Christina to “wring a chicken’s neck” for dinner

Sexual Content-
One Kiss; *SPOILER* {{Cora is with child (out of wedlock); right at the end (the very last page), after Christina & Levi are married, “Christina knew she’d never forget the coming minutes- when she and Levi would join in the most intimate ways.”}}

-Christina Willems
-Levi Jonnson

                                         P.O.V. switches between Christina, Levi, Tommy & Cora
                                                 Set in 1890
                                                                                           340 pages

I don’t really have much to say about this book, but I really enjoyed it! Really, it was pretty clean. I’m a bit sensitive to animals, so I wasn’t a big fan of that one part, but that’s what they did then (and we still do).

This book comes out in two days!! Go and get it! :D

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.