Monday, September 30, 2013

What Once Was Lost

Book description:  "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 leaving the house uninhabitable, 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, Christina begins to wonder 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 to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?"

My review:  This book was OK, but not one that I would necessarily recommend to someone looking for a good book to read.  The plot was good, but the story itself just seemed to be lacking.  It took me awhile to finish the book just because  it didn't call my name and keep me reading until all hours of the night.  I did enjoy Tommy Kilgore, the little blind boy.  He seemed so representative of the stigma that was once placed on people who had a handicap.  Other characters were intriguing and enjoyable as well.  It was just that the story-line did not pull me in and hold my attention like a good book should.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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