Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Room for Hope

Book description:  "Neva Shilling is accustomed to bearing full responsibility for home, business, and children, but she still anticipates her husband’s return from his month-long sales route. Times are hard in 1931 Glen Hill, Kansas and Warren’s work is all he can do. When a wagon pulls up after supper, the family rushes to greet their head of house. But instead of Warren’s wagon, a sheriff has arrived with a wagon of belongings and three small children. He asks for Warren’s sister, Neva. Sending her twins inside, Neva introduces herself as Warren’s wife. The sheriff hesitantly informs her Warren Shilling and his wife have died, leaving three orphans. Before his death, Warren instructed the children to go to “Aunt Neva.”

Neva is shocked to learn Warren and his wife Violet, ran a large dry goods store in Beloit. Instead of traveling, as she’d always believed, he’d been setting up housekeeping with another family and selling their extra goods in the Beloit store.

The sheriff asks Neva if she wants the trio sent to an orphanage, but despite the pain of Warren’s betrayal, she takes in her husband’s children. Facing extreme financial burdens and the weight of unresolved questions, can Neva still find the joy in choosing God’s plan?"

My review:  Kim Vogel Sawyer chose a very unusual and difficult plot for this story, but she handled it very well. She also chose to tell the story from the viewpoint of several characters, which I think added depth to the story. I really enjoyed the story and found it hard to put down. It is full of forgiveness and hope. A wonderful story of redemption! Ms. Sawyer did a wonderful job of keeping the reader guessing, and the story did not end as one might necessarily expect. Though the ending was unexpected, it did not disappoint. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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