What Once Was Lost: A Novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Synopsis: 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?
Very well written and enjoyable read from the first words through to the ending. Very well fleshed out characters with strong capable women that are both believable and endearing. It was easy to connect with the characters and feel for them through their struggles and triumphs. The plot had a nice flow throughout the book with acceptable periods of slower paces befitting to the story. This is one of the better Christian novels available today. I would recommend this for those who enjoy historical, Christian, or romance. A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.