About the 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 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 Johnson, 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?
About the Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.
What Once Was Lost is the first novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I love the historical Christian fiction novels and this one goes right there on top. Christina Willems takes over the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor after her father passed away, being raised by loving parents who loved to do mission work for God, Christina held that passion too. She always had to be serving others and wasn’t happy unless she was doing just that.
After a fire destroys the poor farm’s kitchen and puts all of the residents scattered around Brambleville, Christina is heartbroken. Christina seeks out Mr. Johnson to care for an 11-year-old blind boy, Tommy. At first Mr. Johnson doesn’t want to, but Ms. Willems gives him no other option.
Tommy becomes fond of Mr. Johnson; Mr. Johnson becomes fond of Christina. After more and more heartache can Christina love Levi Johnson, and can Levi Johnson love Christina and regain his lost faith in God? You will need to read to find out what happens to Christina and the rest of the residents from the poor farm.
Wonderful story about love, lost souls, and outcasts, I highly recommend this book to all who love Christian fiction.
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I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review.