Not very romantic, but still good
Dr. Micah is a doctor in New York. He felt a calling from God to help the immigrants. But when he receives a letter about an old co-worker, he rushes to Boston. Things aren't exactly as they seem and Micah finds himself working with Lydia to bring families together no matter the risks. Set during WWII, the story covers immigration issues, adoption, addiction, and family relationships.
I appreciated the author using the slant of the innocence and naivety of the Americans about the horrors of the war. The story had several different elements going on at once. This might be a bit overwhelming to some. But I enjoyed it, so didn't mind. It was fresh and captivating. The message of salvation was brought out several times. I will be checking out more books by this author.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
May 18, 2013
Hope and Grace
Review: A very nice story about love, grace and redemption. The characters in the book are easy to imagine because the author has done a very good job of bringing them to life for you. I enjoyed the way she highlighted prayer and seeking God for direction in, through, and because of lifeÃ¢ÂÂs circumstances. She also did a good job in conveying that all things should be done for the glory of God. I have no problem recommending this book and reading other books by this author. (rev. P.Howard)
May 9, 2013
Story Full of God's Grace and Purpose
This was a sweet and interesting story set during WWII with the scene switching back and forth between Micah's New York and Lydia's Boston. There is danger, misunderstanding, forgiveness, heartache and redemption in this book. The theme of God's grace and purpose in our lives is central to this story. Micah is involved in a dangerous, secret operation in New York and he does not feel free to pursue Lydia as he wants to. Lydia loves Micah, however, feels he does not reciprocate more than friendship. She faces her own challenges in trying to raise her dead friend's son. She must learn to trust in God as the child's father enters the child's life. It is not an easy path. However, the author creates a good story line and pulls everything in for a happy conclusion. I was provided with a copy of Sweet Sanctuary by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
May 8, 2013
Great Fictional Role Models
Were in I Micah and LydiaÃ¢ÂÂs situations, I hope I would do just as they did. Although this book is obliviously a work of fiction, situations like this must have arisen in the 1940Ã¢ÂÂs just as they do today. If I were given instructions from God that I was reasonably certain were FROM GOD, I would obey those rather than the laws of America or the rationale of society. And THATÃ¢ÂÂS why I would have great respect for Lydia and Micah if they were real people rather than characters in a novel. Those who have really done similarly in the past can be found as examples in the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
Just when it had appeared that this novel was all wrapped up and tied with a bow, I realized I had about 70 pages left to go and was very much looking forward to what else transpired! I was THRILLED with the initial Ã¢ÂÂconclusionÃ¢ÂÂ of the book and even MORE SO with the final chapters!
In a nutshell, this novel had love and loss, adoption and salvation and was so well woven together!!! The various plots seemed almost seamlessly drawn into each other bringing it to a great finale.This book was WELL WORTH the read and I had forgotten how much I liked Kim Vogel Sawyer! IÃ¢ÂÂve read several of her novels including In Every Heartbeat and A Hopeful Heart. I received this book free from Bethany House for my fair and unbiased review.
May 5, 2013