Lydia Eldredge is doing her best as a single mother raising her son, Nicky, but she lives in constant fear because of his father's past. Her father, in hopes of protecting them both, brings Dr. Micah Hatcher back into their lives rather unexpectedly. Dr. Hatcher and Lydia had once had a strong friendship and cared for each other, will the situation now years later be one that brings them together again or tears them apart forever?
Sweet Sanctuary was first book I have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I will say I enjoyed it. Often, Christian historical fiction stories take place long ago in Europe or during the westward expansion of the United States, not in more recent history. I found this period of history in our country very interesting and felt that Vogel Sawyer handled it accurately.
Sweet Sanctuary was an easy read that kept me coming back for more to know what was going to happen. If you enjoy World War 2 history along with Christian fiction/romance, this is a good read.
I love the summertime because I get to read to my heart's content for the most part!! I started the summer with a book Bethany House publishers gave me in exchange for a review. I was very interested in Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer because I had never read any of her books before. I was NOT disappointed.
I really did not know where this book would go but it did not disappoint. It went in so many directions! Lydia and Micah go way back to their service time together in Hawaii at the beginning of America's involvement in WWII. Lydia mysteriously leaves her job and is really never heard from again until one day Micah receives a note from Lydia's father telling him that Micah is the father of Lydia's child. Micah goes up to see Lydia to get everything straightened out because he knows there is NO way he is the father. From there, the story spirals. Both Lydia and Micah hold secrets they are hesitant to share with each other. Lydia is holding back the true secret of her son and how she is trying to keep him safe from his drug-addicted father because who knows what he would do with him. Micah works with immigrants in New York as well as a secret mission with his brother who is a missionary overseas.
Ms. Sawyer does a great job keeping you on your toes as each situation is developed in the story as well as solved. This is a story full of forgiveness, trust, God's plan for everyone, and love. It needs to be on everyone's summer reading list.
I love historical novels, especially those taking place during either of the World Wars. My Grandmother used to tell me stories of what she and my Grandfather had to do to survive during the First World War while living in Germany. By the time they married and had children of their own, they had immigrated to the US. She would tell me about the rations, the bread lines, and the Victory garden she had. This was an amazing time in history.
Ms. Sawyer is very adept with the historical details. They play an important part in this novel, especially as the layers of plot are revealed. She also deals with drug addiction in one of her secondary characters, always leading them toward forgiveness and redemption. It's one of the reasons I read this genre of books. The very talented authors use everyday life situations combined with multilayered characters to weave tales of redemption, forgiveness, hope and faith without preaching a sermon.
It's 1944, and Dr. Micah Hatcher knows God's plan for him is to serve the immigrant population of Queens, New York. So, when he receives a mysterious letter summoning him to Boston, confusion swirls in his mind. When he arrives in Boston and finds out about his friend Lydia's trouble in providing a sanctuary for her son Nicky, he can't help but get involved. As their lives intertwine, will they trust each other with their secrets? When their individual causes come into jeopardy, will they lean on God and accept the help He provides?
SWEET SANCTUARY, Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest novel, is a â€˜sweet' story that takes place during World War II. The theme of protecting the innocent is woven throughout in such a way that grips the heart and makes you consider what more you can do in your own piece of the world. As Micah remembers his mom telling him in chapter one, "Son, whatever comes your way, the good Lord knew it was comin' and has a solution in mind. Trust Him to guide you." If we place our trust in God, He will reveal to us the ways in which we may help protect the innocent.
"Whatever the Lord willed for her, she was ready." Those words from chapter 37 define the author of this lovely story. Kim Vogel Sawyer writes the plentiful tales that God places in her heart, much to her readers' delight. Whether she takes us for a ride on the orphan trains (My Heart Remembers), shares the adventures of a singer on the plains of Kansas (Song of My Heart) or takes us to the big cities of New York and Boston (Sweet Sanctuary), Kim finds the way into our hearts with a few thousand words strung together. Her talent for dropping bombs on her readers in the form of twists and turns in the lives of her characters never disappoints me. She has quite a knack for frustrating me with the worst possible thing that could have happened in the storyâ€”and then causing me to blink back tears of joy when good finally prevails. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading any of Kim's books, hurry to the bookstore! Her novels are well worth reading.
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.