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 life's 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)
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.
Were in I Micah and Lydia's 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 1940's 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 THAT'S 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 "conclusion" 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! I've 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.
What a great reminder of a sad time in American History. When the truths are finally presented, still there were some who didn't believe. I'm talking about the atrocious acts that Germany committed during WWII. This is a heartwarming story of how a few people sacrificed their own lives to help the Jewish people, people without a Country.
Ms Sawyer has dealt with some tough subjects here. First the hiding in the Press of what was really going on in Europe. We have a bit of romance, at long distance, the love a sweet little boy. One that you would do just about anything for, to protect him. We have the realities of drug addition, the slowly tearing down and ruining of a life.
Throughout the book you find the blessings of the Lord on those who follow him. These people lead their lives as God wants them to, not how they want. There is Dr Micah, who wants to give his gift of doctoring, to those immigrants who need help and can't afford it. His brother, a polio victim, Jeremiah, a crippled Minister who is in the War zone, and helps God's people.
We have Lydia, who loves a little boy so much, that she ends up helping the person who is trying to take him away for her.
If you read one book this year, this one has it all, take a trip back to the 1940's in both NYC and Boston, I'm glad I did!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Blogger Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
The time is toward the end of World War II. Lydia Eldredge had served as a nurse at Schofield AFB. She was now back in Boston with her family, taking care of four year old Nicky, the son of her best friend who had died in childbirth. But Nicky's father wants him - to sell him to a childless family. He has become addicted to morphine and needs the money to feed his habit.
Dr. Micah Hatcher, who also served at Schofield, is now in New York City, helping the immigrants in Queens. He receives a letter from Lydia's father, demanding Micah do the right thing and come support his son Nicky. Micah is dumbfounded. He knows Lydia from their working together five years ago at the air force base but they never, well, the boy just cannot be his son. Micah decides to visit the Eldredge family and put an end to the accusations. He has no idea what his trip will do to set in motion a future he never imagined.
That is the beginning to a heart warming historical romance. Some of the topics readers learn about include smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi territory, morphine addiction, and trusting God for your future. I really appreciated the character development. That Nicky is a great kid! Both Micah and Lydia were so willing to give of their time and energy to help others, even helping the very man who might take Nicky away.
There were certainly enough twists and turns in the plot that the story kept my interest to the very end. And what a rewarding experience to read about lives being changed by the gospel. It was refreshing and inspiring. I love it when authors are not afraid to make faith in Christ an essential part of the novel. It certainly was in this one.
This is a very good novel. Well done!
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.