Kim Vogel Sawyer's Sweet Sanctuary is a story of letting go of man made security and living in safety because of God.
Lydia's sanctuary is her father's home. Although with the best of intentions to protect Nicky, the web of lies surrounding his life has created her sanctuary into a prison when Nicky's drug-addicted father threatens to destroy their lives for his selfish gain. Will she be able to escape and find her sanctuary in trusting God's will for Nicky's life even if it means loosing him?
Micah strives to live his life with God's purpose as his central focus and while commendable, has he closed himself off to the possiblity of God expanding His purpose to include a family? Will Micah be able to find sanctuary in knowing that following God's plan also includes changes?
From the onset the reader is pulled into the story with the suspense surrounding a mysterious parental claim. As the story continues, the characters are revealed to have depth and emotion that make them real. You are drawn into their struggles and just when you think a solution is reached a menancing presence makes an unexpected appearence to throw things into disorder or does Nicolai Pankin's appearance actually start putting things into God's order?
The story is riveting from onset. The depth of emotion encountered and the spiritual growth of the characters enthralled the reader whereas the redemption of others left the reader stunned by the awesome power of God. This multi-dimensional story helped one to look at the loss of a child from the domestic and international point of view. Its look on addiction aroused sympathy and understanding.
This was a fantastic read from start to finish and a highly recommended read.
I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.
A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II
Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her young son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.
Dr. Micah Hatcher faithfully serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he thought he wanted out of life.
When Lydia and Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's callings. Together, they seek a refuge of safety--for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God puts into their lives. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail?
SWEET SANCTUARY is easily the best book I've ever read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I fell in love with both Micah and Lydia, though at first I wasn't sure what I'd think of her. Lydia has sort of kidnapped her best friend's son, when she died, in order to protect him from her drug addict father who's determined to sell the boy for drug money. Her father tries to force Micah to marry Lydia, claiming initially the child is his, but Micah knows there's no chance of that since he and Lydia were never intimate when they knew each other.
If you like historical romances with a touch of suspense, you'll love SWEET SANCTUARY. The story was a bit predictableâ€”I knew where it was going early on and there were no surprises, but it was a sweet read to the end. Recommended.
Could hardly put the book down, although I was often frustrated with Dr. Micah Hatcher. He was so focused on his own goals that he dismissed or ignored the promptings of his heart when it came to Lydia and also when it could have made a real difference to people who loved him and needed him. It touches on addictions and smuggling Jewish children into America during the second world war. It was a good story, albeit not always that realistic.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my very favorite authors, and when I pick up one of her books to read I expect to find realistic characters, believable problems and the Gospel to be gentility woven through the pages. Her newest book Sweet Sanctuary is no exception.
Lydia Eldredge was entrusted with the care of her best friend's son, Nicky, after she died in childbirth. Her friend's goal was to keep her son safe from his morphine addicted father, whose goal is to sell his son in order to feed his addiction. Lydia is determined to honor her friends' wishes and raise Nicky as her own, and to keep him from his father.
When Lydia's father decided that he must take matters into his own hands, he wrote to Lydia's old friend Dr. Micah Hatcher telling him to marry his daughter so she wouldn't have to raise their child alone. Micah traveled from Queens (NYC) to Boston determined to settle this misunderstanding, once he was there and he heard the whole story about her son, he understood the situation and encouraged Lydia to pray for answers and to tell the truth about Nicky's parentage; knowing this would be the only way she would be able to legally adopt him.
After a short visit, Micah returned to Queens where he runs a clinic for the city's immigrants. He also had another reason to return quickly, living in this part of the city allowed him to help his brother, Jeremiah, who lives in Europe to transport extra special "packages" to their destination. While thinking about this Micah also wonders if Lydia would agree with his involvement in this activity.
Needing the midwives' record of Nicky's birth Lydia travels to NYC in order to find her and to request her help. She also asks Micah for help in locating the midwife and in finding her a place to stay and ends up staying in a vacant apartment in the building where Micah lives. When Micah leaves in the night, she decides to follow him, and wonders why Micah is so secretive all of a sudden.
If you enjoy Kim's stories than I am certain that the characters in Sweet Sanctuary will find their way into your heart. And if you are unfamiliar with Kim's books this would be a great one to start with. Kim ended the story in a way that the reader is able to imagine what happens next in the characters lives, which I enjoy doing, but if she were to write a sequel I would be first in line to read it.
**I am sorry if this review seems different from my other book reviews, it was difficult to write it without giving away too much of the story.
**Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
From the very first page, you are unsure as to what will happen next in this sweet, romantic, historical book. I loved the characters and the way that Kim Vogel Sawyer writes about their lives.
Historically, I appreciated the attention the book brings to World War II, the American response to the war and the effect that had on the Jewish people. It is a very interesting time in history and this book did a great job and highlighting the good and bad while staying true to the fictional lives of the characters. I also appreciated the attention brought to drugs and the very real battle people face when trying to recover from drug use.
I thought their slow romance and building friendship was very sweet. The author did a great job at bringing them together in ways they never imagined.
Not always a light read but full of heart on every page.