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Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer
In the Days of the Great Depression Neva Shilling runs the Shilling Mercantile and takes care of twins while her husband Warren travels for months at a time to neighboring communities to sell items from his wagon. She is in complete shock when a deputy arrives one evening with three of her now dead husband’s children. It was more than selling he was doing on all these trip, he had a secret family. So angry at Warren, she wants to forget he ever existed, but how could she let these children go to an orphanage? How can she learn to love them the way that God does when all she see’s when she looks at them is her husband’s betrayal.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins.
When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush outand into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with "Aunt Neva."
Nevas heart is shattered as she realizes that Warrens month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husbands betrayal and love them the way God does?
"Kim Vogel Sawyer has written a riveting tale of loss, betrayal, and ultimate triumph. Newly widowed Neva Shilling is shocked to learn that her husband led a double life. Shock turns to dismay when she realizes how his deception will forever change her life and the lives of her children. These endearing characters will win your heart as they struggle to make room for hope and to learn the power of love."
Margaret Brownley, best-selling author of The Brides of Last Chance Ranch series and the Undercover Ladies series
"Neva Shilling is a beacon of hope to everyone around her. But when her own world falls apart, how will she find the strength to keep going? Kim Vogel Sawyers writing shines in Room for Hope, a beautiful illustration of the way bitterness can blossom into grace…and unexpected redemption."
Carol Cox, author of A Womans Place and Practically Christmas
"The Great Depression was an era that required much grit and a great will to survive. Kim Vogel Sawyer has captured that spirit with characters full of determination, rich in heart, and strong in a sense of compassion. Room for Hope is not merely a nice novel or a touching story. It is a story of our heritage, a story of what it takes to live a life of mercy and love for the least of these. It is a story of reliance on God during the darkest of days. It is a look into our past to see that, truly, we are not all that different from our grandparents. It is our story."
Susie Finkbeiner, author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl
"In Room for Hope Kim Vogel Sawyers characters face the Great Depression from a place where they are able to thrive a little and help others. These characters pulled me into the story and wouldnt let me go until I read the last page. I highly recommend this book."
Lena Nelson Dooley, author of the award-winning McKennas Daughters series
"Kim Vogel Sawyers historical novels always delve deep into the characters hearts. Room for Hope is a beautiful story with an unusual twist. Yes, I cried. It took me back to the days of the Great Depression and showed me how one woman, through her faith, coped with devastating pain. A definite page-turner, this story kept my attention to the very end."
Susan Page Davis, author of Captive Trail and The Outlaw Takes a Bride
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Room for HopeNovember 30, 2016MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It's 1936 in rural Kansas. Neva Shilling is faced with the almost unthinkable. The husband she thought she knew, who for years has alternated months at home working in their mercantile with months on the road traveling to neighboring communities selling items from his wagon, has died on one of his trips. Neva finds out about it when a deputy sheriff pulls up to her back door in a wagon loaded with furniture and three children. Warren Shilling had been living a double life, owning another store in a town forty miles away. He also had another wife, Violet, and three young children, Charlie, Cassie, and Adeline. The deputy thinks Warren is Neva's brother and the children's aunt. Before Warren died (soon after the death of Violet) of botulism, he left instructions for the children to be delivered to Neva. Now she is a widow with her 14 year old twins, Bud and Belle, plus the other three. Having been an orphan herself, she doesn't want the young children to go to an orphanage, but has difficulty accepting them, as does Bud. Belle opens her heart to them and provides most of the care for them. There are many obstacles to be faced before the six of them can be a loving family. This book deals with the betrayal of adultery, shunning, prodigals, and forgiveness. I recommend ROOM FOR HOPE.
Andrea CoxTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Tragedy and Redemption Offer a Dose of HopeMay 15, 2016Andrea CoxTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5by Andrea Renee Cox
Have you ever read a book that took a turn you didn't initially like ... but came to admire?
Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer was like that for me. Here I was, rooting for one thing to happen, and suddenly something completely different and unexpected happened. At first I was quite shocked and wasn't sure if I'd come to like the track the story took. Yet, as I continued reading, the characters burrowed deeper into my heart and the plot twists kept surprising me. Several times I found myself staring open-mouthed at the book, then quickly gobbling up the next few chapters to learn what would take place next.
In the latter chapters of the story, I reevaluated my feelings on the "different track." What I discovered was perhaps the biggest shocker of all. Instead of being uncertain about the thing that had bewildered me, I had come to really admire the thing. Maybe this surprise was unexpected and off the usual path, but it was handled by an expert storyteller who long ago mastered the art of spinning a complex tale that exquisitely reflects the realities of life.
Room for Hope is yet another in the lengthy list of fantastic stories that will stick with me well past the turn of the final page. It is truly the God-given talent of its author that allows this novel to speak so profoundly to my heart. The grace and mercy with which Kim pens stories that bear such heavy, difficult topics shout with whispers of forgiveness and a depth of love we would all be wise to yearn for. Through Kim's books, God shines brightly, inviting the lost and broken to find refuge and healing in His glorious presence.
Thank you to Kim Vogel Sawyer and her publisher for giving me a complimentary copy of Room for Hope in exchange for my honest review.
Maria5 Stars Out Of 5Beautifully written story about an unusual predicamentApril 26, 2016MariaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a very unique book. I was hesitant to read it at first because it sounded so different, but, since the author was one of my favorites, I decided to be brave and try it. As soon as I hesitantly opened the book and started reading, I was pulled in. Don't let the unusual plot turn you away. It was a wonderful book filled with forgiveness, hope, and love. Trust me, you won't want to miss it.
Neva Shilling is in charge of the mercantile whenever her husband travels the country selling items from his wagon. Her twin fourteen year olds help a lot, but nothing compares to when her husband is home. Things are always better when he is there taking care of them all.
Neva and her kids are anxious for his return so when a wagon comes to the mercantile, they rush out to meet him. But it isn't him. It's a deputy. Neva tells her kids to go inside, and the deputy tells Neva that Mr. Shilling and his wife are dead leaving their kids and belongings to their Aunt Neva. Shocked and bewildered, Neva has no idea what to do or say.
Kim Vogel Sawyer's books always challenge me to delve deeper. Lately, her unique plots have been wonderful since they have encouraged me to look beyond the typical and see how God can guide us in all kinds of different scenarios. Filled with God's redemptive power amid man's sinful problems, it's a book to savor and treasure in its ability to challenge you to a deeper, more meaningful walk with God. Please check this book out. Not only is it a book you can't put down, but it's also beautifully written, incredibly insightful, and a must read for any book lover.
I was given this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5There's always HOPE with faith in your Heavenly FatherApril 24, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kim Vogel Sawyer has given readers another amazing book filled with betrayal, pain, forgiveness, faith, hope, love and prodigals returning to their Heavenly Father in Room for Hope.
Neva Shilling was expecting her husband, Warren, to return home from his month away selling his wares in 1936 in Buffalo Creek, Kansas. Imagine the surprise Neva received when Deputy Jesse Caudel pull into the yard with three young children and furniture stating it belonged to her late brother, Warren Shilling. How will Neva accept the responsibility of raising her deceased husband's children by another woman? Add in another business man in Buffalo Creek that wants to purchase the Shilling Mercantile to make life easier for Neva after learning about Warren's demise. Will Neva give in to the pressure or will she continue to maintain her faith and hope she has in her Heavenly Father to provide for her?
After all the residents of Buffalo Creek quit patronizing the Shilling Mercantile when they discovered Warren had not been an upright man after all. Will the messages by Rev. Savage be accepted in the small community where men would realize they were prodigals away from God? Also, will the members' attitudes toward Neva and her family be restored when they learn of her never failing kindness to even the down and out hobos during the Great Depression by leaving food out for them? This small kindness even caused a couple of the hobos to make another down and outer individual return to Buffalo Creek to make things right with Neva Shilling.
Don't miss this amazing book, Room for Hope, which will cause readers to consider how their lives are impacting others. Purchase your book today or borrow from a library to read this realistic story with some thought provoking discussion questions to ponder on.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Find power and strength in God to make Room for Hope in Sawyer's new novel!March 21, 2016ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I've come to know Kim Vogel Sawyer for her deep, soul reaching stories and her characters that come to life. Their depth of feeling and range of emotions are always phenomenal. Room for Hope was no exception, it just took me a little longer to really get into it. Once I did, though, I couldn't put it down.
I cannot even begin to fathom what Neva Shilling is going through. Can you imagine finding out the husband that you loved and adored, had a secret family?! The weight of grief, anger, and responsibility that is suddenly heaped upon her would literally make me crumble. Her faith and strength of character show a great deal about the woman. I also appreciate the author downplaying the romantic aspect of the story. In real life, a wife doesn't grief and move on in the space of weeks, even when the husband turned out to be a sorry rascal. The promise of a future romance was all that I needed.
As I said at the beginning, it took me longer to really get invested into the story. Once I did, though, I could almost weep at the strength and faith Neva shilling showed. Of course, she wasn't the only one who was learning and growing in her faith. Arthur, the neighboring shop owner and Jesse Caudil, the sheriff, were finding their way back to God, as well.
Overall, I'm glad I chose this book to review. It was an excellent read about strength of faith and character.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*