A wonderful story of "redeeming love"! Dinah Hubley is immediately thrust into making a decision that no young woman should ever have to make; whether or not to sell herself in order to survive. Once made, the decision can never be reversed, so Dinah flees her mother's house of ill repute to start her life over again as a chambermaid in a reputable Kansas hotel. There she meets the handsome, kind and gentle-spirited Amos Ackerman.
Dinah is an anomaly to everyone she meets. Private, close-mouthed, skittish around newcomers, always hard-working; she struggles to fit in. Even her roommate, the vivacious, talkative Ruthie Mead nearly gives up on Dinah, especially as her jealousy over Mr. Ackerman's attention towards Dinah, sets in. As Dinah and Amos slowly build on their mutual attraction, Dinah's past comes roaring into town on an afternoon train. Will Dinah be able to lean on her newfound faith and accept the love of her Savior and the forgiveness He offers; will Amos overcome his rage at being misled before it's too late?
The author writes, in her closing statements, that this story was close to her heart, perhaps more than any other that she has ever written. No wonder "Through the Deep Waters" has such a resounding, deep felt level of empathy,compassion and unconditional love!
I loved how Dinah, ashamed of her upbringing, creates an even worse situation for herself before leaving the brothel for good. In running from her past, Dinah is rooted in fear, so she builds a wall between others to protect herself. But each time she interacts with Amos, the wall isnt quite high enough, and they become friends.
With a fresh set of characters, Kim Vogal Sawyer is a master plotter and wordsmith. I enjoyed reading about the Harvey House environment, this time as a chambermaid. Id highly recommend this novel to others.
I was given an advance reading copy by WaterBrookPress.
Through The Deep Waters was my introduction to Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, and honestly, I'm surprised I haven't picked them up before.
One of the things that made me pick up this book is the Harvey Girl theme. Ever since I watched the old Judy Garland movie The Harvey Girls, I have really enjoyed reading stories about them. In a day and age where waitressing was NOT respectable, the Harvey Girls WERE respectable young women. In many ways they pioneered the profession for young women today.
An emotional book, Through The Deep Waters is a story that most of us can relate to in one way or another. This isn't just Dinah's story but it is also Amos's and Ruth's, each of them having much to learn about God's love, forgiveness, friendship, and true love.
This is a well-told story and I found it to be very emotionally compelling. It not only entertains but leaves you contemplating your own life, and where you need both forgiveness and to forgive.
As I read the book, it faintly reminded me of the Biblical Hosea and Gomer. I have no idea if the author intended it but personally I liked that little thread running through the story.
Fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer, historical fiction, or Harvey Girl stories will love Through The Deep Waters.
(I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
This is the first book by Kim I have picked up, although I have heard she is wonderful writer. Ive discovered myself its true.
In Through the Deep Waters Kim weaves a story of heartache and hope.
From the first chapter this book gripped me and drew me into Dinahs story. She is living under horrible conditions and reaches a point of wanting to escape and help her mother all at the same time. She tried to be honorable and to the right thing but when things dont work out she does what she never thought she would do.
Wounded and afraid Dinah tries to build a new life in Florence, Kansas but her past is always right behind her. She lives in fear of someone finding out her secret, the horrible thing she did.
My favorite line in the whole book is when Dinah meets Amos for the first time and she sees his limp. She asks him, What broke you? It reminded me that some peoples brokenness is on the outside for all to see while others carry their brokenness inside and we can hide it more easily, such is the case with Dinah, but it always spills out.
Another important character in this book is Ruthie, Dinahs roommate at The Clifton. Ruthie tries to reach out to Dinah but Dinah continually pushes her away, she wont let anyone get too close.
Being in Dinahs head is a bit depressing at times, shes so sad. But Kim does a great job of having a thread of hope as Amos sees more in Dinah and as Ruthie struggles with her own feelings toward her new roommate. I knew redemption would come but I didnt know how and youll just have to read the book to see how Kim works it all out.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Amos Ackerman wants to be a prosperous chicken farmer. He has left his family of wheat farmers to strike out on his own in this new venture. Due to an accident when he was a boy, he has a bad hip and walks with a pronounced limp so crop growing isn't an option. He meets Dinah and is instantly smitten. He begins to court her through exchanging letters, even though they live in the same city, and meeting twice a week for lunch at the hotel where Dinah works. He thinks his plans are working well and his life on the right track when he discovers something about Dinah that causes him to break off their relationship. He is angry with her, himself and God. He feels compassion for her stirring, but ruthlessly stomps it out. He wants to hold on to his bitterness. Can he realize his dreams of prosperity in the midst of his upside down life?
Dinah Hubley is a young woman born to a prostitute, unable to attend school regularly so has only an 8th-grade education and another secret that haunts her. She is initially nervous around Amos and other people, being afraid they might learn her secret. She also knows nothing about God until her roommate Ruthie invites her to church. Dinah wants so much to have someone love her unconditionally, but fears the discovery of her secret will banish her to a life of loneliness. As she gets to know Amos better, she imagines a permanent future with him. Then, a chance encounter with a hotel guest has a disastrous outcome for her Cinderella future she has imagined for herself.
This is a heart-warming romance that depicts the all too human consequences of trusting ourselves and avoiding God. God's love for us knows no limit and His forgiveness is complete, which is aptly demonstrated in this story. Dinah had endured such an awful life. I could feel how very painful her past was to her thanks to the character development and skilled writing from the author. I also could identify with Amos' sense of betrayal and anger over what he thought he had lost. These very realistic human emotions are deftly penned. Dinah's healing transformation once she accepts God into her life was just wonderful to read, and her newfound strength, poise and confidence supplied by God very satisfying. I look forward to reading more of these novels of hope and God-centered lives.