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.
Through Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a bit harder for me to read in the beginning, but I kept on as I am a fan of her work and I knew it would be worth it in the end and it was. It was only hard because of the content.
17 yr old Dina Hubley is the daughter of a prostitute who didn't want her. Dinah wants to escape the Brothel to become a Harvey Girl waiting tables along the railroad in a respectable hotel. Through some very sad events, she is able to start our as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel because she is not old enough to be a Harvey Girl at the time.
She falls for Amos Ackerman, a chicken farmer and has to decide whether to leave her dreams behind to be a Harvey Girl or keep following her dreams. She doesn't feel worthy because of her past, but Amos has struggles of his own.
Oh my, what a sweet, sweet story! Kim Vogel Sawyer chooses tough topics and turns them into grace filled masterpieces. Dinah's story is no exception. From the first pages of the story to the end, I was captured in the emotions. The story flowed smoothly over the pages. It's been a while since a book has moved me to tears, but this story did that and more.
The characters, especially Dinah, were flawlessly written. I've read several stories about girls with Dinah's background, but I can't remember one that has faced the same turmoil and degradation as Dinah. Watching her struggle through life afterwards was heartbreaking and at times I wanted to shake her! That, to me, made the story more realistic. Amos Ackerman was also a refreshing character. He wasn't the "perfect" male character that a lot of romance novels contain. He had a physical imperfection, and was also starkly human. He had his flaws. Ruthie was a breath of fresh air at some points, and also a great supporting character for Dinah. Even though she was written very human, she exemplified the Christian faith and how a Christian should act.
All of the characters, Dinah, Amos, and Ruthie, had to struggle to accept the message God had for them. Dinah struggles to accept the fact that she is not worthless in God's eyes. Amos struggles to come to grips with the fact that God knows what's best for him and keeping his eyes on God's will for his life. Ruthie struggles to understand God's will for her life might not be her own and she needs to pray and listen for her answer.
Overall, the story was sweet and refreshing. It provides an overwhelming sense of God's grace and love for all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace: whose mind is stayed on thee..." Isaiah 26:3
**I received this book for free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
Dinah Hubley didn't have much of a childhood. Her mother is a prostitute and she grew up in popular Chicago brothel. Her dream is to become one of Harvey's girls--a well-respected hotel waitress. When a tragedy occurs and her mother dies, Dinah tries to move on from her painful past and becomes a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel. Amos Ackerman is a chicken farmer who has been the subject of ridicule his entire whole life due to an old injury that gives him a limp. He immediately takes a liking to Dinah--but will they be able to move from their pasts to embrace a beautiful future?
I have kept up with all of Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest releases ever since reading My Heart Remembers, one of my favorite books. I immediately snatched the chance to read Through the Deep Waters when it came out. As much as I love the author and really wanted to love this book, I thought that it was just ok. Although the premise of the story was interesting and the message was beautiful, I didn't connect with any of the characters and found myself bored and reading it quickly just so I could finish. However, this book did have a good message. It shows that matter what you have done in your life or how broken you are, you can find peace and healing through Christ. I thought it had a nice ending as well.
To sum up, Through the Deep Waters had a touching story, sweet romance, and a powerful message. Unfortunately it didn't quite hold my attention. If you enjoy uplifting historical novels, then I recommend you try out this book.
**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Wow! Through the Deep Waters was a very powerful book! I was so drawn into this story and felt very connected with the characters. The author did a wonderful job of capturing human nature in this book. Whether she was relating the sense of loneliness and hurt that Dinah usually carried around, the jealousy that sprung up from another chambermaid when she felt slighted, or the hope of true love, I rode the highs and lows with these characters.
Dinah has only known hardship in her life as the daughter of a prostitute, and hopes for a new start in Kansas. Amos has known his own hardship and carries the evidence in a noticeable limp. One person damaged on the inside and one on the outside. Watching the hand of God moving through this story was amazing! Dinah's hurt and guilt is so deep. Will she ever be able to understand that there is a way to be truly washed clean? And when Amos learns the truth of Dinah's past, will he be able to see her through God's eyes or will she always be stained to him?
I was very impressed with this book. Even though it dealt with some pretty heavy issues, including prostitution and rape, it was an amazingly uplifting book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.