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Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A tough subject, handled wellMay 26, 2014Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Dinah Hubley is the daughter of a prostitute, living in her mother's brothel in Chicago. When her mother falls ill, and her madam threatens Dinah with eviction for both of them, Dinah agrees to sacrifice her innocence for her mother's security and her own escape. However, the choice damages Dinah more than she could have foreseen, and as she flees to Kansas to work in a Harvey hotel, she longs to put her past behind her and work her way to a life of respect. Once in Kansas, she's forced to hide her true self from all of those around her, lest she be fired for an immoral past. This includes distancing herself from her friendly roommate Ruthie, their coworkers, and the intriguing egg man Amos Ackerman. Can she continue to keep herself removed from the people in her life who are trying to show her kindness? If they learn her secrets, will they distance themselves from her?
Oh, how this book made me hurt for Dinah. Everything she'd worked so hard to avoid while living in the brothel came crashing in on her in one self-sacrificing decision. It's easy to look at what was coming for her and think that she should have known what she was sacrificing, but the author does such a good job of painting Dinah's innocent nature and remorse, that Dinah becomes the wronged party and you only hope for things to turn out well for her.
I also appreciated the author's handling of Dinah's search for God's love. She desperately wanted to believe when Ruthie told her that God loved her, but her internal guilt and shame make it hard for her to trust that God cares for her. Even Ruthie's relationship with Dinah felt realistic - she'd been raised as a pastor's daughter to treat others with kindness and point them to God, but in her own desires she found that jealousy and envy sometimes got in the way of doing the right thing.
There were several side story lines that I wish the author had followed up on with more detail, but it would probably have made for a more scattered feeling story, or else it would have made the book too long to be enjoyable. Overall, I give this book 4 stars. It dealt with topics not discussed easily, and it did it well, while keeping the characters well-rounded and honest. Not everything worked out the way the characters wanted, there were consequences to their actions, yet there was God's grace and love to bring healing.
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Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My favorite from Kim Vogel SawyerMay 23, 2014Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have loved every book I have ever read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, but I must admit that this one has been my favorite of all. I have always been a bit intrigued by the Harvey Girls (I love old movies!), so learning more about the lives of some of these girls and the standards of behavior required for them to maintain, along with the prestige and privileges of different positions was enthralling. But the circumstances of Dinah's upbringing and her progression as she slowly learns about God and tentatively puts her trust in Him is also like watching a flower slowly bloom and come to life. The novel has conflict and situations that affect people always, and the characters do not remain one dimensional through out the book. It has been a while since I have read a fictional novel that I only put down because my eyes literally would not stay open, but this one kept me wanting to read just one more chapter before falling asleep. Excellent historical novel that can speak to those who prefer contemporary stories. Well done!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Rose McCauleyKYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest bookMay 12, 2014Rose McCauleyKYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest book was something I may not have chosen to read from the back cover blurb if I hadn't read all of this author's others books and knew I could trust her writing.
Blurb: "Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel...Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive." The short beginning section was difficult to read because Dinah Hubley lived a difficult life in Chicago, but it also made me even more sympathetic to the heroine, and left me cheering on her and the hero, chicken farmer Amos Ackerman, as they encounter the bumps along the way to finding their true happiness.
Like Dinah, give yourself a chance to experience God's love and the love of a good man in this novel.
This book was a gift from the publisher, but this review is my honest opinion.
KateAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A thoughtful and moving story.May 5, 2014KateAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third book I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer and I think it is my favorite of hers thus far. I tend to like stories with a little grittier background to it. I find that certain difficult situations help make characters more life like and it also brings problems that people don't think about forward.
I will say as a disclaimer, this story deals with a topic some people may find hard to deal with, rape, but it is handled in a respectful way. As I said, certain situations allow characters in a story become life like, and these circumstance made Dinah come to life with the emotions she battles and the thoughts that plague her afterwards.
Dinah is a girl who has not led a happy life. She is the unwanted child of a prostitute. She has no real friends, expect for the cook in the brothel....she was born and raised in the brothel, so because of the circumstance she born into, she is shunned by everybody. When she finds out her mother is sick, she wants to help, but the method that is provided is not the way she wanted to help. Unfortunately, her say was stripped from her and scars she carries makes her close up to those around her. When her mother passes away, Dinah flees Chicago to a smaller town to have a fresh start. Here, she can bury her past.
In Florence, Kansas, Dinah is introduced to a new way of living. It is a smaller and quieter life then she has experienced, and new people. One being her new roommate, Ruthie. I'm just going to say it, Ruthie rubbed me the wrong way from her first introduction. She reminded me instantly of a couple of people I've met and as I progressed, my thoughts proved true to how her role would shape up, but thankfully, lessons are learned.
Another person that Dinah is introduced to is Amos. A local chicken farmer who was disabled in an accident when he was a boy. He is a hard working man who has had to deal with a tough situation, but instead of wallowing in grief, he has risen to the occasion. I enjoyed reading about Amos. He was laid back and a little naive about women, but it made him all the more real.
This is a story of brokenness and emotional scars. They are the injuries that can't be seen and unless you can read a person thoughts, you won't know what they are going through. It's like the saying I've seen floating around, "Don't judge. You have no idea what trials they are going through." This story is a good reminder.
Thank you to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Another Heartwarming storyMay 4, 2014Favorite Christian BooksCovina, CAAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third book I've read by this author and she continues to impress me with her story telling ability. Each story she develops at least one character that I find extremely endearing. In this story there are two, Dinah and Amos, our two main characters.
Both of our main characters are broken in their own way. Each struggle to find acceptance, yet Amos had his faith that he leaned on. Dinah broke my heart with the depth of her pain and the feelings of worthlessness. I saw myself in Dinah as I think many women will. Ruthie, Dinah's roommate and co-worker was also a great character and I enjoyed watching her as she struggled with how to handle her new roommate. However, in many ways my favorite character was Mr. Irwin.
The story itself is well told and not completely predictable. It's well paced and I found myself drawn in from the opening pages.
This is a stand alone story. If you've read and enjoyed other Kim Vogel Sawyer books you will absolutely love this story. If she's a new author to you this will give you a great introduction to a talented writer.