Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Room For Hope (A Novel) by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Book Description:  In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?

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 out—and 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.”
Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s 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 husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does?

My Thoughts:  A hope filled read about a mother and what is the right thing to do.
Neva knows that there is a lot of trust in a marriage relationship so when her husband says he needs to go out of town on business and he's gone most days...well, she just assumes he's doing his job.  And she's back home keeping the home fires going as well as keeping their business running, too.
Then one evening a wagon pulls up in the yard and Neva just knows it's her husband coming home but is surprised to see the deputy with three young children.  And lo, and behold, he tells Neva, "These are your brother's children and his dying wish is for Aunt Neva to take care of them."  
Pretty much a jaw dropping moment!
Neva is beyond devastated...she not only lost her husband but he was cheating on her!  And THREE more children to take care of with her own children.
My heart broke with Neva.  She handles the situation well.  But at times I {really} wanted her to get mad and have a hissy fit.  She, however, handles the situation with grace.
The story is aptly titled for she makes room for hope.
This is one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's best novels thus far!  
I hope you enjoy it too! 

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731371

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