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Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer - A Review

I don't actually read a lot of fiction.  Parenting books, good wife books and religious books are my usual go-tos.  I read the description of Room for Hope and thought it sounded really interesting, but after it arrived it found its way to the middle of my to-be-read pile.

When I DID pick it up, I barely put it down!  Room for Hope was like the perfect book!  My two favorite authors are Sophia Kinsella and Beverly Lewis.  I love the characters that Sophie Kinsella writes, and the way her story progresses at a quick pace, but there are pieces of her stories that are not exactly great morally.  Beverly Lewis creates really intriguing stories, with a good focus on God, but her stories can go at such a slow pace that its easy to put them down and forget to pick them back up.  Apparently Kim Vogel Sawyer is my dream author!

From the back cover (with an addition of my own):
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 (it was actually BEFORE 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?

This book was fast paced, with a lot of story packed into its pages.  Something I LOVED about it was that it was told from a variety of points of view, letting you know what everyone was thinking.  The characters were all believable, mostly good people, with flaws that make them seem real.  The way you think the story is going to unfold is not necessarily what happens, but the twists don't seem contrived.

As I was reading press release information for this review, I learned that the idea from the book came from the author's great-grandmother's choice to raise her husband's children with his mistress after they both died.  Although its not a biographical book, its very interesting to know its a personal story to the author.

To get a feel for the book, you can read the first chapter for free here.  To purchase the book for less than $10, click here.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting an uplifting, incredibly well written story that will make you smile at some parts and cry at others (yes, books make me cry... movies too...).  I am definitely going to be reading some more of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, if this book is any indication of her writing, she is my new favorite author!  It is a stand-alone novel, but I am hoping she changes her mind and writes a sequel.

As required, I am letting you know I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Thank you very much for your kind review. You blessed my heart today.

    1. Thank YOU for coming and reading my review! So flattered!


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