Once again another great read by Sawyer! What Once Was Lost tells the story of Christina Willems as she carries on the work of the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor. The Asylum is the only home Christina has ever known. When a fire displaces all her charges, Christina is determined to bring them back together. However, circumstances seem to be against making that task possible. The characters are interesting and the setting takes you back in time.
by Stacy Hawkins Adams
I read this series in eBook format, which I use for my “on the run read”. I downloaded all three books from the Sunflower eLibrary. We do have the third book from the series in paperback on the shelf.
In the first book, The Someday List, Rachelle Covington, the wife of a very successful brain surgeon, isn’t totally happy with her life. While her doctor husband goes off to Africa on a missions trip, she heads back to her hometown and not so wealthy relatives. The characters are fun to be with, even if they do have their own set of troubles.
The second book, Worth a Thousand Words, features Rachelle’s cousin Indigo Burns as the main character. She is growing up and falling in love. Her fiancé wants her to push their wedding plans forward. Indigo wants to go to college and get her career started before she weds.
Dreams That Won’t Let Go, the third book in the series, Indigo’s wedding plans are underway. However, troubles come when Reuben, her estranged brother, comes back home.
Stealing the Preacher was a fun read, one I did not want to take a break from.
Joanna’s father, an ex-outlaw for the last sixteen years, holds up a train to get Joanna the birthday present she has asked for. When her father shows up with a “preacher man”, Jo is embarrassed but hopeful. Her mother’s dying wish was for her to continue praying to find a way for her father to get right with God. Jo’s only hope was to have the community church open back up with a man of God to lead it. But would a man pulled from his own agenda want to stay to start a church.
Silas only wanted to give his daughter what she wanted. This “preacher man” wasn’t anything like any other he’d ever encountered in his life time. This man was a working man and not one to take any guff either. But a childhood experience had soured him to any man toting a Bible.
Archer only wanted to attain the position at the church in Brenham. The unexpected delay may cause him to lose out to another. But just maybe God has other plans for him.
When Ivy Madison moves to Deep Haven, she is at home. She came to fulfill the new assistant county attorney position, and nothing could ever make her want to leave. At her first community event, she bids on the wrong bachelor by accident, Darek Christiansen. Although Darek is handsome enough, he is also wounded and angry about the death of his wife at the hand of his best friend Jensen.
Jensen, driver of the vehicle that struck Felicity, was sentenced to three years of community service among the hostile citizens of Deep Haven who thought he deserved to be in jail. The trouble is, Ivy was the one who plea bargained to keep Jensen out of jail. When Darek finds out her part in keeping Jensen in Deep Haven, will he hate her and if he does will she be able to stay? Take a Chance on Me is about family, overcoming, forgiveness, and love.
If you enjoy the Gone with the Wind era in literature, try All Things New by Lynn Austin. Set in the reconstruction era after the Civil War, this historical fiction narrative will give more vivid pictures of what a struggle life was for the wealthy and their slaves. Josephine Weatherly must find a way to reconstruct her live as the daughter of a plantation owner. She adapts to the harsh new life easier than her mother as she begins learning how to garden and sew from her former slave, Lizzie. Josephine’s mother, Eugenia is determined to try and live their former wealthy lifestyle and is disturbed by her daughter’s willingness to work when she needs to find a worthy husband. Josephine meets a Yankee with the Freedman’s Bureau who is there to help rebuild Virginia and help the slaves begin a new life. He encourages her to rediscover God’s place in her life as she questions all the suffering the South and her family has been through. The plight of the freed slaves is woven into the story with the God-fearing couple of Otis and Lizzie who stay to work at the big house. They are torn between joining their friends, former slaves who live in the woods and are preparing to move west toward opportunity, or staying to work as sharecroppers and helpers where they know the land and people. Former Rebel soldiers, the plantation owner’s sons face running huge plantations with no help or paying former slaves to work thier land. They are afraid of retribution by their former slaves and some hold night raids to run the slaves out of the land. This picture of life during a difficult time in our country’s history is bittersweet. I listened to this book on my Android phone after checking it out from the State Library of Kansas’ OneClick Digital audiobooks link.
The Klassen’s all have large families. Samantha came into the family dreaming of her own houseful of children. Adam would make the perfect father for a whole farm house full of kids. Samantha’s heart is heavy when after five years of marriage their home is still empty. Why would she and Adam be deprived of being parents? Can the love Adam showers upon her and the children of her husbands family bring satisfaction to her heart? Kim Sawyer has a special talent for gathering her readers into the lives of her characters. When A Heart Cries has many interesting characters to become attached to.
Merrill, being raised by her father and brothers, has become just one of the boys. Wearing pants was frowned upon back in 1895, but when a girl is out cutting ice from the river nothing else will do. It isn’t until Rurik Jorgenson comes to town, to help his uncle, that Merrill starts caring about her apparel. Merrill finds herself losing her heart to Rurik, that is until his finance shows up. I found Peterson’s, The Icecutter’s Daughter, to be a fun adventure into the life’s of the people in this small Minnesota town. As a bonus this book is also available in an ebook through Sunflower eLibrary.
Can a woman be in love with her husband and hate him at the same time? Marilyn is tired, tired of playing a role she doesn’t feel. After 27 years, leaving was her only hope of getting the man she married to wake-up and love her like she needed to be loved. The end of her happiness with Jim began the day they were married and the moment he failed to join her on the dance floor.
Marilyn loved to dance and had asked Jim to take dance lessons with her many times over their years together. So, signing-up for dance lessons was her first order of business after leaving Jim. When the dance instructor becomes enamoured with Marilyn’s dancing skill and asks her to join him in a dance contest, feelings of romance begin to grow.
The Dance is about relationships, growing and overcoming fears that keep us from truly loving our partner as they need to be loved. With Dan Walsh’s ability to write and Gary Smalley’s ability to deal with relationships this is a very enlightening & touching story.
This story set in New York and Boston during World War II, centers on Dr. Hatcher’s envolvment with immigrants coming into the United States. Lydia Eldredge living in Boston with her son Nicky, was surprised when Dr. Micah Hatcher showed up on her Father’s doorstep. Why would her father summon Dr. Hatcher to Boston with the accusation of being Nicky’s father? Micah, had been even more surprised when he had received the letter from Mr. Eldredge, proclaiming him to be his grandson’s father. Micah and Lydia had worked together at the Schofield Station Hospital, when she had hurriedly left Oahu because of a “mysterious emergency” he hadn’t thought much about, but now he knew.
When Micah met Nicky, the little boy captured his heart. Then when Lydia explained the dilemma they faced, he was even more drawn into the Eldredge’s lives to help find safety for the little boy. But his responsibilities with the immigrants in New York, kept him from being available when the Eldredge’s needed him most. Kim Vogel Sawyer has once again touch my heart with her inspiring story in Sweet Sanctuary. It is another book you won’t want to put down.
by Karen Kingsbury
Every one believes that John and Abby Reynolds are and have always been madly in love. After 22 years of marriage, no one but John and Abby know the truth. The day they had decided to tell their children that they were filing for divorce, was the day their daughter announced her engagement. They couldn’t tell them now, not until after the wedding six months down the road. How could they keep up the farce for that long.
They have left there faith by the wayside and now their love for one another doesn’t exist. Abby believes John is having an affair, despite John’s insistence that he is not. John believes Abby is envolved with her editor, but Abby insists it isn’t true. Although, A Time to Dance is mainly about John and Abby, there are many other interesting characters involved with this story of life. I read this book from the Sunflower eLibrary, but it is available in hard copy too.
by Lori Copeland
Rebecca just knew Jesse Montgomery would join the Amish life in Apple Grove, Kansas, if she could just find him. When she hears of his whereabouts, she decides to take off to Lawrence, Kansas to find him. Leaving home at age 17 by herself probably wasn’t the smartest thing she ever did, but finding Jesse was worth any trouble she might face.
Little did she realize that trouble would be time in a jail cell for disturbing the peace. The women, all of whom are marching for temperance, help Rebecca. But her ninety day sentence may just get the best of Sheriff Colin Maddox. Colin only has a few more weeks before the new sheriff arrives and he is free to pursue his calling of becoming a minister. But with a woman in his jail cell and wanted men being sighted in town, that few weeks seems like an eternity. I actually read A Plain and Simple Heart from Sunflower eLibrary on my tablet, but it is available in hard copy. Highly recommended to those that enjoy this genre!
Amy Knackstedt moved to Weaverly, Kansas in hopes of starting anew. Her husbands death, when he fell, or did he jump, from the top of a grain elevator has been hard for her to deal with. Weaverly, based off of the actual town of Waverly, KS, promises to be a great place to raise her children.
When Hope Blossoms, is also about Tim Roper. He owns the property next to Amy’s and runs a prospering apple orchard. Tim, a former Mennonite, isn’t too happy about having a Mennonite family living next door. But circumstances, with the help of Amy’s children, bring the two together, each of them in time of need. Kim has a way of gathering you into her story. The characters come alive and you just can’t help becoming a part of their lives.
by Kristin Billerbeck
Her life in Paris as a perfume creator, given up, for what? An embarrassing moment at the altar with no groom. Daphne Sweeten left Paris for the man she thought she loved. When he neglected to make their wedding, she was devastated. Now she must endure life in Dayton, Ohio, where she and her missing fiance were suppose to work together, creating household fragance. After being jilted at the altar, she soon realizes she has also lost her sense of smell. How can she keep a job that hired her for her nose, when she has lost it?
Jesse Lightner, soon to be Daphne’s new boss, didn’t want to add the expense of a “nose” into the budget. But, he had no choice in the matter. Now, he not only has to balance the already tight budget, find something for Daphne and her nose to do, but also come to Daphne’s rescue. The Scent of Rain is a quick engaging read and Billerbeck throws in a few twists to the plot. Of course Jesse and Daphne get it all worked out and live happily ever after.
Diana Wells has nowhere to turn. She’s on the run from both sides of the law when she is run off the road by a horse. Along comes rough-around-the-edges hero, Shepherd Jones, who escaped a difficult past of his own to hide out on his inherited ranch. Together they figure out how to move on from the past and have faith to carry them into the future. Filled with action and humor, Along came Jones is a delight.
Maureen O’Rielly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hopes of connecting with Colonel Wakefield in America, who had promised their father, 20 years previously via a letter, to help them any time they were in need. When they arrived in Ellis Island, Maureen’s sister had to stay in the hospital on the island. Maureen was torn, she didn’t want to leave her sister, but she had to find the Wakefield’s and a job.
As it turns out the Colonel was dead, and the son-in-law threw Maureen out without consulting his sister-in-law, Olivia. Olivia discovers evidence that Maureen O’Rielly’s father was truly connected to her father and sets out to find Maureen. In the mean time, Maureen finds a job where her co-workers start mysteriously disappearing. Maureen has suspicions and goes to great lengths to find out what has happened to them. Band of Sisters tells of the mistreatment of newly immigrated women and of an American group of women banded together to help them.