In A Whisper of Peace, Kim Vogel Sawyer took me to a time and place I had never visited before -- just before the turn of the 20th century in the "wilds" of Alaska. And I very much enjoyed the visit!
It took all of a couple of pages to become drawn in by Lizzie "White Feather" Dawson, a young, self-sufficient Athabascan woman with a strong need to belong to someone. Alone since the death of her mother and banished by her tribe because of her white father, she longs to fulfill her mother's dying wish of reconciling with her grandparents. If that fails, her only other hope is to go to her father in San Francisco, where he returned after abandoning Lizzie and her mother years before.
Clay Selby, accompanied by his step-sister Vivian, follows his dream of being a great missionary like his father and moves to Alaska to set up a mission in the Athabascan village. Earning the confidence of the native people is a big challenge, especially after Clay and Vivian become friends with Lizzie. And Clay is driven to get the mission building completed, anxious to stand behind the pulpit and preach so that he can bring the natives to God.
As is often the case, things don't always go as planned. But God's plans for all of the characters are much better than their own. Lizzie finds a place to belong -- where she never would have expected. Clay gets his chance to minister -- not in the way he had thought. Vivian finds peace -- after first finding truth.
As expected, this is another great book from Kim Vogel Sawyer. The characters come alive, the story keeps you wanting more, and God is honored. I would highly recommend A Whisper of Peace.