Monday, April 7, 2014
How does she do it? -- Through the Deep Waters
How does she do it? How does Kim Vogel Sawyer keep writing her best book ever? Every time I finish a new book by her, it becomes my favorite. My latest favorite of Kim's -- one I was privileged to read before its release date -- is Through the Deep Waters. My initial reaction at the end of the story echoes the response of some other early readers I have seen -- Wow!
The first few chapters of the book were a little difficult to get through because of the subject matter. However, Kim did a wonderful job of portraying a very difficult experience in a clear, vivid way, but with great sensitivity and respect for her readers. As the story progresses, there are plenty of opportunities to cheer for, rally against, love, and despise the well-developed characters. The themes of love, redemption, and second chances drive a fantastic narrative of imperfect humans finding their way to a perfect God and His perfect love. And the not-so-coincidental connections between some characters' names and Biblical counterparts add a nice touch to the story.
Thanks so much to Kim and her publisher for providing a free copy of this book and the chance to be a part of her influencer team in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book (from the publisher)
A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all.
Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?
About the Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.
Learn more about Kim at her website http://kimvogelsawyer.com or on Facebook.