Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sweet Sanctuary

Sweet Sanctuary
Kim Vogel Sawyer
(Bethany House Publishers)
ISBN: 978-0764207891
April 2013/352 pages/$14.99

A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II

Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her young son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher faithfully serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he thought he wanted out of life.

When Lydia and Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's callings. Together, they seek a refuge of safety--for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God puts into their lives. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail?


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information and to connect with her on Facebook.


What a beautiful, tender novel this is! Kim Vogel Sawyer has penned a story that spotlights much of the heartache of World War II while at the same time weaving a steady thread of faith and assurance throughout its pages. I ached for Lydia and little Nicky and the struggles and fears they experienced due to the threat of Nicky's unstable and drug-addicted father. Dr. Micah Hatcher (or Micah-my-friend, as Nicky calls him!) seems like the answer to Lydia's dilemma, only he is committed to his calling in New York. Just when all hope seems lost, Sweet Sanctuary reminds us that God can and does work "above all we could ask or think" and that sometimes He uses us to accomplish those purposes in someone else's life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Kim Vogel Sawyer and Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Cathy said...

Sounds good.

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Thank you for the kind review, Linda. Some stories resonate more deeply with the writer, and this is one of them. So it's gratifying when a reader enjoys it, too. :o) Blessings!