What Once Was Lost is a beautifully written story set in the late 1800’s. When the book opens, we meet Christina Willems. She lives on a farm that is supported by a missions board. Here, she provides food, care and lodgings for poor people. There are quite a few people living on the farm, relying on Christina. She inherited the running of this poor farm from her father, and it is all Christina knows. When tragedy strikes, and she and the fellow residents must scramble to find other housing, will Christina trust in God to provide or try to solve her problems herself?
When Christina convinces local sawmill owner, Levi Johnson, to take in a young blind boy, we meet a man burdened by the past. His story unfolds throughout the book and we learn what led to his reclusive behavior. He is a wounded soul. Perhaps he and the blind boy, Tommy, can help heal each others emotional hurts.
There are so many interesting characters in this novel. The author has done a wonderful job of creating deep and interesting lives for us to learn about. Cora has a very interesting story line that I enjoyed following. She does a lot of growing in this book.
What Once Was Lost explores the topics of misunderstandings, bias, shame, forgiveness, guilt, greed, being self-sufficient rather than God dependent, and a good dose of romance. This was an interesting and enjoyable read. (4 stars)
I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren. – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=162648#sthash.wvkeMjHt.dpuf
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