What Once Was Lost
By Kim Vogel Sawyer
A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart—can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them?
On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house inhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear “family.”
With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she’s dedicated her life. And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally—or more—in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led him to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?
My Rating: ✰✰✰ 1/2 (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
Christina runs an asylum for the poor and the lost. When her home is ripped away by a fire, she must take steps to procure housing for her residents who are also her dearly loved family. Finding housing for everyone except for one blind boy, Tommy, Christina takes him to her last hope, reclusive mill owner Levi Jonnson. After their first encounter (where sparks fly), Levi and Christina are soon caught up in a whirlwind of romance, healing, and new beginnings. They also soon learn just how much damage a single man can cause.
I am really a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s novels. Last year, I read My Heart Remembers, one of her books. I loved it so much, recommending it to my family and friends. So naturally I have been keeping up with her new releases ever since.
What Once Was Lost is a story of love, hope, and faith. Christina struggles with letting go and letting God. Levi struggles with the pain and bitterness of his past. And yet, in the end, you see everything resolved for the good of God’s people. I loved how when everything seemed darkest, that’s when the light appeared!
Christina says, “No matter how dark the night, God’s mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness.”
This book had some wonderful lessons and was enjoyable, albeit a little predictable. It was also a little slow at times (probably because I’ve been reading a whole lot of action books lately), but overall I would recommend for a lovely, uplifting read!
**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are entirely my own.