Kim Vogel Sawyer is one that will be on my lookout list, after reading her novel, "Room for Hope".
From the publisher: "Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins. When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out—and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with “Aunt Neva.” Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does?
I enjoyed the creativity of Sawyer's plot and theme. Her storyline is very unique and it's easy to sink into the character's shoes to live life with them as you read. There are so many lessons woven throughout the story - faith, forgiveness, love, loyalty, compassion, loss, healing, service, betrayal, salvation... Parts of the story are a bit predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. I read during all of my free moments, and I'm sad to come to the end of the book.
Her characters are well-developed, and full of inspiration for readers.
I recommend this book to female readers ages 14+. And it would be great for moms and daughters to read together before discussing the questions at the end of the book. I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.