Room for Hope, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is set in Buffalo Creek, Kansas, in 1936. Set in the Great Depression era, it tells a story of forgiveness and love in an unexpected situation.
Neva Shilling, used to being on her own with her twins and the mercantile while her husband travels selling items in his wagon every other month, is shocked to find the deputy from another town with three children instead of her expected husband one evening. When she learns that the children belonged to her husband and another woman, both of whom have died, his second family, she is shocked. Deciding to take the children in spite of her shock and pain, she begins a long and difficult journey of forgiveness, finding it harder to love the children than she thought it would be. Attempting to shield the children from society’s scorn, she chooses to tell the town only that her husband wanted to take them in. But when the truth comes out, the consequences are much harder than Neva imagined.
This book was a marvelous read! I did not want to put it down. I found the characters’ emotions—pain, anger, frustration, confusion, and love—very realistic. The ending was not what I expected, but was better than the one I had imagined toward the beginning of the story. I especially liked Belle, with her loving ways and compliant attitude.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.
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