Room for Hope

Is there hope with reminders of betrayal?

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Title:  Room for Hope
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher:  Waterbrook Press
Release Date:  February 16, 2016


In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?

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?



What a great story, Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer is! A story set during the Depression era, with narratives that speaks to those who've experienced, and those who have only read in history books. As times are meek, hope can only be what's left to some. Yet, when betrayal of one closest to you and then a daily reminder of the betrayal hits you, will hope prevail?  Our main character, Neva learnt it the hard way, but in time, God's mercy comes in many different forms.

Besides Neva, the characters are vibrant, from the kids to the townsfolk, Kim painted a story jumping out with live characters that can easily be visualize across our eyes.  I was a tad bit disappointed at the end when I've always thought Neva had more "chemistry" with someone else. However, it doesn't mean it was a bad ending. It was a personal preference. The faith journey, well, growth of the two main male characters were substantial and gives readers great confidence in this story and who they are as their relationship with Neva turned from mere acquaintance to true friendship.

Neva's compassionate heart for the children, those who are disheartened in life and those who disappointed her is unpretentious and humbling in the least. Even for the betrayal of her late husband, her thoughts were for others, not herself. Through this story, we did not only find a beautiful message of hope, there's the truth of the times when prejudice are prevalent and of the dire needs of those in the west during the depression era. Room for hope indeed.

I loved the verse Kim chose at the beginning of the book.
"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength." - Isaiah 40:29

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, WaterBrook Press through Blogging for Books for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of gentle stories of hope such as What Once Was Lost and Through the Deep Waters. With more than one million books in print, Kim has garnered numerous awards including the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys travel, quilting, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.

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  1. Thank you for sharing, Annie. Room for Hope is on my TBR list. I always enjoy reading Kim Vogel Sawyer books. Sounds like tears with be flowing. God Bless.

  2. Thanks Marilyn for dropping by. I actually think this might be Kim's first novel I've read, though there are a few I would lie to read as well! I just love her covers too. Something about them.

  3. This looks like I really good book I am putting it on My TBR and My Wish List on Amazon Thanks for sharing


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