When we face a major setback, we wonder how we will ever regroup and move on with life. In her novel What Once was Lost, Kim Vogel Sawyer tells a story of trials, grace and hope. In the book, Christena Willems is the director of the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor in Kansas. The residents of this home have become a close-knit family, so when a fire forces them out, Christena struggles to keep the community members together and safe.
A reclusive mill owner named Levi Johnson reluctantly agrees to take in 11-year-old Tommy, who is blind. The bond that develops between Levi and Tommy is one of many ways in this story in which God uses people to help each other heal. Numerous setbacks and disappointments in the lives of the Asylum family are followed by grace and mercy from unexpected sources.
Homelessness is part of my past, and I recognized some of my own story in this book. Even if you have never been displaced from your home, I am sure you will relate to at least one character in this book. The author gives each character his or her own unique history, and adds detailed descriptions of time and place. I recommend this uplifting and romantic read.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review; all opinions in this review are my own.