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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 uninhabitable, 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 to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?

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Praise for What Once Was Lost

“Kim Vogel Sawyer weaves love, coming of age, and prevailing against the odds into a heartwarming and gripping tale. What Once Was Lost will have you invested in the lives of each of these wonderful characters as they struggle to deal with the scars from their pasts.”
—Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author of The Winnowing Season

“Known for her gentle stories of hope, Kim Sawyer drew me in at once with her colorful cast of characters and authentic historical voice. Just as the fingers of the young blind boy, Tommy, deftly weave reeds into chair seats, so Kim Sawyer
weaves words into a story filled with compassion, intrigue, and romance. The twists will keep readers turning the pages, but the resolution of What Once Was Lost will leave them cheering. Heartfelt and satisfying to the very last page!”
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust

Praise for Kim Vogel Sawyer

“Award-winning author Sawyer continues to craft engaging historical love
stories brimming with characters who are bold in their faith.”
—Booklist

“Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart.”
—Romantic Times

“Winsome characters, an interesting premise, and a heavenly match made on
earth…fans of inspirational romance novels will not be disappointed.”
—Historical Novel Review

“Yet another entertaining novel that compels one page to turn as quickly as the
one before.”
—CBA Retailers + Resources

About Kim Vogel Sawyer

KIM VOGEL SAWYER's titles have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

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368 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 17, 2013

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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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?

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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.” - See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=221537#sthash.QMmcbHVY.dpuf

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.”

Click here to download chapter one of What Once Was Lost.

By Ginger Solomon

What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a touching novel. It reminds us that sometimes we think we're doing a good thing for the right reason, but it's not always true. The characters were well-written, allowing me to identify with their struggles and, in the end, their triumphs. I enjoyed this novel a great deal.

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By Deborah Martin

What Once Was Lost, A Novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer I was a bit distracted with my doctoral program, but now that graduation is behind me it is time to get back to reading for pleasure.  What Once Was Lost sat on the shelf for a while, but it was worth waiting for.  The story is that of a young woman who feels she knows her purpose in life.  After all, she is carrying on the work of her parents before her.  That of caring for the poor...

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By Alyssa Tillett

Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it again, written a wonderful book. "What once was lost" was an enjoyable read, so much so i couldn't put it down until I read the last word in the book. I have read many books, and this one is going in my "favorites" collection. Kim Vogel Sawyer has such a style of writing that it draws the reader right into the time and place of her characters. The book focuses on Christina, a young woman helping the poor and...

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By Carole Jarvis

"A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart" - these words from the book's description capture the essence of What Once Was Lost.   From a standpoint of plot, characterization and spiritual themes, What Once Was Lost is an excellent story and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Several contrasting elements come into play - heartbreak and joy, loss and provision, separation and community,...

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By Tara Mitchell

Very rarely do "our" plans line up with "God's" plan. Christina Willems finds this out, and she struggles to figure out what His plan is. It seems that everything she has worked so hard for comes crashing down around her. Where is God in this? As people step up to give her a helping hand, she slowly but surely figures out what God has in store for her and for those she loves. Throughout the book, we follow Christina as she struggles with her...

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