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About Room for Hope

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?

Praise

Praise for Room for Hope:

“Kim Vogel Sawyer has written a riveting tale of loss, betrayal, and ultimate triumph. Newly widowed Neva Shilling is shocked to learn that her husband led a double life. Shock turns to dismay when she realizes how his deception will forever change her life and the lives of her children. These endearing characters will win your heart as they struggle to make room for hope and to learn the power of love.”
—Margaret Brownley, best-selling author of The Brides of Last Chance Ranch series and the Undercover Ladies series

“Neva Shilling is a beacon of hope to everyone around her. But when her own world falls apart, how will she find the strength to keep going? Kim Vogel Sawyer’s writing shines in Room for Hope, a beautiful illustration of the way bitterness can blossom into grace…and unexpected redemption.”
—Carol Cox, author of A Woman’s Place and Practically Christmas

“The Great Depression was an era that required much grit and a great will to survive. Kim Vogel Sawyer has captured that spirit with characters full of determination, rich in heart, and strong in a sense of compassion. Room for Hope is not merely a nice novel or a touching story. It is a story of our heritage, a story of what it takes to live a life of mercy and love for the least of these. It is a story of reliance on God during the darkest of days. It is a look into our past to see that, truly, we are not all that different from our grandparents. It is our story.”
—Susie Finkbeiner, author of A Cup of Dust: A Novel of the Dust Bowl

“In Room for Hope Kim Vogel Sawyer’s characters face the Great Depression from a place where they are able to thrive a little and help others. These characters pulled me into the story and wouldn’t let me go until I read the last page. I highly recommend this book.”
—Lena Nelson Dooley, author of the award-winning McKenna’s Daughters series

“Kim Vogel Sawyer’s historical novels always delve deep into the characters’ hearts. Room for Hope is a beautiful story with an unusual twist. Yes, I cried. It took me back to the days of the Great Depression and showed me how one woman, through her faith, coped with devastating pain. A definite page-turner, this story kept my attention to the very end.”
—Susan Page Davis, author of Captive Trail and The Outlaw Takes a Bride

About Kim Vogel Sawyer

KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades 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, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 16, 2016

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

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make room for hope?  Click here to download chapter one of 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?  

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Can God Bring Good From the Mistakes of the Past?
 
Room for Hope (WaterBrook Press, February 16, 2016) is the latest stand alone historical novel from best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer. As the Great Depression sweeps across the county, Neva Shilling has her hands full taking responsibility for the family mercantile store and caring for her fourteen-year-old twins while her husband Warren sells goods to neighboring towns. Then a deputy sheriff arrives with a wagon carrying three young children and news that will alter Neva’s life forever: Warren and his wife have passed away, their dying wish that their three children be sent to live with “aunt” Neva.
 
Neva’s entire world is shaken by the revelation of her husband’s double life. How can she love these three children when her heart is still reeling from Warren’s betrayal? Beyond her own heartbreak, Neva also struggles to explain the arrival of these children to her teenage twins and small-town community. As Neva takes over the mercantile business single-handedly, the acceptance of her close-knit Kansas town could make the difference in her family’s survival. Can the town find a way to accept these innocents in the midst of their questions about Warren? Can Neva?
 
Based on the real-life decision of Sawyer’s great-grandmother-in-law to raise her husband’s child after both he and his mistress passed away, Room for Hope invites readers to discover God’s calling in the midst of heartbreak and unimaginable circumstances.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the highly acclaimed, best-selling author of over thirty titles. With over one million books in print, Sawyer’s books have received the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. A life-long Kansas resident, she and her retired military hubby are empty-nesters with a quiverful of grandchildren they spoil as often as possible. For more on Sawyer, visit kimvogelsawyer.com

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Jessica Lamb