Room for Hope
Feb 16, 2016 | 352 Pages
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Feb 16, 2016 | 352 Pages
About 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 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 SawyerKIM 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.
352 pages | Published by WaterBrook
On Sale Date: Feb 16, 2016
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
Carton Quantity: 24
Sneak PeekIn 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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WaterBrook Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC
Jessica Lamb, Publicity Assistant
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
Contact PublicistJessica Lamb
This is a review for Room for Hope. I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a depression era story with a strong storyline. Neva's character showed great strength in times of adversity and struggle. Through deception she overcomes as she raises her two children. I recommend any of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books.
I was actually kind of surprised how much I liked this book. Okay, that sounds a bit harsh. But it starts about kind of boring. The hook wasn't very strong, and I didn't really want to keep reading. â??I'm glad I did, though. The story is kind of cheesy, (like a lot of Christian fiction) especially the dialogue, but it's still good. It's not the kind of book that I normally read, but I stayed up late reading it. And that's a good sign, even...
found the idea of this book to be completely fascinating. It was a good story of forgiveness and caring and love. I did find it a bit wordy and hard to get into. I think the book could have been quite a bit shorter and still been a great read. I'm not sure that Kim's writing style is quite right for me. I think I may at some point give another book by her a try. I absolutely loved the cover! It was actually the first reason I picked this...
I've read a lot of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books. This one though was HARD. Not so much that it was hard to read because it wasn't. But the fact that the topic was a hard one. Neva was a strong character. She didn't ask for the responsibility of three young children. But she took it. As much as she was hurting, she tried hard to to keep her husband's memory positive - both for her children as well as for the three young children. Yet I found that...
I just love Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, read many over the years, and this one was easily a favorite. I really enjoyed the setting and the characters and was very sad when the book ended.Kim weaved God's love and message very well throughout the story. I loved how Neva trusted God no matter the trials she faced and how she pushed through. Not everyone is dealt an easy life but that doesn't mean that good can't come from it and that God knows...