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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.”

“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 the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731258
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carrie A. Turansky on September 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
Kim Vogel Sawyer brings us another heartwarming historical romance! In What One Was Lost, Christina Willems is a caretaker of a "Poor Farm" in Kansas in 1890. Following in her father's footsteps, she believes she is called to care for those who are in need. She does her job well and is loved by those in her care. But when fire destroys her home she must spread out her "family" to stay with others. Christina feels lost and discouraged and longs to bring everyone back together. She is especially concerned about the young blind boy who must stay with the owner of the saw mill, who has a reputation for keeping to himself and a lack of faith. Chrsitina faith is challenged and strengthened through her trials. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sparkling Angel on February 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Christina's parents ran a charitable poor farm until their deaths, and now the responsibility falls to Christina herself, a young woman who harbors a deep compassion for the downtrodden. When a fire displaces Christina and the poor farm tenants, she struggles to find places for her little family, at least until the mission board sends the funds to rebuilt. Little Tommy is the hardest one to place, since his blindness makes him a perceived liability around the house, but she finally settles him with a loner who lives on the outskirts of town, Levi Jonnson. The man runs a lumber mill, and is gruff in his ways, but she is left with no alternative. Surprisingly young Tommy takes to Levi almost immediately, and now all Christina must do is wait for the mission board to send funds. Except that they haven't done so, and now her tenants are slowly finding other positions in life. Is it just possible that God has a plan for her life that is apart from her own goals? Can she let the poor farm tenants go, releasing them into new life experiences and options? Only Christina knows for sure whether she is capable of letting go of the past and looking to the future.

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a staunch Christian author whose presence has been felt in the Christian fiction community since 2006. She implements faith elements into her novels throughout the entire book, and "What Once Was Lost" is no exception. Christian is a young woman of strong moral character and a passionate belief in God. The secondary characters, especially the ones from the poor farm, are equally as dedicated to their faith, and that leaves only Levi who comes to the Lord slowly. Ms. Sawyer surprised me by including an unmarried pregnancy since that can be a touchy subject in Christian fiction, but she handled the topic well.
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Set in Kansas in the late 1800's, "What Once Was Lost" is a poignant and ultimately uplifting tale of hardship, endurance, spiritual renewal, and connecting by heart. Author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a skilled story teller whose historical detail, well-developed characters, and interesting story line will keep the reader involved until the last page is turned. After her father's death, Christina Willems assumes the responsibility for the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, a refuge for displaced indigents. A devastating fire forces Christina and the poor house residents to find new living quarters. A young blind boy, Tommy Kilgore, is the last one to be placed, and Christina turns to an unlikely source for assistance. Levi Jonnson, the local mill owner, is a taciturn recluse who lost his faith due to a great hurt in his past. He agrees to take Tommy in on a temporary basis, and a surprising bond grows between the two, with each of them learning much from each other. As Christina works to find a way to rebuild the poor house, someone from her past is working against her. While she struggles with mounting trials and tribulations, an appreciation and attraction blooms between her and Levi. Will accepting unexpected help and support give Christina the personal encouragement she needs? Will seeing through the eyes of a young blind boy open Levi's heart and help him to see his own faith again? This story is told from the viewpoints of the different characters, and readers will be particularly touched by Tommy's "vision" of the world around him.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bekah @ WillBakeforBooks on October 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Christina runs an asylum for the poor and lost. When her home is ripped away by a fire, she must take steps to procure housing for her residents who are also her dearly loved family. Finding housing for everyone except for one blind boy, Tommy, Christina takes him to her last hope, reclusive mill owner Levi Jonnson. After their first encounter (where sparks fly), Levi and Christina are soon caught up in a whirlwind of romance, healing, and new beginnings. They also soon learn just how much damage a single man can cause.

I am really a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novels. Last year, I read My Heart Remembers, one of her books. I loved it so much, recommending it to my family and friends. So naturally I have been keeping up with her new releases ever since.

What Once Was Lost is a story of love, hope, and faith. Christina struggles with letting go and letting God. Levi struggles with the pain and bitterness of his past. And yet, in the end, you see everything resolved for the good of God's people. I loved how when everything seemed darkest, that's when the light appeared!

Christina says, "No matter how dark the night, God's mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness."

This book had some wonderful lessons and was enjoyable, albeit a little predictable. It was also a little slow at times (probably because I've been reading a whole lot of action books lately), but overall I would recommend it for a lovely, uplifting read!

**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are entirely my own.
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