Book Review

Review: Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is on my list of favorite authors. If I see her name on a book, I’ll probably start reading it before I even know what it is about. I trust her to unfold a beautiful tale with endearing characters. 

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From the back cover:

A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II

Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her young son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky’s drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher faithfully serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he thought he wanted out of life.

When Lydia and Micah’s paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other’s callings. Together, they seek a refuge of safety–for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God puts into their lives. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail?

This book was a surprise. While the back cover is not in any way misleading, somehow the story kept unfolding in a direction that I never expected. However, at about the halfway point, the plot started having fewer unexpected surprises and became somewhat predictable.

There were two characters who really stood out to me in this story: Nic (the drug-addicted father), but for reasons I can’t say without giving away the story, and Nicky, because he was just too cute! Neither Micah nor Lydia really seem to have as much depth as I like to see in characters. The ways in which their personalities or mindsets have the greatest transformations seem to have happened before the story starts, and we see it through them filling in their histories.

I did love the setting of this story. While WWII isn’t exactly the focus of the story, there are enough pieces to see everyday in America while the war was going on. References to what was or wasn’t in the newspapers is quite enlightening as well as the rations that people dealt with stateside.

Sweet Sanctuary probably won’t be a novel that will stand out to me in the future. But I still enjoyed reading it. It was a nice summer read.

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I checked this book out from my local library.

To read other reviews of books by Kim Vogel Sawyer, click on the book cover below:


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Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever…Click to read more

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