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. Read more...
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, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?"
- ISBN-13: 9780307731296
- ISBN-10: 0307731294
- Publisher: Waterbrook Press
- Publish Date: May 2014
- Page Count: 352
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.62 x 0.99 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-31
- Reviewer: Staff
Born in 1883 to a prostitute and raised in a brothel called the Yellow Parrot, Dinah Hubley dreams of a life away from the jeers of schoolmates and townsfolk. Hearing that Fred Harvey is hiring young women of good moral character for his hotels along the railroad route, Dinah sees a glimmer of hope. With one misguided decision about a quick way to make money, Dinah frees herself from her past but shrouds her future with guilt. Landing a job as a chambermaid at Harvey’s Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kan., she meets Ruthie Mead, a pastor’s daughter who tries her best to befriend Dinah, and Amos Ackerman, a chicken farmer with big dreams and a fascination with Dinah. Driven by fear that her past will be discovered, Dinah leaves Ruthie and Amos with misconceptions and misgivings, confusing them by her reticence. But Amos is unwilling to let Dinah wallow in her sense of unworthiness, especially when her trepidation keeps her from God. Sawyer has crafted an inspirational historical romance, making a strong argument that love can heal even deeply broken hearts. Agent: Steve Laube Agency. (May)