On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. Read more...
On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house uninhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear family.
With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore. Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy. As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she's dedicated her life. And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally or more in the aloof Levi? Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit-like existence and open his heart and life to something more, especially a relationship with a loving God?"
- ISBN-13: 9780307731258
- ISBN-10: 0307731251
- Publisher: Waterbrook Press
- Publish Date: September 2013
- Page Count: 358
- Dimensions: 8.26 x 5.57 x 0.96 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.76 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-07-01
- Reviewer: Staff
There are times in a person’s life when they do the right things for the wrong reasons, a lesson Christina Willems learns all too well in Sawyer’s saga of life in 1890s Kansas. The daughter of deceased missionaries, Christina is left in charge of a poor farm owned by a mission board. When tragedy befalls the farm and its residents, it sets in motion a chain of events that tests Christina’s faith and challenges her beliefs. She must learn to rely on the kindness of others, including curmudgeonly mill owner Levi Jonnson, in order to find where her heart truly lies. The story is lovingly told, with particular emphasis on the development of intriguing secondary characters. The path through adversity is paved with love and prayer in this solid but somewhat uneven romance that depends a little too heavily on sudden epiphanies rather than subtle changes. Agent: Tamela Hancock Murray, Hartline Literary Agency. (Sept. 17)