About this Book

In a desperate time, can Neva find forgiveness for a grievous wrong—and make 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?


My Review

Another very good book by Sawyer. The author did a great job writing this story in a way I could feel Neva’s pain. I found myself thinking what would I do? Could I take in these children? But in heartache there was hope.

Neva was far from perfect, but in her dark moments her daughter Belle would point her to God’s love. Belle was a consistent light throughout the story. A very special young lady.

This story not only highlights the hardships of the 1930’s but it shows the judgmental attitudes that were prevalent in that time. And sadly we see those attitudes today.  The author did surprise me on the direction the romance went.

The story was told from several perspectives in third person. I was surprised and impressed that the author was able to do this without repeating scenes and it kept the story moving forward.

I would buy this book for friends and family that enjoy historical fiction. Sawyer fans should enjoy this story. It is heartfelt and touching along with being well written. If you are new to Sawyer this will give you a good taste of her talents. I will admit Sawyer’s  Through the Deep Watersis still my favorite book.


Disclaimer:  I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The Give Away

I’m excited to give away a copy of Room for Hope I’ll pick the winner on March 9th.

2 Replies to “Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer”

  1. Thank you for a beautiful review of Kim’s latest book. I’ve enjoyed many of her books, and your review has piqued my interest. I love historical novels of numerous time frames, but the 1930s is a time for our country that was very difficult in different ways from more mainstream timelines, such as the Civil War. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

  2. I’ve enjoyed many books by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Thanks for this review of her newest book and the giveaway of Room for Hope. It sounds like another great book.

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