About this Book
A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart—can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them?
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?
I’m very excited to have Kim here for an interview. She’s a new author to me and I’m looking forward to getting to know her a little better.
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Kim: I’d like to talk to the woman who reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ robe, believing it would heal her. Her faith astounds me.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Kim: After years of suffering, of certain rejection by people in your community, how did you find the courage to stretch out your hand?
FCB: That’s so true, a woman in her situation technically shouldn’t have been in the crowd it took tremendous courage. Next question, when you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kim: My dream was always, always to be a writer. I’m so blessed.
FCB: What author dead or alive has been most influential in your life?
Kim: This isn’t an author anyone else will know. She was never published, her only writings were little things to her children, who lost her far too early in their lives. But my paternal grandmother’s notes to my dad in his autograph book made a huge impact on me when I was young. I recognized that even though my dad didn’t have his mother, he had words from her. Those words would never go away. The longevity of the written word made me want to write things that would bring comfort and joy to people after I was gone.
FCB: I love that! It gives me something to think about and start doing even though my boys are 15 and 23. Final question, one that I love to know the answer to. We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Kim: As a rule, don’t tell anything that happened in the story beyond the third chapter, but instead share your reactions to the story–how it made you feel, what you took away from it, whether or not you would read that author again… The most important thing I would suggest is not tell the entire story, because that spoils the surprises for the next reader. There’s no fun if there’s no surprises. :o)
From the beginning pages this story grabbed me, the storyline and the characters. The author does a masterful job telling this story. The main story line was strong with the subplots adding additional tensions and insights to the time period and the nature of God.
I loved the heroine, Christina Willems. She passionately loved those in her care and strived to provide for not only physical needs, but emotional, and spiritual. She was smart, hard working, and had a strong faith in God. Levi Jonnson was also an interesting character and his interactions with Tommy were priceless. I really appreciated how he handled Tommy.
As I read this story and watched things unfold I was reminded of so many truths. One important lesson is bad things happen to good people. Christina was a Christian woman who served people she faced hardships and loss.
This was my first story by this author but it won’t be my last. The author’s writing style is easy to read and flows well, making her stories a joy to read.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Waterbrook Press for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than my honest opinion.