The practice of ministering to the widows and orphans is reflected in this story of Christina Willems, a young woman from Kansas, in 1884, who is determined to reopen the poor farm she manages after a fire devastates the property. She finds opposition from many surprising corners but an unlikely ally in a lumber mill owner who wants nothing more than to hold himself aloof from the world and its troubles. Levi Jonnson agrees to take care of one of the poor farm residents, a young blind boy - and in doing so opens himself up to Christina's world in ways he wouldn't have imagined. Can he help her realize her calling once again - or will he succumb to the safety of a solitary life with no chance of further pain?
©2013 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2013 Recorded Books
Award-winning & Amazon bestselling author of Christian historical romance. Under contract with Pelican Book Group. Blogger, mom, & reader.
Amazing Story and Characters! Kim Vogel Sawyer has hit a home run with this story. Continues to have her no nonsense but sweet voice, this has a solid believable story, and all the characters, even the minor ones, are well developed.
Christina Willems is left with a legacy of caring for others. But her shoulders cannot bear the weight all alone, despite her efforts to do so. The author beautifully shows how God has to be trusted to provide.
Levi Johnson has hidden off by himself for so long that his connections with others are almost nil. But when the mill owner is forced to take in a blind boy, he finds a part of himself that had gone missing.
Skillfully told tale. Highly recommend!
If you enjoy story that tells more than JUST the story this book is for you. With hidden meaning behind the events, characters that struggle to fully trust God - to fully trust he has a plan and future to prosper those he calls according to his purpose - this book does not disappoint!
Christianity, how to become a Christian, God's work in your life, forgiveness, good ending to the mystery.
She is very "ben-stein-ish", said "fire, fire" instead of "FIRE!! FIRE!!", and this goes on throughout the entire reading.
yes, really liked the mystery.
I liked the overall plot of this book. It would be appropriate for readers (or listeners)of all ages. It is narrated very well and keeps you engaged throughout.
I loved how I'm showed, through the teling of this story, how so many people feel cast aside, whether through physical or other types of disabilities. She wrote such a moving story and I could feel for Tommy but also the others who felt cast aside by society. even Levi, felt lost and alone because of his father's depression felt cast aside, and not worthy to be a part of community.
I loved how through showing kindness to Tommy, Levi learned he could trust again. I also loved how Kim did not water down the feelings and behaviors of Tommy because of him being blind. As a blind person myself, I have often felt ignored by those around me, even family and church members. So often I have felt like I am in total darkness though I do have some sight. Kim showed blindness as it really is, that we are very capable people and that we are worthy of love and friendship. Tommy was love by Christina, but she held him to tight, wrapped in celefaine,because of her fear that he could endanger himself. Levi showed Tommy love, but aloud him to strike out on his own and try new things though protecting him from dangerous situations buy setting guidelines and guide ropes as well.
Pilar Witherspoon brought life to the story through her reading and putting feeling into the story. Had I read it, I could not have done that because it would have been a computer voice reading for me. I love how she used different inflections for different people like the children, Levi, Christina and others. When a person was sad, her voice was sad. When a person was angry, her voice was angry. Things like that make a book come alive for me as a blind reader.
Yes, and it was difficult not to do so. I must say that one morning I didn't want to get up because of staying up so late to listen to it.
Again, I was very impressed how Kim brought this story together. I believe that those who have never encountered a blind person will look at that person differently when they do, or if they already have, and believed that blind people and others with disabilities are helpless, this book will help in changing their views. Also, I love how Kim showed God's love through so many different persons and how those people showed His love to those who did not believe it or felt that God no longer loved them because of what they had done.
heart warming tears
I really liked Levi because of his personality, but also liked Tommy because I can relate to him being blind.
I think she did a great job with the different people in te book being so many of them.
I really don't know
The narrator made everyone sound depressed. No one was distinguished and it made the entire book depressing.
None of them made any impression on me
The story line was not too interesting at all and I like most anything normally, there was nothing to even make you interested in the characters then add the droning on narrator. I could not finish the book.
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