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What Once Was Lost | [Kim Vogel Sawyer]

What Once Was Lost

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.
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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

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    Carrie Fancett Pagels Yorktown, VA, United States 02-09-14
    Carrie Fancett Pagels Yorktown, VA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2010

    Carrie Fancett Pagels

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    "Wonderful Listen!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BAParsons 03-11-14
    BAParsons 03-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 10-10-14
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    "Good mystery"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Christianity, how to become a Christian, God's work in your life, forgiveness, good ending to the mystery.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She is very "ben-stein-ish", said "fire, fire" instead of "FIRE!! FIRE!!", and this goes on throughout the entire reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, really liked the mystery.


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    Victoria 08-18-14
    Victoria 08-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really don't know


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Historical fiction


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made everyone sound depressed. No one was distinguished and it made the entire book depressing.


    What character would you cut from What Once Was Lost?

    None of them made any impression on me


    Any additional comments?

    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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