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Book Review ~ What Once Was Lost

About the Book

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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 inhabitable, 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?

Genre
Christian/Historical Romance

My Rating
4 out of 5 (stars)

My Review
Where do I begin?
It was a really good read and I’m thankful that I read it.
Characterization was strongest in Levi, Tommy, Christina and Cora—and I loved each of their personal stories, especially Levi’s. I could relate to some of their issues so I felt connected to them.
From misplaced faith to faithlessness, and also, unfaithfulness, this story dealt with many kinds of faith issues, and how a person responds to circumstances that test what stuff they’re made of. And to add to the plot, there was silent romance, individual drama and some sprinkled doses of criminal suspense.
I liked how Kim brought out each character’s troubles in the face of unsettling and unforseen circumstances. There was no mistaking the loving hand of God in each character’s matter—breaking and molding them through the calamities they faced. And oh, I really liked where each character—main or secondary—was placed at the end.
I could understand and even accept how Christina and Levi fell in love, but the leap from admitting their love for each other to marriage proposal seemed much for me. Well, I guess those kinds of miracles could happen. Lol! I actually hoped to see some romance blossom between the two, and not just quietly in their hearts.
Believe it or not, the lessons in this book are my favorite part of the story:
1. It is God that takes care of His own. No one else can, and no one can claim the glory for doing so.
2. It is never good for a person to be alone, or isolated from other people. It is not the way God instructed life to be.
3. Unless you fully trust in God, you can’t stand when the trials come. It is faith in God that causes Him to raise a standard against the flood.
4. Sometimes the love of God is severe and tough. He may have to strip you of everything to teach you a hard lesson that you would otherwise not have learned, before He comforts and blesses you again.
5. There may come a time or circumstance in your life where only God and you know the truth about you. You will have to choose to allow that to be enough for you, and to allow His truth to vindicate you in due time.

Overall it was a fantastic and engaging read. Kim’s ability to weave separate personal stories into a story that works, is quite amazing. I also loved the acknowledgement page of this book. I will be looking out for more books by this author.

*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My thanks to Water Brook Multnomah for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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