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Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer is Christian Historical Fiction Set During American Life in WWII

Sweet SanctuaryI might be one of the few Christian historical romance readers left on the planet who hasn’t read a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I just like to think I was waiting for the right book that fit in my own little neat pile of likes (book shelf), but whatever the reason and however long it took me, I’m pleased to have read Sweet Sanctuary for all my readers who enjoy faith-based historical drama and romance.

Of course, anyone reading this novel will feel their heart warm for the four-year-old little boy, Nicky. His dad is a drug addict and wants to assert his parental rights just to use the child (for control and money, primarily) and his mother, co-protagonist Lydia, will do anything to save this boy.

The era is WWII and families are being torn apart every day for other reasons and life is difficult. People are rationing good, money is scarce, fear runs rampant, and people are running and hiding every which way across the globe. When Lydia reunites with physician Micah Hatcher, she feels blessed. But he has a secret too….as though he serves many of the immigrant population in Queens, NY, he also provides a hidden service that could cost him his life.

Lydia, Micah, Nicky, and even Nic, are all joined together in a novel that takes on all the horrible conditions for people struggling due to WWII economy, the class struggle between poor immigrants and the elite (and how the war effected that even more), the internal issues and sacrifices in families, forgiveness, redemption, and love. The novel is jam-packed full of emotions that leave a reader feeling connected, as well as turning pages.

I love books that have to do with the social difficulties of stemming from war and leadership, especially how the war changed the lives of people abroad, immigrants and life in America. That is what first drew me to read the book. I love historical fiction that takes on these issues and showcases well-developed, believable characters that work to incite change or overcome boundaries. Sweet Sanctuary does all that, plus gives us a lovely story about family, faith, and love.

I believe all readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction will love this book for its historical and social perspectives as well as its message of forgiveness and redemption. God works in mysterious ways sometimes, and in even the worst of situations, and this book completely showcases that idea in an inspiring way.

Sweet Sanctuary: A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II, Synopsis~

Sweet SanctuaryTitle: SWEET SANCTUARY
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Bethany House
April 2013
ISBN: 978-0764207891
Genre: Historical

Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her young son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky’s drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher faithfully serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he thought he wanted out of life.

When Lydia and Micah’s paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other’s callings. Together, they seek a refuge of safety-for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God puts into their lives. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/jRdKJ

 Author Kim Vogel Sawyer Biography~
KimShe is the author of twenty-one novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.
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** I was given a copy of this book in order to review with my own fair and honest opinion for my readers.**
“Sweet Sanctuary” Cupcake Club Giveaway and Facebook Party!

To celebrate the release of Sweet Sanctuary Kim Vogel Sawyer is giving away a Cupcake Club membership (monthly cupcake delivery!) from the amazing Magnolia Bakery in New York and hosting a Facebook Author Chat party on April 30, 2013.

One “sweet” winner will receive:

    • Cupcakes from NYC’s Magnolia Bakery delivered to your door every month. (Eat them all yourself or share!)
    • Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer for you and four of your friends. (Start a book group — cupcakes and a “sweet” read!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the “Sweet Sanctuary” Author Chat Party on 4/30. Connect with Kim, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be fun giveaways – gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Sweet Sanctuary and join Kim on the evening of April 30th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!


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What I’m Reading and Summer High Read-a-Thon News! #HSreadathon

I am just adding a paragraph as my final update to the report I blogged the other day about the High Summer Read-a-Thon since pretty much I had rounded up my week already in the update below. I spent time with my family on Saturday, since they were here from Kansas and went to Cleveland (an hour from me) on Sunday to see Deborah Harkess speak.  I didn’t really spend much time reading and the little bit I did, I read more of Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea which I was in the middle of at my report.

My friend Michelle from True Book Addict has been hosting a High Summer Read-a-Thon (RAT) since Monday. Of course, I signed-up right away, but the week has completely went by without me even realizing it for many different reasons. I’ve read, just not posted. Sorry Michelle!

You had to join by tonight (Friday, 11:59 CST) to participate (I joined at the beginning of the week) so I can’t promote for you to do the read-a-thon, but you CAN follow along with what everyone is reading or check out the Twitter discussion by using the hashtag #HSreadathon. I know lots of other bloggers are participating and trying kick a few off their TBR list.

This week I read Submerged, by Dani Pettrey, which had been sent to me by Bethany House for review. It’s a christian suspense mystery with some light romance. It was a good light read for me since I’ve had a lot on my mind this week. I liked the element of russian history in Alaska that was featured in it. I finished that Thursday night and will review that soon.

I’ve also been reading Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea this week. Hunter is published by the Samhain Horror line-up of awesome writers and has been waiting patiently for me to review this. It was great to have a light read (Submerged) for the late night when I can’t sleep, since I have been reading this during the day and evening sporadically. It’s horror and though gruesome, the carnage isn’t bothering me too much. I am loving his trident wielding priest and the history that goes along with him. The pace is fast and detailed and I’m moving right along. I have it half done already.

Last night I came home smiles from our library book sale, with books like Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and a John Saul book (after my author friend Brian Moreland recommended him as an author). However, I won’t get to any of those this week. I still have a massive TBR pile and though kid’s books aren’t allowed in this read-a-thon (WHY NOT?) I am reading PLENTY to my 5-year-old for her summer reading program list. And by the way, all the kids came home with a pile from the library sale too. Don’t you just love those older Charlie Brown Encyclopedias??

I digress.

I will keep reading Evil Eternal and also choose a new one. Some family is in town this weekend from out-of-state and on Sunday, DRUM ROLL PLEASE….I am going to go see Deborah Harkness, best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night, in Cleveland and get my book signed, listen to her talk, and then I’ll report back on my blog!!! I am super excited!!

Have a great weekend and best wishes on your reads this weekend. What are you reading?? What’s good?


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