Monday, August 25, 2014
Through the Deep Waters - by Kim Vogel Sawyer
This was an interesting story about two lonely people who find each other. Dinah grew up in a brothel, trying to stay out of the way. She never really felt loved by anyone and dreams of another life where she's not rejected by everyone. When men start to notice her, she know she has to leave or end up a prostitute like her mother. She tries to find a job doing anything else so she can take care of her mother, who is now dying, and to pay her way to another town to become a Harvey Girl, where she can earn the respect she wants as a server in a fancy hotel. No one will hire her because of her association with the brothel. In one desperate act, she agrees to do something that will haunt her.
In her interview to be a Harvey Girl, she discovers she's not old enough, but they offer her a job as a chambermaid until she can train as a server. There she meets Ruthie, a preacher's daughter and her roommate, who tries to befriend her and invites her to church. She also meets Amos, a handsome chicken farmer with a disability who knows what it's like to not fit in. She's so used to protecting herself from rejection that she holds herself aloof from everyone, but the kindness in Amos and Ruthie draws her in. She senses something different about them, but feels too full of shame to attend church. Will Ruthie and Amos get through to her with Christ's love? Will she realize she can be free from her past and have hope for her future?
I enjoyed this story overall, but it was pretty slow. The spiritual message was done very well, with each of the main characters learning an important lesson. One learns the importance of putting God first, another to trust God no matter what and forgive and the last discovers for the first time how much Jesus loves them and that He won't ever leave. The salvation scene was especially touching and the gospel message very clear. The romance was sweet and a little different. The story was told from three perspectives and both Dinah and Amos were very isolated from others. I liked seeing their different viewpoints and thoughts. I really admired Dinah's willingness to tell the truth, even to her own detriment. All three had wonderful qualities mixed with a few bad ones, which made them very real to life. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction with a great spiritual message!
I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.