mary's book basket ~ "sweet sanctuary" by kim vogel sawyer...

Kim Vogel Sawyer's new inspirational romance novel "Sweet Sanctuary" takes the reader back in time to 1944 during World War II, following the story of a young doctor who selflessly serves the immigrant community in New York and the young nurse who he first while they served together in Pearl Harbor.

From the Back Cover:
A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II

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?

I love historical novels, especially those taking place during either of the World Wars. My Grandmother used to tell me stories of what she and my Grandfather had to do to survive during the First World War while living in Germany. By the time they married and had children of their own, they had immigrated to the US. She would tell me about the rations, the bread lines, and the Victory garden she had. This was an amazing time in history. 

Ms. Sawyer is very adept with the historical details. They play an important part in this novel, especially as the layers of plot are revealed. She also deals with drug addiction in one of her secondary characters, always leading them toward forgiveness and redemption. It's one of the reasons I read this genre of books. The very talented authors use everyday life situations combined with multilayered characters to weave tales of redemption, forgiveness, hope and faith without preaching a sermon.

There is tension and wonderful conflict in this novel. I give it:
3 cupcakes - I enjoyed the book and learned something and you might like it too! 

Not a bad way to spend a summer afternoon if I do say so myself. This novel is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Christianbook.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. My opinions are my own.