Kim Vogel Sawyer
A past filled with shame
can be washed away
with a love that conquers all.
Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amid the secrets held in every dark grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn't old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his physical disability and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ's love. But can she ever accept the gift she so desperately needs?
I loved this book! Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors and I've yet to read a book by her that I didn't like. It was well written and had good characters, though a couple of them annoyed me at times, but they redeemed themselves by the end of the book. One thing I like about Kim is that she doesn't drag scenes on forever, which keeps the book moving at a nice pace. This novel was very sweet and emotional, and probably one of the most inspiring books I've read. While some Christian books I've read seem to have hardly anything to do with God in them, Kim always has a way of incorporating Him into her stories in a beautiful way. I give this book a five star rating.