What Once was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer

From Back Cover:
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?

My Review:
Christina was inspiring. She attempts to do what her father had done, before he died, but everything is against her.
The prejudice in this book is interesting. Blind people? Why? I found myself questioning how much we have really changed though, when I look around and see how we treat our poor and needy. We often carry some of the same ideas about orphans and foster children still.
I loved the mild romance in this book. It was very subtle and sweet, almost to the point you could miss it. Levi was hard for me to get, I struggled to understand him, and also the Christianity thing was also hard to get.
Ms. Sawyer does a great job of showing you how the care for the poor was a complicated process when the church took care of it. This is before Welfare systems, and it was not very easy. People had to give up their privacy and livelihoods to help others they did not believe were worthy. It was an interesting story!

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