What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an inspiring story about hope and redemption through the eyes of a single woman and an orphaned boy.
Christina Willems is struggling to run her deceased father's poor farm after it is destroyed by a fire. She is particularly invested in the life of a little boy who is orphaned, blind and has no place to turn. When Levi Johnson, a grumpy widower, agrees to take him in, lives are changed for the better.
I appreciated how this novel addressed many issues that are near and dear to my heart. Sawyer touches on the many prejudices that the poor, orphans, and people with disabilities face. She showed how sometimes the church is not the place of refuge for these peole that it should be. Still, there were times I wasn't sure if I would finish this book. The main protagonist, Christina, was hard to sympathize with. She was vey stubborn and headstrong, refusing to seek help when necessary and causing almost implausible trouble because of it. In the end I found it was downright frustrating to muddle through the plot in order to get to the resolution. The resolution, however, was very sweet.
I adore Kim Vogel Sawyer, and while this was not my favorite of her offerings, I do recommend it based solely on the careful and thorough way she explores the topics of poverty, fatherlessness, and prejudice.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah for my honest review. All opinions are my own.