Lovely Christian fiction book, really! One of the best parts in the story was when Reverend Mann said: God’s ways aren’t our ways, Joss. Sometimes He uses unexpected means to bring about His will. But I do know this, everything He does is out of love for us. It’s to make us stronger or draw us closer to Him. …
This book shows the effects of worldly cares and sins on individuals, both born again and rejectors of Jesus Christ. Kim Vogel Sawyer did a masterful work in giving thoughtful insight into relationships and how what we do, or don’t do, affects many, many people.
It begins in New York city, the 1880s, with the main character, Tarsie Raines, wanting to move out to Drayton Valley, Kansas, to escape the miseries in New York.
Stuck in New York, in a lower-income apartment, working as a seamstress, and her friends, Joss and
Mary, and their 2 children, are living in low-income tenement apartments, with filthy streets and many troubles in the neighborhoods. Mary worked washing other people’s laundry, and her husband was a dock worker, eking out a living. They move out to Kansas, riding in a wagon train.
Other characters, just as interesting and vital to the story, show up later in her book. These are Simon and Ruth Foster, he a vineyard tender on a wealthy businessman’s property. Devout Christians, dependable workers, they truly show faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His wife was another good example of
trust and faith in God.
What I liked a lot was Tarsie’s self-control in taming her bad temper, and retorts towards Joss.
Ah, if only there were MORE female characters like Tarsie, in today’s Christian fiction. Thank you,
Kim, for Tarsie’s story.
Kim also has a knack for describing scenes, so it’s easy and fun to get involved in the settings and
surroundings. I could almost see the dilapidated wagon tumbling over in the storm. I could see the dingy
interiors of the New York apartments, and the little faces of the children, Emmy and Nattie.
Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote a lot of bible references into her story, and THE best part was where the reader is told how to be born again. THAT’S WHAT CHRISTIAN FICTION should ALWAYS INCLUDE! Amen!