cover image What Once Was Lost

What Once Was Lost

Kim Vogel Sawyer. WaterBrook, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-307-73125-8

There are times in a person’s life when they do the right things for the wrong reasons, a lesson Christina Willems learns all too well in Sawyer’s saga of life in 1890s Kansas. The daughter of deceased missionaries, Christina is left in charge of a poor farm owned by a mission board. When tragedy befalls the farm and its residents, it sets in motion a chain of events that tests Christina’s faith and challenges her beliefs. She must learn to rely on the kindness of others, including curmudgeonly mill owner Levi Jonnson, in order to find where her heart truly lies. The story is lovingly told, with particular emphasis on the development of intriguing secondary characters. The path through adversity is paved with love and prayer in this solid but somewhat uneven romance that depends a little too heavily on sudden epiphanies rather than subtle changes. Agent: Tamela Hancock Murray, Hartline Literary Agency. (Sept. 17)