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 uninhabitable, 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 Comments:  I loved this book and could hardly put it down.  The characters were likable and somewhat true to life.  I love the change in people’s lives that God brought forth due to other people and circumstances.  It was a great book to read right after Christmas because there was an element of the miraculous within.  Levi started out one way and completely changed.  I loved Tommy and the struggles he went through.  I was so amazed at the way he persevered despite his limitations.  There was hope throughout and even though somewhat predictable.  I needed that right now 🙂  I never really knew poor farms existed although my mother would always tease about us sending them to the poor house.  It makes sense that these would be run by Christians, but again the way women were treated is hard to fathom and take.  Interesting, entertaining, and engaging are three words I would use to describe this story.  I look forward to reading the sequels!

I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher, Watermark Multnomah in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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