What Once Was Lost ….by Kim Vogel Sawyer

What Once Was Lost 

by Kim Vogel Sawyer



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?


Christina did a job that took a lot of love for people as well as patience, that she was the perfect person for this endeavor. She was humble, and loved her students as though they were family. When trouble overtakes the home she was running for those without a home, she does what she has too, send those living with her to people in the neighborhood that would help. My favorite of the pairs she put together was Levi Johnson and Tommy, who was blind. Levi clearly didn’t want to have anything to do with Tommy and made it clear that he would keep him until he could go back to the home. But the heartwarming events that happened afterward stuck with me for a good long while after I finished the book.

There were a lot of twists and turns in this book that kept the plot exciting and interesting. Kim Vogel Sawyer is an expert storyteller and it clearly shows in this wonderful story. I highly recommend What Once Was Lost if you are looking for a really good, heartwarming read.

I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.



Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=162648#sthash.mADNFB5Q.dpuf


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carole
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 12:51:55

    I just met you in Anita Higman’s Backstage Pass group, Joy. I like the way you do your reviews and am now one of your subscribers. Review blogging is fun, but it can sometimes feel lonely to me, so I’m glad to “meet” you. This book is in my review stack also, so I appreciate your thoughts. I’d love to get to know you better, Joy.



  2. splashesofjoy
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 00:25:04

    Hi Carole, thank you for your nice comments. I am looking forward to getting to know you ladies in Anita’s group too! It is lonely sometimes, when the only friends you have is the characters in the books!
    I look forward to checking out your reviews as well!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: