Monday, April 29, 2013

Sweet Sanctuary Book Review

I reviewed Sweet Sanctuary, in exchange for review from LitFuse. The book was written by Kim Vogel Sawyer and published by Bethany House.

About the author: (Copied from Litfuse)
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-one novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

About the book: (paraphrased from Litfuse)

The book is about Lydia, who wants to find a safe haven for her son, Nicky. Nicky's father is drug-addicted and wants his son back. Dr. Micah, 36 years old,  Nicky's "father", on the other hand, works in Queens, New York, but has a secret mission. Both Lydia and Micah work together to find Nicky a safe place to go. 

My Review of the first few chapters.

First, the book is Christian-based. I am also a reviewer for Bethany House. I love their books. I chose this book because I felt for the mother and her son. Lydia wanted to keep her son safe. I want to do the same for my boys. I want to keep Brad and Kalen safe, secure, and free from harm.  Lydia also comes from a wealthy family. 

The book starts out with a letter to Micah, from Lydia' father, concerning Lydia and her son. Lydia was a nurse at an army base. , who left without explanation. The letter wanted Micah to care for and provide for his son. Micah has two weeks to respond to the letter or legal action will be taken by Lydia's family. Micah did not believe Nicky was his son and wondered why Lydia had told her parents he was. Nicky was a toddler, when the letter was written. Micah was also dealing with his brother's troubles. Micah decided to travel to Boston to handle this situation. The story gets real interesting after this: Micah gets to Boston; has an interesting conversation with Nicky, and then re-meets Lydia. Lydia had no idea Micah had received a letter from her father, let alone advance knowledge of his visit. Micah is not really Nicky's father, but Lydia's father still wanted him to take responsibility. If you keep reading the book, lies will be uncovered. Why does Lydia's father want Micah to take responsibility for Nicky? Is this why Lydia's father sent for him? What major lie is Lydia hiding from Nicky? Who is Nicky's real father?

This was the start of a great book (first 40 or so pages on my e-reader). I have not finished the book yet, but this is a good book. 

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