A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all
Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?
I think this is my favorite of the three books I've read by this author. Both of the main characters were very broken and it was cool to watch them let God heal their brokenness. Amos was such a sweet hero, he didn't have much and he walked with a limp but he never let that affect his personality and he was kind and gentle with everyone. And my heart broke for Dinah and what she'd had to endure and while I kept wanting her to open up and let people in I completely understood why she closed herself off. Ruthie, Dinah's friend, was a pretty good character who I either really liked or was really annoyed with. I did like how she presented a good picture of what being a Christian is like in the day to day. She would mess up but she repented and did her best to change. All in all this was a sweet story!
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author with more than one million copies of her books currently in print. Awards include the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Sawyer 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.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.