Readers of Christian fiction at the Port Library should be very familiar with the author Kim Vogel Sawyer and her myriad of books on our shelves. A little romance, a little adventure, forgiveness, a happy ending, and of course a message of God’s grace run through each story. This week’s Port Pick, Room for Hope, should feel even more familiar – Beloit, Kansas is mentioned in it!
It is the 1930s – height of the depression – in fictional Buffalo Creek, Kansas, 40 miles in an unnamed direction from Beloit. Neva Shilling has two children and a husband who travels half the month gathering supplies for their little general store. Our story begins as Neva is expecting her husband home from one of his trips, only to have the sheriff’s deputy show up with a cart of household goods and the news that her brother (not husband) and his wife has died and unexpectedly left his three children to their “Aunt Neva.” It turns out Neva’s husband wasn’t actually traveling for work half of every month, but instead living with another family. Outwardly, Neva handles the situation with grace and kindness towards her newfound family, but inwardly she is struggling with forgiveness, acceptance, and the logistics of suddenly running a store herself and taking care of a family twice as large on her own. In addition, the small community learns about judgement, forgiveness, and grace.
This is a stand-alone novel, so there are no worries about starting a series by mistake.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit.