Sunday, March 30, 2014
Review of "Through the Deep Waters"
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.
MY REVIEW: "After easing onto the edge of the bed, Dinah clutched her hands together and whispered, 'You.' She swallowed. 'I know you're sick, Ma.' Tori's face pinched into a horrible grimace. 'I told her not to say nothin' to you. An'don't call me Ma.'"
Through the Deep Waters truly touched a deep cord in my heart as I read it. It reminded me of the woman caught in sin in the Bible and Jesus asked the one without sin to cast the first stone at her. Dinah's life was born out of a sin-filled and sad life....she is the unwanted, unloved daughter of a prostitute who gave up her innocence to allow her mother to live her final days in peace and with some dignity. Yet she is plagued with guilt and nightmares. She certainly suffers PTSD although it is not called by that name. She wants to make a better life for herself and finds work at the Clifton Hotel as a chambermaid. The work doesn't sound very glamourous but it is in fact a job with great respect and honor attached to it. Will she realize her dream of becoming one of the "Harvey Girls"? Will she be able to get over the guilt and the nightmares? And what will happen with the crippled chicken farmer, Amos, who finds he simply can not stop thinking about her? This novel is one of forgiveness and second chances. 5 Stars *****
I received a free copy of this book from bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen 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 six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.