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Posted December 27, 2009
Moving story of romance and endurance through tragedy
Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a gentle love story with Mennonites in 1872 Kansas. Lillian and Reinhardt Vogt must leave their home in the steppes of Russia to protect their son, Henrik, from forced military service. Traveling with them is Reinhardt's foster brother Eli Bornholdt, who will use his farming know-how to help them prosper in their new home in Kansas. But two tragedies aboard their ship forces Lillian to radically change her view of the future and will challenge the faith of the entire family. Sawyer creates a realistic and moving story of facing your worst nightmare and living through it. Her portrayal of pioneer Kansas makes the grassy plains come to life. She keeps the conflict for the most part within the family instead of external. They have to overcome their own struggles and fights while the outside world rarely intrudes, which was probably very true for families who would have been so incredibly isolated during this time in history. A small complaint: the woman on the front cover doesn't look anything like Lillian who is 38, and this young woman is barely twenty. Sometimes the characters seem to change their feelings 180 degrees too quickly, but for the most part Sawyer does an admirable job showing how God works good through all circumstances for those who believe in Him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2009
A sweet inspirational historical romance.
In 1872 Russia, Mennonites Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt fear their oldest son will be forced into military service, which is against their religious beliefs. Because of this, they decide to immigrate to America, where they will be free to practice their faith. Joining the couple and their three sons on the journey is Eli, Reinhardt's adopted brother.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The journey that should have been the start of their new life ends in tragedy, however, when Lillian's husband and youngest son die on the sea voyage. In order to protect Lillian and her surviving children, and to keep the family together in America, Lillian agrees to marry Eli in a marriage of convenience. But as the family settles on a homestead in Kansas, Eli's feelings towards Lillian change from obligation to love.
Fields of Grace is a sweet, inspirational historical romance that is sure to appeal to fans of the genre. The story of Mennonites immigrating to America for freedom of religion is an interesting one, and the message of faith, hope, and love in the face of tragedy is a positive and uplifting.
Posted September 26, 2009
A tale of immigration and hope
In Fields of Grace, Kim takes us to a Mennonite village in Russia in 1872 as a family is immigrating to America so their soon to be 18 year old son, Henrik, does not have to join the military which is against their religious beliefs. Tragedy strikes on the voyage over and lives are changed forever. Henrik feels guilt over everything since he views the immigration as his fault in the first place. Lillian, the mother, adjusts but then deals with guilt, anger, abandonment and betrayal by God and those around her. Is it possible to experience a fresh start in America? To have their slate wiped clean? Can God make good things out of horrible circumstances? This is a beautiful story of grace and God's provision as He never abandons us, even when we turn our backs on Him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2012
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