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Sweet Sanctuary: A Novel by

Sweet Sanctuary: A Novel by

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by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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A Story of Hope and Love from Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Lydia Eldredge longs to provide a sanctuary for her son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher serves the immigrant population in Queens, but under cover of darkness he


A Story of Hope and Love from Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Lydia Eldredge longs to provide a sanctuary for her son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher serves the immigrant population in Queens, but under cover of darkness he provides another service that must not be discovered lest his and his brother's lives be in danger.

When Lydia and Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's callings. Through unforeseen twists and turns, they seek a refuge of safety--for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God unexpectedly puts in their lives.

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Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling author of more than 20 novels and has won numerous awards for her gentle stories of hope. 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. Learn more at www.kimvogelsawyer.com.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen 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 website at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.

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Sweet Sanctuary: A Novel by 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
As World War II rages in Europe, a battle erupts in Boston for the custody of a small child. Lydia has raised little Nicky after the death of his mother and her friend. But his drug-addicted father has appeared on the scene, hoping to sell his child for drug money. Lydia turns to Dr. Micah Hatcher, the man for whom she secretly had feelings when serving together on Oahu. As Micah and Lydia work together to save Nicky, their feelings for one another resurface and grow. But Micah's secret mission may not leave room in his life for a family. The author has found the perfect setting in the World War II era. The drama of the Holocaust and refugees seeking shelter in the United States is the backdrop as Lydia and Micah seek to protect Nicky from his father, who is addicted to morphine. The characters develop well throughout the novel, with all showing unexpected dimensions as the story unfolds. Although the story starts out slow and occasionally seems to be a bit predictable, the custody battle between Lydia and Nic, as well as the mission work of Micah's brother Jeremiah, grips the reader until the last page. Hopefully there is a sequel in the works, as many will want to know the future of Lydia and Micah. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a strong Christian theme will appreciate this novel. 3.5 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a great reminder of a sad time in American History. When the truths are finally presented, still there were some who didn't believe. I'm talking about the atrocious acts that Germany committed during WWII. This is a heartwarming story of how a few people sacrificed their own lives to help the Jewish people, people without a Country. Ms Sawyer has dealt with some tough subjects here. First the hiding in the Press of what was really going on in Europe. We have a bit of romance, at long distance, the love a sweet little boy. One that you would do just about anything for, to protect him. We have the realities of drug addition, the slowly tearing down and ruining of a life. Throughout the book you find the blessings of the Lord on those who follow him. These people lead their lives as God wants them to, not how they want. There is Dr Micah, who wants to give his gift of doctoring, to those immigrants who need help and can't afford it. His brother, a polio victim, Jeremiah, a crippled Minister who is in the War zone, and helps God's people. We have Lydia, who loves a little boy so much, that she ends up helping the person who is trying to take him away for her. If you read one book this year, this one has it all, take a trip back to the 1940's in both NYC and Boston, I'm glad I did! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Blogger Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
A sweet read from Sawyer! I have been interested to read something from Sawyer for a few months now, considering all the good things I've heard about her writing. And there certainly is something sweet and likable about her writing style. The words flowed easily off the page bringing both the setting and the characters to life. Sweet Sanctuary is the second or third novel I've read set in America during the Second World War and it represents the era well, in my opinion. Lydia is an unwed mother who only seeks to protect her son. Her compassion, kindness, and faith shines bright amid the dark times she lives in. Though I didn't make a big connection with her, I still ached for her at times throughout the book. When fronted with hard choices she always strove to make the right one, which I found admirable. In sum, I enjoyed my first read from Sawyer. It doesn't quite make it to my favorites but it still was pleasant. If you're seeking a smooth read with likeable characters, a bit of romance, and an intriguing side plot, then you need look no further. :-) I received this book from Bethany House through Litfuse in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story-teller. I enjoy her characters, her plots, and her settings. But most of all I enjoy the deeper meanings she weaves in, how the characters depend on God to get them through the events that unfold. Set during WWII, a time in history that I find captivating, the deep stirrings of war and danger make for a serious set of circumstances that only God can work out. I loved Micah’s involvement with Jeremiah’s mission, as the Jewish people hold a special place in my heart. Lydia was an engaging character, and I enjoyed her unwillingness to back down or give up. Nicky, of course, was a joy to read about. And Justina is just too adorable for words. I did pick up on a few pet phrases or words, and the trying-not-to-fall-in-love thing did get pretty old pretty quickly (mainly because within the first few chapters I figured out who would end up with who). But both could be overlooked when in the middle of the dark alleys of New York or the gripping coming-clean scenes. All in all, I really did enjoy this novel. By the time I finished, I felt like I had read a 400+ page story because the author packed in so much. I wish there was a sequel. ——— +My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Apassion4pages More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a "new author" for me... though I know very well she isn't a "new author" by any means. I think this is her fifteenth book with Bethany House. The reason I finally decided to give her a try was because I was in the mood for a WWII romance. There aren't many out there (yet) unless I want to go grab one of my 1940's era Grace Livingston Hill books. Sweet SanctuaryI was very pleased with this book, which isn't surprising considering her record as a best-selling author. I loved that there was a past and present friendship between Lydia Eldredge and Dr. Micah Hatcher. I liked them both a lot, though they weren't written nearly as deeply as I usually like. I can tell it's simply the author's style though; she writes sweet romance very well. And considering this was her first try at writing in a new genre (WWII era), she did a superb job at it. Bethany House Publishers gave me paperback version of this book to read in exchange for my completely honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Micah is a doctor in New York. He felt a calling from God to help the immigrants. But when he receives a letter about an old co-worker, he rushes to Boston. Things aren't exactly as they seem and Micah finds himself working with Lydia to bring families together no matter the risks. Set during WWII, the story covers immigration issues, adoption, addiction, and family relationships. I appreciated the author using the slant of the innocence and naivety of the Americans about the horrors of the war. The story had several different elements going on at once. This might be a bit overwhelming to some. But I enjoyed it, so didn't mind. It was fresh and captivating. The message of salvation was brought out several times. I will be checking out more books by this author. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet and interesting story set during WWII with the scene switching back and forth between Micah's New York and Lydia's Boston. There is danger, misunderstanding, forgiveness, heartache and redemption in this book. The theme of God's grace and purpose in our lives is central to this story. Micah is involved in a dangerous, secret operation in New York and he does not feel free to pursue Lydia as he wants to. Lydia loves Micah, however, feels he does not reciprocate more than friendship. She faces her own challenges in trying to raise her dead friend's son. She must learn to trust in God as the child's father enters the child's life. It is not an easy path. However, the author creates a good story line and pulls everything in for a happy conclusion. I was provided with a copy of Sweet Sanctuary by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book "Sweet Sanctuary" published by Bethany House takes us into the lives of Lydia Eldredge and Dr. Micah Hatcher. From the back cover: A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her young son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him. Dr. Micah Hatcher faithfully serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he thought he wanted out of life. When Lydia and Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's callings. Together, they seek a refuge of safety-for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God puts into their lives. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail? Drug addiction, biological and non-biological parenting, Nazi Jewish atrocity and romance. Wow, Ms. Sawyer has really combined quite a few topics for "Sweet Sanctuary". Everyone's actions are either motivated by love or by a lack of love or pure selfishness. Lydia is trying a provide a home for Nicky, Micah is trying to help others at his own personal risk. Nicolai is a drug addict who only wants his son for the sole purpose of selling him so that he can have money for more drugs. This is a book about family. Everyone is either working to promote family or destroy it. "Sweet Sanctuary" clearly shows us how a family should operate in times of trouble. Well done! This is also a great romance. Lydia and Micah are just perfect for one another and it is great fun to go through their relationship with them. Get ready for an exciting read that will keep you flipping pages. SUGGESTED TITLE: @KimVogelSawyer "Sweet Sanctuary" Cupcake Club Giveaway and Facebook Party! {4/30} WORDPRESS BLOG CODE: To celebrate the release of Sweet Sanctuary Kim Vogel Sawyer is giving away a Cupcake Club membership (monthly cupcake delivery!) from the amazing Magnolia Bakery in New York and hosting a Facebook Author Chat party {4/30}! Sweet-Sanctuary-giveaway300 One "sweet" winner will receive: Cupcakes from NYC's Magnolia Bakery delivered to your door every month. (Eat them all yourself or share!) Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer for you and four of your friends. (Start a book group -- cupcakes and a "sweet" read!) Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the "Sweet Sanctuary" Author Chat Party on 4/30. Connect with Kim, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be fun giveaways - gift certificates, books, and more! So grab your copy of Sweet Sanctuary and join Kim on the evening of April 30th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!) Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
“Sweet Sanctuary” is a sweet and hopeful story about the people in a little boy’s life. Nicky’s mom is a single mother. Nicky’s grandfather is looking for a daddy for Nicky, but there is another – a real – daddy out there. Who is he? Why are they hiding Nicky from him? Nicky’s mom – Lydia – unexpectedly meets again the man she was in love with three years ago. That man is Dr. Micah Hatcher. He would make a great dad for Nicky, but what is God’s plan?  As we read about Lydia’s and Micah’s life and unravel the secrets about Nicky’s parentage, we inevitably fall in love with the characters in this story.  The author gives some nice twists to the story that keeps you turning the pages until you can take a deep and satisfying breath at the last page. I highly recommend this book to lovers of historical romance books.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Dr. Hatcher, I'm sure by now you feel certain that your responsibility has been fully avoided, and this letter has come as a surprise. It has taken me some time to locate you. But this is a matter of extreme importance. A child's life has been impacted. As the child's grandfather, I cannot allow him to grow up wondering why his father has chosen to abandon him. Therefore I request that you honor your responsibility toward your child. He and his mother are living with me in Boston. I will allow you two weeks to contact me. If by the end of that time, you have not chosen to honor your duty to your son, I shall be forced to take legal action. I assure you I have the wealth and influence to see that you do not continue to neglect your responsibility. I encourage - no, I insist - that you come with all due haste to Boston to settle this matter in an honorable fashion. N. Allan Eldredge No matter how much Micah attempted to reread the letter and search for some hidden meaning between the lines, he couldn't understand how this letter was for him. In fact, even though he contemplated heading to Boston, it would only show Mr. Eldredge that the accusation held merit. He did remember Lydia Eldredge. The nurse from Schofield Station Hospital. The one who had left Oahu early because of a mysterious emergency. An emergency that was no longer a mystery, thanks to the letter. That's when he decided he would go to Boston, confront Lydia and her parents, and insist that she tell the truth. Micah was not the father of this child. Only when the doorbell rang, it was Lydia who was surprised. Apparently her father had taken it upon himself to locate the one and only man Lydia had truly loved, from stealing her diary. Now of course, Lydia had to set Micah straight and explain the motives for her father's letter. She only hoped he would understand. Her childhood friend, Eleanor had gotten married to Nicolai Pankin, a man who worked at Lydia's father's crate factory and had gotten pregnant. When Nicolai learned that Eleanor was pregnant, he was furious and didn't want the worry or burden of children. He found someone who would terminate Eleanor's pregnancy. Since Lydia introduced them, she felt burdened that she was somehow responsible. When Eleanor feared for her unborn baby, she ran away from Nicolai and found comfort in Lydia. Unfortunately before Lydia could return home in time, Eleanor had died in childbirth but left the child to Lydia. Now Lydia has been trying to stay one step ahead of Nicolai to keep him from finding the child. She only hopes that Micah will offer to marry her in hopes of securing a future for Nicky, who believes Lydia is his real mother. She wants to have a birth certificate created to show that Lydia is the natural mother and Micah is the boy's father. Unfortunately Micah's isn't about to go through with Lydia or her father's plans for marriage just to save the life of one little boy. But just how far with Micah go to save the women he is having feelings for and even the child that is finding a way into his heart even if he isn't his biological child? In the novel Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer, the author takes us back to 1944 for the setting in this story. The struggle for survival is apparent as Lydia has to stay one step ahead of Nicolai Pankin who is a drug addicted father bent on finding his one and only son, no matter how many lies Lydia throws his way. If she could only have gotten Micah to agree to marry her long enough to create a birth certificate for Nicky, then perhaps they might be safe. Her father's influence and money can only hide them for so long, and soon despite the fact that Micah wanted to stay out of this mess, he's about to find he can't turn his back on people who truly need his help. I received Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is such a compelling story to pick up and immerse yourself in. You are completely rooting for Lydia and Nicky the whole way despite the fact her father attempted to go about finding a solution the wrong way. You despise the character of Nicolai Pankin even before he is introduced in the story as seeing the option of selling his child as a way to support his drug habit. What's worse is knowing the Lydia is involved and with that comes the plot to gain more money than he ever though possible if he can only get his hands on his son. I rate this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars and love the details that Kim weaves together to make this such a believable story for the reader to feel like they are a part of it.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer is such a sweet sweet story. I don't read many books from the World War II but I truly enjoyed this one. So much happened in this book. Between the happenings of war and of the characters, you couldn't put it down! It is different than other novels by Kim Vogel Sawyer, but that doesn't matter because she is a talented author and she can conquer any era. I would definitely recommend this book to all.
PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer has written yet another wonderful historical romance that I didn't want to end! Her characters are so believable that I feel I've gone back in time and I'm actually watching and listening to them. Since this story is set during World War II we are reminded of some of the horrific happenings overseas, but the author handles this very appropriately---no graphic details, but we know what is happening. The ending was very satisfying for me---except I wanted to keep reading! Which is why Kim Vogel Sawyer continues to be my favorite author. Highly recommended book ~ Five Stars!!
Polarischic More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I learned some history I didn't know, and also got really involved with the characters and was bummed when I finished the book as I wanted to know what happens next to the main characters in the story.
TammySotela More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it again. Sweet Sanctuary is a great story of God's love and blessings to those who wait for His timing. I laughed at the feisty four year old, Nicky, and cried as God's blessings were bestowed to a family that could have been like any of ours. I even learned a little history along the way. I hope Kim plans on revisiting this family in the future. I would love to know what happens next. 
LynneVA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It grabbed me right from the first page and didn't let go. The story just took off and kept going, making it a deep rich experience for the reader. You will fall in love with Lydia, MIcah and little Nicky, a 3 year old who is wise beyond his years. There were a few surprises and turns I didn't expect but they only served to make this a wonderful story. I highly recommend this book! If you don't read it you will be missing a great book that will leave you wanting more!