Through the Deep Waters: A Novel

Through the Deep Waters: A Novel

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by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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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


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?

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Born in 1883 to a prostitute and raised in a brothel called the Yellow Parrot, Dinah Hubley dreams of a life away from the jeers of schoolmates and townsfolk. Hearing that Fred Harvey is hiring young women of good moral character for his hotels along the railroad route, Dinah sees a glimmer of hope. With one misguided decision about a quick way to make money, Dinah frees herself from her past but shrouds her future with guilt. Landing a job as a chambermaid at Harvey’s Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kan., she meets Ruthie Mead, a pastor’s daughter who tries her best to befriend Dinah, and Amos Ackerman, a chicken farmer with big dreams and a fascination with Dinah. Driven by fear that her past will be discovered, Dinah leaves Ruthie and Amos with misconceptions and misgivings, confusing them by her reticence. But Amos is unwilling to let Dinah wallow in her sense of unworthiness, especially when her trepidation keeps her from God. Sawyer has crafted an inspirational historical romance, making a strong argument that love can heal even deeply broken hearts. Agent: Steve Laube Agency. (May)
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“Kim Vogel Sawyer paints a picture of redemption and forgiveness in not one but many lives in Through the Deep Waters. Just as weary travelers found comfort in Mr. Harvey’s hotels, readers will find comfort in this wrenching tale of one woman’s shameful past and one man’s struggle to look beyond her indiscretions and accept the woman she has become—a woman redeemed by grace. Ms. Sawyer’s historically accurate novels tug the strings of the heart while giving hope to those who feel unworthy.”
—Pam Hillman, author of Claiming Mariah

“Kim Vogel Sawyer’s careful attention to detail and heartfelt writing make her one of the industry’s favorites.”
—Lori Copeland, author of The Healer’s Touch

“Kim Vogel Sawyer has crafted an emotion-packed novel about two damaged souls whose faith and courage ultimately come shining through. Readers will root for Dinah and Amos to overcome the wounds of their troubled pasts in order to find love and hope for the future. With its vividly rendered settings and well-rounded characters, this lovely story is sure to please Ms. Sawyer’s many fans.”
—Dorothy Love, author of Carolina Gold

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Chicago, Illinois, 1883

Dinah Hubley curled her arms around the coal bucket, hunched her shoulders to make herself as small as possible, and then made a dash for the kitchen. The odors of stale tobacco, unwashed bodies, and stout whiskey assaulted her nose. Each time she made this trek through the waiting room, she tried to hold her breath—the smell made her want to give back her meager lunch. But weaving between the haphazard arrangement of mismatched sofas and chairs all draped with lounging men took longer than her lungs could last. So she sucked air through her clenched teeth and did her best to make it all the way through the room without being stopped.

No such luck. A man reached out from one of the overstuffed chairs and snaked his arm around her waist.

Dinah released a yelp as the man tugged her backward across the chair’s armrest and into his lap. Lumps of coal spilled over the bucket’s rim and left black marks on the bodice of her faded calico dress. But she was worried about something more than her only dress being soiled.

Keeping her grip on the bucket, she pushed against the man’s chest with her elbow. He held tight and laughed against her cheek. “Hey, what’s your hurry, darlin’? Stay here an’ let ol’ Max enjoy you for a bit.” He nuzzled his nose into the nape of her neck, chortling. “I always did like gals with brown hair. Brings me to mind of a coon dog I had when I was a young start.”

His foul breath made bile rise in her throat. She rasped, “Let me go, mister, please? I have to get the coal to the cook.”

Max plucked the bucket from her arms and held it toward a lanky man who’d sauntered near. “Take the coal to the kitchen for this little gal, Jamie. Free her up for some time with me.”

Jamie took the bucket and set it aside. Then he caught Dinah’s arm and gave such a yank, she feared her arm would be wrenched from its socket. She didn’t lose her arm, but the drunken man in the chair lost his grip. Her feet met the floor. She would have stumbled had Jamie not kept hold, and a thread of gratitude wove its way through her breast.

She regained her footing and offered the man a timid smile. “Th-thank you, mister.”

Jamie’s eyes glittered. Dinah knew that look. She tried to wriggle loose, but his fingers bit hard while his thumb rubbed up and down the tender flesh on the back of her arm. Shivers attacked her frame. He leaned down, his whiskered face leering. “How about ya show me instead of tellin’ me? Gimme a kiss.” He puckered up.

Dinah crunched her eyes closed. Her stomach rolled and gorge filled her throat.

A voice intruded. “Jamie Fenway, if you want to keep coming around here and making use of my girls, you’d better let loose of that one.”

Relief sagged Dinah’s legs when she realized the proprietress of the Yellow Parrot had entered the room.

The man released Dinah with an insolent shove, sending her straight against Miss Flo’s ample front. Barrel-shaped and as strong as most men, the woman didn’t even flinch. She took hold of Dinah’s upper arms, set her upright,
then turned her kohl-enhanced glare on Jamie and Max. “How many times do I have to tell you no free sampling, fellas? Everything you want is waiting upstairs, but until you’ve paid, you keep your hands, your lips, and whatever else you think you might be tempted to use to yourself.”

The men waiting their turns with Miss Flo’s girls laughed uproariously.

One of them wisecracked, “Besides, Jamie, that one you grabbed on to ain’t hardly worth stealin’ a pinch. If she was a striped bass, I’d throw her back!” More guffaws and sniggers rang.

Jamie’s slit-eyed gaze traveled up and down Dinah’s frame. “Even the smallest fish tastes plenty good when it’s fresh.”

Dinah hugged herself, wishing she could shrink away to nothing.

Miss Flo grabbed a handful of Dinah’s hair and gave a harsh yank. “What are you doing carting coal through the waiting room, anyway? I don’t want that mess in my parlor.”

A few smudges of coal dust would hardly be noticed among the years’ accumulation of tobacco stains and muddy prints on the worn carpet. But Dinah ducked her head and mumbled meekly, “I’m sorry, Miss Flo.”

“I know you’re sorry, but that doesn’t answer my question.” Miss Flo’s voice was as sharp as the teacher’s—the one who berated Dinah for wearing the same dress to school every day and checked her head for lice in front of the whole class. “We’ve got a back door to the kitchen. Why didn’t you use it?”

Dinah winced and stood as still as she could to keep her hair from being pulled from her scalp. “I couldn’t get in through the back. The door’s blocked.”

“By what?”

Miss Flo’s newest girl, Trudy, liked to meet one of the deputies on the back stoop. He was so tall Trudy had to stand on the stoop for their lips to meet. The image of them pressed so tight together not even a piece of paper could come between them was seared into Dinah’s memory. But she wouldn’t tattle. It was bad enough she had to listen to the taunts in school and on the streets of town. She wouldn’t set herself up for belittling under the only roof she’d ever called home.

When Dinah didn’t answer, Miss Flo growled and released her hair with another vicious yank. “Get that coal out of here.”

Dinah bent over to grab the handle of the discarded bucket.

Miss Flo kicked her in the rear end, knocking her on her face. “And don’t let me see you traipsing through this room again. Next time I might not be around to stop the men from taking their pleasure from you.” She stepped over
Dinah, the full layers of her bold-yellow skirt rustling. “All right, fellas, how about some music while you wait?” Men cheered and whistled. Miss Flo, her smile wide, plopped onto the upright piano’s round stool and began thumping out a raucous tune. Drunken voices raised in song.

Dinah scrambled to her feet, grabbed the coal bucket, and raced from the room. She darted straight to the coal box in the corner and leaned against the wall, panting. So close… Jamie’d come so close to claiming her lips. She covered her mouth with trembling fingers as Miss Flo’s warning screamed through her mind. The proprietress often screeched idle threats in Dinah’s direction, but this one was real. The older she got, the more likely it became that the men who flocked to the Yellow Parrot after sundown seven days a week would see her as more than Untamable Tori’s unfortunate accident.

The cook, a hulk of a man with a bald head and forearms the size of hams, glanced in Dinah’s direction. “You gonna dump that coal in the hopper or just stand there hugging the bucket?”

Dinah gave a start. “S-sorry, Rueben.” She tipped the bucket and dumped the coal into its holding tank. Black dust sifted upward. Some of the black bits were sucked up inside her nose. She dropped the dented bucket with a clatter and turned to cough into her cupped hands.

Rueben stirred a wooden spoon through a pot on the massive cast-iron Marvel range. The rich smell of rum rose. Another cabinet pudding in the making—Tori’s favorite. For years Dinah had suspected Rueben was sweet on her mother, and when Dinah had been much younger, she harbored the whimsical idea that he might be her father. But when she asked him, hoping she’d finally get to call somebody Pa, he laughed so hard she scuttled away in embarrassment. Now, at the wise age of sixteen, she realized the question of her paternity would never be answered. Not with Tori’s occupation being what it was. Dinah inched toward the stove where the scent of the pudding’s sauce would be stronger. The smell of rum on someone’s breath turned her stomach, but somehow when rum was blended with cream and sugar, it became delightful. She leaned in, and Rueben grinned knowingly.

“Wantin’ a sniff, are you?”

Everyone who called the Yellow Parrot home and everyone who visited knew better than to disturb Rueben when he was cooking. He considered preparing tasty dishes an art, and he tolerated no intrusion on his concentration. But he’d never sent Dinah away. She nodded.

“Well, tip on in here, then.”

She put her face over the pot’s opening. Steam wisped around her chin, filling her nostrils with the sweet, rich aroma. The foul smells from the parlor drifted away, and Dinah released a sigh of satisfaction.

“All right, move back now. I need to dump this over the sponge cake an’ get it in the oven if it’s gonna be done by suppertime.”

Suppertime at the Yellow Parrot was served well after midnight. More often than not, Dinah was asleep by then and didn’t have any supper. But Rueben always put a filled plate in the stove’s hob for her breakfast. Rueben poured the thick sauce over chunks of sponge cake dotted with chopped figs and currants. She licked her lips. “What else are you fixing besides the pudding?”

“Got a leg of lamb with cherry sauce slow bakin’ in the oven out back. I tucked in some whole sweet potatoes studded with cloves, too—I’ll mash ’em with pecans and cinnamon.”

Dinah’s mouth watered.

“Plannin’ to steam a batch of brussels sprouts and fix up a cream sauce to pour over ’em to kill the smell. You know how your ma pinches her nose when I fix those things. But she always gobbles them up anyway.” He shrugged. “Nothin’ much.” Rueben moved to the washbasin and began trimming the thick stems from the brussels sprouts with a flick of a paring knife.

She should go upstairs. Her duties for the day were done, and unlike Miss Flo’s girls, she didn’t have the luxury of sleeping until noon. But instead, Dinah perched on a stool in the corner and watched Rueben work. She preferred the kitchen to any other room in the stately old house outside of town that Miss Flo had turned into a place of business. The good smells, the warm stove, the clean-scrubbed floor and work counters—Rueben wouldn’t allow even a speck of dirt to mar his domain—provided her truest sense of “home.” Until Rueben told her to get on up to her room, she’d stay.

Rueben sent a brief frown in her direction. “I heard the commotion in the parlor.”

He had? “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

“You were in there durin’ working hours. That’s wrong.” Dinah’s face flamed.

Rueben tucked the pudding into the oven, closed the door as gently as a mother placing a blanket on her sleeping newborn, then faced her. He put his beefy hands on his hips. Although he didn’t scowl, his huge presence was intimidating enough. “I know why you used the front door instead of the back.

I’m gonna tell Flo she needs to keep a tighter rein on Trudy. But that don’t excuse you. You’ve gotta defend yourself, Dinah. You ain’t a little girl anymore.” Dinah cringed, recalling the way Max’s hand had roved across her rib cage. Although not as buxom as her mother’s, her chest strained against the tight bodice of her one calico dress. She was womanly now. And in a place like this, being womanly was an invitation.

He went on in the same blunt tone—not kind, not harsh, but matter-offact—as if Dinah should already know these things. “If you want to carry coal through the back door, then you need to tell whoever’s in the way to step aside. If you don’t want somebody pestering you, then you need to come right out and tell ’em to leave you alone. If you don’t want to stay in a brothel, then you need to pack a bag an’ move on.”

Dinah’s jaw fell slack. She’d never had the  courage to stand up to the sniggering schoolboys or snooty girls who  taunted her. How could Rueben expect her to be brave enough to set out on her own? He’d lost his senses. “Where would I go? What would I do?”

He sauntered to the oak secretary where he planned his meals and made shopping lists. He pulled down the drop door that formed a desktop and reached into one of the cubbies. When he turned, he held a scrap of newsprint that he laid flat against the desk’s scarred surface. “C’mere.” On quivering legs, Dinah obeyed.

He tapped one sausage-sized finger on the paper. “Read this.”

She leaned over the desk. The dim light made it difficult for her to make out the print, but she read slowly, painstakingly, reciting it word for word inside her head. “Wanted: Young women 18 to 30 years of age, of good moral character, attractive, and intelligent, to waitress in Harvey Eating Houses on the Santa Fe in the West. Wages: $17.50 per month with room and board. Liberal tips customary. Experience not necessary. Write Fred Harvey, Union Depot,
Kansas City, Missouri.”

The reading complete, she hunkered into herself, deeply stung. Didn’t Miss Flo call her an ugly duckling? Didn’t the teacher at school remind her on the days she managed to attend classes she should just stay away because she’d never amount to anything? She was neither attractive nor intelligent and everyone knew it. Why would Rueben—the one person who’d been kind to her—tease her this way?

He bumped her shoulder. “What’d you think?”

She set her jaw and refused to answer.

He caught her chin between his thumb and finger and raised her face. “There’s your chance. Write to this Fred Harvey. Get yourself outta here.” Rueben had chided her to speak up and say what she thought. She jerked her chin free of his grasp and spouted, “He won’t take me! I’m— I’m—” She couldn’t bring herself to repeat the hurtful words people had thrown at her all her life. So she said, “I’m only sixteen.”

He snorted. “You won’t be sixteen forever. An’ with hotels an’ restaurants poppin’ up along the railroad line all the way to California, he’ll be needing waitresses for a good long while.” He folded the advertisement and pressed it into Dinah’s palm. “Keep that. Write to him when your eighteenth birthday’s past. Because, girlie, sure as my pudding’ll come out of that oven browned just right and tastin’ like heaven, if you stay here, you’re gonna end up bein’ one of
Flo’s girls.” He curled his hand around hers, his big fingers strong yet tender. “Wouldn’t you rather be one of Harvey’s girls?”

Meet the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their four feline companions. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and nine grandchildren.

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KlassyTots More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer paints a picture of redemption and forgiveness in not one but many lives in this novel. I have been itching to read Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books after reading a review of 'My Heart Remembers,' So I immediately snatched the opportunity to read Through the Deep Waters when it came out. As much as I love the author and really wanted to love this book, I thought that it was just OK. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Not because I don't like the book, I mean I finished it in 2days. But I think I have read many of such novels and I really expected this one to have something different. Aside that; The premise of the story in this book is interesting and the message is so beautiful, it is a story we at some point can tell of ourselves and people around us. We all struggle with some sort of brokenness in our lives which makes Dinah and Amos so relatable. I believe you will receive some encouragement that can help you overcome the wounds of your troubled pasts in order to find love and hope for the future. Every once in a while, novels such as this will have a message for us that we need to hear, and this book has a few of them waiting to be picked up on.
MitziAB 9 days ago
I picked up a book and Chicago first, then into Clifton of Mr. harvey’s hotels, in Florence, Kansas. No, i have never visited the area, though I would love to see the opulence that set the hotels apart from others. With just a few words I became Dinah, though I have never met her, been in her circumstance or experienced her tragedies. I became her, because I identified with her thoughts and emotions. As a female, I think I can speak for all of us, we have had secrets, felt alone, rejected, unwanted at some point in our life, and dreamt of a prince to find us, and whisk us away.i loved how faith was woven into the threads of her life, and how Ruthie, though a minister’s daughter learnt to understand life. There are parts of me in Ruthie, as well as in Dinah, and even in Amos. Kim is an awesome writer because she can shed light on the dark moments of life and show how beauty can come from ashes. Thank you to Waterbrook Publishing through their Blogging For Books program for the opportunity to read this book. I received a free book for the purpose of writing an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
mackenzie_carol 4 months ago
Through the Deep Waters is a book I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time, especially since I purchased it a while back, and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it this past week. I’ve been a fan of Kim’s for a long time, and have read a decent number of her books, but I have to say this is by far one of my favorites that she’s written. There was just so much pain and suffering in the beginning of this story, and that just made the story all that much dearer to my heart and the redemptive ending all that much sweeter. Dinah Hubley stole my heart from the very beginning. With all that she had been through in her short life, from being raised in a brothel and being shunned by everyone around her to facing a horrible decision and finding no way to escape, I couldn’t help but feel an immense amount of compassion for her. Plus, despite her standoffish ways with those around her at the Clifton Hotel, she really is just the sweetest and even most innocent—yes, I mean innocent—characters in this book. If you read this book, you’ll see exactly what I’m saying. Every time I saw her struggle with nightmares or fears or anything else connected to her past my heart went out to her, and I was so excited once I finally got to the end as I was dying to see her become a new creation in Christ. Amos Ackerman was another fabulous character in this novel. Although I didn’t come to love him nearly as quickly as Dinah, I still realized his value fairly early on in the story. He was so sweet and accepting of Dinah in the beginning, even though she wasn’t sure she deserved it at the time, and I loved him for that. Though I had some moments when I was fairly irritated at him for one thing or other, I still loved him in the end, and that’s what matters. All in all, I really loved this book, and I can happily give it all five bookshelves. It is such a great story of God’s love and true forgiveness and redemption, and I just couldn’t help but love every minute of it. I was so touched by Dinah’s story and the way Kim weaved God’s redemptive love through every part, and I know I will be reading this book someday again in the near future. I highly recommend it as a story that will definitely touch your heart and make you realize just how great God is, and I can promise that it is definitely one you will enjoy. (This review is from my blog,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and enjoyed them. I picked this one up and was excited to read it.  But I was terribly disappointed. This book displayed sin very vividly and plainly. For those girls who have been sheltered by their parents from the world and it's evils, this is not a good story. I was repulsed by this book. The graphic images were revolting. I threw the book down and will not finish it. Please take my word for it--do not let a young girl who has been saved from seeing the sinfulness of this world read this book. It will scar her, ruin her. It took my a long time of prayer and deep breathing to set my heart and mind at rest. I know the story ends up well and  is good, but it is not worth reading for me  or my sisters. I would have given this book no stars if I could. Please, shelter your girls as much as you can. They do not need to read these things.
Writer4God More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors and I've yet to read a book by her that I didn't like. It was well written and had good characters, though a couple of them annoyed me at times, but they redeemed themselves by the end of the book. One thing I like about Kim is that she doesn't drag scenes on forever, which keeps the book moving at a nice pace. This novel was very sweet and emotional, and probably one of the most inspiring books I've read. While some Christian books I've read seem to have hardly anything to do with God in them, Kim always has a way of incorporating Him into her stories in a beautiful way. I give this book a five star rating. I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Heart-tugging story about a Harvey Girl. Through The Deep Waters was my introduction to Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, and honestly, I'm surprised I haven't picked them up before. One of the things that made me pick up this book is the Harvey Girl theme. Ever since I watched the old Judy Garland movie The Harvey Girls, I have really enjoyed reading stories about them. In a day and age where waitressing was NOT respectable, the Harvey Girls WERE respectable young women. In many ways they pioneered the profession for young women today. An emotional book, Through The Deep Waters is a story that most of us can relate to in one way or another. This isn't just Dinah's story but it is also Amos's and Ruth's, each of them having much to learn about God's love, forgiveness, friendship, and true love. This is a well-told story and I found it to be very emotionally compelling. It not only entertains but leaves you contemplating your own life, and where you need both forgiveness and to forgive. As I read the book, it faintly reminded me of the Biblical Hosea and Gomer. I have no idea if the author intended it but personally I liked that little thread running through the story. Fans of Kim Vogel Sawyer, historical fiction, or Harvey Girl stories will love Through The Deep Waters. (I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Kim I have picked up, although I have heard she is wonderful writer. I’ve discovered myself it’s true. In Through the Deep Waters Kim weaves a story of heartache and hope. From the first chapter this book gripped me and drew me into Dinah’s story. She is living under horrible conditions and reaches a point of wanting to escape and help her mother all at the same time. She tried to be honorable and to the right thing but when things don’t work out she does what she never thought she would do. Wounded and afraid Dinah tries to build a new life in Florence, Kansas but her past is always right behind her. She lives in fear of someone finding out her secret, the horrible thing she did. My favorite line in the whole book is when Dinah meets Amos for the first time and she sees his limp. She asks him, “What broke you?” It reminded me that some people’s brokenness is on the outside for all to see while others carry their brokenness inside and we can hide it more easily, such is the case with Dinah, but it always spills out. Another important character in this book is Ruthie, Dinah’s roommate at The Clifton. Ruthie tries to reach out to Dinah but Dinah continually pushes her away, she won’t let anyone get too close. Being in Dinah’s head is a bit depressing at times, she’s so sad. But Kim does a great job of having a thread of hope as Amos sees more in Dinah and as Ruthie struggles with her own feelings toward her new roommate. I knew redemption would come but I didn’t know how and you’ll just have to read the book to see how Kim works it all out. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book as always met my expectations.  Kim Vogel Sawyer never disappoints me.  Her characters are always first rate.  It was nice to read a book in this time period and showing a girl that wants to improve herself.  Along the way she finds friendship and romance.  She overcomes a big obstacle of where she was born to become  someone  who learns to trust God.  I am looking forward to the next book by Kim.  I received this ebook for a fair and honest opinion from Blogging for books.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting Christian Historical Fiction set in 1883 Chicago, Illinois and Florence, Kansas. "A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all" (from the back cover) From a Chicago brothel, to a hotel chambermaid in Kansas, Dinah may just find the forgiveness she so seeks and the love she never thought to find. An excellent tale of redemption, faith, healing, forgiveness and love. Written with the right mixture of romance, and emotional drama, and faith. Ms. Sawyer has once again written a tale that will capture any readers' heart and hold their interest from beginning to end. The characters are enticing, engaging, and intriguing. The storyline is very interesting, as well as will hold your heart and thoughts. A unique take on redemption, grace, mercy and the power of God's love and forgiveness. Emotional and compelling, I enjoyed watching Dinah go from shame to learning to accept a gift she so desperately needed and finding the love to turn her world around. A must read! Ms. Sawyer never fails to deliver a most powerful and merciful tale! Highly recommend! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Oh my, what a sweet, sweet story! Kim Vogel Sawyer chooses tough topics and turns them into grace filled masterpieces. Dinah's story is no exception. From the first pages of the story to the end, I was captured in the emotions. The story flowed smoothly over the pages. It's been a while since a book has moved me to tears, but this story did that and more. The characters, especially Dinah, were flawlessly written. I've read several stories about girls with Dinah's background, but I can't remember one that has faced the same turmoil and degradation as Dinah. Watching her struggle through life afterwards was heartbreaking and at times I wanted to shake her! That, to me, made the story more realistic. Amos Ackerman was also a refreshing character. He wasn't the "perfect" male character that a lot of romance novels contain. He had a physical imperfection, and was also starkly human. He had his flaws. Ruthie was a breath of fresh air at some points, and also a great supporting character for Dinah. Even though she was written very human, she exemplified the Christian faith and how a Christian should act. All of the characters, Dinah, Amos, and Ruthie, had to struggle to accept the message God had for them. Dinah struggles to accept the fact that she is not worthless in God's eyes. Amos struggles to come to grips with the fact that God knows what's best for him and keeping his eyes on God's will for his life. Ruthie struggles to understand God's will for her life might not be her own and she needs to pray and listen for her answer. Overall, the story was sweet and refreshing. It provides an overwhelming sense of God's grace and love for all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace: whose mind is stayed on thee..." Isaiah 26:3 **I received this book for free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! Through the Deep Waters was a very powerful book! I was so drawn into this story and felt very connected with the characters. The author did a wonderful job of capturing human nature in this book. Whether she was relating the sense of loneliness and hurt that Dinah usually carried around, the jealousy that sprung up from another chambermaid when she felt slighted, or the hope of true love, I rode the highs and lows with these characters. Dinah has only known hardship in her life as the daughter of a prostitute, and hopes for a new start in Kansas. Amos has known his own hardship and carries the evidence in a noticeable limp. One person damaged on the inside and one on the outside. Watching the hand of God moving through this story was amazing! Dinah’s hurt and guilt is so deep. Will she ever be able to understand that there is a way to be truly washed clean? And when Amos learns the truth of Dinah’s past, will he be able to see her through God’s eyes or will she always be stained to him? I was very impressed with this book. Even though it dealt with some pretty heavy issues, including prostitution and rape, it was an amazingly uplifting book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Zelma More than 1 year ago
This by far is my favorite book by Kim Sawyer. The subject matter is a bit hard to read, in the beginning. BUT stick with it. It has such a wonderful message of Love, Strength, and a deep longing to become something more. Dinah grew up in a whore house. Her mom hid her away, She was not even allowed to call her mom, MOM. She would lose business that way. Dinah had a deep respect for the cook, and he loved her too. What she needed more than anything was a desire to be loved. Then when her mom took sick, something terrible happened. She was able to leave and start a new life as a Harvey girl. There she goes on a path of self discovery, friendship, and possibility of love. What would people do when they found out where she grew up? Would they shun her and fire her. Or would they love her. This is a charming story with a very strong message, I feel will touch the hearts of so many who have been hurt in the way Dinah has. If her heart can be mended so can Yours.
britkirk More than 1 year ago
Through the Deep Waters Kim Vogel Sawyer Random House May 6, 2014 Back Cover Description: 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? My Review: A great inspirational story to read! Each major character in this story is searching for guidance, but they afraid due to their circumstances or past. This novel is a great reminder to us that no matter what is going on in our lives God will never leave us or forsake us. This novel will leave you very encouraged and full of hope. I recommend pick up a copy and getting lost within its pages. Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
nutsforgoodbooks More than 1 year ago
This is a book about wounded people, unconditional love, and emotional healing. Written in Kim Vogel Sawyer's gentle story-telling voice, this tale of heartache and guilt will touch your heart and remain in your thoughts. Set in the Old West with a Harvey Girls theme, it captures the time period very well.  Though handled carefully, the subject matter is intense and dark. For this reason I would recommend this novel for late-teens and up.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the person we have a difficult time forgiving is ourselves. Sin has a way of doing that. Ingraining itself into your soul, tormenting you every minute of the day and night, reminding you of your mistakes over and over again. Yet nothing can free us from that feeling unless we are willing to turn it over to God first. Nothing we do, can erase that guilt and sin like He can. In Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest novel, Through the Deep Waters, Dinah Hubley has lived every girls nightmare. Making a decision at 16 to save her mother from being thrown out on the streets when she became ill working at the Yellow Parrot, a brothel in 1883 in Chicago, she does the unthinkable. When the owner of the brothel, Flo, informs her that no one stays for free in her hotel unless she can pay, she offers Dinah a one time opportunity for just the man willing to pay her to settle her debts to care for her mother. She takes Flo up on her offer and suddenly realizes her mistake, But before she can leave, the man refuses to let her go and forces Dinah to fulfill her commitment. Knowing that she will be forever scarred by that one act, she flees to Kansas to work as a Harvey Girl as a server in their hotel. She hopes with distance, she can leave her past in Chicago. Only the night terrors and guilt will keep her in bondage even at her new job. Since she isn't quite 18, she takes a position as a chambermaid, cleaning rooms with another girl, Ruthie, who hopes that they will become close friends. But since Dinah carries so much guilt with her, she can't even see the honest friendship that Ruthie is offering her. Instead she forces herself to remain alone in a self imposed prison hoping to do her work well enough to get hired as a server. But Dinah's beauty will only serve as an invitation to many men who fancy her good looks, and none more so than the local chicken farmer, Amos Ackerman. He's been praying to God to send him and wife, but knows that the wagon accident he had a child living him with a limb, will likely live him living alone without the possibility of a wife or family. He can only hope that someday, someone like Dinah might see something more in him than the disability that limits what he can do! Will God find a way to answer his prayers or will be forced to live a life all alone with nothing but his chickens for company? I received Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer compliments of Waterbrook Multnomah for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is such a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption among the least of us that deserve it. It also highlights the awareness to childhood sexual abuse and the implications that can be carried throughout the lives of those impacted for years. Just the burden they have to carry with them can be more painful than the act itself and one they feel that they are to blame. Such a beautiful story of how happily ever afters can happen even in light of something so horrible! I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars. A reading discussion guide is included at the conclusion of this novel for book clubs.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Through the Deep Waters is probably the most heart wrenching of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s novels. Within the first couple of chapters, I found myself grabbing the tissues and kept turning the pages to see what happens next. Many women who ever been in the character Dinah’s situation, need to read this book. I found it to be comforting and really soothing to my mind, body, and soul. Anyone who wants to read a novel with a powerful message that stays with you, then you have got to pick this one up.  This novel reminds me why Kim Vogel Sawyer has been my favorite author the last few years when I discovered her. Well done, Kim! I highly highly recommend this novel. I believe it will be my favorite book for this year, if not of all time.  5 and many more stars.