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In 1890s Kansas, Christina Willems runs the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor on a farm under the auspices of a church organization. When a kitchen fire forces the residents to find new homes temporarily, Christina asks local mill owner Levi Johnson to take in Tommy Kilgore, an unwanted blind boy. Levi grudgingly accepts and finds himself encouraging Tommy to learn to stand on his own and be as self-sufficient as he can. Meanwhile, Christina faces increasing problems related to reopening the asylum, and even with Levi's help, her patchwork family may be separated forever. VERDICT Multiple award-winning Sawyer (Sweet Sanctuary; My Heart Remembers) has written another gentle historical sure to please fans and win new readers.