Through the Deep Waters: A Novel

Through the Deep Waters: A Novel

by Kim Vogel Sawyer


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Through the Deep Waters: A Novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307731296
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,203,921
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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Through the Deep Waters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.