Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer, ©2013

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"From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

   --Psalm 61:2 NIV

Queens, New York
July 1944

Micah Hatcher receives an astonishing letter that sets him on a journey he never would have expected. He is summoned to Boston, Massachusetts, to answer a charge against him. At this point, it is a charge against the heart and not of law.
His mother's voice tiptoed through his mind: "Son, whatever comes your way, the good Lord knew it was comin' and has a solution in mind. Trust Him to guide you." The letter might have caught Micah by surprise, but nothing came as a surprise to God.
   --Sweet Sanctuary, 9
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?

In 1940, Dr. Micah Hatcher and nurse Lydia Eldredge were stationed at the same medical base before she was suddenly called home to Boston. Dr. Hatcher is now working at a mission clinic in Queens, New York, as head doctor for the immigrants in need of medical care. They meet again under different circumstances and their lives become interwoven.

Still engaged in rescuing efforts during war time, Micah and Lydia are bent on survival for those they are helping. Living miles apart, their hearts blend as their desires are the same. They go beyond themselves to help Nic Pankin restore his life. He at one time had worked for Lydia's father, and upon being reinstated, risks his own life to save Lydia's father's. How important we are in each other's lives.
The sins of his past crept from the recesses of his soul and left him feeling stained and ugly and sore. A groan hovered in his throat. He needed comfort. He needed to forget. He needed--Second Corinthians 5:17, one of the verses Micah had insisted he memorize--"Hidin' God's Word in your heart'll send bad thoughts runnin' for cover," Micah had declared--ran through Nic's mind. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Just as Micah had indicated, the sin reminder scuttled into the shadows, Nic heaved a sigh and offered a silent prayer of gratitude as the shift buzzer blasted.
   --Ibid., 262
A new life, a new hope, rescued from despair. How valuable we are in another's life. Lydia's life is changed when Justina speaks to her. Thankfully, she didn't lean on vain imaginations and destroy her life from what it could have been. So important not to assume what we think is true. Love prevails.
Her heart sang as she thought about the message she'd been given. God's plan for her was about to be revealed.
   --Ibid., 321

Kim Vogel SawyerKim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. She has more than one million copies of her books in print. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast and enjoy spending time with their three daughters and nine grandchildren. To find out more about Kim and her books, please visit sites listed below.

***Thank you to Litfuse Blog Tour for sending a copy of Sweet Sanctuary to me to review. No other compensation was received.***

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@KimVogelSawyer “Sweet Sanctuary” Cupcake Club Giveaway and Facebook Party! {4/30}

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}!


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!

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