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Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Sweet Sanctuary


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.


When I first picked up this novel I was really excited to see that Ms. Sawyer had jumped into the WWII era. I will say that the first couple of chapters were completely enthralling and pulled me in right away. That said, this novel was a bit slower (or rather more straightforward) than I would have liked and as a history lover made me question a few things. First off, I found Micah to be a bit more of a Beta male than I would have liked. He lacked a certain something to make him exciting. I also found Lydia to be a bit typecast-there was nothing very unique about her. There were quite a few references to her past though, and that made her sound infinitely more interesting than who she was in the present. I did however like the twist that entered the book three quarters in. I wasn’t expecting it and it made sense and worked really nicely in the book. Spiritually, I loved how Micah and Lydia sought the Lord for direction and how they were willing to, not only witness to someone who had caused them grief but help that person as they grew in their knowledge of God. It was a sweet book like its title.

**I received a copy from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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