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Fields of Grace

by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Lillian Vogt, her husband Reinhardt, and their three sons live in the Mennonite village of Gnadenfeld in Russia. Originally these peaceful settlers were exempt from military service, but now that has changed. and, with their eldest son almost of age, they have no option but to emigrate. Their destination is Kansas, where they will plant their wheat and live as farmers in a free land. But they have a long, hard sea voyage to endure first, and when things go wrong, Lillian finds herself entering into an unwelcome agreement with her husbandís adopted brother, Eli.

This is a novel that sucks the reader in from the first page, as Lillian mourns having to leave the place she calls home for an uncertain future. Her faith—and that of other characters—is certainly tested as all kinds of troubles beset them, but how they overcome their misfortunes makes for inspiring reading. I also found this book to be a real page turner, and Kansas came to life with the descriptions of what it must have been like to be a settler in those days. Anybody who enjoys historical fiction ought to like this novel, but the Christian message gives it an extra (and special) dimension. Iíll certainly be looking out for more of this authorís books.

The Book

Bethany House (Baker Publishing)
September 2009
0764205080 / 9780764205088
Historical Romance / Inspirational Fiction / 1872 Kansas
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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