SUMMARY: 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 amid 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 physical disability and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ's love. But can she ever accept the gift she so desperately needs?
REVIEW: This is a good book about how God's love can overcome anything we've done or had done to us, if we will just let Him. Dinah's past of being unloved by her own mother and growing up surrounded by lies keeps her from being open to God and his promises. Her roommate, Ruthie, grows up hearing God's word but still struggles with God's will for her life. Amos also grows up with knowing about God but struggles with his love when it looks like he won't get what he has always longed for. The author does a great job bringing the story around and showing how these characters grow in God's love and His acceptance. I love how once Dinah's secret is revealed to her supervisor, he and those who work closely with her stand up for her and support her.
This is a good book but it can be hard to read at times.
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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 daughters and grandchildren.