Room for Hope Review
About the Book
Neva Shilling has a heavy load of responsibility while her husband travels to neighboring communities and sells items from his wagon. In his absence, she faithfully runs the Shilling Mercantile, working to keep their business strong as the Depression takes its toll, and caring for their twins.
When a wagon pulls up after supper, Neva and her children rush out—and into the presence of the deputy driving a wagon carrying three young children. The deputy shocks her with the news that Warren and his wife have died, insisting it was their last request that the three children go live with “Aunt Neva.”
Neva’s heart is shattered as she realizes that Warren’s month-long travels were excuses for visits with his secret family. She wants nothing more than to forget Warren, but can she abandon these innocent children to an orphanage? Yet if she takes them in, will she ever be able to see them as more than evidence of her husband’s betrayal and love them the way God does?
I really enjoyed this book! The setting is simple and a realistic small town. The drama is evident in the first chapter as Neva discovers her entire relationship with her husband has been a lie. Not only does he have a secret family, but the kids he fathered with another woman are to be in Neva’s care. This would be really difficult for any woman to discover. I think Sawyer did a great job depicting the difficulty of this situation. The children weren’t instant friends, there were problems with the family business, new relationships, and small town drama. There is a good amount of mercy and forgiveness and the ending took me by surprise.
For a small town fictional tale set in 1936 this is a delightful read.
"I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review."