Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review: What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Tommy Kilgore, a boy who is blind informs Christina Willems that they need to get everybody out of the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor building, which she is the operator of. He informs her that there is a fire in the building. Christina thinks he is wrong at first and that he smells something from the kitchen from the night before, until she notices the fire herself. She is not sure if they will be able to rescue the people in the room near the kitchen. When the fire is over and they are picking up the pieces of their lives and trying to figure out where all the residents will live she asks a man named Levi to take care of Tommy. He refuses and then reluctantly agrees with the promise that Christina will take him off his hands as soon as she finds another place for Tommy to live. It is up to the readers to discover whether or not living with Levi is hurtful to Tommy or whether living with him is a blessing to his life. It is also up to the readers to discover whether Christina and Levi are going to be able to get along as circumstances happen throughout the story.

There seemed to be more than one example of a hurting person that changes around their attitude when they are reached out to in this story. Sometimes people think they are not capable of helping but when someone asks them and they are given a chance it makes the world of difference to some of those people, even if they are not aware they could be helpful. When the residents of the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor lose their home some of them are forced to live in a place where they don’t always feel they have freedom, which is what a lot of homeless people also face in our world today when they are locked away in shelters for the night, which is for their safety to follow a set of rules but might make some people feel like they have lost some of their freedom for the time while they are staying at the shelters. There are definitely some very good themes in this story and I encourage readers to discover them all for themselves.

I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book free from Waterbrook Multomah for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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