Last night I stayed up till this morning finishing this book, which wasn't the smartest move I've ever made. I had a list of errands as long as my arm to accomplish and really needed to be at full functioning power, BUT I couldn't put this down. I've read quite a number of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and with minor exceptions I have LOVED every book I've read by her. She's a gifted writer with the ability to grab the reader from the very first page and not let go. Once the reader finishes one of her books, that reader wants more and will not be easily satisfied--at least I am not.
Dinah was born and raised in a brothel and wanted out in the worst way. When her mother was sick and dying, Dinah did the unthinkable to get the money to take care of her and bury her, then she left the brothel and moved to a city where the FIRST Harvey hotel, the Clifton, was located. She was hired as a chambermaid because she was too young to be a server. The first person she met in Florence, Kansas, was Amos Ackerman--a chicken farmer and a man who wanted to befriend Dinah. Dinah also met Ruthie, her soon to be roommate and the daughter of the local pastor. Through Ruthie Dinah met the most important Person she'd ever know--the Lord.
Kim has woven the gospel into her book so seamlessly, that the reader wonders how the book would work without it. When Dinah reads the story of the daughter of Jacob and Leah, she finds how her life has mirrored Dinah's from the Bible. Ruthie points out another woman that Dinah's life could mirror--the woman healed of the hemorrhage--that Dinah could receive healing from her experience from the One who heals all diseases.
My heart broke when Dinah's past caught up with her in the person who took her innocence, and Amos could not reconcile himself to what had happened to her. I wanted to stand and cheer when Dinah's boss kicked that man out of the hotel and reported him to the sheriff. That Amos was there to witness that incident was just icing on the cake.
This book is definitely FIVE STARS, two thumbs up, and an exceptionally clean room in the Clifton