What Once Was Lost

What Once Was Lost

Kim Vogel Sawyer / May 30, 2020

What Once Was Lost A woman meant to serve a child in the dark a man standing apart can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them On a small Kansas farm Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of po

  • Title: What Once Was Lost
  • Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • ISBN: 9780307731258
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • A woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaA woman meant to serve, a child in the dark, a man standing apart can these three souls embrace a God with new plans for them On a small Kansas farm, Christina Willems lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals who count on her leadership and have come to see the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home But when a fire breaks out in the kitchen leaving the house inhabitable, she must scramble to find shelter for all in her care, scattering her dear family With no other options, Christina is forced to approach Levi Jonnson, a reclusive mill owner, to take in a young blind boy named Tommy Kilgore Levi agrees with reluctance but finds himself surprised by the bond that quickly grows between him and Tommy As obstacles to repairing the farm pile up against Christina, she begins to question her leadership ability and wonders if she can fulfill the mission to which she s dedicated her life And when an old adversary challenges Christina, will she find an unlikely ally or in the aloof Levi Can Levi reconcile with the rejection that led to his hermit like existence and open his heart and life to something , especially a relationship with a loving God

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      • Kim Vogel Sawyer

        Award winning, bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer told her kindergarten teacher that someday people would check out her book in the library The little girl dream came true in 2006 with the release of Waiting for Summer s Return Kim s titles now exceed 1.5 million copies and are available in six different language A former elementary school teacher, she now enjoys a full time writing and speaking ministry Kim s passion lies in writing stories that point the reader to a deeper, intimate relationship with God When Kim isn t writing, you ll find her traveling with her retired military hubby, spoiling her granddarlings, petting the cats, quilting, or as time allows participating in community theater You can learn about Kim s writing and speaking ministries at her website, KimVogelSawyer.


    1. Faith and hope have the potential to help desperate characters overcome overwhelming odds -- they just have to believe in themselves enough to make things happen. Sawyer has chosen to tell the story from multiple points of view and that made for more of a fulfilling read for me, though it did lessen the emphasis on the romance between Christina and Levi.Christina has been managing the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor on her own after her father's death. I love the way the novel begins -- giving [...]

    2. Read Chapter OneAuthor's BioChristina's parents ran a charitable poor farm until their deaths, and now the responsibility falls to Christina herself, a young woman who harbors a deep compassion for the downtrodden. When a fire displaces Christina and the poor farm tenants, she struggles to find places for her little family, at least until the mission board sends the funds to rebuilt. Little Tommy is the hardest one to place, since his blindness makes him a perceived liability around the house, b [...]

    3. A fire destroys the kitchen of Brambleville, Kansas’ poor farm house, displacing Christina Willems and her charges. The townsfolk open their doors to provide refuge for each one—except young Tommy Kilgore, a blind boy. Christina wonders, “Why did people find it so easy to turn him away?” (page 12) As a last resort, she approaches the town hermit about harboring the boy until she can get the poor farm house repaired.Levi Jonnson doubts the woman’s claim that the inconvenience will be te [...]

    4. This was the first book that I have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I will say her writing style is great and keeps the story flowing nicely.We start off the story with Christina Willems running the poor farm that she and her father had run for years in Brambleville Kansas. Not long ago, Christina had lost her father and she had taken up sole care of the poor farm and the people who live there. However, the peace that surrounds the people there doesn't last long when they are roused in the middle of t [...]

    5. Set in Kansas in the late 1800’s, this thoroughly captivating story with its skilfully crafted charming characters and unique story-line, completely grabbed my attention and my heart from the very beginning. Christina Willems faithfully runs the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, having taken over after the passing of her father. The poor and displaced individuals that live in this beautiful old 3-story Victorian house have in a sense become Christina’s family. She has opened her heart fully [...]

    6. This book had a great plot and lots of good plot twists! Some great inspiring themes, as well. I really enjoyed it.Christina was a nice, servant-hearted, human heroine. She was such a good example of showing God's love to others and keeping a positive outlook- however, like I said, she was human, and got a bit down like we all do at times- so it was nice to see her pull through.It was really interesting reading the parts of the book from Tommy's point of view; I'd never read a book where one of [...]

    7. What Once Was Lost is a beautifully written story set in the late 1800's. When the book opens, we meet Christina Willems. She lives on a farm that is supported by a missions board. Here, she provides food, care and lodgings for poor people. There are quite a few people living on the farm, relying on Christina. She inherited the running of this poor farm from her father, and it is all Christina knows. When tragedy strikes, and she and the fellow residents must scramble to find other housing, will [...]

    8. What Once Was Lost is set in Brambleton, Kansas in 1890. Christina runs a poor farm until a fire breaks out and damages the home. All of the residents has to find temporary homes while the house is being repaired. One of the residents that I loved is Tommy, a young blond boy. Christina found a temporary home for him with the local mill owner, Levi. Tommy and Levi quickly develop a bond with one another. After many obstacles, Christina wonders if she will be able to reopen the poor house. Will sh [...]

    9. I loved this book - but then I say that about all of Kim's books. She has a wonderful way of drawing the reader in to make you feel like you are actually part of that place and time. I fell in love with Tommy. What a strong willed, smart boy he is! You will love him too! I hope in the future Ms. Sawyer will let us know what he was like as an adult. This book gives you everything you look for in a good book. It has drama, tears, laughter, suspense but most of all an underlying faith that pulls th [...]

    10. In this newest book What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Christina runs a poor farm for people who are down and out, the ones that everyone else has turned their back on. She gives them a home, food, Bible lessons and most of all love. She loves to be needed by them and thinks of them as her family. Then there is a fire and she has to take them into town and find places for them all to stay until the home can be fixed. She gets every one placed but Tommy who is blind and so she turns to Levi [...]

    11. Set in Kansas in the late 1800's, "What Once Was Lost" is a poignant and ultimately uplifting tale of hardship, endurance, spiritual renewal, and connecting by heart. Author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a skilled story teller whose historical detail, well-developed characters, and interesting story line will keep the reader involved until the last page is turned. After her father's death, Christina Willems assumes the responsibility for the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, a refuge for displaced indigen [...]

    12. What Once Was Lost” by Kim Vogel Sawyer is definitely a five star novel. I think this is my third book that I have read by her and they are all winners. They all make you feel that love is possible and that God wants the best for us. Her books are Christian fiction but I think even unbelievers will enjoy reading them as they are not “preachy” but in this story especially Kim Vogel Sawyer makes the readers aware that “ we are all in need of forgiveness and points out several truths that C [...]

    13. Set against the backdrop of a Kansas "Poor Farm" in 1890, Kim tells a story of loss and hope, love, hardship and so much more. This type of farm is home to those people, who through no fault of their own find themselves destitute. For some it is just that they are older and unable to make a living, for others it may be illness. Trying to carry on the work her father started with some of the people genteel society wants nothing to do with, Christina Willems is constantly running into difficulties [...]

    14. “What Once Was Lost” is a sweet prairie historical. I’m not sure I would necessarily classify it as romance, because there wasn’t much of such added to this novel, but there was plenty of character discovery and growth.I will say I was disappointed in the lack of romance across the whole of this book. Not because I can only read and enjoy a historical romance, but because I have come to expect it and felt the story was more “single minded” in the way of the struggles based around sav [...]

    15. Kim Vogel Sawyer has written a moving story of unconditional love in What Once Was Lost. Christina loves the people who she cares for in the Mission Board-supported Asylum for the Poore little blind boy, the young woman desperately trying to hide a pregnancy and othersWhen a fire forces them out of the home they share, Christina must find people in the community to take the people in. Levi Johnson proves to be far more valuable to Tommy and to her than she or Levi ever imagined. I felt like I wa [...]

    16. Kim Vogel Sawyer brings us another heartwarming historical romance! In What One Was Lost, Christina Willems is a caretaker of a "Poor Farm" in Kansas in 1890. Following in her father's footsteps, she believes she is called to care for those who are in need. She does her job well and is loved by those in her care. But when fire destroys her home she must spread out her "family" to stay with others. Christina feels lost and discouraged and longs to bring everyone back together. She is especially c [...]

    17. This was such a sweet story! Kim Vogel Sawyer has such a way with words. I loved it! View my full review here.

    18. I'm a sucker for historical fiction in general, but Sawyer really goes above and beyond. In What Once Was Lost, I was not disappointed. Sawyer's attention to detail allows me as the reader to feel as if I understood what it would be like to live in times past. Not only is the historical accuracy there, but there is something unique about Sawyer historical fiction as compared to other historical fiction authors I have read. Sawyer present a setting or event with which I was, as I would expect mos [...]

    19. I only have 2 real complaints. The first is that too much of it was transparent. It was really obvious who had caused the major problems and the antagonist's cookie cutter behavior was predictable enough to irritate me. The other was that everyone's characters remained stagnant for a long time while not much happened. I didn't need a lot of drama, it just seemed to have been drawn out long enough and I was ready for it to end around chapter 30. I was dismayed to find around chapter 33 that the a [...]

    20. Great readAn excellent story of love, compassion, broken lives, pain, forgiveness, mended hearts, and restoration. Another good book by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

    21. To me, this book had a very slow start. Or maybe I just had a hard time getting into it. But it ended well when I kept going!

    22. Beautiful storyI loved the conflicts and how the author worked them out. I liked the Christian overtones. Must read for parents

    23. I loved it!Mrs. Sawyer is an excellent writer who creates believable stories with endearing characters. I loved this book! Would recommend to everyone.

    24. Christina Willems life is about serving. She Lovingly shepherds a group of poor and displaced individuals on a small Kansas farm. Her charges count on her leadership and have come to see Brambleville Asylum for the Poor as their home. But when a fire breaks out and makes their home unlivable, Christina must scramble to find shelter for all her charges, scattering her "family". Levi Jonnson is a mill owner and a notorious recluse. So when he is approached about taking in Tommy Kilgore, a young bl [...]

    25. Favorite Scene:He took her by the elbow and turned her toward his house. "Let's get you back, and then I'll set out again."She jerked loose. "No! Mr. johnson, please, I must keep looking for the boys. They are my responsibility." Tears glistened in the corner of her eyes. "I must find them."Even though she spoke the words in a rasping whisper, her tone held an intense fervency. Levi frowned. "What does it matter who finds them as long as their found?""It matters." She turned her gaze away, her c [...]

    26. What Once Was Lost is a cozy read that embarks a gentle journey of sacrifice, healing and hope, leaving any Kim Vogel Sawyer fan pleased!So when I heard that Kim Vogel Sawyer had another novel that was to be published shortly I immediately wanted to read it! I've read several of her books in the past, and have devoted a healthy chunk of my bookshelf to her novels, which I've sort of collected over the past few months. So naturally, when I saw it up to review, I proceeded to finish the book I was [...]

    27. 3.5 starsWhat Once was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a Christian historical romance novel set in late 1800s Kansas. Although consistently layered with religious undertones, the novel primarily explores the current affairs of Christina Willems, the owner of a "poor farm," or asylum for those whose life circumstances have left them without home or family. When the farm is partially burned down, Christina must quickly find temporary homes for her residents, including Tommy, a blind 11-year-old boy, w [...]

    28. Thursday, October 31, 2013What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer, ©2013I love the detail!The garden! Before long they'd need to plant vegetables and put in their corn and hay crop for animal feed. She'd always been proud of how much money she saved by canning vegetables and gathering berries and nuts to feed the poor farm residents. Would the board delay repairing the house until it was too late for Wes and her to plant seeds for a good harvest? She picked up the pen once more and added a remin [...]

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