I love Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, and I am a great fan of historical fiction, but I had a terrible time getting into "What Once Was Lost" to the point of being unable to finish it. I found the story to be way too far from anything that could truthfully have happened in the era she writes about. I could not envision a single woman running a house for the poor, or her ability to place several of those from the poorhouse without difficulty after a fire destroys most of the property. Especially one of the main characters, a blind boy left with a single man in town who forms a friendship with him as the story progresses. My apologies to Kim Vogel Sawyer. I hate to leave any author a less than stellar review, because I know how much of themselves they pour into their work. I take full responsibility for not loving Kim Vogel Sawyer's newest book.
This book was provided to me free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.