Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Saywer | Cupcake Club Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

Welcome to the campaign launch for Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Sweet SanctuaryA sweet and hopeful story, Sweet Sanctuary is another “winner” for Kim, say fans.

To celebrate the release Kim is giving away a Cupcake Club membership (monthly cupcake delivery!) from the amazing Magnolia Bakery in New York and hosting a Facebook Author Chat party {4/30}!

One “sweet” winner will receive:

    • Cupcakes from NYC’s Magnolia Bakery delivered to your door every month. (Eat them all yourself or share!)
    • Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer for you and four of your friends. (Start a book group — cupcakes and a “sweet” read!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the “Sweet Sanctuary” Author Chat Party on 4/30. Connect with Kim, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be fun giveaways – gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Sweet Sanctuary and join Kim on the evening of April 30th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!


{More about Sweet Sanctuary}

A Story of Hope and Love Set Against the Backdrop of World War II

Lydia Eldredge longs to provide sanctuary for her young son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky’s drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

Dr. Micah Hatcher faithfully serves the immigrant population of Queens, New York. But under cover of darkness, he has a secret mission that challenges everything he thought he wanted out of life.

When Lydia and Micah’s paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other’s callings. Together, they seek a refuge of safety–for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God puts into their lives. Amid turmoil and discord, can hope and love prevail?

Purchase a copy here.

Read an excerpt here.

Kim Vogel Sawyer

{More About Kim Vogel Sawyer}

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

Find out more about Kim at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/.


“Award-winning author Sawyer continues to craft engaging historical love stories brimming with characters who are bold in their faith. Readers drawn to gentle historical romance set during WWII will be inspired as Lydia and Micah courageously shelter the imperiled Jewish refugees God has brought into their lives.” — Booklist



    I enjoyed this slow-paced novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It was perfect for a rainy day or relaxing in the shade… I enjoyed the book, but did not feel much connection between the two main characters. The threat to her son’s safety was well-written. I admit I was a bit disappointed in the ending. All in all, the book was well-paced and relaxing. I carried it with me wherever I went, because it held my attention the entire time. While some women’s books come off superficial, the seriousness of Sweet Sanctuary is refreshing. I would recommend it for the discriminating reader.
    This was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

    Written by Reviews by Renae on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1P6SL79W47VEM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    This is a sweet story of sacrifice and love. A sad story of turmoil in the lives of children as well as adults, the way Sawyer worked out the situations and showed how God can work are wonderful. I highly recommend this one!

    Written by Deco My Heart on May 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KZT34WX2V0YQ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=098543029X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    It often takes me around 40 pages in a fictional title before I feel like I have a good grasp on the characters. That wasn’t the case with Sweet Sanctuary. I was enamored from the first few pages. The author wasted no time in jumping right into the storyline. I had a hard time putting this book down. I found myself thinking “just a few more pages” only to find myself having read a few more chapters. Energy jumped off the pages and the stamina kept its pace right up until the end. The romance aspect was a bit typical and yet the characters are realistic and I developed a genuine love for them during the story.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on April 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://theunsells.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer.html


    Sweet Sanctuary is about doing the right thing even when the odds are against you. The mystery in the book captured me from the very first chapter. There were enough unexpected twists to keep me interested, while the Christian theme of the story reminded me that God was in control, even in a fictional story.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on April 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/?p=8998

  • I assumed that Sweet Sanctuary would be just another nice romantic historical fiction like many of the ones I’ve read and reviewed over the past year. What I discovered is a plot and characters that held my interest and went beyond the standard fare of this genre. The element of faith was strong, yet not preachy because it simply meshed with the plot. The themes of hope and love were obvious and integral to the storyline and the growth of the characters. Selflessness and sacrifice were strong character qualities rather than the sometimes selfish or immature motives in many romance novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but for different reasons than I originally thought I would before I read it.

    Written by Sara @ Embracing Destiny on April 29, 2013 | e


    What a great reminder of a sad time in American History. When the truths are finally presented, still there were some who didn’t believe. I’m talking about the atrocious acts that Germany committed during WWII. This is a heartwarming story of how a few people sacrificed their own lives to help the Jewish people, people without a Country.
    Ms Sawyer has dealt with some tough subjects here. First the hiding in the Press of what was really going on in Europe. We have a bit of romance, at long distance, the love a sweet little boy. One that you would do just about anything for, to protect him. We have the realities of drug addition, the slowly tearing down and ruining of a life.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on April 29, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RZJPF2CW0SNT8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    This book reminds me of my favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us to do.” The story clearly demonstrates God’s hand in our lives and the tasks he gives us in order to bless us further.

    I was immediately drawn into the story, curious about the back-story and the characters. The story swept me along as I followed the lives of Lydia, Micah, and their families. It is a sweet story with a good message and strong theme. I would not hesitate to recommend this author.

    Written by Inspired By Fiction on April 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://inspiredbyfiction.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary.html


    Overall, the author does a splendid job of creating characters that are so easy to like, providing several plot twists that kept me hooked and needing to know how things would work out. In addition to romance, the author also touches on drug addiction along with the plight of the Jewish children during WWll which really fascinated me. Fans of historical fiction will love this story, but inspirational romance fans will want to read this one as well.

    Written by WV Stitcher on April 28, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Sanctuary-Kim-Vogel-Sawyer/product-reviews/076420789X/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


    First, I usually don’t say anything about covers, but I love the cover of this book, it is so catchy. And that just made the book that much better. This was a wonderful story. All the characters are so likable. The writing was so good that I came away feeling like I knew the people in the story personally. A wonderful story of GOD’s redemption and love. Micah and Lydia showed GOD’s love throughout the book and it was so heartwarming to read their story. If you are looking for a heartwarming, inspiring story, this one is for you. Good job Kim.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on April 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Sanctuary-Kim-Vogel-Sawyer/product-reviews/076420789X/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#RDH8TP7A21ASR


    I can’t remember if I’ve read any books by this author before but I enjoyed this one. Micah and Lydia worked together in the military during WWII. She was boy crazy and he was trying to avoid her.Micah is shocked to receive a letter from her father claiming that Micah is the father of Lydia’s child and that he needs to immediately care for his responsibilities. Micah is furious and goes to set Lydia straight. He finally finds out the story–he’s not the father and Lydia is embarrassed that her father coerced Micah into coming to see them.

    Written by A Dusty Frame on April 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2NK7IJ1GM958C/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    What a heartwarming historical romance! There character development was well done – I loved that kid Nicky! Both Micah and Lydia are strong Christians and that was essential to their sacrificial lifestyle. I learned much from the historical setting, like the efforts to get Jewish children out of Nazi threatened areas and the horrible effects of morphine addiction.
    I love it when an author is not afraid to have Christianity be an essential part of the novel, and I love to see lives changed by the gospel. Well done.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on April 27, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3UGQEUX9CUC8E/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=076420789X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    A lot has been written about World War II from the perspective of those in Europe, but not as much – at least that I’ve come across – is written in America. Sweet Sanctuary weaves together a doctor and nurse who served together in Hawaii and are now civilians.

    I was actually surprised by how suspenseful the first half of the book was, not usually my choice of reading. And just when I thought it was going to turn out the way I’d anticipated everything changed.

    I really enjoyed this book – once I got past the suspense – for it’s perspective on war time America and the reminder of just how little control we have over our lives, but God has the master plan.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on April 26, 2013 | e


    Sweet Sanctuary is the latest offering from beloved historical author Kim Vogel Sawyer, but this is her first (and hopefully not last) foray into WWII novels. The story starts with Dr. Micah Hatcher accused of something he didn’t do, so he heads to Boston to set the story straight. When he arrives he falls in love with a little boy and finds himself drawn into the plans to protect the boy from his drug-addicted father. As the heroine is introduced through the doctor’s eyes, I wondered at first if I could like her. Then the reasons she’d made the decisions she did spilled onto the pages, and I found myself rooting for her. She would do anything to protect Nicky. There’s a hint of suspense. A whisper of love that grows. And a historical setting that I adore. A great read!

    Written by Cara Putman on April 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/076420789X/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img


    With its World War 2 setting, “Sweet Sanctuary” offered interesting historical details about the plight of the Jewish people in Europe and the ignorance of most Americans about what was actually happening to them during a large portion of the war. Micah’s involvement in helping rescue innocent children was based on real facts as were many other events in the novel. A strong spiritual thread was woven throughout the story that emphasized the importance of prayer and following God’s plans for one’s life. A realistic story of forgiveness and redemption, “Sweet Sanctuary” is a book to read more than once.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on April 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1IQHUK9EZXQCC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    This is an amazing story, with Lydia taking care of Nicky and trying to keep him away from his drug-addicted father. It had to be a scray life knowing that any time her son could be taken from her. I love the characters, good and bad, and I enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story. And I have to say I never expected the twists and turns to carry the story where it ended up. What an amazing ending to a wonderful read! I also appreciate the way Ms. Sawyer vividly stresses the importance of trusting God for every situation we face, no matter what, and no matter how scary or dangerous it may be.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on April 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/litfuse-presents-sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer-plus-great-giveaways/


    A heartwarming Christian novel, Sweet Sanctuary gives readers and fans a realistic view of those challenging years and the sacrifice of so many in times of conflicts.
    Complete with just the right touch of wartime romance and a solid reminder that God is always with us, Sweet Sanctuary is a novel you will not want to miss!

    Written by (Live and) Dream a little dream on April 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3MM7GJ886FPBU/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=076420789X&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=


    Lydia and Micah were wonderful main characters who both had a heart to help others, I loved how they were so dedicated and loyal.
    There was some great interaction, and I liked how they had a sort of past together, and both had a cause that drove them together, yet tore them apart at the same time.

    A thoroughly engaging book that hooked me from the first page and didn’t let go till the end. A truly heart-warming love story, of devotion and sacrifice. A novel that I would not hesitate to recommend!

    My post title: Touching Tale of Love and Friendship

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on April 25, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://labornotinvain.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer.html


    I love books that have to do with the social difficulties of stemming from war and leadership, especially how the war changed the lives of people abroad, immigrants and life in America. That is what first drew me to read the book. I love historical fiction that takes on these issues and showcases well-developed, believable characters that work to incite change or overcome boundaries. Sweet Sanctuary does all that, plus gives us a lovely story about family, faith, and love.

    I believe all readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction will love this book for its historical and social perspectives as well as its message of forgiveness and redemption. God works in mysterious ways sometimes, and in even the worst of situations, and this book completely showcases that idea in an inspiring way.

    Written by Oh, for the Hook of a Book! on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer-is-christian-historical-fiction-set-during-american-life-in-wwii/


    Great historical Fiction. Love Romance, little bit of mystery. Perfect combination.

    Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer.html


    This was a sweet story of redemption and re-connection.

    I didn’t like the way Lydia’s father tried to deceive and trick Micah into marrying Lydia to suit their needs. I thought that was very mean and dirty.

    However, it did cause Lydia and Micah to re-connect years after they both served in Hawaii before the bombing at Pearl Harbor. There were many twists and turns and misconceptions that made the story fun to read.

    Overall, I really enjoyed learning more about the time period, the setting and the characters.

    You can read my full review here:


    Written by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15727067-sweet-sanctuary


    I fell in love with both Nicky and Justina, but there is more to like: this is a beautiful love story, it shows the redemption of a dangerous drug addict, and reading about the change in Lydia’s father is inspiring. It also describes an important time of our country’s history accurately and it makes interesting reading. I definitely recommend this book.

    Written by Manifest Blog on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1OBYM0NRAP1DC


    I think I might have found a new World War II historical favorite. Known for her prairie romances, Sawyer has taken a step into a new direction and I completely love it.

    Written by Writing for Christ on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-well-done-story-sweet-sanctuary-by.html


    I was really looking forward to reading this book because Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors and I love books set in the time frame of WWII. It proved to be more than I expected and is for sure my favorite book that she has written. The setting and topics were somewhat different from what she normally writes, but her gift of character development was the same.

    Written by The Cutting Back Kitchen on April 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2013/04/23/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer-a-book-review/


    I absolutely loved the characters in this book! They were so real I wanted to seek them out and be friends with them myself. I loved the themes of unconditional love, and God adopting us into his fold. Though a historical fiction novel, it wasn’t overwhelming with facts, just enough to keep the story line flowing smoothly.

    Written by Melanie S on April 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://melanieski.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer.html


    A sweet read from Sawyer!
    I have been interested to read something from Sawyer for a few months now, considering all the good things I’ve heard about her writing. And there certainly is something sweet and likable about her writing style. The words flowed easily off the page bringing both the setting and the characters to life.

    Written by Writings of Rosie on April 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1TIZ8HSYGI1D8


    This book is one that you just need to read for yourself, as I do not want to give away too many details! It is fast-paced and has twists and turns that will keep you reading and engrossed in the characters’ lives. This is an excellent story filled with romance, suspense and danger along with historical details that really bring this time period and setting alive.

    Written by Moments on April 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-review-sweet-sanctuary.html


    Sweet Sanctuary shows a side of WWII that I’d never considered before—the plight of Jewish children who escaped from German-controlled countries. I also couldn’t believe how little Americans knew about what was really occurring in Europe … but then again, even today we’re often oblivious to the horrors going on around us.

    I really enjoyed Sweet Sanctuary, and I highly recommend it.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R30WN5RXORCGZG/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The author presented plausible problems throughout the book. Many times the author threw a curb ball ,but the situations never felt unrealistic or far fetched. I enjoyed the touch of World War || History included throughout. The author presented the American view of the war quite accurately, many did not know the horrors the Jews faced, and ridiculed them here in America.

    I commend Kim for her well written story. She included credible characters, the Gospel, plausible problems and solutions, woven throughout this story. With the touch of a sweet and realistic romance she merged all the qualities of a well written story into one first-rate book.

    Written by Alicia@ Surrendering All of Me on April 22, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product_review?bvdisplaycode=2016&bvauthenticateuser=true&bvappcode=rr&bvproductid=207890&bvcontenttype=REVIEW_SUBMISSION&bvpage=http%3A%2F%2Freviews.christianbook.com%2F2016%2F207890%2Fsubmitreview.htm%3Fformat%3Dembedded%26campaignid%3DBV_RATING_SUMMARY%26sessionparams%3D__BVSESSIONPARAMS__%26return%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.christianbook.com%252Fsweet-sanctuary-kim-sawyer%252F9780764207891%252Fpd%252F207890%253Fproduct_redirect%253D1%2526Ntt%253D207890%2526item_code%253D%2526Ntk%253Dkeywords%2526event%253DESRCP%26innerreturn%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Freviews.christianbook.com%252F2016%252F207890%252Freviews.htm%253Fformat%253Dembedded%26user%3D__USERID__%26authsourcetype%3D__AUTHTYPE__


    I was very pleased with this book, which isn’t surprising considering her record as a best-selling author. I loved that there was a past and present friendship between Lydia Eldredge and Dr. Micah Hatcher. I liked them both a lot, though they weren’t written nearly as deeply as I usually like. I can tell it’s simply the author’s style though; she writes sweet romance very well. Considering this was her first try at writing in a new genre (WWII era), she did a superb job at it.

    Written by A Passion for Pages on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://apassionforpages.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-writers-review-of-sweet-sanctuary-by.html


    I love Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books and this one did not disappoint me. A sweet book, with a wonderful story. It will make you tear up at times, at other times you will get upset with the characters of the story. Kim Vogel Sawyer has the talent an author to pull you into the story that much. A touching story you will not want to miss, a definite must read. 4 stars

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary-tour.html


    Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Sweet Sanctuary is a story of letting go of man made security and living in safety because of God.

    Written by Karen@Building Her House on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product_review?bvdisplaycode=2016&bvauthenticateuser=true&bvappcode=rr&bvproductid=207890&bvcontenttype=REVIEW_SUBMISSION&bvpage=http%3A%2F%2Freviews.christianbook.com%2F2016%2F207890%2Fsubmitreview.htm%3Fformat%3Dembedded%26campaignid%3DBV_RATING_SUMMARY%26sessionparams%3D__BVSESSIONPARAMS__%26return%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.christianbook.com%252Fsweet-sanctuary-kim-sawyer%252F9780764207891%252Fpd%252F207890%253Fproduct_redirect%253D1%2526Ntt%253D207890%2526item_code%253D%2526Ntk%253Dkeywords%2526event%253DESRCP%26innerreturn%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Freviews.christianbook.com%252F2016%252F207890%252Freviews.htm%253Fformat%253Dembedded%26user%3D__USERID__%26authsourcetype%3D__AUTHTYPE__


    SWEET SANCTUARY is easily the best book I’ve ever read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I fell in love with both Micah and Lydia, though at first I wasn’t sure what I’d think of her. If you like historical romances with a touch of suspense, you’ll love SWEET SANCTUARY. The story was a bit predictable—I knew where it was going early on and there were no surprises, but it was a sweet read to the end.

    Written by Laura Hilton on April 22, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com


    This is an incredible book full of love and sacrifice that you won’t want to miss. Anyone with a heart for a child will love this sweet story!

    Written by Kerrific on April 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://kerrificonline.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary-by-kim-vogel-sawyer.html


    Once again the author didn’t disappoint me as Sweet Sanctuary is a well written and at times an intense romantic gem.


    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2013/04/review-sweet-sanctuary.html


    A new life, a new hope, rescued from despair. How valuable we are in another’s life. Still engaged in rescuing efforts during war time, Micah and Lydia are bent on survival for those they are helping. Living miles apart, their hearts blend as their desires are the same.
    Her heart sang as she thought about the message she’d been given. God’s plan for her was about to be revealed.

    Written by Lane Hill House on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R337GQ0LLNBPD7


    This is a book full of reminders that we need to step out in faith and trust that God will guide and help you. Over and over again, Lydia and Micah are put into situations where they need to trust God for answers to very hard questions and in very difficult circumstances. When they do, each time they are rewarded for their faith and see God work some amazing miracles.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on April 19, 2013 |e
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    Sweet Sanctuary was a very unique story line around two people with deep secrets – one of them a single mother which was very frowned upon at that time! It was very interesting to grow with them and watch their love and lives intertwine!

    I also love how God and the character’s faiths are constantly throughout the book and prayer is a major theme! It was a great reminder to pray in times of trouble, indecision, and heartache as I experience my own life troubles!

    Written by The Review Stew on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thereviewstew.com/2013/04/book-review-sweet-sanctuary.html


    Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my very favorite authors, and when I pick up one of her books to read I expect to find realistic characters, believable problems and the Gospel to be gentility woven through the pages. Her newest book Sweet Sanctuary is no exception.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1T1WTVRY6YGSM?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_thx_pdp


    This is one of those stories that is so easy to get lost in. From the very first page, the characters were easy to relate to and believable. There was just enough suspense in this for me, without overshadowing the romance and vice versa. Nicky is the tie that binds everyone in this story together and I really liked how the author was able to combine several different situations, into one story that flowed well. Lydia and Micah join forces for the same common goal and the results are a great story about love, family and the faith that holds them together.

    Written by Cafe Lily Book Reviews on April 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://redlilycafe.blogspot.com/2013/04/sweet-sanctuary.html


    I really enjoyed this book so much. Memorable characters, especially little Nicky. His interaction with Micah was so wonderful. Definitely some heart wrenching moments in this book too. Fans of historical romance will love Sweet Sanctuary!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on April 18, 2013 | e


    I enjoyed the historical aspect to this book as it talks about the second world war. Lydia makes a comment that she can’t believe the man Hitler would kill his own countrymen. It’s crazy to think about what it must have been like then and not really knowing what was really going on.
    This story also delves into the struggles of addiction, as Nicky’s father is addicted to morphine. Overall great story!

    Written by I Hope You Dance on April 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RXMVEUAIE0V2L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    You know it is going to be a good book when you are captivated just reading the first page! I love and appreciate when stories get started right away. I find when the author brings you in during the middle of the story and then takes time to backtrack and explain when needed it makes it so much more interesting and keeps you reading.

    Sweet Sanctuary has it all to keep your attention and hope that everything turns out good. It has untruths, kidnapping, addiction, WWII, a ministry, prayer and a possible love story. Yes, all that is intriguing and fascinating, but the story to me is really about trusting God. Trusting in Him with childlike faith. Trusting in Him for the first time from the lowest of lows. Trusting in Him even when you are so scared of what might happen.

    There is a saying, never judge a book by its cover! Well, I’m guilty! I had totally different expectations about Sweet Sanctuary just based on the cover picture. Now the cover makes sense and seems fitting, but I was expecting a very predictable mushy love story. Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote so much more than that!

    Sweet Sanctuary was an interesting story that had hopes it would turn into a love story which kept me reading, turning page after page till I reached the end! I really enjoyed it!

    Written by The IE Mommy on April 18, 2013 | e
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    If you are a romantic at heart, this book will warm you up in no time!

    Especially about Lydia and her love life and what becomes of her and Nicky, Nick and Micah. One good deed leads to another and before you know it, a very nice family arises out of the hectic and awful things going on at that time in history.

    It is also a different perspective on the war in Europe and Hitler and his targeting Jewish babies and children. Thanks to Jewish Rabbi’s and some other very courgeous people, they saved as many as they could. Another great thing that happened was Nick accepting Christ into his life and from that point on, good things came to Nick.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on April 17, 2013 | e
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    The author has found the perfect setting in the World War II era. The drama of the Holocaust and refugees seeking shelter in the United States is the backdrop as Lydia and Micah seek to protect Nicky from his father, who is addicted to morphine. The characters develop well throughout the novel, with all showing unexpected dimensions as the story unfolds. Although the story starts out slow and occasionally seems to be a bit predictable, the custody battle between Lydia and Nic, as well as the mission work of Micah’s brother Jeremiah, grips the reader until the last page. Hopefully there is a sequel in the works, as many will want to know the future of Lydia and Micah.

    Anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a strong Christian theme will appreciate this novel.

    Written by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK on April 17, 2013 | e
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    One of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s best books yet! Over the years I have read many of Kim’s books and while I enjoyed most of them only a couple have stood out to me as favorites, well this one has easily become a favorite for me. With the WWII backdrop, sweet heroine, great hero and adorable little boy how could things go wrong.

    Written by Book Reviews from a book lover on April 17, 2013 | e
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    First off, don’t let the cover of the book fool you into believing this is a light-hearted romance. There is so much more to the story.
    As the story progresses, there are some very heart-wrenching scenes where I had tears running down my face. That to me is the sign of a good author when he/she can evoke emotions at that level. This is an outstanding story of rescue, in more ways than one, of several characters. Readers will also encounter faith, humility, anger, love, obedience and much more in this excellent novel. Great character development and storyline are incorporated as well. Don’t miss this one!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on April 17, 2013 | e
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    Sweet Sanctuary is a story of love, hope & salvation. The story will touch your heart at so many levels as you grow to love the characters. I cried and I laughed and I hope there will be a follow up book as I grew to love these characters and would like to see how things evolve after the war.

    Written by All Things Are Possible on April 17, 2013 | e
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    Excellent book!! I love all of Kim’s books but this one quickly became my favorite. Really fell in love with sweet Nicky. Great plot and good characters. Another keeper!!

    Written by Giveaway Lady on April 16, 2013 | e
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    I really liked Micah and Lydia’s caring hearts for people who were placed in their lives, often without hesitation…Micah helped Lydia to trust in God more than she understood how to, this shows that people often need support when they are going through difficulties, and that God will give people the words to say to help others when they need to hear them….I believe since there are elements of suspense included that this novel will potentially reach a much wider audience.

    Written by Book Review Travels on April 16, 2013 | e
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    I really enjoyed everything about this book. I fell in love with the characters from the start.

    Written by The World As I See It on April 15, 2013 | e
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  • I usually don’t go for books set in the past, but this book intrigued me. This book is set in the WWII era.

    I really enjoyed Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer. She presents the characters in such a way that you feel like you are a part of their lives. I look forward to reading more novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

    Written by Mommy Has to Work on April 15, 2013 | e
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    While historical fiction has not typically been my favorite genre to read, I found Sawyer to be a gifted storyteller. She captures the WWII era well. I liked that she allows her readers to hear from each of the main voices in the book, including the nemesis Nic. I felt this added a depth to the story. Sweet Sanctuary is a story that moves slow at times with parts that seem a little too neat and tidy, but Sawyer very skillfully weaved enough mystery/suspense that it kept me reading. I immediately fell in love with Nicky and while I wasn’t sure about Micah in the beginning, Nicky’s title for him – “Micah-my friend” – fits him well as a rescuer of many in this story.

    Written by Jennifer McIlwain on April 15, 2013 | e
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    Sweet Sanctuary is like candy for the reader who loves to read about other people helping others, even when they also need help of their own. I have read a lot of Kim Vogel Sawyer books and I have loved every single one of them.Sweet Sanctuary is her newest book and it is one of the best I have read.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on April 14, 2013 | e
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    Drug addiction, biological and non-biological parenting, Nazi Jewish atrocity and romance. Wow, Ms. Sawyer has really combined quite a few topics for “Sweet Sanctuary”. Everyone’s actions are either motivated by love or by a lack of love or pure selfishness. Lydia is trying a provide a home for Nicky, Micah is trying to help others at his own personal risk. Nicolai is a drug addict who only wants his son for the sole purpose of selling him so that he can have money for more drugs. This is a book about family. Everyone is either working to promote family or destroy it. “Sweet Sanctuary” clearly shows us how a family should operate in times of trouble. Well done! This is also a great romance. Lydia and Micah are just perfect for one another and it is great fun to go through their r

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on April 13, 2013 | e
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    This is one of the most interesting plot lines I’ve ever read. The story captured my interest right away and never left to the very last page. My heart ached for little Nicky and his mother – knowing they weren’t safe and knowing what Nicky’s biological father wanted to do with him. Very chilling. I really loved how Lydia, Micah and Nicky’s grandparents were determined to protect him.

    The story is set during WWII and, being a lover of all things 1940′s, I was impressed with Kim’s description of things and her acuracy of the time period. I also thought all her characters were fully developed and you either loved or hated them, depending on their part in the book.

    Written by Julie @ More of Him on April 13, 2013 | e
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    This is such a compelling story to pick up and immerse yourself in. You are completely rooting for Lydia and Nicky the whole way despite the fact her father attempted to go about finding a solution the wrong way. You despise the character of Nicolai Pankin even before he is introduced in the story as seeing the option of selling his child as a way to support his drug habit. What’s worse is knowing the Lydia is involved and with that comes the plot to gain more money than he ever though possible if he can only get his hands on his son. I rate this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars and love the details that Kim weaves together to make this such a believable story for the reader to feel like they are a part of it.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on April 13, 2013 | e
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    Sweet Sanctuary is such a sweet book. It has such a fitting title. It is a story full of love and adventure and thrills. The author depicts the 1940′s in such a way that you really believe you are there. One of the main themes in this book is to trust God with your troubles and worries. This can be such a hard thing to do. We always want to fix things ourselves and take care of ourselves but this can lead to trouble. We have to have faith in God that He knows what He is doing. This has been hard for Lydia and her family. They soon come to realize that lies that help someone are still lies and have to eventually be exposed.

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on April 12, 2013 | e
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    Kim writes in the deep point of view, where the reader not only knows what is going on around Lydia, and what she is thinking, but also what she is feeling. So much so, that when the action and emotions got too intense, I had to step away from the story, take a deep breath and distance myself.

    Written by Review Novels On Line on April 9, 2013 | e
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    A story more full of the power of the Gospel than a romance story, Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer was an enjoyable read.

    Written by By Quiet Waters on April 8, 2013 | e
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