“Through the Deep Waters” by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a very good novel. The story concerns a young woman who was born and brought up in a brothel. She desperately wants to live her life differently than her mother did. After the mother’s death, Dinah decides to accept an offer to be a chambermaid in the Clifton hotel in Florence, Kansas. The hotel was owned by the Harveys, who also owned and ran restaurants catering to train travelers. Harvey Girls were either chambermaids or servers in the chain of Harvey hotels. They were kept under very stringent rules and were expected to be exceptionally good girls.
Dinah had a past that she was desperate to keep quiet. She held herself aloof from her fellow chambermaids and kept herself from making friends lest she be disappointed if they found out about her and rejected her. She’s had enough of that in her short life.
Amos was a chicken farmer who had an accident when younger and now walked with a decided limp. It was hard for him to get around, but he decided that he would raise chickens to provide eggs and fresh poultry to the citizens of Florence and ultimately to the Clifton Hotel. He was tired of being alone and wanted to find a young woman to share his life and have his children. He met Dinah and could not put her out of his mind.
This novel is about overcoming afflictions, both emotional scars and physical scars. I loved this story. It was a very sweet love story about two damaged individuals who find love, with each other and with the Lord. I also enjoyed the references to the Harvey Girls who worked in Fred Harvey’s hotels and restaurants at this time in history. The Harveys gave young women a chance to have a life apart from being taken care of by their families and others. They made a living and were given a place to live, which helped many poor girls who had neither.
Ms. Sawyer writes very sweet, personal novels which are an absolute blessing to read. I always enjoy her stories and try to read them all.
I was sent a free print copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah’s BloggingforBooks.com in return for my honest review.