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 the main characters was blind, and it was really interesting, strange, and a real eye-opener to what a blessing we have who have our eyesight. Tommy's relationship with Levi was really sweet! They were like brothers, and it was kind of humorous watching Levi try and adjust his routine to care for a young kid, after being alone all the time. Levi, like Christine, was a good example of a "human" main character, and they made a cute couple. ;)
As soon as I read about the "young woman" who was one of the poor house residents I couldn't help but inwardly groan and think "Oh please no! Not your typical plot with the frustrating girl character who is deceptively sweet but really just wants to make life miserable for the main character!" Oh how relieved I was! Cora was such a sweet character and was one of my favorites to read about. Her relationship with the sweet mercantile owners was so touching and really fun! Ma and Pa Creeger were such joy-filled and encouraging characters, the type of people you wish you had all around you! When Ma talks about the forgiveness of sins with Cora and explains God's gift of love to her, it was so sweet, simple and convicting!
I loved all the minor characters from the poor house! Wes, Rose, Louise, Alice, Joe, Florie- it was really sweet watching them all be like one big family, and you really felt their pain as they all started parting ways to make a new start in life. Also, I REALLY enjoyed Maxwell, Parmelia, and "Benjamin Paul Edgar, of Edgar, Edgar, and Lofton...Ben." They were such fun characters and really lightened the mood! There was one particular part with Ben that made me laugh hysterically- it was so unexpected... there were tears running down my face.
I'm really looking forward to reading Kim Vogel Sawyer's other books in the near future!
You can read a sneak peek from "What Once Was Lost" here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/blog/2013/06/24/sneak-peek-what-once-was-lost-by-kim-vogel-sawyer/
*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.*