Image of Fields of Grace


Image of Fields of Grace

Sawyer's latest novel provides rich detail about establishing a farm in 1872. It takes the reader through every step, from building sod houses to planting the fields and harvesting them. The reader can feel the children's joy and wonderment at each new discovery and Henrik's torment at leaving his homeland. However, Lillian's remembrances of life in Gnadenfeld and of Reinhardt slow the story down and make it seem longer than it is.

Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to leave their home in Russia when their oldest son, Henrik, is nearing military draft age. They immigrate to Kansas with their three sons and Reinhardt's brother, Eli. During the journey they experience tragedies that cause Lillian and Eli to make a decision that neither wants. Will they find the happiness that they long for? (BETHANY HOUSE, Sep., 352 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Hanson