A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the Alaskan setting, but most of all I connected with the characters in this novel. A Whisper of Peace revolves around the stories of a brother and sister missionary team, Clay and Vivian, and an outcast Indian woman, Lizzie Dawson. Realistic characters make it or break it for me when it comes to judging the worth of a novel, and Sawyer delivers. Each of the three main characters struggles with feelings or realities that any reader can identify with at some point. Clay is a driven and passionate young man who idolizes his father and strives relentlessly to match the level of his accomplishments- and frequently falls short. Lizzie has grown up rejected and isolated by her tribe and abandoned by her father; she is self-sufficient, but hardened, an outcast who longs for acceptance. Vivian, the most well-rounded character of the three, seeks atonement in the Alaskan wilderness for the burden of guilt that she has carried since the death of her father. Vivian struggles the most realistically with adapting (or not) to a new way of life, and with the homesickness, fatigue, and culture-shock that any missionary to a foreign field truly feels. Clay’s character is the flattest of the three, and it’s not entirely apparent where the love match between he and Lizzie comes in- apart from their mutual physical attraction (she’s beautiful, he’s the only guy around who will even talk to her). But the romance, for what it’s worth, is almost a side-note in this book. Rejection, abandonment, anxiety, broken relationship, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the Father heart of God are woven together to make up the main theme of this novel. If you’re after a great romance beware, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys passing the day curled up with a good, uplifting book in hand.
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