Waiting for Summer's Return - eBook  -     By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Bethany House / 2006 / ePub

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Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781585586530
ISBN-13: 9781585586530
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her family.

Widower Peter Ollenburger, the local gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young son. When he hears of a "learned woman" in town, he believes she is the answer to his prayers. He soon discovers, however, that helping this outsider may have troublesome consequences.

There is little this father will not do for his son, but as the boy begins to look at Summer as more than a teacher, Peter must make a choice. Does he marry this woman to give his son a new mother, or does he marry only for love?

Will Summer's broken heart ever be able to love again?

Author Bio

Debut novelist KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a wife, mother, and part-time elementary school teacher. Her previous work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in Hutchinson, Kansas, and have three daughters and two grandsons.


Summer Steadman finds herself stranded in a small Mennonite town in Kansas in the late 1800’s, after her husband and four young children die of typhoid. When Summer tries to find a job in the town, widower Peter Ollenburger is the only person, it seems, who is willing to extend her any kindness. He shows up at her hotel to ask if she would stay on his property and tutor to his nine-year-old son. With no family to turn to and determined to stay near her children’s gravesites, she accepts his offer.

There seems to be no attraction between them at first, yet Peter’s neighbors are convinced they are living in sin, even threatening to cast Peter out of the community if he does not send the woman away. Peter refuses to force her to leave, gently but firmly standing up to the suspicious townspeople. Meanwhile, Summer feels deep resentment toward God for refusing to answer her pleas to save the only people in the world that she loves. Peter is determined to show her that God still loves her and has her best interests at heart.

Kim Sawyer turns in a fine writing performance with her strong, deep characters and gentle story. She uses a great depth of insight in treating her subject matter with deftness and truth. Though she is true to the feelings a bereft mother would naturally experience, at no time does the novel sink into despondence. Summer’s reluctance to trust God again, her fear of his answering “no” to all of her prayers, will resonate with anyone who has gone through a tough time.

I highly recommend this insightful story to all romance readers. It will strengthen your faith in God and leave you remembering the characters fondly, like friends with whom you would enjoy spending more time. – Melanie Dickerson, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Just a nice little story.
    November 6, 2013
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kim Vogel Sawyer often writes Amish romance novels, and personally I'm a bit over the Amish thing, but I did really enjoy this non-Amish story. Summer Steadman has suffered incredible tragedy when she finds herself in the middle of a closed and fearful Mennonite community. Thankfully she is taken in by Peter Ollenburger, a gentle giant of a man who needs a tutor for his son, Thomas. I fell in love with this kind and honorable man and his cheeky, generous son long before Summer did, mostly because he was so consistent in showing her that God and a close relationship with Him were the only answers to her many needs. It was beautifully written, with a very sensitive portrayal of grief and the gradual healing brought about by the faithful love of God, the needful love of a little boy and finally the love of an honorable man. Well worth reading.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 12, 2013
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Good book, love getting away from the world with this book.

    Easy to read in pieces...I love having the book handy on my phone and being able to read a little when ever I have to "wait" somewhere.
  3. Invercargill, New Zealand
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fantastic Story
    July 5, 2013
    Invercargill, New Zealand
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book had me gripped right from the start and I enjoyed every moment of it. It had the ability to take me right into the story. Another book that lets you know about our wonderful God and Father. Fantastic book. Will be looking for more of hers.
  4. Montreal, Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good book
    May 3, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    I always enjoy Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and this one was very good.
  5. Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hands down favourite!
    April 9, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This is the first novel I ever read by this author and I haven't encountered one of hers I like better. Very emotional, gripping and poignant. Love it!
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