Waiting for Summer's Return   -     By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Waiting for Summer's Return

Bethany House / 2006 / Paperback

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After losing her husband and children to typhoid, Summer Steadman moves to the Mennonite community of Gaeddert, Kansas, to be near their graves. Widower Peter Ollenberger hires her to teach his son, in spite of censure for helping an "outsider." Will Peter marry Summer just to give his boy a mother---or does he really love her? 352 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764201824
ISBN-13: 9780764201820
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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?


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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well Written
    November 25, 2013
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm not really into "romance" books because so often the plot is shallow and predictable and unrealistic. It's been a LONG time since I've read some good Christian fiction and this book exceeded my expectations. It was so well written...the author had very good descriptive words that made Summer, Peter and Thomas become so real to the reader. As I said previously, I stay away from "romance" novels, but this love story was so well written I found myself getting caught up in it! Great job Kim!! As a fellow Kansan, I'm proud of you!!
  2. San Antonio, TX
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    lovely and touching
    July 27, 2013
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this book, such a gentle smooth healing from loosing all the children and finding hope in God and true love with a gentle strong and patient man. its a great read for all, but especially if you lost someone dear to you, it will help you sort it all in your head and let your heart be healed and look passed your pain and loss to the brighter future with the One by our side that can heal all hurts and give great rewards.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 27, 2010
    Deborah Wood
    Wonderful book! I would recommend it to everyone! I did not want to put it down!
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    February 4, 2010
    Mary Becknal
    Good easy read. Seems well researched asto history and interestingly presented. Goodstory as to how God still has plans for us nomatter how much we want to give up or what circumstance has turned our life upside down.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 9, 2010
    Donna Andrade
    THe title did not make since until the end. This was a well written story with just a good "feel good" story line. The details to the time setting were also very well done.
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