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Now, nearly twenty years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love. Paul, widowed with an eight-year-old son, is relieved to see Suzanne again, giving him the chance to beg her forgiveness for his past indiscretion. But when he meets Alexa, his guilt flickers in the glare of Suzanne's prolonged secret-one that changes everything. Suzanne had let go of any expectation for forgiveness long ago. Does she dare hope in mercy-and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wow! What a Great Book!December 11, 2014Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! This story drew me in and would not let me go until the last page was turned! And even then, I did not want the book to be over. I NEEDED book two to be available RIGHT AWAY! How much of a hold did this story have on me? Well, I read it in one daygrabbing every free moment that I had in order to dive into the story and discover what would happen next.
One of the things that drew me to this story in the first place was finding out that the main character, Suzanne, would be coming home to her old order Mennonite community and facing all kinds of issues with her family based on the way she left twenty years earlier aged seventeen and pregnant. But, what I didnt realize, was that her leaving (and returning) was even more complicated that I could have imagined.
The author did an amazing job in When Mercy Rains of surprising me time and time again. I kept thinking I had everything figured out and could see where the story was heading and then BAMshe threw in a twist I would not see coming! This made the book intriguing, and the fact that it was coupled with extremely interesting characters, made it a really enjoyable tale.
Not only did I like Suzanne, but I also had a real respect for her daughter, Alexa. What a gem of a daughter Suzanne raised. The way she dealt with family members and situations was admirable. The spiritual maturity in both Suzanne and Alexa served them well when they returned home to their extended family.
Paul, Suzannes former teenage love, was also a character that I was very fond of in the story. His reaction to truths that he discovered throughout the story seemed very realistic to me. He was a good father to his son and worked hard to be a good member of his community. He loved God, and family was very important to him.
I do not want to give away anything about this story that could prove to be a spoiler, so I will simply say that there is one twist that to me left things a little up in the air regarding the future. I am really hoping that somewhere in the Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, this will be resolved. Because this left me a little unsettled at the end, I am giving 4.5 stars instead of 5 stars on my blog. But I will be rounding up to 5 stars on all bookseller sites.
I do have to say that this is one of the best books I have read regarding the subject of forgiveness and the extending of mercy to others. It is very realistic in the way this is handled. Gods forgiveness and Gods mercy toward us likewise is shown in the way the various characters learn to repent, forgive, and accept forgiveness in return for the things that they have done in their lives that have hurt others. This was an emotionally deep story.
I would like to express my appreciation to the publisher for the complimentary book that I received through Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest review.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer, 2014November 21, 2014KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Monday, November 17, 2014
When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer, 2014
The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, Book 1
Remember not the
sins of my youth,
nor my transgressions:
according to thy mercy
remember thou me for
thy goodness sake,
Psalm 25:7, KJV
Suzanne Zimmerman is called back home to care for her mother who was injured in a haying accident. Are they calling for her because she is convenient, or because they want to be restored as a family? Deep hurts have kept them apart. With young children, the other siblings are needing a break. With Suzanne's nursing experience she is qualified.
A surprise to the family is Suzanne's daughter, Alexa, they are unaware is coming with her to their Kansas farm. Far from their home in Indiana, Suzanne is taking a leave of absence from her job. Alexa is eager to know her extended family.
Dysfunctional at best, one sister harbors regrets and ill will. I am looking forward to a yielding on her heart, receiving freedom to live exposing her pain. The one left behind.... Under the facade of perfection and judging, cracks appear finally able to receive the balm necessary for healing.
Restoration and forgiveness indeed are needed as hidden truth comes to the surface. This is a wonderful story of mending and love coming alive in long bruised and hampered lives. Alexa is the bright spot as she gives all, bringing this family to the light of His grace. God's mercy and truth free them to live anew.
The transformation that comes into their lives gives them a second chance. An excellent story of a way out of destruction leaving disintegration behind. Deterioration of heart and soul is nipped as they begin to rejoice in the change honest sharing and love bring. Restoring not just themselves, but the community around them brought in to reclaim harmony leaving severed relationships an open door for a future.
***Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books for sending me a complimentary copy of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novel When Mercy Rains for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
When Grace Sings, The Zimmerman Trilogy, Book 2
releases March 17, 2015
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very movingNovember 16, 2014ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down, it would be hard to be in a community where you are looked down on for making one mistake even if it is a bad one. It is well written and does well in leading towards redemption. I grew to like all the characters, even the crotchety mother. I received this from Blogging for books for a fair and honest opinion.
Janus Tuttle5 Stars Out Of 5When Mercy Rains.November 1, 2014Janus TuttleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is simply one of the greatest. I read until 4:30 a.m. because I HAD to see how it would end. All I will say, is I had it all figured out how it would end but was totally surprised. I certainly hope Kim Vogel Sawyer will have a sequel to this one. I want to see what happens to these wonderful people in this great story. Do yourself a favor and be sure ou puchase this one!!!
Ft. Wayne, IN.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When Mercy RainsNovember 1, 2014KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Mercy Rains, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is an excellent novel. It addresses teenage pregnancy within the Old Order Mennonite community as well as family relationships to which anyone can relate: mother-daughter, grandmother-grandchild, and sibling relationships.
At the age of seventeen, Suzanne Zimmermans mother sends her away from home to have her baby and give it away to relatives. But with her heart broken from giving up her baby, she finds a newborn who has been thrown away and decides to keep the baby as her own. Nineteen years later, she is summoned home for the first time to care for her injured mother. Paul Aldrich, recently widowed and the father of Suzannes baby, has been hired to renovate her mothers home. Her siblings and Paul are shocked to find out about Suzannes daughter, having been told nothing of her pregnancy. Her daughter is heart-broken to find that none of her family even knew she existed, and her mother reacts by pushing her away. Suzanne must decide whether to stay and explain what happened many years ago or to return to her life far away as a nurse and forget about her family.
I enjoyed this book. The characters were realistic and very likeable. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
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