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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
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?
There seems to be no attraction between them at first, yet Peters 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. Summers 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
MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Just a nice little story.November 6, 2013MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kim 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.
frannieAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 12, 2013frannieAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good 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.
Shinernz47Invercargill, New ZealandAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Fantastic StoryJuly 5, 2013Shinernz47Invercargill, New ZealandAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
AnneMontreal, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very good bookMay 3, 2013AnneMontreal, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5I always enjoy Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and this one was very good.
MommaMelissaOntarioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hands down favourite!April 9, 2013MommaMelissaOntarioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleThis 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!