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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)|
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
book lover5 Stars Out Of 5waiting for summers returnSeptember 18, 2016book loverQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved loved loved this book I would HIGHLY recommend this to Christian book readers
Lisa5 Stars Out Of 5Well WrittenNovember 25, 2013LisaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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!!
LarikSan Antonio, TXAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5lovely and touchingJuly 27, 2013LarikSan Antonio, TXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Deborah Wood5 Stars Out Of 5February 27, 2010Deborah WoodWonderful book! I would recommend it to everyone! I did not want to put it down!
Mary Becknal3 Stars Out Of 5February 4, 2010Mary BecknalGood 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.