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Posted October 25, 2012
A moving story Amy Knackstedt is looking for a new start in Wea
A moving story
Amy Knackstedt is looking for a new start in Weaverly, Kansas after losing her husband in a grain elevator accident. She hopes to leave the questions behind as to the reason for his death, the insurance has paid her and she wants to move on with her three children. With the help of her community they helped her to find a house and get her moved, now she won't have to face the questioning looks, whispers and turned heads when she walks down the street.
When Tim Roper, a former Mennonite, left home as a young man, his father told him never to return. Tim moved to Weaverly for a new start, which he got. He eventually bought an apple orchard, married Julia and they had a son. One day everything changed for him, after the loss of his wife and son, he started playing the 'what-if', game. Then when a new Mennonite group moved to town, he hated his life even more, he wanted nothing to do with them because of his old memories.
Tim discovered his new neighbors when Porter and Adri were found in his orchard. Porter had climbed one of the apple trees and little Adri was picking the blossoms. After Porter fell out of the tree, Tim took the kids home and informed Amy to keep her children off of his property. Not only did he not want kids living next door to him and invading his memories, they were also Mennonite. Then the dreams started and he didn't know what to do.
Shortly after getting settled the men of her new community came to Amy and asked if they could have their Sunday meetings in her house until they could find another place large enough to meet. Amy agrees but when Tim hears their singing for the services and the friendly mingling afterwards, he gets more irritated than ever.
This is a story about dealing with the loss of loved ones and trying to move on. The stories they have will pull at your heartstrings. Kim does a great job of keeping you interested and wanting more. It was hard to put this book down. Have you ever lost a spouse and/or child, how did you deal with it?
Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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Posted December 24, 2013
When I picked up this book, I was expecting to read about Mennon
When I picked up this book, I was expecting to read about Mennonites as I understood them--ones who were not that different from me. I was always of the opinion that the Mennonites were more "normal" than the Amish. But I quickly learned how wrong I was. There is such a thing called "Old Order Mennonites," and this book prompted my doing some searching on my own, and I discovered that the Amish and Mennonites came from the same source, and I felt like this book pushed me to learn more about these fabulous groups of people!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Lest you think that this is just an informational book, you are wrong. I knew that I had read one other book by Kim Vogel Sawyer, but I couldn't remember which one it was. And then I discovered it was one I didn't like--"Song of My Heart." That was a sappy romance that was very forgettable for me. This book is nothing like that! This book has depth, love, romance, humor (I love it when books make me laugh out loud), and real spiritual lessons. I was incredibly inspired as I read this book!
The characters in the book are 3-dimensional, and I found myself connecting with the story on several levels. I think that Tim, the male interest in the story, helped me understand another man in my life. I am always amazed when God uses fiction books to speak to me, but why not? After all, God can use everything, and I am pleased to say that God spoke to me through Kim Vogel Sawyer. While I would never want to be a Mennonite, I am already to go visit a community. They sound like such wonderful people, and they believe in truly taking care of each other. I never felt that the rules they had to follow ever came across as legalism. My hat goes off to people like this, and I can recommend this easy-to-read, feel-good, clean Christian romance to everyone!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Posted September 20, 2012
I was swept away as I began When Hope Blossoms by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I entered the world of young Old Order Mennonite widow Amy Knackstedt, trying to raise three young children on her own. The family settles down in a new town, hoping to get over the pain and loss of the husband and father.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Tim Roper, their nearest neighbor, doesn't want any reminders of the faith that he left many years ago. Nor does he want to be attached to anyone after the loss of his wife and son, but the neighbor children have found a way of sneaking into his heart. Will he be able to find a way to come to grips with his past, or forever remain alone?
This book moved me to tears and laughter. Kim has a unique way of weaving words that touch the hearts of her readers. I highly recommend reading this book.
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.
Posted September 7, 2012
When Hope Blossoms
What a great read, took less than a day and I couldn't put it down. Such a warm, sweet read, filled with faith.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Amy Knackstedt moves with her children to Weaverly, Kansas to find a new beginning. Three years ago her husband had had an accident at a Grain Mill, and the pain of loosing him, and living with the memories in her small town. She purchased a new, well older home, with some land that other Mennonites who also moved from Ohio...are going to farm.
What she doesn't know is that next door is a man fighting his demons. His wife and son had died in a motor vehicle accident 5 years ago. He is still healing, and being a former Mennonite does not relish the idea of having a family living next door.
Love how the children worm their way...without realizing it into Tim Roper's life. Will he begin to heal, or are the memories of his lost family going to be his demise? Will Amy find the peace she has wanted, and be able to begin a new life for her children.
God has his hand in all of their lives, and I could just feel him there. Be ready for some sweet and loving times, and some heartbreak. Kim Vogel Sawyer has gifted us again with her magic with words...Thank You!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted August 30, 2012
Typically, I try to keep my opinion on "Chick Lit" to
Typically, I try to keep my opinion on "Chick Lit" to myself. I'm a fan of reading, reading of all sorts, but discernment must be used on occasion. When a publisher contacts me about books available to review, I'll be drawn toward the theological, the biblical studies, the suspense or drama novel and the occasional historical fiction. When it comes to "Christian historical romance" novels, I'll defer to my lovely wife, Ann. However, it's when Ann is asked to do the review that I almost always regret my request in the first place. It's an agonizing process for her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So, this time, when Bethany House Publishers contacted me, I said I'd review whatever they had available. Along comes Kim Vogel Sawyer's latest work, When Hope Blossoms. First thought? "Oh boy, here we go again." Therefore, I bit the bullet and read it myself. And I was quite pleased.
There are things about Christian romance novels that I find bothersome, but I'll leave that for another post. What I found most attractive about Sawyer's book was the emphasis upon hope and prayer. I've read a fair number of Christian fictional novels and so few stress the relationship with God necessary through Jesus Christ or the constant need for repentance and communion through prayer. Sawyer is doing this frequently throughout her book.
It is this reviewer's opinion that this works well as a point of emphasis because of the setting within a small Mennonite group. Not having read about this group before, I did not know why the women needed to wear the bonnets they do. It's for the purpose of providing a head covering when in prayer; and since they are to pray without ceasing, they wear them whenever they're awake. While I may not agree with the way they get their interpretation of that portion of Scripture (1 Corinthians 11, by the way), I certainly want to honor the way they are reminded to pray without ceasing…and Amy, the key character, does.
This is not to say she doesn't display the human tendencies we all have––loss of patience, jumping to conclusions on occasion with her children, frustration, and more. It's just that when she does, there does not appear to be a long moment in passing that she doesn't call to mind her heavenly Father's presence, goodness and grace, which brings her to a prayerful state of humility and repentance.
Tim (Rupp) Roper is another quite believable character. The anguish of sole for him, his losses and wanderings, truly bring about a tension throughout the story.
I think that many will enjoy this book, and so, I commend it to you.
Posted July 31, 2012
Posted July 26, 2012
After reading 'Fields of Grace' which I enjoyed thoroughly, I bought this book because I wanted to read something else by the author and was not disappointed. Beautiful story of a man returning to his heritage and hope in finding a family again after losing one. Never lost interest in reading this book and highly recommend to anyone. If you have not read any of her books, do not hesitate to buy this book, you will not be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.