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Posted July 22, 2008
In Beginnings: Beth gives up her dream of running an antique store about the same time she realizes her gift of working with stained glass. Her grandfather and grandmother Koeppler as well as her mother encourage her in this endeavor. But Beth's new venture struggles with time constraints, supply problems and two other men trying to run her life. Kim Vogel Sawyer's stories have a healing touch. The family relations thread that touched me was the concern Beth had that she was losing her mother, since Marie had returned to the faith of her childhood. The take home value of Beginnings, for me? Priorities. By getting her priorities straight Beth pricks the heart of another man old enough to be her father. He thought he was doing right, until Beth taught him that in order to truly honor God, our priorities must be right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2008
I read kim's first book first 'bygones' which was a excellent book. This second book is every bit as good. you won't be disappointed if you read this book. I wish Kim would write more books like this one. I am anxious to read her other books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2008
Beth Quinn feels like the misfit of Sommerfield, Kansas. She moved there with her mother to claim her inheritance. In the process, she found faith and an unknown talent in stained glass making. Her mother embraced the life of the Old Order Mennonite, married her childhood sweat heart and is pregnant with twins. Beth feels loved but left out. The only place she belongs is in her stained glass studio. She dreams of using newfound Christian faith by using the talents God has given her to operate a successful stained glass studio. Enter Andrea Braun, member of the Sommerfield fellowship and Sean McCauley, of McCauley Church Construction. Andrea works beside her in the studio and longs for her success to give him the opportunity to stop farming and follow his love of art. Sean contracts her to do stained glass windows for the churches they build. Can Beth forget her painful past and trust these men for who they are and not what she fears they want from her? Or will she be swept away like the tiny glass dust on her studio floor? This book will draw you in and keep you reading as you root for all of the characters. And when you close the book you will be eager to read the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2007
Returning to Summerfeld and the lives of Beth Quinn and the Braun family was like going home again! Their lives are fascinating, Beth's stained-glass windows business is intriguing, and Kim Vogel Sawyer's writing is fresh and wonderful! A definite winner!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2008
As always, I love Kim¿s writing style and vivid characters. In the continuing Sommerfield trilogy, Beth Quinn shares the faith of the Mennonites, but still feels like an outsider, especially now that her mother is married and expecting twins. She feels like she is standing on the outside looking in on their sweet happy family and feels a little sorry for herself. Beth is a stained glass artist and opens a shop that becomes a lucrative business after a shaky start, with long hours in her studio away from family. Andrew Braun works for her and not only shares her loves of designing stain glass, but conveys his affection to her. Her designs catch the eye of businessman, Sean McCauley, and they strike a deal for stained glass windows for churches that his dad¿s construction company builds. He becomes more interested in Beth each time he visits her studio, and Andrew openly shows his displeasure. Beth has been hurt before and is very cautious to both men¿s attentiveness. A crisis paves the way for Beth to finally feel a part of her mom¿s life again. When she puts family first, she finally learns to trust God in all areas of her life. What can I say? Great read, Kim, reflecting your Gentle Stories of Hope. I can¿t wait for the third book. Thanks Kim!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 2, 2007
Following Bygones as the second in her Sommerfeld Trilogy, Kim Vogel Sawyers¿s Beginnings gives us the story of Maria¿s daughter, Beth. Having moved to the Mennonite community of Sommerfeld to fulfill the conditions of her inheritance, Beth searches for the opportunity to make her talent in creating stained glass art into a successful business. She is still the outsider, though, as she chooses not to follow the Mennonite ways. Not only that, but her newly remarried mother is expecting twins, and Beth struggles with the thought that her baby siblings will take precedence in her mother¿s new family. On top of those challenges, Beth is juggling with attentions from two very different men in her life. Quiet employee Andrew works steadily at her side, cutting glass and encouraging her business aspirations while dealing with awkward feelings of affection for his boss. Church builder Sean also sees her artistic potential and communicates daily about offers of work that would bring Beth into the forefront of her field and bring success. Kim has created a memorable protagonist whose struggles resounded with me. Her depictions of mother-daughter conflict in both these books are realistic and fresh¿there is love but no easy answers to the questions which Beth turns over in her heart. Yearning to know her place in God¿s world, Beth jumps in with both feet and hopes for a soft landing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2007
This story tells the poignant journey Beth makes as she tries to find herself and establish her business. The stress of starting a successful stained glass shop could push her over the edge. Then there are the two men who are suddenly vying for her attention. Or are they vying for control of the business. Because of what happened in her relationship in the first book, she finds it hard to trust again. Kim does a magnificent job painting the setting and characters that I care deeply about. When I pick up one of her books I fully expect to be swept into the story and characters' lives. She has never disappointed me. And the spiritual journeys of the characters are richly worded and woven into the very fabric of the story. I never feel like she's preaching at me, yet the seeds she plants stay with me long after I've closed the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2007
BEGINNINGS, By Kim Vogel Sawyer Review by Marion Kelley Bullock Beth Quinn relocated to Sommerfeld, Kansas with her mother, Marie, but she doesn¿t fit in with these Old Order Mennonites. Marie has married Henry Braun and settled down. But Beth¿s business zeal and her way of dressing don¿t suit Sommerfeld¿s ideas of propriety for women. She feels out of place. Henry¿s nephew, Andrew Braun, works for Beth in her stained glass studio. He wants to be more than an employee, but Beth doesn¿t feel she can give up her independence. She¿s not sure she can trust Andrew with her life and her heart. Then Sean McCauley enters her life. Sean, whose father owns a construction company specializing in building church buildings, offers Beth a fantastic business opportunity. Is his interest purely business, or is it also personal? As Beth, a new Christian, searches for a place to belong, will she rush headlong into plans she designs for her future or will she take time to seek God¿s guidance? You¿re sure to enjoy this second book in the Sommerfeld trilogy. If you read Bygones, you already know Kim¿s true-to-life characters. Now you can re-connect with them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2012
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