Waiting for Summer's Return

Waiting for Summer's Return

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by Kim Vogel Sawyer
     
 

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All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her family.

Widower Peter Ollenburger, the local

Overview

All alone on the Kansas prairie, Summer Steadman has few options. With her husband and children lost to illness, she has no desire to continue on farther west to where she and her husband planned to build their future. Instead, she seeks employment in a small Mennonite community in order to be near the graves of her family.

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?

Editorial Reviews

Eileen Key
"Kim Vogel Sawyer's strong voice resonates in her debut novel... She has created excellent characters for the reader to love and woven an intricate plot of love lost and love regained. We look forward to the next book by this author."
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Melanie Dickerson
"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. Summer's 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."
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Patti Chadwick
"If you like Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn, you will like Waiting for Summer's Return by Kim Bogel Sawyer. The author is an exceptional storyteller in her own right who is sure to please fans of historical fiction. An endearing and gentle love story set on the Kansas prairie, it is a charming and satisfying read."
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Ane Mulligan
"From the first page to the last, Sawyer's ability as a word weaver captured me and immersed me in the world she creates. With an obvious gift for story-telling, none of her characters are stereotype or predictable. . . The characters literally lodge themselves in the reader's heart. Tender and poignant, this book receives a high recommendation."
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Marty Medley
"Wonderful light reading for summer vacation!"
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"Ms. Sawyer debuts with a powerful story of a mother's greatest heartbreak and search to re-discover God. With the help of the widower Peter, his son Thomas, and their Grossmutter, Summer was led back to the land of living with patience and purpose in a moving and deeply emotional journey by discovering the joy of inviting Christ into her barren heart. Sawyer's depiction of the tight-knit Mennonite community, their customs, living conditions, and fear of 'outsiders' was all skillfully integrated into a fast paced story. This debut author hooked me from the very beginning by breathing the very life and soul into her characterizations in an engrossing and superb debut that I highly recommend. Brava!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764201820
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Heart of the Prairie Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
688,508
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Debut novelist KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a wife, mother, and part-time elementary school teacher. Her previous work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in Hutchinson, Kansas, and have three daughters and two grandsons.

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Waiting for Summer's Return 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 310 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this story about a young woman who decides to leave an abusive past in search of a new life. I could not put it down! The word pictures made me feel as if I were actually watching as the story unfolded! The story line was gentle and warmed my heart. It was a love story on a whole new level. A story of forgiveness and hope. It will leave the reader wanting more! It is a top notch book, that I will read again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim Vogel Sawyer has painted a beautiful story of a growing love and a returning to faith after the unthinkable occurs. Summer Steadman accepts a position as a teacher to Peter Ollenburger's son, but gradually begins to love her student and his father as they grow to love and accept her as part of their family. Summer and Peter both finally begin to realize their true love for each other only as she prepares to leave. How long will he have to wait for Summer's return? I highly recommend you read this book and find out. You'll enjoy the journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page of this delightful book, I was swept back to 1894 and the windswept plains of Kansas. Sawyer does a fantastic job making the era and characters spring to life. I was engrossed in the struggles of the characters and delighted in their triumphs. With each sentence she paints a vivid picture of this unique German setting and places you deep inside the minds of the main characters. It is easy to fall in love with the gentle giant Peter Ollenburger who is filled with wisdom that he shares carefully. And I grew with Summer through each test and victory. If you thought there wasn't a fresh twist on the prairie romance, think again. And if you love Janette Oke's books, you will be delighted with Waiting for Summer's Return.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
238 pages. Christian fiction. Pretty good. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read.
novelimagination More than 1 year ago
A book that can make me smile, laugh, cry and be filled with God's Word and bring me peace can compare to no other. Ms. Sawyer had made me a #1 fan of hers. Thank you for such a wonderful experience, Ms. Sawyer. You have been blessed with a true gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a truly remarkable novel. Kim Vogel Sawyer paints vivid images of gentle people in an untamed land and shows God's love and guidance, for those who seek it. I had a hard time putting the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line, couldn't put this book down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the last, Sawyer's ability as a word weaver captured me and immersed me in the world she creates. With an obvious gift for story-telling, none of her characters are stereotype or predictable. The grossmutter's slow acceptance of Summer rang true with none of the expected shenanigans. The boy, Thomas, watched his new teacher with a child's curiosity and the wary prejudice of the sect's teachings about outsiders. Sawyer portrays him with insight, making him come alive. The Mennonites within the community who don't want Summer in their midst are not over-written, but presented with an honesty that displays their tribulations and traditions. I found the evolution of Summer's faith to be guileless, without preaching or manipulation. I applaud Sawyer for not detailing the conversion of Summer's mother-in-law which in this reviewer's humble opinion, kept it from being too tidy a package. We've all heard the words before, but in this case they're true. The character's literally lodge themselves in the reader's heart. Tender and poignant, this book receives a high recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the story is predictable, it is very heartwarming. Wonderful & safe read for ALL AGES.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, the story...read until I couldn't see straight. So sad when I turned the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There she goes...harriet klausner,,,ruining another book with her excessive book report. Come on bn...when are you ever going to do something to this obnixiius poster? Delete her posts, ban her. Its bad enough that other posters sees her getting away with revealing every detail of the book, so now 99% of posters do it because of her. Please put a stop to these rude plot spoilers now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stop giving the plot away ! One or two lines enuff ,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Widower Peter Ollenburger knows his son needs Summer¿s help. As a recent widow and without work, she must make a decision quickly before time and money run out. He also knows that Summer Steadman needs them and feels the Lord prompting him to help her. What happens next takes everyone by surprise¿ I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A unique approach to the prairie romance, we get to see inside the Mennonite community at a time when it was still relatively new to this country. Most novels I have read seem to set their stories in this community in modern times¿when the differences in dress and mannerisms are more starkly contrasted. Here, however, we are treated to a time when a stranger in their midst would not feel quite so different from the others, until they attempted to blend in. Such is Summer¿s plight as she tries to make a life for herself in Gaeddert. Well-rounded characters (especially Peter) and dialogue make this a treat. An enjoyable novel with a satisfying conclusion, ¿Waiting for Summer¿s Return¿ is well worth your time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good end of summer reading. Loved the detailed descriptions of people, places, and things. Being a widow myself can well identify with Summer finding love again with a good Godly man. God was good to me as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read out of boredom and was not disapointed. Very good and very heart warming. Emotional as well, from horrible sadness to joy. I would have liked for one small extra thing to have happened at the end and this lost a star for me... I wont say what though as to not spoil the story for others :)
avidreader10AH More than 1 year ago
The book was slow and lagged in the middle with many repetitive situations. The end left one hanging and searching for more options of how the book could have ended better. It appears that the writer stopped and ended the book.
BurryNC More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. It was nice to read something that had a good clean storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It just seems too straightforward, the writing. The attempt is appreciated for character depth, but it seems like it drags on, then the characters mature, like an abrupt transition from a flat character to a round character. There is a decent plot, but the writing is...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story!  Not only was this a good love story but the underlying themes of hope and forgiveness shine through.  I am in awe of Peter who thinks he is a simple man but his insight and wisdom and desire to serve his God are wonderful examples of how Christians should live.  He was gentle and loving without being "preachy" and made me want to emulate him.  I will be looking for more stories by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspirational but overwritten, immature and predictable. An easy read but would not read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable read! Cute and sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good solid read with well developed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it, I am on my 3rd book this week for this author, such a sweet & wonderful stories. I found myself thinking of the characters during the day, I actually drew strength from these books.