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.

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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?

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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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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Romance Designs.com
"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!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585586530
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Heart of the Prairie , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
50,000
File size:
1 MB

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