Waiting for Summer's Return [NOOK Book]

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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 gristmill owner, needs someone to teach his young son. When he hears of a "learned ...
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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?
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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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"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: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Heart of the Prairie , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,348
  • File size: 831 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her website at kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    A must read!

    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!

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    wonderful prairie romance--Waiting for Summer's Return

    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.

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Good Christian fiction

    238 pages. Christian fiction. Pretty good.

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    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

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    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.

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    Step Back in Time

    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.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Stop !!!!!!!!!!

    Stop giving the plot away ! One or two lines enuff ,

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Great story

    Very enjoyable read.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Spoiler

    I read a review to discover why one liked the book. Please reviewers STOP summarizing the Entire Book and giving away the ending. A good review can be summed up in less than 10 sentences.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Highly recommended

    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.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Wonderful Historical!

    Summer Steadman faces one of life¿s most difficult challenges when her husband and 4 children succumb to the deadly typhoid fever while traveling to Oklahoma. Stranded in a Mennonite Community in Kansas where her family is buried, she feels cold and empty, believing that God has deserted her. Grieving, Summer has little desire for existence or hope for the future. She decides to stay in Gaeddert, KS to be near the graves of her four children and secures a job for widower Peter Ollenberger as a tutor for his little boy. Peter is a gentle giant of a man and, having experienced grief first hand, is patient and tender with Summer. She quickly becomes attached to his son, Thomas, who returns the sentiment, hoping she will become his father¿s wife. The Mennonites are a tight community and do not receive Summer favorably because she is living under the same roof of her employer. Throughout the fall and winter, she learns the Mennonite customs and traditions which Kim Sawyer portrays in a vivid but believable way through her writing. Summer and Peter mutually respect each other, and they grow very close while shielding their own grieving hearts. Peter, patient and sensitive in his own quiet way, points out the many ways God helped him recover from his own loss. Hope blossoms in Summer¿s heart, and she slowly begins to live again. Sawyer tenderly describes Summer¿s visit to her family¿s grave with such intensity that I felt Summer¿s grief, and I cried. Excellent writing can bring out real emotions and Sawyer has done that in her debut novel. Without being preachy, she has shown us how God can sift us and refine us as silver, and restore us amidst life¿s tragic circumstances. I can hardly wait for the second book in this series. Way to go Kim!

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    An enjoyable journey

    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.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    A book that can make me smile, laugh, cry and be filled with God

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    This is a truly remarkable novel. Kim Vogel Sawyer paints vivid

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Great story line, couldn't put this book down!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    A Poignant, Tender Story

    Kim Sawyer has created a real world and peopled it with unforgettable characters. Summer Steadman, a grieving young widow, is stranded in a small Mennonite town in Kansas in the late 1800¿s. Peter Ollenburger, a big bear of a man, comes to her rescue. He invites her to stay in his home and tutor his young son, Thomas. Grossmutter lends respectability to the arrangement, but still some of the Mennonites in the community resent the outsider¿s presence. Problems arise when some of their neighbors accuse Peter of living in sin with the woman. They threaten to cast Peter out of the community if he doesn¿t send her away. But Peter stands up to the townspeople, refusing to force her to leave. Summer doubts a God who let her husband and young children die. Peter tries to help her understand that God loves her in spite of the fact that he has allowed her to suffer losses. While Summer respects Peter, she is not attracted to him at first. And he still mourns his beloved Elsa. But as Summer¿s faith grows, she becomes more and more attached to the boy, Thomas¿and to his gentle father. And Peter¿with a little mild nudging from Thomas and Grossmutter, finds himself falling in love with Summer. You won't want to miss this beautiful story, told by a master storyteller.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Predictable but heartwarming

    Though the story is predictable, it is very heartwarming. Wonderful & safe read for ALL AGES.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

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    Loved the characters, the story...read until I couldn't see stra

    Loved the characters, the story...read until I couldn't see straight. So sad when I turned the last page.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    Superb Writing, A Gentle, Thoughtful Story

    Summer Steadman finds herself stranded in a small Mennonite town in Kansas in the late 1800¿s after her husband and four young children die of Typhoid. When Summer tries to find a job in the town, widower Peter Ollenburger is the only person, it seems, who is willing to extend her any kindness. He shows up at her hotel to ask her if she would stay on his property and tutor his nine-year-old son. She has no other prospects, so she accepts.-------- There seems to be no attraction between them at first, even though Peter¿s 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. But Summer has no family to turn to, and she is determined to stay near her children¿s gravesite. Peter refuses to force her to leave, gently but firmly standing up to the suspicious townspeople. Because he learned this lesson when his beloved wife died, Peter strives to show Summer that even though this terrible thing has happened to her, God does love her. She must look for the good that God has planned for her.---------- Kim Sawyer turns in a fine writing performance with her strong, deep characters and gentle story. She uses great depth of insight in treating her delicate subject matter with deftness and reality. 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 as he did her prayer to spare her husband and children¿s lives, 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.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A deep character driven late nineteenth century inspirational romance

    In 1894 everything that meant anything to Summer Steadman is gone especially with the death of her sweet baby Tillie her spouse Rodney gone her family in Boston and his are gone though they still live. She believes she has no reason to live and would welcome death. However, she accepts a teaching position tutoring a child Thomas in the pious rigid Mennonite community of Gaeddert, Kansas.------------------ Peter Ollenberger still mourns the death of his beloved Elsa. However, he welcomes the outsider to his community. His kindness towards Summer causes censorship amidst his neighbors. Still he feels he must help Summer understand that God loves her in spite of her losses. However, he soon wonders if God works in mysterious ways as he begins to fall in love with Summer while through him, Thomas and his grandmother Summer finds the warmth of human love once more.----------------- WAITING FOR SUMMER is a deep character driven late nineteenth century inspirational romance. The cast is solid as the townsfolk make it clear how they feel about the outside female living in Peter¿s abode though a grandmotherly chaperone resides there too. Peter and Summer are terrific protagonists struggling poorly with grief and doubting God¿s intentions in which innocent good people die young. Thomas and grandma matchmake the mourning pair but not just with one another as they help Summer and Peter find their way back to God. This is a deep tale with an upbeat message that brings the sunshine on what starts as a very gloomy cloudy sky.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Summer Session

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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