Waiting For Summer's Return (Large Print)
- Publisher Summer Steadman ends her journey to Oklahoma when she loses her family to illness. After her tragedy can Summer find happiness, even love, in a Mennonite community on the Plains?
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About "Waiting For Summer's Return (Large Print)"
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?
Summer Steadman ends her journey to Oklahoma when she loses her family to illness. After her tragedy can Summer find happiness, even love, in a Mennonite community on the Plains?
Meet the Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats besides 'writer.' As a wife, mother, grandmother, and active participant in her church, her life is happily full. But Kim's passion lies in writing stories of hope that encourage her readers to place their lives in God's capable hands. An active speaking ministry assists her with her desire. Kim and her husband make their home on the beautiful plains of Kansas, the setting for many of Kim's novels.
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This beautiful book drew me in, hook, line and sinker! I couldn't put it down! As a mother, my heart was broken with Summer's loss, and again squeezed as she struggled through the options, or lack of, for her future. The character development is wonderful, and I grew to love both Summer and Peter. Kim Vogel Sawyer doesn't neglect the spiritual growth of her characters, and I was challenged in my own faith walk as I read Summer and Peter's discussions. Well worth a read!
I was hooked from the first with the tragedy to one woman, her struggles in accepting joy and God. The loving humble man and his adorable son and older grandma made this a no put down read. I was encouraged and inspired. Thank you.
I mostly enjoyed Waiting for Summer's Return. I liked the way the plot progressed and I liked both the lead characters, although I did feel that one conversion late in the book was a little too convenient and easy. My major complaint was that, while the way the German-English speakers spoke is probably realistic, every time they spoke I thought of Yoda! Other than that, it was a good read.
Kim Vogel Sawyer often writes Amish romance novels, and personally I'm a bit over the Amish thing, but I did really enjoy this non-Amish story. Summer Steadman has suffered incredible tragedy when she finds herself in the middle of a closed and fearful Mennonite community. Thankfully she is taken in by Peter Ollenburger, a gentle giant of a man who needs a tutor for his son, Thomas. I fell in love with this kind and honorable man and his cheeky, generous son long before Summer did, mostly because he was so consistent in showing her that God and a close relationship with Him were the only answers to her many needs. It was beautifully written, with a very sensitive portrayal of grief and the gradual healing brought about by the faithful love of God, the needful love of a little boy and finally the love of an honorable man. Well worth reading.
Summer was such a strong yet humble woman, who, after tragedies unthinkable happened to her, was able to persevere and struggle onwards with her faith in God alone. The series of events that took place from then on showed her strength of character and her patience, whilst also showing the reader the life of the German Mennonites and life on the prairies. This story transports you away to another time and place. A touching, beautiful story which was a joy to read.