Thursday, May 18, 2006

Waiting for Summer's Return, a review

Kim Sawyer has written a superb novel, and I really mean that. It was very enjoyable, with real, full-of-life characters. Check out my review below.

Waiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer
A review by Melanie Dickerson

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 to 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.

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.


Chaos-Jamie said...

Well, welcome to the blog world!

I am really looking forward to reading this book. Something resonates with me in that I moved into a Mennonite town and strugglesd to get "in." Then I married in. My father-in-law and I laugh that my husband married an import. They needed some fresh blood!

Kim S. said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Melanie and Jamie. This story was bathed in prayer, and I truly hope its message of finding joy despite pain will touch hearts. Bless your writing endeavors!

Mary Connealy said...

So, Melanie, what exactly did your email say? I didn't notice it. Hang onto that 'cast all your anxieties on Him...' verse, darlin' Mary Connealy