Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WHEN HOPE BLOSSOMS by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Amy Knackstedt has bought a home on farmland just outside Waverly KS, she felt it was time to move away from her father's home, and the town where her husband, Gabe, had died in a fall from a Silo.  She is Old Order Mennonite, and her new neighbor, Tim Roper, seems to be put off by their religion.  When her two youngest children, Parker and Adrianna wander into his apple orchard, and pick branches off the trees, damaging them, he takes them home and tells Amy she should keep better watch on her children.

Amy has a quilting business, Threads of Remembrance, and Tim is asked to help her set up a website where she can advertise.  Bekah, Amy's oldest, works out a deal to pay Tim back for his help, by cleaning his home.  Parker, the middle child, who was injured in an accident when he was 4, decides he can help Tim in the orchard, hoping that they will be able to get some apples to can and make applesauce in the fall.   Adrianna, the youngest child, at 5, doesn't remember her father, and both she and Parker become very attached to Tim.  He feels a pull toward Parker, because his child had also been disabled, born with Downs Syndrome.

Will Tim go back to his Mennonite roots?  Or will he let his disagreement with his father, years before, keep him angry and distant.  Will Amy stay on in Waverly, or will something make her move back to her hometown, even with it's bad memories?

This is a very interesting book, I've read a lot of Amish stories, but this is the first Mennonite story I've read.  Kim  Vogel Sawyer has brought everything together seamlessly, to make you feel you know these people.

I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing to read and review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own, I'm not required to give a positive review.


Maple Lane said...

This sounds like an interesting book. My little nephew was born with DS and only lived to be 3 1/2. I think this would be a difficult book for me for that reason.
We have had a nice, steady rain all day here in GA. We need it so much and the cooler temps are so very welcome!
Hope you have a pleasant evening!

Patty Patterson said...

Sounds like a good book. When there are children in the storyline they always seem to tug at your heart strings. Especially a special needs child.

NanaDiana said...

Sounds like another good book, Jettie. My first husband was part of a break off of the Mennonites-called Pilgrim Holiness. The books about them still fascinate me. xo Diana