Monday, October 15, 2012

When Hope Blossoms

When Hope Blossoms
Kim Vogel Sawyer
(Bethany House)
ISBN: 978-0764207877
July 2012/350 pages/$14.99

Amy Knackstedt hopes a new start in Weaverly, Kansas, will help heal the pain of losing her husband and provide a better future for her three children. But her new neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have an Old Order Mennonite family living next to his apple orchard. Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn't want any reminders of his former life.

Yet when circumstances throw Amy and Tim together, they form a friendship that surprises them both. Will past hurts always be a barrier between them, or will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?


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 Web site at for more information.


Mea culpa for being so late on this review. Kim Sawyer is releasing a new book and I'm just now posting this one. (I thought I had already posted it.) When Hope Blossoms is a sweet book. I loved how Tim was determined to keep Amy and her family at arm's length, yet the children managed to work their way into his life and his heart. Full of honest emotions and experiences, this novel tugged at my heart. I particularly loved the portrayal of Bekah, Amy's thirteen-year-old daughter. Like most early teens, she vacillates between opposite emotions: experiencing typical teen frustrations and immaturity on one day and then on the next, displaying a surprising level of understanding and maturity. Sawyer has once again written a tale of faith, hope, and new beginnings that will warm your heart.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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1 comment:

Beth said...

another one to add to my list! Thanks for the great review!