Thursday, May 25, 2006
Waiting for Summer's Return
Kim Vogel Sawyer's debut novel is a beautiful story of faith, hope, trust, and love. Summer Steadman resolves to stay in the town near where her husband and children are taken away from her in a cholera epidemic. Her problem of how to support herself is solved when Peter Ollenberger, a gentle giant of a man, hires her to tutor his young son. She goes to the farm where Peter provides a shelter away from the house where he lives with his son and grandmother, but will it satisfy the standards of the Mennonite community in which they live? As she tutors the boy, she learns more about the Mennonites and their beliefs. As she grows closer to the family, she is slowly accepted by the people. When Summer returns to her mother-in-law's home in Boston, Peter and his son are left to wonder if Summer will return or stay away. When Summer returns to the Ollenberger farm, the beautiful ending will satisfy the heart of everyone who loves romance. This is another great read for the summer.