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When Hope Blossoms [Kindle Edition]

Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Book Description

Sweet Contemporary Story Set in an Old Order Mennonite Community

Amy Knackstedt moves with her children to Weaverly, Kansas, to escape the speculation surrounding her husband's untimely death.
She hopes the new location will provide a fresh start for them all. But her neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have a Mennonite
family living next to his apple orchard. When the children try to befriend him, he resists. Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn't want any reminders of his former life. Yet Amy and Tim find their paths colliding far more than either could have foreseen. Will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?


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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?

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Praise for Kim Vogel Sawyer's Novels

"Sawyer is a gifted author who knows what readers want--and she delivers."--Romantic Times

"Sawyer excels at setting scenes in her stand-alone Christian historical romances, and this one is no exception: her characters take on a life of their own, and their ethical quandaries engage the reader's sympathy."
--Booklist about Song of My Heart

"A Hopeful Heart has winsome characters, an interesting premise, and a heavenly match made on earth...fans of inspirational romance novels will not be disappointed."--Historical Novel Reviews

"This emotionally packed novel is sure to tug at your heartstrings."--TitleTrakk.com about My Heart Remembers

Product Details

  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764207873
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073UPP8C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Children, Orchards, and the Mennonite Faith September 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
From the back cover:

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?

My take:
This novel was very interesting to read. I haven't read a novel involving Mennonites in a long time. I think it is very interesting how many authors choose to depict their stories involving Mennonites when there are only "pockets" of this religious group across the country. I'm not aware of their statistics, but to my knowledge the closest group to me is found in Tennessee. This group of people should be very much appreciated and applauded for their unwavering lifestyle and nonconformity, for the most part. They are living life "set apart" very literally.

The novel starts with Amy Knackstedt and her children Bekah, Parker, and Adri moving into their new house in Kansas. They have moved next door to Tim Roper and his apple and grape orchard. Tim and Amy have a rough start, because Tim wants Amy's kids to keep their distance from his orchard to protect it from further harm. Eventually, the children grow on Tim, and Tim, in turn, grows on Amy. They are pushed together through a variety of events that seem quite normal and could happen to any of us. It's not as though there are very unusual circumstances bringing them together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but slow. September 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
The first word that comes to my mind about this story is sweet.

When Hope Blossoms was my first story by this author, and I didn't know what to expect. Like I've told you before, I'm not a big fan of Amish (or Mennonite) novels. Some catch my interest; others just lack enough of a plot.

The beginning was slow. The back of the book uses the term blossom, and that is accurate. Just as flowers take loooots of time to blossom, this story takes plenty of time to gain momentum.

I did like the characters. The children were adorable, and Bekah's perspective was a welcome addition. Also, learning about the Mennonites was a plus. I loved the spiritual depth ! It was inspiring how fully Amy and her family relied on the Lord. Some "Christian" books are too light on their spiritual aspects, but this story most definitely was not. I respect stories like this one because of that.

So, while this wasn't my favorite read, I did enjoy it. I only hoped for more action, something to drive the story. Ultimately, I'd give it a three out of five stars.

*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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2.0 out of 5 stars When Hope Blossoms November 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is my very first novel by this author, and I must admit, I was disappointed. While the beginning of the story appeared to be promising, and the main male character, Tim, somewhat fascinating because of his background story and his conflicted personality, I just could not find Amy, her family, and the rest of the characters interesting. The story very much dragged (in some places, there were entire pages describing unimportant details) and the romantic element lacking. By the last chapter, I still could not understand why Tim and Amy fall in love: I did not sense much chemistry between the protagonists, and even the Christian element seemed somewhat forced. I am a very fast reader, but I had a very hard time finishing this book, and while I very much wanted to like it, I simply did not.

A nice, clean, Christian fiction story. Not my cup of tea, but I am still thankful to Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
***See all my reviews at Sensibleromance.wordpress.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so September 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Amy has moved to Weaverly Kansas to start fresh. Her husband had been killed in a accident a few years earlier and there are questions about it really being an accident or suicide. She hopes that a new town will help her and her three kids to heal and move on. They soon meet Tim who owns a orchard right next door. Tim used to be a Mennonite as well and is not happy to see Mennonites moving into his area. He soon finds himself spending time with Amy and her kids and it opens old wounds and just maybe will start him on the road of healing from his losses. Will Amy and Tim find love as they take the road of healing?

This book was okay. This is the 2nd book I have read from this author and maybe her books are just not for me. She is a good writer, I am just not loving her books.

What I liked: I really liked Amy's kids and her oldest Bekah was having some spiritual issues with being Mennonite. Parker and Adrianna made me smile. Also I was glad to see Tim work through his grief over the loss of his wife and child as well as face his past with his parents.

What I did not like: Now I don't want to bash this book but at the same time I want to be truthful. I found both Amy and Tim kind of boring. Its not that I did not like the characters its just they where kind of flat. Amy was sweet but at the same time by the end of the book I really did not feel like I knew her any better then the beginning and she had not real spunk. Tim did have to deal with more issues and came across as better developed but again the storyline seemed to drag on at times. Also the romance so so. The spark was very dim and the ending was sweet but I felt like the characters really did not interact enough to get to that point they did at the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ROMANCE NOVEL SET IN BETWEEN MENNONITE AND NON-MENNONITE...
WONDERFULLY ENJOYABLE LOVE STORY WITH JUST ENOUGH TWISTS TO KEEP THE READER'S INTEREST PIQUED! I read this entire book in between seeing patients, on my lunch hour, and at the end... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jeanne F. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable reading.
Published 10 days ago by Faye H Price
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
Enjoyed reading this book. Reminds you that God does care about your everyday life even when it seems like everything bad has happened
Published 13 days ago by Lloyd Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
First time I have read this kind of book. I love it.
Published 15 days ago by Amazon CustomerDeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I liked all the characters. I recommend it to everyone. It is an encouraging book to read. Very uplifting. After Tim and Amy goes thru so much they find peace and happiness.
Published 17 days ago by Jill Powe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another good book
Published 19 days ago by Donna Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting books
Published 19 days ago by pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars When Hope blossoms
I have always enjoyed love stories and thought this was very well done. Thank you for a good respectable story. I hope to find similar ones in this section of books. Read more
Published 23 days ago by MaryAnne
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
This is one of this author's best books. It is one of those books that a person cannot put down. In fact, I was reading and didn't realize it was the wee hours of the morning. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mary Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book. It couldn't be better
Published 25 days ago by Joyce Thornton
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