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Waiting for Summer’s Return… a Book Review

I could not resist the combination of a free download AND a  recommendation on the front cover by the very first author I ever met in person as a teenager… Janette Oke. Waiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a historical Christian romance based in Kansas at the time of covered wagons and small towns.

Summer is a newly widowed woman from Boston who lost her family (husband and children) to illness on their way out west to find their own farming land. Feeling abandoned and having lost her faith in God and the people around her Summer is at a loss as to what to do. Return to Boston and her inlaws who disowned her husband when they chose to leave it all and head east or her brother and his wife who saw her as a burden or stay and try and make a life where she could visit the graves of her beloved children.

Peter and his son Thomas live with Peter’s deceased wife’s grandmother on their settlement just out of town. Alone but for the 3 of them, Thomas had fallen and injured himself badly enough that he could not make the ride to school. This leads to a change in Summer’s circumstances as this traditional Mennonite man is in need of a learned woman to teach his son until he can return to school.

Having dealt with his own questions in regards to faith and God’s will Peter and his family are the perfect catalyst for healing and restoring of faith and perhaps a little love along the way? The town’s own insecurities are examined as we learn more about how persecuted people were coming from Russia and Germany. German Mennonites came to the United States to find the freedom to express their faith, and in turn feared outsiders and persecution. With a mix of English and Low German this is a lovely romantic journey of faith and growth.

If you enjoy a sweet Christian message and characters you can truly fall in love with and care about Waiting for Summer’s Return is the book for you! As a fan of Janette Oke as a younger reader this brings me right back to my original faith based reading!

Waiting for Summer’s Return

Eleven Pipers Piping

A second book in a series which I have not read the first of, Eleven Pipers Piping by C.C. Benison is an absolute GEM. An amazing story with wonderfully fleshed out characters. I love how you immerse yourself in the small English village while exploring the intricate and often tangled relationships that exist there.

The main character, a youngish widowed vicar, is so very human and believable. His daughter Miranda a sometimes French speaking gem… And the housekeeper (who we get the inner thoughts of through typewritten letters to her mother) a giggle and a half as she deals with her Yorkshire pudding issues. The murder mystery is masterfully done and the writing draws you in so well you simply do not want to put it down. I cannot wait for the next book in the series! 

There is Scottish and English references in this story… in fact, the mystery starts at a Robbie Burns dinner, bagpipes and all! I am going to have to hunt down Twelve Drummers Drummingand see how it all started. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery full of British landscapes and a touch of Christianity then you will LOVE  the Father Christmas Mystery Series (seriously the Vicar is called Tom Christmas! Love it!). Just keep in mind Eleven Pipers Piping is not published until October and add it to your must have list! (advance copy reading ROCKS!)

Eleven Pipers Piping