WHEN HOPE BLOSSOMS
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?
Sweet, sweet, SWEET! Brilliantly crafted, Sawyer delivers a story that brings hope from despair -- a theme that aptly matches the title. Amazingly tight plotting blends three life experiences into one incredibly moving conclusion. Sawyer is a gifted storyteller.
Told from three POVs -- Amy's, Tim's and Beckah's (Amy's 13-year-old daughter) -- their diverse take on life and circumstances propel the story along at the perfect pace. I'm still marveling at how various story strands meshed together, building to one of the best feel-good endings I've ever read. Just LOVED this book so much.
And yes it is a Mennonite story -- but it's so much more as well with themes that will attract and satisfy even non-Amish/non-Mennonite fans. Themes like searching for a fresh start, finding ones faith, staying true to that faith no matter what, coping with grief, and learning to accept help from others in times of need. When Hope Blossoms is a wonderful celebration of the hope Christ can bring into every life.
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