Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When Hope Blossoms

GIVEAWAY!!!

SAWYER, KIM VOGEL
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?

My Review:

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.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of When Hope Blossoms, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 22 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

23 comments:

  1. I love Kim's books, this sounds great!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. would love to read kim's latest novel...thanks for the chance ;)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  3. Good luck Wendy and Karen!

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  4. Kim Vogel Sawyer's books are always very good. I've read many of them but am getting behind on reading her newest books. I'd love to win a copy of When Hope Blossoms.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  5. I have loved the books I have read so far by Kim! I would love to win this one... thanks for the chance!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. I've only read 2 or 3 of Kim's books, but they have always been great!!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. My daughter and I are big Kim Vogel Sawyer fans. It sounds like a great read!

    Susan Hollaway
    shollaway2008ATgmailDOTcom

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  8. I just love Kim's Mennonite stories! A great review as always! Thanks for the opportunity to win this one!

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

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  9. I am a fan of Kim's! I would be delighted to win a copy of, "When Hope Blossoms." I enjoyed your review of this book. I just want to read it that much more!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I have enjoyed every single book that Kim has written! I haven't read this one yet but I know this one will be great too!!
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Pick me! Pick me, please! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  12. I enjoy Kim's writings. This one really appeals to me, because I was born and raised in Kansas and knew Mennonite friends. I remember how clean and warm the Mennonite communities were, how nice they were to drive through. Thanks for this marvelous giveaway and the chance to read a great read.

    Blessed by Grace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  13. Thank you for the Review, I want this Book (smile) please add me to your Giveaway.
    Many blessings


    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Can you add me please? Thank you. I enjoyed your review! Terrile(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I enjoy Mennonite stories. Thanks for the chance to win this!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  16. I love Amish and Mennonite fiction, and been a fan of Kim's for quite some time. Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  17. Kim is a favorite author and this does sound like a sweet, touching story. I'd love to be entered. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  18. Glad everyone else thinks this will be one sweet read. :-) Good luck!

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  19. I really want to read this book.It sounds great.Please enter me.Thanks.jackie_tessnair at yahoo dot com

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  20. Kim is a really great author and I'd love to read this!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. Thank you, Kav, for the very kind review...and thank you to the bloggers who are already readers. You are all so appreciated! Blessings to you. :o) ~Kim

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