Saturday, May 9, 2015

When Mercy Rains



Suzanne Zimmerman was only seventeen and pregnant when her shamed mother quietly sent her away from their Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. With her old home, family, and first love firmly behind her, Suzanne moved to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised a daughter, Alexa, on her own.

Now, nearly twenty years later, an unexpected letter arrives from Kansas. Her brother asks her to bring her nursing abilities home and care for their ailing mother. His request requires that Suzanne face a family that may not have forgiven her and a strict faith community. It also means seeing Paul Aldrich, her first love.

Paul, widowed with an eight-year-old son, is relieved to see Suzanne again, giving him the chance to beg her forgiveness for his past indiscretion. But when he meets Alexa, his guilt flickers in the glare of Suzanne's prolonged secret-one that changes everything.

Suzanne had let go of any expectation for forgiveness long ago. Does she dare hope in mercy-and how will her uncovered past affect the people she loves the most?

My Review:

After I read book two in this series, a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to backtrack and read When Mercy Rains. And even though I read them out of order so I knew a few spoilers when I started this one, I still loved it. In fact, knowing the outcome of a few threads made the read even edgier.

Love the family dynamics -- The Zimmermans are a complicated bunch and Sawyer magnificently illustrates how one action can snowball into a multitude of reactions that have long reaching effects. Sawyer has created a riveting tale of loss and love and what mercy can mean for second chances.


If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of When Mercy Rains 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 May 10 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. I was just looking at this online, wondering if I needed to read it before the second one. According to reviews it's a good idea. A super nice lady is sending me the second one ( :) ), so thanks for the opportunity to win this one!


    1. Also wanted to say I love the cover...all the different shades of lavender! Too pretty!

    2. I love the cover too, Diana. Very serene. I read the books out of order, but yes, it would probably be better to read book one and then book two. Good luck.

  2. When Mercy Rains sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for this great giveaway!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  3. Oh goodie! I've been wanting to read the second in this series, but I want to read the first on first!

    Hugs, Amada

    1. LOL -- you're more organized than I am, Amada. Good luck.

  4. I would love to read this book!
    It sounds so good and the cover is beautiful ^_^

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

    1. I like the softness of the covers in this series...con't know if it's the use of pastels or what but both books have beautiful covers that definitely suit the stories. Good luck, Samantha.

  5. Love Kim's books, this storyline, and love books full of angst and emotion. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Kav!!


  6. Oh boy another goodie ! I love the storyline of these two . I need to get caught up on Kim's books. Her stories are so real. The cover is so light and delicate. This is a must read. I really enjoy reading your reviews of the books you've read Kav.

  7. I enjoy all of Kim's books. She's such a nice person too. She's met several times with my book club. Thanks for the chance to win When Mercy Rains.


  8. I am probably too late for this but I always enjoy Kim's books and would love to read this! Thanks!