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When Hope Blossoms by [Sawyer, Kim Vogel]
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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?

About the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. She and her husband, Don, live in central Kansas and have three daughters and nine grandchildren. Visit her website at www.kimvogelsawyer.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1583 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073UPP8C
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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A moving story of family life. Smiles and tears gently written with an understanding of the challenges of raising a child with special needs.
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I have only just received this book but I love all kim vogel sawyers books so I am sure I will love it.
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I enjoyed this simple romance and return to faith in the Mennonite tradition. Amidst an apple orchard after a tornado the preparedness to help a neighbour brings a happy ending.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dbcd198) out of 5 stars 139 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da1c3b0) out of 5 stars Children, Orchards, and the Mennonite Faith 18 Sept. 2012
By Rachelle E. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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. Both Tim and Amy have heartaches of their own they have to work through and overcome before they can move on. Tim and Amy are both reluctant of each other because of their lack of faith and because of their faith respectively.

The children are definitely obviously attached to Tim and he to them, I don't necessarily see that Tim and Amy could develop that much of a friendship as depicted in the ending, maybe a start to this with the outcome happening eventually but not in the timeframe as depicted in the novel. Tim seemed like a much more developed character than Amy was. Even Amy's daughter Bekah seemed more developed than Amy. I would have liked to have seen more of the interaction between Tim and Amy's family and the local Mennonite order and Tim and Amy. It is always very interesting to me to see the depiction of the Mennonite faith and there interaction with others. Overall it is an ok book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Check out Kim Vogel Sawyer!

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da24498) out of 5 stars Sweet, but slow. 16 Sept. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de95348) out of 5 stars When Hope Blossoms 24 Nov. 2012
By Ciaotiziana - Published on Amazon.com
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
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By weatherlover1 - Published on Amazon.com
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.

Over all this was a so so book and honestly I would not tell someone to read it. Maybe to some it would be a good book and maybe I have gotten to used to female characters who come across independent and spunky. The story was well written and the ending made me smile but I was very glad to be done with this book and move on. Every person had a few authors who you just can't get into their books and this might be one for me. Read other reviews and decide for yourself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da27a44) out of 5 stars A decent light read 15 Oct. 2012
By MoRentz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I also recently received "When Hope Blossoms" by Kim Vogel Sawyer.This was received free for my review from Bethany House Publisher. It is a Christian fiction novel, with a hint of romance. I overall liked the book, although at times the plot dragged. I also felt the characters could have been expanded on with more depth, which would have added to the storyline as well. It seemed some of the story's conflicts and background were skimmed over, which caused me to feel at times I was missing something. I did like the message of the story, and I would probably read more of Ms. Sawyer's other works if I was looking for a lighter read.
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