“When Hope Blooms” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, book review
Amy and her 3 children move into the farm-house 2 miles outside of Weaverly, Kansas, with the help of her Old Order Mennonite fellowship. They have moved to start over in a new place following the death of her husband. Each member of the family is dealing with different issues, but they work together to make this large house a home. Shortly after the move in they meet their nearest neighbor, Tim Roper, who owns the apple orchard. As the weeks and months pass, they all become friends and help each other in numerous ways.
It is a wonderfully simple story of healing and friendship, without a lot of drama or controversy. The Old Order Mennonite traditions shine through the book in loving ways that show the respect and discipline of the members, but also the openness to others. The book does explore the hardship of death and dealing with special needs children, but there is nothing graphic or awkward.
This is an easy book to read, so would make a great one to take to the beach or on vacation. It is light and very refreshing.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.