I have not read from this author before. She has a similar writing style to Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis. I enjoy both those authors tremendously. I did enjoy the mystery in this novel. I look forward to reading the final 2 parts of this trilogy.
This is a very enjoyable story of a mother and daughter who return to the birthplace of the mother and must learn to continue to trust and have faith in each other, even when things are not as they seem. A spiritual story but with a mystery that unfolds in the telling. A wonderful story of family, faith, trust and love.
Twenty three years ago, Marie Koeppler left her Old Order Mennonite family & faith to begin an exciting new life with Jep Quinn. But her husbands early death cut her dreams short. Widowed & alone Marie makes just enough to survive & raise her daughter Beth in the outside world.
Ensnared by lifes rhythms, Marie has but a faint memory of former life in Sommerfield, Kansas. That is, until ex beau Henry Braun suddenly shows up bearing news. An elderly aunt died leaving Beth a house & small cafe back home. But there's a hitch. To claim the inheritance, Beth must temporarily reside in Sommerfield.
An excellent book. Well worth reading. I am anxious to start the second one in this trilogy.
Wonderful book! If you like Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter's Amish books, you will love this book as well based on Mennonites (a off-shoot of Amish religion). This is the 1st of 3 books in a series..2nd book is due out this fall. Can't wait to read the next book!
From back cover:
Twenty Three years ago, Marie Koeppler left her Old Order Mennonite family and faith to begin an exciting new life with Jeb Quinn. But her husbands' early death cut her dreams short. Widowed and alone, Marie makes just enough to survive and raise her daughter, Beth, in the outside world.
Ensnared by life's rhythm's, Marie has but a faint memory of her former life in Sommerfeld, Kansas. That is, until ex=beau Henry Braun suddenly shows up, bearing news: An elderly aunt has died, leaving Beth a house and small cafe` back home. But there's a hitch. To claim the inheritance, Beth must temporarily reside in Sommerfeld.
Reluctantly, MArie and Beth return to the Mennonite community Marie had once abandoned. But sooon after their arrival, a chain of mysterious thefts raises the community's suspicions against the "outsiders". Can Marie prove their innocence, or will she be forced to flee once more?
Henry Braun thought he'd gotten his love for Marie out of his sytem but soonb egins to wonder if she's stolen more than his heart. When it's all said and done, can Henry and Marie let bygones be bygones, or has their love been doomed from the start?
This book describes the journey of Marie, who returns to the Mennonite community of her youth with her young adult daughter. Her daughter is claiming an unexpected inheritance from her great aunt. Themes of forgiveness, loyalty and faith are included.
I loved this story, the second Kim Vogel Sawyer I have read. I think her descriptions of emotional conflict and spiritual growth are right on the money. She is able to do both while at the same time imparting a sense of romance. I highly recommend this read.