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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781470327842
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Amy Knackstedt moves with her children to Weaverly, Kansas, to escape the speculation surrounding her husband’s untimely death. She hopes the new location will provide a fresh start for them all. But her neighbor, Tim Roper, is not pleased to have a Mennonite family living next to his apple orchard. When the children try to befriend him, he resists.

Tim left the Mennonite faith years ago and doesn’t want any reminders of his former life. Yet Amy and Tim find their paths colliding far more than either could have foreseen. Will this tentative relationship blossom into something more?

CBA bestselling author and Inspirational Readers Choice Award winner Kim Vogel Sawyer pens faith-based fiction that stirs listeners’ souls.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Campbell | 2/7/2014

    " Each of us observes our faith in our way, just as we deal with grief as best we can in our own personal manner. The loss of loved ones may result in a loss of faith, or it may send one into deep religious contemplation--"prayer without ceasing". Children and adults may also see death in a very different light, and often the adults cannot answer the simple, powerful questions that only a child will ask. Young widow Amy Knackstedt and her three children leave behind the life they have known in Ohio and move with other Old Order Mennonites to a new life in Kansas. Hoping to distance her family from the speculation over her husband's tragic death, Amy lets her faith guide her as works to provide for her children's future through her quilt business. Tim Roper is the owner of the apple orchard near Amy's new home, and he is not pleased to learn of his new neighbors. A former member of the same religious order, Tim left the Mennonite way of life behind years ago. As a young man, he had forsaken his Mennonite upbringing and legally changed his name from Rupp to Roper. Later, the loss of his wife and son in a car accident drove him even further away from his faith, touching him with bitterness. He doesn't want to hear the sound of children's laughter, or see the unspoiled innocence of their hearts, but the Knackstedt children find a way to break through his barriers. As they help him work in his apple orchard, they also work their way into his heart. Thirteen-year old Bekah acts out her grief over losing her father by wanting to be like Mr. Roper and leave the order. Eleven-year old Parker, who will always be somewhat off-pace due to a brain injury, declares Mr. Roper to be his best friend. Five-year old Adrianna, both precious and precocious, is just plain irresistible. Most disturbing of all to Tim is his emotional response to Amy's gentle beauty and the warmth of her concern for her family and those around her. While Tim tries to think of a way to distance himself, circumstances continue to conspire to keep them in each other's company. When he acknowledges to himself that he loves Amy and the children, he must also make a choice of whether he can return fully to the ways of the Old Order Mennonites. Amy cares deeply for Tim, but she is afraid to give her heart to someone not fully committed to the faith as she is. When a previously unrealized connection from the past comes to light, can Amy and Tim let hope fully bloom? Simple pleasures such as sun-warmed earth and working in harmony with nature, the pull of a needle through cloth to make a quilt, and the satisfaction of nurturing others through the preparation and serving of needed sustenance are all healing in their own way. Go forward in faith, let your heart find its solace, and live each day to the fullest. Review Copy Gratis Bethany House Books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilee | 1/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great. I was inspired by the kind and giving ways these people react to their community. This was not really a love story but one of hope and kindness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/27/2013

    " This is such a sweet story. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one evening. I will look for more books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri Licata | 11/21/2013

    " On chapter 5 so far, so good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 4/2/2013

    " Appreciate the spirituality of those "set apart" but just no interest in the way of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 12/2/2012

    " Grief & hard times can cause us to lose our faith or they can make us stronger. People helping each other and shared hard times can draw us closer to God. "

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About the Author
Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a bestselling and award-winning author and speaker. She is the author of more than twenty inspirational novels. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. A former elementary school teacher, she now lives with her husband, Tom, in central Kansas.

About the Narrator

Julia Gibson received an MFA from New York University. She has appeared on Broadway and other major stages in New York, as well as regional theaters from Dallas to San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and more. Gibson has played major roles in productions such as The Seagull, Angels in America, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her television and film credits include Michael Clayton, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City, and One Life to Live.